Close-up of Maura McGurk smiling on a rooftop with pine trees in the distance.

I paint in a style of warm, organic abstraction. The abstract format provides freedom to use color, texture, and found objects to tell stories. Recently, my paintings have begun to feature gold leaf, influenced by Italy’s churches and artistic history.

Besides my studio work, my background in art has taken many forms. One of my collages was used as a book cover, for the excellent and well-reviewed Why I Never Finished My Dissertation by Laura Foley; the book cover was a Finalist for the da Vinci Eye Award, for excellence in cover design for independent books. I’ve taught art at the post-secondary level, at various colleges and universities in the Boston and New York City areas, which has also taken me to Italy and Sicily for teaching adventures. I have held positions in museums, and I have extensive experience as a sign painter. 

My first interest in the technology of web design came years ago, when I decided to post my first online portfolio of paintings. I wanted to tweak the design myself, to present my work at its best advantage, and over the years learned more programs and many more fine points of web design. At some point, I came to the conclusion that, in order to properly showcase my paintings online, I needed to learn to code. And so I did. Now I help others present their work to the world with custom-designed websites.


Solo Exhibitions


Reclaiming Butterscotch, The Summit, Seattle, WA


The Oak and the Cypress, Knutzen Family Theatre Gallery, Federal Way, WA


Re-Place, Majestic ARTS Presents, Seattle, WA


Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying, Wauregan Gallery, Norwich, CT

Maternal Instinct: Painted Responses to Bullying, The Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY

Pride and Prejudice: An Exhibition on Gay Bullying, Sapphire Lounge, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Arts Alive, Federal Way City Hall, Federal Way, WA

Art for Orlando, First Covenant Church, Summit Art Gallery, Seattle, WA


Arts Alive, Federal Way City Hall, Federal Way, WA


Music and the Muse, Avanti Art & Design, Seattle, WA


Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Annex, New York, NY

Mama Said: The Art and Artifacts of Wise Women, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID


You, Me, Us: Artwork in Response to Bullying, Jackson Hall Gallery, New York, NY, NY

The Lincoln Orphans Show: Giving a Home to the Excluded Portraits, Wauregan Gallery, Norwich, CT

Women in Arts: SWAN Day Celebration, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY


The Sketchbook Project, Traveling Exhibition (Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles)


Paint!, climate/gallery, Long Island City, NY

NEVER THINK small, climate/gallery, Long Island City, NY

The Small, Villa Gaia, Seggiano, Italy


A Month in Sicily, Marion Art Center, Marion, MA


Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

Open Painting 2007Providence Art Club, Providence, RI


Arte Contemporanea, Galleria del Castello, Nocciano, Italy

College Art Association Regional M.F.A. Exhibition, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Large Paintings, Bristol Building, New Bedford, MA


The Red Cross Show, Crapo Gallery, Star Store, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

CitySea, outdoor light and sound installation (collaboration), New Bedford, MA

Location/Relocation, Olympia Towers Gallery, New Bedford, MA

Selected Awards and Grants


da Vinci Eye Award Finalist, for cover art for independent books (Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, Laura Foley)


Exhibition Grant, City of Federal Way, WA

People’s Choice Award, Arts Alive exhibition, Federal Way, WA


People’s Choice Award, Arts Alive exhibition, Federal Way, WA


SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY


Artist’s Grant and Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Featured Artist, Paint!, climate/gallery, Long Island City, NY

Featured Artist, NEVER THINK small, climate/gallery, Long Island City, NY


AHA! Grant, with Adams Grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Bedford, MA

Selected Publications


Foley, Laura, Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, Headmistress Press, book cover (da Vinci Eye Award Finalist for cover art)


The Lavender Review, Issue 7, Reproduction


Broadway Sings for Pride, album cover

At the Edge, “Featured Artist: Maura McGurk”, Summer 2011, pp. 83, 85

The Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT, “Gay bullying subject of artist’s exhibition in Norwich”, by Kelly-Ann Franklin

The Art of Gina Marie DunnThursday’s Other Creative Soul: Maura McGurk


Anti-, Winter Volume, Cover art

2008, The Makers: Maura McGurk, by Liz Tomasetti

The Standard Times, New Bedford, MA, Marion exhibit conveys profound sense of place, by Catherine Carter


The Museum of Motherhood, St. Augustine, FL

The DeCordova Museum Corporate Loan Program, Lincoln, MA (work rotates among Boston-area corporations)

Maura’s work is also held in over 70 private collections in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.


M.F.A. in Painting, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

B.F.A. in Painting, University of Connecticut, magna cum laude

B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley, with Honors