Dear Myrna and McMenamin’s Art Team,

I am applying to create figure paintings on commission for the new McMenamin’s property in downtown Tacoma. Below, please find some examples of my figure paintings, and examples of my signage/text work, as well as my resume.

I have extensive experience painting on large wood or MDF panels; that is my preferred size and medium. I find the relationship of my body to the painting, and connections between my eye, shoulder arc, and mind are at their mutual sweet spots in a size upwards of 24″ x 24″. As it happens, much of my figurative work (unlike my abstract, semi-abstract work, and my signs) has been completed at a smaller size due to the parameters of the commission or project, though working large is absolutely my preference. I typically paint with acrylic.

To research McMenamin’s artistic brand, I visited a McMenamin’s for the first time, and found the work to be terrific. No matter the individual style or subject, there is something incredibly heartfelt about each painting, which really establishes a connection to, and level of comfort for, the guests. This company-wide style reminds me quite strongly of Trader Joe’s, where I am Lead Sign Painter. Letting the customers in on the fun and creating bonds to the community are things I strive to do with each piece I create at TJ’s, and I will bring this understanding to portraits and decorative work for McMenamin’s.

I am available to begin a commission immediately, or at any point in the next few months as construction progresses.

I am also interested in on-site decorative work. In my research at the Anderson School, I noted that there were instances of text (such as above the bar in the Tavern on the Square) incorporated into the space. At Trader Joe’s, I have wide experience in creating text, working on ladders, and generally fitting myself into odd architectural corners when the need arises. In short, I am completely at ease working outside of the relative comfort of easel painting.

Thank you for considering my work. Please feel free to call me at 917.579.9193 if I can answer any questions.

Maura McGurk

Il Sodoma, Acrylic on board, 5″ x 4″

Isolier as Knight, Acrylic on wood, 8″ x 10″

Allegory of the Hill of Wisdom, Acrylic on wood, 9″ x 12″

Pauli Murray, Acrylic and mixed media on board, 4″ x 5″

Diving In (Gina’s Window), acrylic on panel, 36 x 48

Porta Seis, Paint marker on wood, 65″ x 40″

Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Paint marker on wood, 65″ x 40″

Washington’s Finest, Paint marker on wood, 30″ x 18″

Cheese du Jour, Paint marker on wood, 16″ x 16″

Roses, Paint marker on wood, 65″ x 40″

Hydrate, Paint marker on wood, 52″ x 14″

Maura McGurk
4706 Slayden Road NE
Tacoma, WA 98422

Selected Professional Experience
2013 – Present
Lead Sign Artist, Trader Joe’s, Federal Way, WA

2015 – 2017
Volunteer Art Teacher, Oasis Youth Center, Tacoma, WA

2013 – 2014
Docent/Interim Community Programs Coordinator, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

Artist-in-Residence, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions (*solo shows marked by asterisk)
Arts Alive, City Hall Gallery, Federal Way, WA (juried)
Art for Orlando, First Covenant Church, Summit Gallery, Seattle, WA
*The Oak and the Cypress, Knutzen Family Theatre Gallery, Federal Way, WA

Arts Alive, City Hall Gallery, Federal Way, WA (juried)

Music and the Muse, Avanti Gallery, Seattle, WA
*Re-Place: Collages by Maura McGurk, Majestic Arts Presents, Seattle, WA

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

You, Me, Us: Artworks in Response to Bullying, Metropolitan Community Church, NY, NY
*Maternal Instinct: Painted Responses to Bullying,The Museum of Motherhood, NY, NY
*Lavender Menace: Paintings in Response to Gay Bullying, Wauregan Gallery, Norwich, CT
Women in Art, SWAN Day Celebration at Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY

Selected Awards
Exhibition Grant for Solo Show, City of Federal Way, WA

People’s Choice Award, Arts Alive, City of Federal Way, WA

Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC

Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
Corporate Loan Program at The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
The Museum of Motherhood, St. Augustine, FL
JB Design, Norwalk, CT

Work is held in over 70 private collections.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Master of Fine Arts in Painting

University of Connecticut, magna cum laude
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting

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