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

In my studio work, 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 Why I Never Finished My Dissertation by Laura Foley, which is lovely and also extraordinarily well-reviewed. The book cover was a 2020 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, as well as in Italy and Sicily. I have held positions in museums, and as a sign painter. 

My first interest in web design came years ago, when I decided to display my paintings online. I eventually came to the conclusion that, in order to properly showcase my paintings, I needed to learn to code. And so I did. Now I help others present their work to the world with custom-designed websites, and all manner of graphic design and branding solutions.

Career Highlights

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Reclaiming Butterscotch, The Summit, Seattle, WA

2016

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


2011

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

Selected Group Exhibitions


2012

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

2010

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


2009

The Small, Villa Gaia, Seggiano, Italy

2008

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


2007

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


2006

Arte Contemporanea, Galleria del Castello, Nocciano, Italy

Selected Awards

2020

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


2016

Exhibition Grant, City of Federal Way, WA

2012

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

2010

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

2005

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

Selected Publications

2019

Foley, Laura, Why I Never Finished My DissertationHeadmistress Press, book cover,

da Vinci Eye Award 2020 Finalist for cover art

2013

The Lavender Review, Issue 7, Reproduction


2011

Broadway Sings for Pride, album cover

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


2008

Southcoast247.com, The Makers: Maura McGurk, by Liz Tomasetti

Collections

The Museum of Motherhood, St. Augustine, FL

The Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY

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

Education

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