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Maura McGurk paints in a warm, organic abstraction. The abstract format provides freedom to use color, texture, and found objects to tell stories. Recently, Maura’s work has begun to feature gold leaf, influenced by Italy’s churches and artistic history.

Her work can be seen at the Museum of Motherhood in St. Augustine, FL and The Brooklyn Art Library.

She received her B.F.A from the University of Connecticut, and her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Her studio is located in a former beer bottling plant in Seattle. In addition to her studio work, Maura also creates websites. 



Solo Exhbitions
2019 Reclaiming Butterscotch, The Summit, Seattle, WA
2016 The Oak and the Cypress, Knutzen Family Theatre Gallery, Federal Way, WA
2013 RePlace: Collages by Maura McGurk,Majestic ARTS Presents, Seattle, WA
2011 Lavender Menace: Paintings by Maura McGurk in Response to Gay Bullying, Wauregan Gallery, Norwich, CT

Selected Group Exhbitions
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
The Lincoln Orphans Show: Giving a Home to the Excluded Portraits, Wauregan Gallery, Norwich, CT
Women in Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY
Pride and Prejudice: An Exhibition on Gay Bullying, Sapphire Lounge, New York, NY (solo)

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
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

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

Why I Never Finished My Dissertation, Laura Foley, book cover


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, Norwich Arts Center Gallery: Welcome to the REAL Land of Lincoln, by Steven Wood
The Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, CT, Exiled artists in Norwich’s Lincoln contest given apologies, by Kelly-Ann Franklin
The Day, New London, CT, Lincoln artists cry foul, by Claire Bessette
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 Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
The DeCordova Museum Corporate Loan Program, Lincoln, MA

Maura’s work is held in over seventy 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 Honor