Mary J. Arthur - (BA, Marywood University, BFA Kansas City Art Institute, MFA Graduate School of Figurative Art at the New York Academy of Art) was a long time Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, as well as a multiple year recipient of an Individual Artist Award in the Visual Arts with the Maryland State Arts Council.  She has received numerous awards and fellowships in the visual arts and education including: the Prince of Wales Fellowship in Normandy, France; the Alfred & Trafford Klots Fellowship in Brittany, France; a National Arts Club Award, New York City; and an Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. 

Mary has taught life drawing, anatomy, portraiture and painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art,       St. John’s College and Anne Arundel Community College.  At National Louis University in Chicago she teaches Introduction to Art and Mixed Media.  Her 30+ year career as an artist and educator has centered on the figure, still life and landscape painting. She has taught many plein-air painting workshops across the country including Truro Center for the Arts in Truro, MA.  Published in New American Paintings as well as The Artist’s Magazine, Mary has exhibited nationally and internationally, currently she works and lives in Chicago.