Maura Kenny has taught in the Art Department of Coastal Carolina University for over 24 years. She is presently teaching foundation level drawing courses and all levels of painting. The catalyst for creativity in Maura's painting is the human figure.
In the 60's she studied traditional oil painting technique from Blaine Cota (MFA Yale).
At Southern Connecticut State University in the early 70's she was influenced by the teachings of sculptor and life drawing teacher, Michael Skop. These teachings included form and anatomy interwoven with consideration for time, space and movement within the human form. While at 'Southern' a BS in Art Education Degree was earned. Maura received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 1980. The art program at
Greensboro during the late 70's still valued the study of the human figure as a formative element in an artist's education. Walter Barker an
influential painting teacher at Greensboro was a student of the German Expressionist Max Beckman. Barker's 'color - shape' approach to
painting was quickly absorbed into Maura's repertoire.
From her traditional training in the figurative, along with the technical and philosophical perspective of her teacher-mentors she has developed an
inclusive teaching philosophy that is respectful of the past and yet open and welcoming of the current and future movements in art making.
M.F.A., in Painting - University of North Carolina at Greensboro