She earned her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and her B.F.A. from School of Visual Arts. She is an award-winning artist who has shown throughout the country, in many prestigious exhibitions. She was awarded ‘Best in Show’ for Art of the Northeast at Silvermine Art Guild, was endorsed in the April/May 2011 issue of New American Painter and nominated for the 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, which only a 100 artist throughout the U.S. are awarded. Her shows have been recognized in such publications as Art New England, New England Home, The Connecticut Post, Saatchi Art and The New York Times. She has taught art at Anhui Polytechnic University in China, Fairfield University and Silvermine Arts Center. She presently teaches design in the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design at University of Bridgeport. Mary Jo is inspired by Pop Art and such artists, as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rauschenberg, as well as contemporary artists, using text, such as Mel Bochner, Chris Wool and Ed Ruscha while creating her conversational, text pieces.
My decorative paintings and installations conceal contemporary phrases using domestic patterning, which deal with unspoken thoughts we all share. My art reflects my fascination with how our relationships take place in our everyday life, hovering between humor and desperation. Her work has been described as contemporary multidisciplinary painting with a conceptual twist.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design • Boston, MA • M.F.A.
School of Visual Arts • New York, NY • B.F.A.
“McGonagle”, Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT
“Art Goes Electronic”, billboard display, 9039 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
“One Plus One”, Burt Chernow Gallery, Bridgeport, CT
“New Work by Carol Young and Mary Jo McGonagle”, Sorelle Gallery, New Canaan, CT
“Self-Absorbed”, Giampetro Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
“Pop Up NYC”, Open Spaces, New York, NY
“Speechless”, Bruce Krushner Gallery, Fairfield, CT
Art of the Northeast, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT “Best in Show”
“(Dis)connect”, solo exhibition, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT