Photographer's Notes

The work of Mary Kunaniec Skeen is an exploration of the effects of memory, of deeply embedded emotion and of attempts to heal and refit the lost fragments of self.

 

Artist Statement

My earliest recollections include wanting only to be an artist. I was influenced not by any early formal training or exposure to traditional art venues. My earliest influences were photographs and illustrations in newspapers, magazines, movies and the image rich catholic church in which I was raised. I spent most of my free time drawing and painting with whatever materials I could find.

I earned a BFA degree in painting and printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art. However, in my senior year I was introduced to photography and discovered the perfect medium with which to make images. I left drawing and painting almost immediately. My photographic work however, has always been informed by my work and study of painting, printmaking and drawing.

I became interested in the history of the medium of photography early on when I first read Beaumont Newhall’s History of Photography. I worked for several years as a cataloger and appraiser of photographica for an auction gallery, and at that time began collecting daguerreotypes, ambrotypes ,tintypes, cartes de visite and cabinet cards.

I earned an MFA in photography at Towson University, and wrote and introduced a history of photography course to the University during my graduate work there. I have taught the history of photography, as well as many studio courses, both analog and digital since that time.

 

Mary Kunaniec Skeen is a fine arts photographer and professor of photography at Loyola University Maryland. Her work has been widely exhibited and she has received numerous awards and grants.

Education

MFA Photography – Towson University, Towson, MD

BFA Painting/Printmaking – Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Employment / Teaching

Loyola University Maryland – Baltimore, MD
Assistant Professor of Photography

Goucher College – Baltimore, MD
Adjunct Professor of Photography, History of Photography

Towson University – Towson, MD
Adjunct Professor of Photography, History of Photography

Harford Community College – Bel Air, MD
Adjunct Professor of Photography, History of Photography

Grants & Awards

2009 – Loyola University Faculty Summer Research Grant

2007 – Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award

2005 – Loyola University Faculty Summer Research Grant

2001 – Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award

1999 – Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artists Award

 

Exhibition Awards

2007 – Third Place Prize | The Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2005 – First prize | Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA | Backroads & Boulevards Exhibit

2000 – Juror’s Award | Howard County Center for the Arts, Columbia, MD

2000 – Third Place Award | Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA | Eye/Mirror Exhibit

1999 – President’s Council Prize | St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO

1993 – Juror’s Award | The Photo Review Competition | Juror: Duane Michals

1992 – Honorable Mention | Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD

1990 – Second Place Award | Fairfax Council of the Arts, Fairfax VA

1989 – Honorable Mention | Sowebo Arts Festival, Baltimore, MD

 

Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Light Ekphrasis Project, LED Art Billboard, Baltimore, MD
  Blood Red Invitational, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
2013 Knowing, Area 405 Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, 2013 Juried Exhibit, Frederick, MD
2012 Delaware Art Museum, Juried Exhibit, Wilmington, DE
2007 The Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006 1212 Gallery, Richmond VA
  Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washington DC
2005 Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA | Photo National
  Fredericksburg Center for the Arts, Fredericksburg, VA
  Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD
2004 Artscape, Baltimore, MD
  The Art Connection | The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2003

Artforms Gallery, Philadelphia PA | Just Color

  Contemporary Museum, Baltimore MD | Snapshot
2002 Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel MD | Seeing Is Believing
2001 Photoworks Gallery, Baltimore MD
  Artscape, Baltimore MD
  Howard County Center For The Arts, ,Maryland | Personal Narratives
2000 Government House, Anapolis MD | Maryland Artists Serie
  Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee University | Positive / Negative
  Beveled Edge Gallery Annual Show, Baltimore MD
  Artscape, Baltimore MD
1999 Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT | National Photography Biennial
  St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO | Womens Caucas For Art
  Artscape, Baltimore MD
1998 Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Reuinion Invitational
  Governor’s Mansion, Anapolis, MD | I Can See Clearly Now | Maryland Artists Series
1997 Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canann, CT | Spectra 97 | Juror: Robert Sobieszek
  Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD | Under No Management
  Shepherd State College, Shepherdstown, WV | Seventh Annual Photo Exhibit
  Metropol Gallery, Baltimore, MD | Night Lights
1996 Bennington Center For The Arts, Bennington, VA | Woman The Artists View
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Making Waves In The Mid Atlantic
  Artscape, Baltimore MD
1995 Dickinson College, Carlisle PA | Trout Gallery | Shared Rights, Shared Responsiblities
  Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA | Solo Exhibit
  Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD | Solo Exhibit
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | State Of The Art Invitational
1994 Delaware Center For The Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE | Myths, Dreams & Mysteries
  School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD | Solo Exhibit
  Artscape 94, Baltimore, MD
  Loyola College, Baltimore, MD | Three Women
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore MD | Between The Sexes
1993 Contemporary Arts Center, North Adams, MA | All Media Exhibit | Curators: Nancy Graves, Elizabeth Sussman
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Secret Pages Invitational
  Life of Maryland Gallery, Baltimore, MD | Women Image Women
  Dickinson College, Carlisle PA | Trout Gallery | Art In The Era of Aids
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Proof Positive | Curator: Connie Imboden
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Photography On The Edge | Curator: Douglas Davis
  Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA | Photography 93 New Genres | Curator: Phillip Brookman
  Towson University, Towson MD | Art in Action Invitational
  Artscape 93, Baltimore, MD
1992 The Pearl Gallery, Richmond, VA | Solo Exhibit
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimmore, MD | Critic’s Picks
  Synchronicity Space, New York, NY
  Maryland Arts Place, Baltimore MD | Maryland Artists For Choice
  Warren Street Gallery, Hudson, NY | Body And Soul | Curator: Kiki Smith
  Gallery At Harborplace, Baltimore, MD | City Visions
  Bowie State College, Bowie, MD | Altered Images Traveling Photo Exhibit | Curator: Angela Adams, National Museum For Women In The Arts
  Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick MD | Right Down To The Roots
  Goucher College, Baltimore, MD | Women As Protagonist
  University Of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD | Maryland Artists Series
  Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD | Critics Residency Program
  Bauhaus Gallery, Baltimore, MD | Aids / Aid Invitational
  Baltimore Museum Of Contemporary Art | Visual Aids
1991 Knight-Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, MD
  Bauhaus Gallery, Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Artists Exhibit
  Momediano Galería de Arte, Madrid, Spain
  Out Exhibit, Santa Monica, CA
1990 Fairfax Council Of The Arts, Fairfax, VA | Annual Juried Exhibit | Juror: Phillip Brookman | Corcoran Gallery | Second Place Award
  Sowebo Photography Exhibit, Baltimore, MD | Honorable Mention
  Howard County Center For The Arts, Maryland | 1990 Juried Exhibit | Juror: Brian Wallis, Photo Editor, Art In America Juror’s Award
  Bauhaus Gallery Baltimore, MD | Baltimore Emerging Artists Show
1989 Sowebo Photography Exhibit, Baltimore, MD
  Artscape 89, Baltimore, MD
Solo Exhibitions
2005 Severn Graphics Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1995 Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD
1994 Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
  School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
1993 The Pearl Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

 

Reviews

The Baltimore Guide – Artscape Previews | Eric Miller | 7/2001

The Howard County Times – Art Maryland is Farsighted | Mike Guiliano | 11/2000

The Baltimore Guide – Mary Skeen: Photographs To Frighten | Eric Miller | 7/1999

The Baltimore Sun – Artscape Review | John Dorsey | 7/1997

Koan Art Newsletter – Washington DC | “Critic’s Roundtable: Must See” | 12/1995

Washington City Paper, Washington DC | A Site for Sore Eyes | 4/1995

The City Paper, Baltimore, MD – Gallery | Mike Guiliano | 10/1995

The City Paper, Baltimore, MD – Gallery | Mike Guiliano | 4/1994

The City Paper, Baltimore, MD – Paired to Care | Mike Guiliano | 12/1993

The Baltimore Sun – Proof Positive Captures a Good Life… | John Dorsey | 12/1993

The Alternative, Baltimore, MD – Collaboration | R. Grau | 12/1993

The Patriot, Harrisburg, PA – Exhibit Marks World Aids Day | Sandy Cullen | 11/1993

The Baltimore Sun – In Map Exhibit, Only Some Secrets are Worth Repeating | John Dorsey | 9/1993

The Baltimore Sun – Women’s Paintings, Photographs are Studies in Aloneness | John Dorsey | 8/1993

The Washington Post, Washington DC – Galleries | Lee Fleming | 4/1993

The Washington Review, Washington DC – Art Review | Lee Fleming | 10/1992

The Washington Review, Washington DC – Mary Kunaniec Skeen | Katherine Carl | 10/1992

The Baltimore Sun – Picks Are Both Individual & Universal | 7/1992

The Baltimore Sun – Series Show Of Maryland Artists | John Dorsey | 4/1992

The Montgomery County Gazette, Bethesda, MD – Maryland on View | Roberta Morgan | 4/1992

The Baltimore Sun – Goucher Show Examines Womanhood | John Dorsey | 4/1992

The Evening Sun, Baltimore, MD – Diverse Works At Local Galleries | Mike Guiliano | 7/1991

The Baltimore Sun – Art Review | John Dorsey | 7/1991

The City Paper, Baltimore, MD – Shows That Tell | Carol Wood | 12/1990

The Towerlight, Towson MD – Entangling Art from Mary Skeen | 3/1991

The Howard County Times – Lot to See at Art Maryland '90 | Mike Guiliano | 11/90

The Baltimore Sun – Art Review | John Dorsey | 11/1990

The Times, Faiarfax, VA – Exhibition of Regional Art | Rich Nahum Arbel | 6/1990

Publications

The Photo Review – Annual Competition 1994

The Photo Review – Annual Competition 1993 | Juror’s Honorable Mention | Juror: Duane Michals

Australian Women’s Forum Cammeray, New South Wales, Australia – Gallery | six page feature story | 9/1992