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artist , educator

Mary Ellen Christina O'Brien, American artist, educator. Member delegation to Japan to observe art in schools People to People Delegation, 1995; docent Museum Art, 1974-1985, 94—; volunteer Performing Arts Center; Member National League American Pen Women (president 1984-1985, chair national art competition), Sick Painters, Alpha Delta Kappa.

Background

O'Brien, Mary Ellen Christina was born on November 15, 1928 in Caribou, Maine, United States. Daughter of Richard Stephen and Caroline Elizabeth (McGuire) Sullivan.

Education

Certified in arts, Cambridge School of Design. Student, Crafts Students League, 1958. Student, Paul Puzinas Art Studio, 1959.

Student, Penland School of Crafts, 1994.

Career

Freelance designer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1954-1955;arts and crafts director, Cambridge county Girl Scouts United States, 1955;arts and crafts director, Special Superior vena cava syndrome, United States Army, Fort Devens, Massachusetts, 1956-1957;arts and crafts director, Special Superior vena cava syndrome, United States Army, Fort Totten, New York, 1957-1961;arts and crafts director, Special Superior vena cava syndrome, United States Army, Europe, 1961-1964;art teacher, Red Feather Agilysys, Boston, 1955-1956;freelance commercial artist, Jordon March, Boston, 1955-1956;art teacher, Most Holy Redeemer School, Tampa, Florida, 1971-1978;art teacher, Academy of Holy Names, Tampa, 1986-1994;art specialist, City of Tampa, 1979-1981. Private teacher, 1981-1986. Creative art director political campaign Democratic Party, Tampa.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Cover design artist The Patron Saints, 1959. One-woman shows include Methodist Administration Building, Realistic Artist Gallery, Federal Bank Building. Exhibitions include Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1955, Portland Art Museum, Maine, Art League Long Island Gallery Puzinas Studio, Great Neck, New York, Living Design Studio, Manchester, New Hampshire, New York Public Library.

      Systems Bayside Branch, Long Island, The Studio Gallery, Long Island, New York, First Presbyterian Church Temple Terrace, Stewart Art Show, Gasparilla Outdoor Art Show, Lowry Park Outdoor Art Show, Veterans Administration Hospital, Florida, St. Joseph's Art Gallery, Florida, 1978, Rental Gallery of Tampa Bay Art Center, Florida, 1973, Museum of Art, Florida, Performing Art Center, Florida, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, Kotler Art Gallery, Tampa, Florida, 2008, and numerous others. Jurined international shows include Ratner Museum, Bethesda, Maryland, Sandy Springs Museum, Maryland, Kohler Gallery, Tampa, Florida, 2008, Carollwood Cultural Center Gallery, 2008-2008, Eustis Museum, Florida, 2008, Lacy Gallery, Tampa, 2008, Deltona art Center, Florida, 2008, Brandon Art Center, Florida, 2007-2008. Albequerque Balloon Museum, 2008-2009.

Membership

Member delegation to Japan to observe art in schools People to People Delegation, 1995. Docent Museum Art, 1974-1985, 94—. Volunteer Performing Arts Center.

Member National League American Pen Women (president 1984-1985, chair national art competition), Sick Painters, Alpha Delta Kappa.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sewing, reading.

Connections

Married John Michael O'Brien, May 15, 1965. Children: Maureen-Caroline, Kathleen.

father:
Richard Stephen Sullivan

mother:
Caroline Elizabeth (McGuire) Sullivan

spouse:
John Michael O'Brien

children:
Maureen-Caroline O'Brien

Kathleen O'Brien