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Mary Jane Taylor, American artist, educator. Certified teacher, Georgia. Art and museum program grantee Coca Cola Foundation, 1993-1996, 97-2000; recipient Faculty Recogniton Award, 1997-1998, Vulcan Matericals Company Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, 1998; named National Art Honor Society Sponsor of Year, National Art Education Association 2002; Target-Brenau University Community art program grantee, 2002-2004.


Taylor, Mary Jane was born on May 30, 1953 in Schenectady, New York, United States. Daughter of Robert Richard and Mary Jane (Thomson) Bender.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Valdosta University, Georgia, 1975. Master of Education, University Georgia, 1980. Doctor of Education, University Georgia, 1995.


Teacher art grades 9-12 Colquitt County Schools, Moultrie, Georgia, 1975-1976, Valdosta (Georgia) City Schools, 1976-1978. Teacher art grades K-6 Clark County Schools, Athens, Georgia, 1978-1979. Member faculty visual arts Brenau University, Gainesville, 1979—2004.

Visual arts specialist 9-12 Forsyth County Schools, since 2004. Member adjunct faculty Georgia Military College, Valdosta, 1977-1978. Director visual arts Brenau University, 1980-1997, director gallery, 1979-1990, acting chair fine arts, 1990-1992, chair fine arts, 1993-1994, director visual arts 1995-1998, professor, 1998, director art education, since 1998.

Member faculty art Elderhostel/Brenau University, Gainesville, 1980, 85. Member advisory board Brenau Galleries, Interior Design, Gainesville, 1990-2004. Member faculty visual arts Forsyth Central High School, since 2004.

Teacher ceramics and sculpture Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia, 2005.


  • Certified teacher, Georgia.


  • Other Work

    • One-woman show at Brenau University, 1988. Exhibited in group show at Philadelphia Rug & Carpets, 1975 (1st place), National Invitational Art Exhibition, 1992 (1st prize clay), Sautee Nacoochee Arts Center, 1994.


Board directors Georgia Mountains Museum, Gainesville, 1995-1998, Quinlan Art Center, 1991-1993. Co-chair state conference National Art Honor Society, 1992. Member standards committee, juror 502 Gallery, Gainesville, 1993-1994.

Coordinator visual art Georgia Mountains Jubilee, Gainesville, 1983. Member American Association of University Professors, National Art Education Association, Georgia Art Education Association (president Pioneer District 1987-1990, director special activities 1990-1995, director higher education division 1995-1997, member-at-large 1998-1999), Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Iota.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: hiking, golf.


Married George Richter Taylor, June 21, 1975. Children: George Ryan, Rachel Marie.

Robert Richard Bender

Mary Jane (Thomson) Bender

George Richter Taylor

George Ryan Taylor

Rachel Marie Taylor