Mary Hart

Visiting Assistant Professor, Art

Mary Hart


  • MFA. Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Painting, Elaine de Kooning Scholarship
    Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England, Reynolds Scholarship
  • BA. Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Art and English, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Mary Hart is a painter and printmaker from southern Maine. A former member and president of Peregrine Press, she also started the first printmaking classes at Southern Maine Community College. Born and raised in Connecticut, she moved to Maine in the 1980’s to teach and paint in the Western Mountains region where her family has spent summers for 5 generations. She now lives and works in Portland, ME. Hart earned her BA in Art and English from Dartmouth College, and her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College where she was the recipient of the Elaine de Kooning scholarship in painting.

Dealing with issues of growth, damage, struggle and beauty, Hart’s work links the natural world with an inner narrative. Her small, sometimes miniature paintings and prints are intensely focused and detailed. Their larger purpose is the formation of visual associations that describe the artist’s place in the world and her emotional response to it.

This work has been exhibited at Aucocisco Gallery in Portland, Maine since 2000. She was represented in the Maine Women Pioneers III: Dirigo exhibition at the University of New England and her paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Portland Museum of Art and in solo shows at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College and the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. Hart’s work is currently in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art, Simmons College, the University of Maine, Southern Maine Community College, Bates College and numerous private collections. She received an Artist’s Resource Trust Grant in 2006, a Good Idea Grant in 2007 and was artist-in-residence at SMCC in 2007-08.