Maureen is equal parts artist and community activist. She has been awarded numerous grants to support art as a transformative force for social change. She designs and implements creativity workshops about education, earth awareness, wellness, nonviolence, and peace. Maureen created the ongoing global traveling art project, Peace By Piece. The project involves thousands of participants creating canvases and writings that express personal statements about peace. She is also the recipient of the NYC Circle of Mercy Award and has been a Teaching Artist and Creative Consultant at the Mercy Center in the South Bronx, NYC, from 1993 – to the present. Maureen’s artwork is digitally composed very carefully based on her observations of nature, often of plants and flowers in her own backyard. Each piece can include photography, painting, and drawing resulting in lush and inviting mandalas. Although created during the quarantine, they are timeless in their appeal.
Artist in Residence 2021
Bennett’s solo exhibitions include:
“Faces That Transcend”, at the Leonard J. Hansen Art Gallery of the Englewood Public Library, Englewood, NJ, 2016;
“Nature Observed” at the Edna Kawulitzki Art Gallery of the Tenafly Public Library, Tenafly, NJ, 2015; and
“Transcendent Faces” at the Borghi Fine Art Gallery, in Englewood, NJ, 2011.
Her work has been included in numerous prestigious group exhibitions including:
The “Black & White Show”, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY September 2020;
Eat! 2020, an online art exhibition at the J Mane Gallery, in which she won an Honorable Mention;
“Drawn From Life 2”, at the Upstream Gallery, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY, August 2020; Monmouth Museum Juried Photography Exhibition, Lincroft, NJ, 2019; and “Art & Soul,
Dress For Success Hudson County” at Mana Contemporary, in Jersey City, NJ, 2016
TV/Film Mandala Peace Project, (https://vimeo.com/327055119); and the Susan K. Black Foundation Grant, Mercy Center, South Bronx, NY, 2019.