USM Art Department

Mary Hart

Part-Time Lecturer of Art
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Office Location

109 Robie-Andrews Hall, Gorham, ME 04038



Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • BA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


Mary Hart is a painter and printmaker with deep roots in the Maine landscape. She has taught painting, drawing and printmaking at Bowdoin, Colby, USM and Southern Maine Community Colleges. A former member and president of Peregrine Press, she also started the first printmaking studio at Southern Maine Community College. Dealing with issues of growth, decay 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.


After receiving her BA from Dartmouth College, Hart studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London as a Reynolds Scholar.  In 1994 she earned an 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.  Hart has been a fellow at Yaddo and at the Vermont Studio Center and has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Artist's Resource Trust.  She was represented by Aucocisco Gallery in Portland for many years. Her work has been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, Husson University, Simmons College, the University of Maine Museum of Art and numerous venues throughout New England.  She currently lives and works in Portland, Maine.