Mary Anne Keel Jenkins was born in 1929 in Stokes, North Carolina and grew up in Greenville. She studied at Ferree School of Art in Raleigh, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University and San Carlos Art School in Mexico City. In a career spanning over fifty years Jenkins has worked through a number of different styles, mostly abstract, and each of which she explored with great tenacity for long periods. Her work has been exhibited in eight of the North Carolina Museum of Art's Annual Artist's Exhibitions, and in 1999, the Greenville Museum of Art held a 50 Year Retrospective of her artwork. She has won 43 various awards and exhibited in 50 solo shows and over 361 group shows in the United States and Canada.
Her awards include the Purchase Award from the Minnesota Museum of Art; Paul Sample Award, Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art, Chautauqua, NY; First Patron Award from the Mariners Museum, VA; and Purchase Award from the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. Jenkins also received The Raleigh Medal of Art in 1994 and the Raleigh Art Achievement Award in 1987.
Since 1962, Jenkins’ has been teaching painting classes in Raleigh at the North Carolina State University School of Design and the Pullen Art Center. She has also taught workshops at the North Carolina Museum of Art. For more information about Mary Anne K. Jenkins, please read her vitae.
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