Distinguished Artist Series
Please Zoom with us for Mary Ann McKay presenting “Art on Child Laborers of the American Industrial Age.”
Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Mary Ann McKay will introduce her ongoing art series, “Silent Voices,” that focuses on the plight of coal mine children around the turn of the 20th century. She will present her artistic process of working with old photographs taken of young coal miners to create her own artistic pieces. She uses images from around 1911 by Lewis Wickes Hine, a teacher and photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. He documented child labor in American industry to aid the lobbying efforts to end the practice. McKay grew up in Pennsylvania as the granddaughter of a coal miner, so these images are a part of her family history.
McKay’s new series, “Children of Glass” is a body of work focusing on the plight of working-class children of the T.C. Wheaton Glass Factory and nearby Bridgeton and Woodbury factories of New Jersey. These children came from many cultural backgrounds and were as young as twelve years old. New Jersey was an important part of the American Glass industry.
Mary Ann McKay received her art education at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and The Hussian College of Art in Philadelphia, PA. After many years as a successful graphic designer, she now devotes her time creating interdisciplinary art in her studio in Keyport, NJ. Mary Ann’s work has been shown in galleries throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. For more information, visit her website at www.maryannmckay.com
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