Mary Hawkes-Greene is President of Burren College of Art, which she founded with her late husband Michael Greene in 1994. The Burren College of Art is an internationally recognized Irish non-profit college specializing in undergraduate, postgraduate and alternative approaches to fine art education, and located in the Burren, a region famous for its natural beauty and unique ecosystem.
Mary’s career in education has ranged from teaching in Italy, France and Israel, to designing programs for inner city Dublin communities, to working with government agencies on education policy for itinerant Irish Traveller children. Central to all of these has been her commitment to the arts in education and firsthand experience of the educational value of living in diverse cultures.
The College’s Master of Fine Art program is accredited by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Its undergraduate program is designed for students in North America who wish to study abroad in Ireland for one to two semesters, and the College currently partners with over 40 colleges and universities in the US and Canada. The school’s workshops and residency program welcome practitioners from all over the world, and its Creative Difference and Leadership program are designed to educate non-artists in the principles and procedures of creative processes.
Underpinning my conversation with Mary is the notion that we are all artists, and that creativity is a requirement for successfully navigating this increasingly complex world of ours. Enjoy!
For more on the Burren College of Art, visit https://www.burrencollege.ie/