Barton’s Maureen O’Neill has exhibit in Tarboro

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TARBORO — “Interior Veils,” an exhibition featuring the latest works in pastels by artist Maureen O’Neill, will be on view in the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery at Tarboro’s historic Blount-Bridgers House until March 16. 

O’Neill, assistant professor of art in the School of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts at Barton College and director of exhibitions and educational programming for the Barton Art Galleries, shares that her newest series of works has been inspired by the Celtic tradition and belief in “thin places,” or spaces where the distance between heaven and Earth is close. 

Her interpretation is that in these spaces, the veil is momentarily lifted, and one sees “God shaped space.”

O’Neill received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

O’Neill has served as an assistant to the chief curator at Holyoke Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and as assistant to the director of Objects D’Art Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. 

She was also assistant professor of art at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and later served the college as the gallery director of Carrera Gallery.

O’Neill moved with her family to Tarboro in 2006. She joined Barton College as a part-time instructor in 2007 and added assistant to the gallery director status during the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Prior to accepting her post at Barton College, O’Neill taught part time as an art instructor for Wesleyan College, Edgecombe Community College and Edgecombe County Arts Council.