The art of Irene Maginniss includes processes and a wealth of surface design techniques that are used to continually embellish, alter and add to the picture plane, which might be paper, canvas, fabric, and most recently fused glass. During her college years through research for an art education course, she became intrigued with the many possibilities of the fiber arts and it continues with the addition of paint, paper pulps and so much more.

As an elementary school student in suburban Philadelphia, I was encouraged by an art teacher who called her students “artists” (unheard of in the 1950’s) but I haven’t stopped believing that we can “keep moving”! With a history that includes the Washington (DC) Craft Show at the Smithsonian, and the Ann Arbor Street Fair on my professional 5 page resume of recognitions, shows, exhibits, related to my art and another for teaching, you know I must have had as many rejections to inspire a continually evolving better of body work A graduate of The Ohio State University, with a BS in Art Education, Maginniss has exhibited extensively including the Ann Arbor Street Fair, Smithsonian Craft Show and the Philadelphia Craft Show. Welcoming the opportunity to travel and at the same time market her work, she especially liked shows in NM, CA, MN, FL and MA. She has received numerous awards and recognitions in local and national shows including purchase awards at Lakefront Festival of Arts in WI, best of shows at the Mansfield Art Center and jury awards at Lake Shore in Chicago. In 1993 she was recognized with an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Crafts by the Ohio Arts Council. Her works are included in many private and public collections including Hallmark in Kansas City, MO and the collection of Olga Hirschhorn of Washington, DC. Maginniss has taught and lead workshops, been an artist in residence in the schools, and lectured at all levels including a One Person Show in San Luis Obispo, CA. Recently she retired from public school teaching and continues to be an active advocate for the arts throughout the area.


Artist Statement

These works are a sampler collection of a variety of ways that surface design is a major part of most, if not all, of my artful creations: Fused Glass, Paper Making, Collage and Assemblage, Mixed Media, etc. Abstraction is evident in all my works but content abounds- it’s just not always identifiable.
“Glass Idea #1 NY” fused glass Driven To Abstraction – February 2-March 16, 2018