Mary Proenza

Mary Proenza (no photo)

Assistant Professor, Art

School of Design and Art

Academic Credentials

B.A., College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.F.A., Painting, New York Studio School
M.F.A., Creative Writing, The New School


Mary Proenza was raised up and down the coast of California and completed her BA in literature at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. She earned her MFA in painting at New York Studio School and her MFA in creative writing at The New School. She has been awarded a grant as a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2020. She has also received residency grants from Jentel Foundation, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Springboard for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and New York Mills Cultural Center. Her artistic disciplines include painting, drawing, printmaking, and writing. Her written art reviews have been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail, and her visual art appears on the covers of books from John Daniel & Co. and CDs from CMH and Arhoolie. One of her current projects is a graphic memoir combining paintings, drawings, prints, and writing; a chapter of this has been published in Rosebud magazine.

Mary Proenza joined the faculty of Marymount University in August 2017. Previously, she taught in the City University of New York system, at Marymount Manhattan College, at New York Academy of Art, and at UCSB. To see examples of Mary Proenza’s artwork, please visit

Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing
  • Color Theory
  • Advanced Studio
  • Senior Project

Research Interests




Phone: 703-284-1638