Born in Fermanagh in 1974 and educated in Belfast, Mary Theresa Keown has risen to success as one of Northern Ireland's most exciting young artists. In 2008 she was winner of the Whyte's Award at the RHA Annual Exhibition, for her work entitled Converse Notations. Keown regularly holds solo gallery exhibitions both in Ireland and internationally. Her participation in group exhibitions has also been considerable having featured at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast among others. Her work forms part of a variety of government department collections, the Office of Public Works and AIB, as well as public and private collections nationwide and in North America, Japan and Europe.