Mary Jo O’Gara is on the faculty of the North Shore Art League in Winnetka, Illinois, where she teaches oil and gouache painting classes. She has received awards for her work at the Barnsite Art Studio, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, and at Art on the Plaza, Wilmette, Illinois. Her paintings of barns and vases of flowers are radiant and sunlit; the simplicity of her subjects mirroring the simplicity of her compositions.
Mary Jo is an artist member at Side Door Studio in Winnetka, Illinois and is represented by Anne Loucks Gallery, Illinois. Her paintings have hung in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, as well as the Cook County Law Library in Chicago. Her work may also be seen at the Illinois Artisans Shop in the State of Illinois Building, Chicago.