Marianna McDonald is a visual artist working in pastels and oils with a BS degree in Art from Murray State University. In 2001 she left a graphic design and management career with the Promotion Department at the Lexington Herald-Leader to follow her dream of being a full-time artist. She is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and a juried artist with the Visual Arts at the Market program of the Kentucky Arts Council. She has served on the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen board and as promotion chair of the fair committee, as well as serving on the Kentucky Arts Council’s Market advisory committee. She teaches pastel to adult learners and has served as a juror for art competitions with local arts groups in Kentucky. She has received Individual Artist Professional Development Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council.
Marianna has mentored artists through the Visual Arts at the Market program and for the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen (KGAC). She has art fair planning and promotion experience through the KGAC and the Lexington Art League. As a manager at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Marianna has had training and experience in work management issues and promotion.