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Mary Burkett is just an ordinary person called to extraordinary circumstance. She is a wife, mother and grandmother. Having had no artistic training, in January 2017, she began to create a living memorial to precious children killed in the Holocaust. In seven short months, Beloved: Children of the Holocaust, a collection of beautiful portraits, was complete. Since that time they have been viewed across the United States and in countries throughout Eastern and Western Europe and have received recognition from the Congress of the United States. 

In December of 2017, Mary was inspired to begin a new collection honoring the lives of children, both enslaved and free, in the second half of 19th Century America. This collection is now comprised of 14 portraits, known as Beloved: Legacy of Slavery. 

Mary continues to draw, honoring the lives of children forgotten by time and history. Her work has been described as “An inspired initiative with a precise purpose: that mankind knows the atrocities of the historical past and never repeats them.”

Exhibits, lectures
& prints

The portraits are available for exhibit and educational purposes, and Mary is happy to present lectures and gallery talks to accompany exhibitions. If you would like to schedule an exhibit or lecture, please contact Mary using the contact form below. 

Mary's artwork is not for sale. She shares prints at her discretion. For more information, please contact Mary using the contact form below.


Please be aware, Mary's artwork is copyright protected and may not be used in any format without express consent.

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