Mary Kingslan Gibilisco
Mary Kingslan Gibilisco has had a lifelong interest in art.
She began studying art formally in 1979 at the University of Nebraska and in 1984 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History.
After several years in the fine art world, Mary turned her full attention
to decorative art in 1986. In 1989 she received her CDA (Certified Decorative Artist) distinction from the Society of Decorative Painters. Mary served three years on the SDP Teacher’s committee with two years as the chair. She was elected to the SDP Nominating Committee.
Mary received the Silver Palette from SDP in 2013 – the highest award for noteworthy and exceptional contributions in furthering the purposes of SDP.
In 1998, Mary worked on Nebraska’s Governor’s Mansion restoration
project supplying four original paintings that are now a part of the
permanent collection of the mansion.
Mary has produced over 100 instructional DVDs, has written for all of
the major art publications, published 8 books along with her mother
Ann Kingslan, MDA.
She earned her Master of Science degree in December 2019 and works in development at an Omaha college foundation as a grant writer. Mary teaches in Omaha, Nebraska as well as across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Mary is married to John Gibilisco, a theatrical designer and together they have Christopher (34) and Anna Marie (25). Christopher and his wife Janey had John and Mary’s grandchild, John William, January of 2018.