Deirdre McKenna is a native of Dingle town. She has been working in West Kerry as a professional visual artist since graduating from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 1999. Over the years Deirdre has exhibited her work and curated a variety of group and solo shows locally, nationally and internationally.The most recent of which were An Béal Bocht/ The Poor Mouth with Ciara McKenna as part of the Culture Night Program 2012 at An Lab, Dingle and Ar Muir is Ar Tír/ On Land And Sea with Tomás Ó Cíobháin & Áine Ní Chíobháin in St John’s Arts Centre, Listowel.
Deirdre has been awarded the Madghie Hughie Eoin Scholarship and is currently artist in residence at Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc in Donegal. She also spent time at Cill Rialaig, artists retreat in Ballinskelligs in October 2011.
As a member of the Féile na Bealtaine committee, she is involved in curating and developing the visual arts programme for the festival, promoting upcoming local talent and showcasing quality artwork in the area.
Deirdre is a founding member of Meitheal Eitseála and is also a member of Visual Artists Ireland and Artists Network, UK.
Rugadh agus tógach Deirdre i mbaile an Daingin. D’fhreastal sí ar Choláiste Crawford í gCorcaigh áit a dhein sí staidéar ar mhín-ealaíon agus cáilíodh í sa bhliain 1999. Tá sí ag obair mar ealaíontór ghairmiúil ó shin i leith. Tá liosta fada de thaispeántaisí aici go háitiúil agus ar fud na cruinne.
Duine de bhunaitheoirí An Meiteal Eitseála is ea í.
Mar bhall de choiste Fhéile na Bealtaine, tá sí bainteach le eagrú clár fís-ealaíona.
Chomh maith le sin is ball í d’Físealaíontóirí na hÉireann.