Maureen A. Travers (nee Rogers) was born in Darlington, County Durham, England in November 1942.
After graduating from Darlington Technical School in 1957, enrolled at Middlesbrough College of Art, (now University of Tees-side) studying fine-arts and crafts at the undergraduate level, majoring in Stained Glass and Textile design. Sec-Treasurer of the Students Union and designer of the Official College Scarf, was recipient of Principal's Best Student work in drawing, painting and design - 3 years in a row. Ministry of Education medal as outstanding British Design Student.
College of Handicraft (University of York-Summer School) Certificate in Hand-weaving.Received many awards and commissions as student. Practicum: Grad Assistant to J Mellantin Haswell, Glass and Mosaic commission artist - Author: Thames and Hudson Manual of Mosaics. Mural painting assistant to Owen Yarwood. ARCA. Festival of Britain Mural/Pavilion Designer. Modern Designer and Medieval Glass painting apprentice to Master Glass Painter Stanley Scott - Newcastle.
Awarded: Prestigious Royal Society of Arts designation (RSAB), presented by Sir Christopher Chataway on behalf of HM in recognition as setting the Standards for industry and education in glass design. Awarded Worshipful company of Glaziers Guild and industry scholarships to glass centres in England, York, Canterbury, London, Edinburgh, Durham, York, Paris, Chartres and Rheims to study medieval stained Glass painting and history. Awarded House and Garden lst prize British Textile Designers - Design printed by Heals of London plus travelling scholarships to Textile Producers. Design chosen to tour Europe and United states. Awarded 1st Prize - Innovations in Wall Murals Competition- Laminated plastics s urface decoration category - Arborite, Canada.
Appointed Executive Glass designer: Pilkington Brothers, James A. Jopling- England. Hysil- Germany and Corning Corporation-New York. .Free-lance restoration, glass, and mural ,commission artist to corporate clients:Pyrex ware, Imperial Tobacco Ind, ICI, British Titan Products,John Line, Reed Millican, Leeds art-glass.
Married Michael J Travers, Constructivist Sculptor, printmaker, photographer and teacher. Established ecclesiastic glass restoration studio for commission work. Appointed by Leeds Art Glass to head restoration of St. John's Cathedral - damaged by acid during stone cleaning. Emigrated to Canada - Established free-lance Art and Design Company with fellow-artist and Husband Michael Travers -Ast. Prof -University of Alberta. Taught Fine-art at U of A, and Edmonton Art Gallery.Exhibited as gallery fine-artist and designer, in England, Europe, Canada and United states.
Appointed Project Manager and Designer-Government of Alberta, Public Affairs Bureau responsible for displays and exhibition: Klondike Days, Gov Historic exhibit and Award winning Parade Float, All Gov Departments and Travel Alberta's promotional material and displays
Awarded: 1st Prize Ontario Centennial - International Ecclesiastical Banner Competition. Travelling exhibit-north America. Awarded 1st prize- Alberta craft Council- best souvenir design for children. Consultant to Gov of Alberta Public works to write report on Arts and crafts projects in Alberta's Institutions, Coordinated interior art and design projects in association with Rockliffe architects in building new public hospitals in Alberta.
Ernest Newman Award from University of Alberta for excellence in Public Administration. Appointed to Minister of Culture's Heritage council, in recognition of founding and organizing Heritage Days celebrating the Doukhobors and French descendants of Southern Alberta. Economic development representative for Municipal District of Pincher Creek. Alberta.
Lindisfarne Art and glass studio in Calgary with Michael - joint commissions including: Historical chronicle windows for Bob Blair, Chairman -CEO Nova Corporation.
1999- moved to Riondel,BC to recuperate from surgeries, pain and fatigue. Started work on mixed media Cultural History project, for therapy. 2000-Diagnosed with SJogren's Syndrome, fibromyalgia,and six related auto-immune disorders. 2002 moved to Trail for healthcare. 2005 moved to Fruitvale. BC.