Jill McKeown studied at the University of Ulster, Belfast receiving an MA Fine & Applied Art in 1997 and a BA (Hons.) Combined Studies Art & Design in 1995. Since leaving college she has undertaken artists residencies in Wisconsin, Ohio, Maine, Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, Venice, Italy, Annaghmakerrig, Cushendall and Clo Ceardlann, Donegal.

McKeown has gained an international reputation, exhibiting in solo and group shows in Ireland, UK, America, Europe, Egypt, China and Japan. She explores memory and simultaneous experiences with the passing of time and associations with place through photographic source material and the process of photo-intaglio printmaking to create visceral layers of details and associations.

She currently lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is a member of Seacourt Print Workshop where she teaches printmaking classes in photo-intaglio. Since 2004 Jill has been an artist-in-residence with Arts Care, a leading arts in health charity in Northern Ireland facilitating art programs in healthcare and community settings.

In December 2008 McKeown was awarded the Leonie King Mid-Career Artist Award at Impressions 2008, Galway, selected by Robert Kennan, Bonhams Auctioneers, London.

Jill McKeown's work can currently be seen at: