Maria McKinney makes work through a range of media including sculpture, installation, photography and video. She combines hand-craft with response to context, collaborating with scientists and farmers to produce projects that explore ideas surrounding genomics and agriculture.

Her work was included in the four person exhibition Somewhere in Between at the Wellcome Collection, London UK in 2018. She was shortlisted for the inaugural MAC International Prize 2014 selected by Hugh Mulholland, Judith Nesbitt and Francesco Bonami.

Maria McKinney has made a number of solo exhibitions including the RHA, Dublin, Ireland (2016); Lokaal 01, Antwerp, Belgium (2016); La Permanence, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2015); the MAC, Belfast UK (2012) the Lab, Dublin, Ireland (2010) and the Context Gallery, Derry, UK (2008). Group exhibitions include at the Gregg Museum, NC, USA (2019); Sunderland Museum, UK (2019) and Void Gallery, UK (2015).

Her work is part of the collections of the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading UK, Europol, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Office of Public Works and Bank of Ireland.

Residency awards include: Skowhegan, Maine, USA, 2017; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland 2017-2020; Parity Studios, science resident UCD, Dublin, Ireland 2015-2016; Fire Station Artists Studios, Dublin, Ireland 2012-2015; Banff Centre Residency, Canada, funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland 2010, The Red Stables, Dublin City Council, Ireland 2009.