See Through Eagle And Serpent Eyes (Detail), 2015
Born in Chicago, Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist. Her artistic practice negotiates matters of space and authority. Using installation, sculpture, performance, community-engagement, and audio, she examines contested geographies, such as oppressive architectures within public space to create new social codes and interventions. Her collaborative projects identify spaces of tension to produce experiences that are generative and pedagogy that draws from community-based participation/scholarship. She creates action-based and performative art experiences with youth and adults that explore the social and political body through long-term processes. Gaspar has presented her work at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Artspace New Haven, and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, amongst others. She received a Sor Juana Young Visionary Award from the National Museum of Mexican Art for her artistic work in 2008. Recently, she was awarded a prestigious Creative Capital Award for a set of sound projects in Chicago, a Maker Grant through the Chicago Artist Coalition, as as well as an upcoming residency at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune as Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts in 2014.
Maria Gaspar is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Performance, Contemporary Practices, and Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
+ Awarded a 2015 Creative Capital Award for a series of sound projects.
+ Awarded a 2015 Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event IAP Grant.
+ Awarded a 2015 Experimental Sound Studio Artist Residency Award, Chicago.
+ Named 2015 Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts by writer and art critic, Lori Waxman of the Chicago Tribune.
+ Named Breakout Artist of 2015 by New City Magazine.
CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
+ Panelist, Unwinding the Labyrinth @ Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
+ Exhibition and Panelist, Arrested Progress: Perspectives on Race, Community, and Criminal Justice @ Yale University Art Gallery, CT
+ Awarded a Residency @ Project Row Houses in Houston in Fall 2015.
+ Exhibition @ Threewalls Gallery, On Being Watched and Watching (working title), Threewalls Gallery, Chicago in Spring 2015.
+ Solo Exhibition @ The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago in March 2015.