Maria Gaspar

No One Knows, No One Sees (Study Detail), 2015

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. Using installation, sculpture, performance, audio, and community-engagement processes, her artistic practice negotiates matters of space, contested geographies, and authority. Her action-based and performative interventions with youth and adults explore the social and political body through long-term processes. Gaspar's art practice includes founding major community-based art projects, such as City As Site (2010) and The 96 Acres Project, a current series of public, site-responsive art projects that examine the Cook County Jail and the impact of incarceration on communities of color. She has presented her work at The MCA Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, and Artspace New Haven, amongst others. Recently, Gaspar was awarded a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the National Museum of Mexican Art Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award, and residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Project Row Houses in Houston. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune as Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaspar received her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.


+ Awarded a 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award for her art practice.

+ 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.


+ Solo Exhibition @ The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago in March 2016