Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist negotiating the politics of location and geography through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. Gaspar is the founder of large-scale art projects City As Site (2010), and The 96 Acres Project (2012-Present), which examines the impact of incarceration through artistic interventions at the Cook County Jail located in her native community in Chicago. Gaspar’s work has been featured at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY; Artspace, New Haven, CT; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and the Alpineum Produzentengalerie in Luzern, Switzerland. Gaspar is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Artist As Activist Fellowship, and a Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art. She recently completed a residency at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX and was awarded an upcoming residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts with a Chamberlain Award. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaspar holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.


+ Awarded a 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship

+ Awarded a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

+ 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.