Lives and works in Chicago, IL


EDUCATION

 

University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Art & Design, MFA Studio Arts, 2009, Chicago, IL

Pratt Institute, School of Art & Design, BFA Painting with a Minor in Art Education, 2002, Brooklyn, NY

 

AWARDS + GRANTS + FELLOWSHIPS

 

2017

Art Matters Award, Recipient, Art Matters Foundation, New York City, NY

Chamberlain Award, Recipient of Social Practice Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Visible Award, Longlisted, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, Trivero BI, Italy

Mitchell Enhancement Fund, Recipient, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant, Recipient, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Rome Prize in the Visual Arts, First Alternate Finalist, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

2016

Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, Recipient, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York City, NY

Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, Recipient, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York City, NY

SAIC Faculty Enrichment Award, Recipient, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Award, Recipient, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York City, NY      

2015

Creative Capital Award, Recipient of Artist Award, Creative Capital, New York City, NY

Individual Artist Program Grant, Recipient of Professional Development Grant, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL

Artist as Activist Sor Juana Achievement Award, Recipient, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2014

Propeller Award, Recipient of project award with collective entitled, Multiuso, Threewalls Gallery and Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

Maker Grant, Recipient of artist award, Chicago Artist Coalition and Other Peoples Pixels, Chicago, IL

2013

National Endowment for the Arts – ArtWorks, Project Recipient for 96 Acres Project with support from Enlace Chicago and the Chicago Public Art Group, Washington, D.C.

Chicago Community Trust Grant, Project Recipient for 96 Acres Project with support from Enlace and the Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

2012         

Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Recipient for funding of artist book of flash fictions, Chicago, IL

2010         

National Endowment for the Arts – Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth Grant, Project Recipient with support from the Chicago Public Art Group and Enlace Chicago for City As Site project, Washington, DC

Illinois Art Council Individual Artist Support Initiative Artist Project Grant, Recipient, Chicago, IL

2009         

Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Award, Recipient, Chicago, IL

2008         

Abraham Lincoln Fellowship Award, Recipient, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

2007         

Sor Juana Festival Young Visionary Award, Recipient, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Abraham Lincoln Fellowship Award, Recipient, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL


SELECTED ONE AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

BY INVITATION

 

2016

Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter (solo), National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

On The Border of What Is Formless and Monstrous, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL

2015

Into Body Into Wall, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL

2013

Gaspar/Hall, The Franklin, Chicago, IL

2011

All That Also Means To See (solo), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010

Maria Gaspar/Helene Maureen Cooper: New Work, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

2009

Oblation for A Parade (solo), UBS 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

BY INVITATION

 

2018

Talking to Action, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

A Body Measured Against the Earth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Carceral State, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

On The Inside Out, James W. & Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

Expanded Threads, Latino Arts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2017

Carceral States, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

Memoria Presente, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

2016

For Freedoms, Curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Dispatches (as part of “For Freedoms”), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

Not Just Another Pretty Face, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

EXPO Chicago, Curated by Monique Meloche, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Incarceration Nation, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Arresting Patterns: Perspectives on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression, and Community, African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Present Standard, Curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2015

First Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

Arresting Patterns: Perspectives on Race, Criminal Justice, Artistic Expression, and Community, Artspace, New Haven, CT

Spectra, UNO St. Claude, New Orleans, LA

After Today, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Minimale2, Leiter Alpineum Produzentengalerie, Lucerne, Switzerland

Material Normal Monumental, Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL

2014

Public Secrets (by Marinella Senatore), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

2013

Pulso, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

El Normal Monumental, Garcia Squared Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

10 x 10 Exhibition and Silent Auction, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012

Home: Public or Private, 6018NORTH, Chicago, IL

WE: Out There, Reykjavik, Iceland

Living by Example (by Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan), Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL

2011

Unfinished Business: Arts Education, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL

Territories, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL

2010

Ground Floor, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

National, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

After Adelita: Myths, Heroes and Revolutionaries, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009

These Are Yours, Too, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008

The Invisible Hand, The Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL


COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ART PRACTICE

 

2016-18

Research + Development Lab, Artist development of community-based project in Chicago, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017-18

Radioactive, Lead artist and instructor for program with detainees as part of the 96 Acres Project that will develop into a large-scale public projection, Cook County Department of Corrections, Chicago, IL

2017

Hidden Lives, Illuminated, Advisor for public art project modeled after my project, 96 Acres, in Chicago, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2012-18

96 Acres Project, Founder/Lead artist in public art projects that engage the Cook County Jail and neighboring residents, Chicago, IL

2015-17

Sounds for Liberation, Lead artist for community sound installation at the New Haven Correctional Center located between the Dixwell and Dwight communities, Artspace, New Haven, CT

2013

VOCALO Community Partnership, Project Recipient for one-year development and production partnership for audio interviews project at the Cook County Jail as part of the 96 Acres Project, Chicago, IL

2011

Aqua Interlude and Reflection, Co-lead artist for 1,600 sq. ft. mural with fifty young people at the Columbus/Roosevelt Underpass, After School Matters, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

2010

City As Site, Lead artist, co-grant writer, and director for series of summer art projects based on temporary public art practices in the Lawndale communities of Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Public Art Group, Enlace Chicago, Chicago, IL

We are an Important Investment in This World, Lead artist for community mural with youth as part of violence prevention program, Enlace Chicago, Cease Fire Program, Chicago, IL

2009

To Become, Lead artist for summer public art project with community youth, Project Vida, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

2007

Arte En Las Calles, Co-lead artist for art program working with homeless adults, youth and children in downtown public plaza (Plaza Zarco), BreakArts Organization, Mexico City, Mexico

We Are, Nosotros Somos…, Co-lead artist for mixed media mural with community youth, Paderewski School, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

Washington Park Public Art Project, Co-lead artist for walkway design at Washington Park, Thompson Dyke & Associates, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

2006

Art at Work, Lead artist for mosaic mural with high school youth, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL

On Wings of Water, Assistant artist for Ginny Sykes for O’Hare Airport mosaic with high-school youth, After-School Matters, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

2005

A Journey Through Everyday Life, Lead artist for outdoor mural with high-school youth, Garfield Park Conservatory, After-School Matters, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago, IL

2004

Ice-Cream Dream, Lead assistant artist for large-scale glass tile mural, Hector Duarte Studio, Western (Douglas) Pink Line Station, Chicago Public Art Group, CTA Arts in Transit Program, Chicago, IL


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT + COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

 

2017

Young Cultural Steward Fellowship, Artist Talk, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL

SPACE Program, Guest Artist, Museum of Contemporary Art with Curie High School, Chicago, IL

2015

Maria Gaspar: Art Practice, Artist visit and lecture in Jamal Cyrus’ Youth Council Program, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

2014

Little Village Arts Center, Organizer for development of community arts center, Enlace Chicago, IL

Inside, Outside, Upside, Keynote Speaker for Xochipilli: Latinos in the Arts, Association of Latin American Student Festival, Jones College Prep, Chicago, IL

Maria Gaspar: Artist Practice, Artist talk on art practice, Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago, IL

96 Acres Project, Artist talk on art practice, North Lawndale College Prep, Chicago, IL

2013

Visionary: Innovating Arts Practices in Little Village, Organizer for discussion regarding past and current arts programs and events taking place in the Little Village community of Chicago, Chicago Artist Month, Chicago, IL

CO-LAB, Co-lead artist for experimental workshop with MCA teaching artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Quality of Life Plan for the Arts in Little Village, Editor for second phase of Quality of Life Plan, Enlace Chicago and Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), Chicago, IL

21MINUS, Lead Artist for workshop and performance with ten Chicago youth during event organized by the Teen Creative Agency, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Art Buffet Performance, Co-lead artist with artist Jorge Lucero for performance with high-school youth, ALT-City Visual, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL

Public Evidence, Artist teacher for high school after-school art program that investigates public space, site-specific art, and city interventions, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL

To Be Lost Is To Be Fully Present, Lead Artist for John Cage workshop with Chicago Public School teachers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2012

Maria Gaspar: Studio Practice, Guest artist lecturer for after-school program for youth, Good News Only, Chicago, IL

2011

Elevating the Everyday: Teaching as Performance, Lectured and led series of Fluxus based works using the MCA’s galleries as performance space with Chicago Public School teachers, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010

Why Art?, Artist talk on current work and art practice geared towards community youth, Yollocalli Arts Reach, The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Art Narratives: Contemporary Mexican Art, Artist-Teacher for after school arts program for high-school youth, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL

2009

Does Place Matter?, Lead artist for performance art program with 6th-8th graders, Pros Arts Studio, Chicago

Maria Gaspar: Current Work, Artist lecture on current art practice and recent 12 x 12 MCA exhibit, Yollocalli Arts Reach, Chicago, IL

2008

Art and Democracy Workshop, Lead-Artist for a teacher education program culminating in a public performance art piece, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Murals in Chicago, Guest artist lecture on my public artwork, Yollocalli Arts Reach, Chicago, IL

2007

Enlace Arts Initiative, Arts Consultant in developing and founding arts programs in the Little Village community, Enlace Chicago, Chicago, IL

2006

Enlace Arts Initiative, Arts Consultant in developing and founding arts programs in the Little Village community, Enlace Chicago, Chicago, IL

What is Installation Art?, Lead-Artist for after-school installation art program with high school youth, After School Matters, Yollocalli Arts Reach, The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Pre-College Program, Artist-teacher for intensive high-school summer arts program, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL

2005

Enlace Arts Initiative, Arts Consultant in developing and establishing arts programs in the Little Village community (West Side), Enlace, Chicago, IL

A.C.T. School Residency, Artist-Teacher for after-school teen arts program developed by Theaster Gates in West Garfield Park, Chicago, IL


 PERFORMANCES

 

2014

Cook County Jail: The Visible and Invisible Archives, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2012

Sightings, Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM), Reykjavik, Iceland

2009

Burying Brown (Solo), South Side Community Art Center, Chicago, IL

In Memory of…(Solo), Chicago Feminisms: Past, Present and Future, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

La Pocha Nostra Performance, The Historic Y, MOCA Tucson, AZ

2008

Una Cancion Para Ti, Una Cancion Para Mi Y Unas Iliusiones…, Pilsen Open Studios, Chicago, IL

The Silent Message of the Museum (invited to perform a character based in a slave narrative written and produced by Theaster Gates), Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Fluidity: 7 Hats in 48 Minutes (invited to perform in a group performance by Theaster Gates), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2007

Memorial Gestures (invited to perform in twelve-hour durational performance by Ernesto Pujol), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Escultura Social: A New Generation of Art from Mexico City (invited to perform as museum greeter using script developed by Maria Allós), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2006

OJO! Mujeres de Conciencia, La Petenera (Solo), Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, San Antonio, TX


LECTURES + COLLOQUIA

 

2018

Reclaiming Justice: Transformational Approaches to Community Safety and Wellbeing, Panelist for national gathering of policy makers, Equity Summit 2018: Policy Link, Oakland, CA

2017

Building Chicago’s Inclusive Economy: The Role of the Creative Sector, MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL

Collector’s Circle Artist Talk, Featured studio visit and artist talk for CAC collector’s members, Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

The Arts and The Incarcerated Mind: Art Programs and Justice Systems, Featured panelist in relation to current exhibition by Martín Ramírez, Institute of Contemporary Art LA, Los Angeles, CA

Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test, Artist Talk, Art Institute of Chicago Museum and SAIC Museum Education, Chicago, IL

Spatial Justice and Expanded Practice, Featured panelist alongside artists Seitu Jones and Frances Whitehead and museum director, Jennifer Montgomery, Year of Public Art Symposium, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, IL

Maria Gaspar: Artist Talk, Painting Department, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

Headlands Center of the Arts Talks, Invited Presenter, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Art, Publics, Politics: Legacies of the Wall of Respect, Panelist with Dread Scott, Scheherazade Tillet and moderated by Huey Copeland, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Maria Gaspar: Artist Talk, California Institute of the Arts, Santa Clarita, CA

Open Engagement Conference, Featured Presenter, Public conversation with civil rights photographer, Maria Varela, Open Engagement, Chicago, IL

Mass Incarceration: Art and Social Justice Symposium, Featured Presenter, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

Ox-Bow Visiting Artist Lecture, Featured Artist and Artist Talk, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

Visiting Artist Talk, Art Department, Invited by Sarah Berkeley, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Visiting Artist Talk, Public Engagement in Museums and Exhibitions, Invited by William Estrada, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Artist Talk, The History of Curriculum (academic class of police officers pursuing doctorate degrees), College of Education, Invited by Gonzalo Obelleiro, PhD., DePaul University, Chicago, IL

2016

The Social Practice That is Race, Panelist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Envisioning Justice: A Symposium on Art, Activism, and Mass Incarceration, Speaker, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York City, NY

U.S. Latinx Arts Futures Symposium (invited by Teresita Fernandez), Speaker, Ford Foundation, New York City, NY

Maria Gaspar Public Practice, (invited by Mario Ybarra Jr.), Slanguage, LAXart, Los Angeles, CA

Creative Capital Artist Retreat, Presenter, Creative Capital Foundation, Troy, NY

Artist Talk, Social Studies Methods for the Elementary Classroom, College of Education, Invited by Rachel Harper, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Feeling and Movement of Place (moderated by Erina Duganne), Presenter, The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago

Creating Conversations: Artists Addressing the Prison Industrial Complex (moderated by Michelle Coffey), Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY

Reimaging Global Intersections: Tania Bruguera, Maria Gaspar, Thomas Ybarra-Frausto, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Antonio Martorell, Featured Presenter and Panelist, Smithsonian Latino Center and Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Supersession: Art Teachers as Community Artists as Community Leaders (organized and moderated by Olivia Gude), Presenter, Super-session at National Art Education Association Conference, Chicago, IL

Manifestando Creative Resistance + Participatory Work: The 96 Acres Project, Panelist, Fifth Latino Art Now Re-imaging Global Intersections Conference, Inter-University Program for Latino Research, Chicago, IL

Present Standard, Panelist regarding exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements, Panelist, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Art of Change, (invited by Ford Fellow Carrie Mae Weems), Presenter, Ford Foundation, New York City, NY

Imagining the Global, Panelist, Latino Art Now Conference, Inter-University Program of Latino Research, Smithsonian Latino Center and University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Artists Now: Maria Gaspar, Presenter, Department of Art and Design Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2015

OPEN SOURCE: Unwinding the Labyrinth, Panelist, City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Maria Gaspar: Art Practice, Artist lecture on my current art practice, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

One State Together in the Arts Conference, Presenter, Arts Alliance Illinois, Evanston, IL 

Artist Talk, Department of Art + Art History, Professor Mary Magsamen, University of Houston, Houston, TX

Arrested Progress: Perspectives on Race, Community, and Criminal Justice, Panelist, Yale University Art Gallery, Hew Haven, CT

Speaker, Creating Justice Symposium, Oakton Community College, Oakton, IL

Panelist, Arrested Progress: Perspectives on Race, Community, and Criminal Justice, Panelist, Yale University Art Gallery, Hew Haven, CT

Artist Panel, Social Studies Methods for the Elementary Classroom, Invited by Rachel Harper, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Art, Power, and Empowerment: Acting for Cultural Equity, Panelist, Public Art and Placemaking Preconference, Americans for the Arts, Chicago, IL

Short Stacks: Artist's Talks, Presenter, Public Art and Placemaking, Americans for the Arts, Chicago, IL

Creating Justice Symposium, Speaker, Oakton Community College, Oakton, IL

Touching Revolution: Creative Responses to Mass Incarceration (organized by artists Mark Strandquist Courtney Bowles, and Gregory Sale), Panelist, Open Engagement Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

2014

Artist Talk, Sociology of Latinas/os, Sociology Department, Invited by Michael de Anda Muñiz, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Artist Talk, Assistant Professor of Public Arts, Social Justice, and Culture Shortlist, Studio Arts Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

96 Acres Project, Presenter on 96 Acres Project, Teachers for Social Justice Conference, Teachers for Social Justice, Chicago, IL

Creative Resistance in a Prison Nation, A Lived Practice, Panelist, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Collective Action: Reflecting on the Taller de Gráfica Popular, Panelist, Art Institute of Chicago Museum, Chicago, IL

Marking Time: Prison Arts and Activism Conference, Speaker and Panelist, Rutgers University, Institute for Research on Women, Newark, NJ

Effective Approaches to Working Across Communities, Panelist, Sixty Inches from Center, Chicago, IL

Tracers Takes on Feminism: Conversations about Motherhood, LGBTQ and Race, Panelist, Tracers Book Club, Threewalls Gallery, Chicago, IL

2013

James Rojas and Maria Gaspar: Talking Latino Urbanism (curated by Marshall Brown and Stephanie Smith), Artist Talk with urban planner regarding my site-specific work in Little Village and as part of The Spontaneous Interventions Program, New Projects, Chicago, IL

2011

Woman Art Revolution!, Discussion between artists - Maria Gaspar, Ni’ja Whitson, and Ruby Thorkelson regarding women in contemporary art, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, DePaul University, Chicago, Chicago, IL

2010

A Chicago History of Mural Making, Guest Lecturer on history of Chicago murals and public art to Arts & Community Development Class with Professor Carol Ng-He, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Maria Gaspar/Helen Maureen Cooper: New Work, Lecture on exhibition, O’Conner Gallery, River Forest, IL

Artist Talk, A Chicago History of Mural Making, Arts & Community Development, Invited by Carol Ng-He, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2009

Oblation for A Parade, Artist talk on exhibition, UBS 12 x 12 New Artists/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Simultaneous Visibility and Invisibility of Feminist Performance Art in Chicago, Panelist for Chicago Feminisms: Past, Present and Future concerning feminist issues in relation to art practice and performance art, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL


RESIDENCIES

 

2018

Rauschenberg Artist Residency, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL

2017

Headlands Center for the Arts Artist in Residence (AIR) program and Chamberlain Award, Sausalito, CA

SAIC Nichols Tower Artist in Residency, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Rauschenberg Grantee Summit 2017, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL

Ox-Bow Visiting Artist, Featured Artist, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2015

Experimental Sound Studio Residency, Recipient of Artist Project Award, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL

 2:2:2 Exchange at Project Row Houses, Resident Artist, Project Row Houses with the Hyde Park Art Center, Houston, TX

2009

Convocatoria: La Pocha Nostra’s International Performance Intensive Workshop Residency with Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Recipient, MOCA Tucson, AZ

2006

Ragdale Foundation Artist Residency & Friendship Award, Recipient, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL


JURYING EXPERIENCE

 

2016

Archeworks, Review Committee, Chicago, IL

Propeller Fund, Jury Member, Threewalls/Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago, IL

2015

Unites States Artists Fellowship, Nominator, Chicago, IL

2014

National Endowment for the Arts, Grant Reviewer, Washington, D.C.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

2018

Mohamed Mehdi, Creating Justice: Interview with Maria Gaspar, Oakton Community College, Date TBA.

2017

Alex Greenberger, Art Matters Names 2017 Grantees, Art News, Dec. 12.

Jacqueline Serrato, Pilsen Artists Open Up their Studios on their “Quinceñera”, Chicago Tribune/Hoy, Oct. 20.

Matt Stromberg, Talking About the Challenges and Benefits of Arts Programs for Prisoners, Hyperallergic, Oct. 16.

Lucy Gellman, Sounds Like Liberation, The Arts Paper, Sept. 7.

Alan Nakagawa, VISITINGS: Maria Gaspar, DUBLAB Radio, 91.7FM (Los Angeles), Sept. 7.

Weston Teruya, Interview with Maria Gaspar, (un)Making Podcast, Daily Serving-Art Practical, Aug. 11.

Kate Sierzputowski, Floating Museum Literally Becomes a Floating Museum, Chicago Reader, Aug. 9.

Lori Waxman, National Museum of Mexican Art Celebrates its 30th with a Protest Party, July 5.

Dan Gunn, No Justice, No Peace: Open Engagement Conference 2017, Chicago Artists Writers, May 1.

Alex Fialho, Practice Makes Perfect, Artforum, April 28.  

Stephanie Kulke, Exhibition and Symposium Trace Colorful Legacy of Wall of Respect, Northwestern Now, April 18.

2016

Kate Sierzputowski, INSIDE/WITHIN Interview with Maria Gaspar, INSIDE/WITHIN, Dec. 30.

Lori Waxman, Winter Preview: 10 Arts Shows Not to Miss, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 28.

Tal Rosenberg, Newcity’s Art 50: the leaders of Chicago’s visual culture of 2016, New City, Dec. 6.

Lisa Bertagnolli, Crain’s 40 Under 40, Crain’s Magazine, Dec­. 5.

Christopher Borelli, If Art Can’t Fix Problems, What Good Is it?, Chicago Tribune, Nov. 11.

Araceli Cruz, 11 Latino Social Justice Artists You Need To Know, Vivala, Sept. 29.

Luna Goldberg, Visual Social Practice: Maria Gaspar’s Activist Art, Fnews Magazine, Aug. 1.

Tempestt Hazel, Radioactive: An Interview with Maria Gaspar, Artslant, July 11.

Lori Waxman, Here’s Why You Should Visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, July 6.

Alex Greenberger, Actual Revolution: Chelsea’s Jack Shainman Gallery Transforms into Headquarters for an Artist-Run Super Pac, ArtNews, June 6.

Alexis Clements, What Role Can Artists Play In Prison Reform?,  Hyperallergic, April 28.

Vasia Rigou, An Experiment in Reimagining Freedom: A Profile of Maria Gaspar, Newcity, April 19.

Sarah Urist Green, Body in Place: Maria Gaspar, The Art Assignment, Mar. 31.

Matt Morris, Artforum Critics’ Picks, Artforum Magazine, Mar. 25.

Misha Useph, Artist Reflect on Living Next to Cook County Jail, Medill Reports Chicago, Mar. 9.

Lori Waxman, Good Looking: A Survey of Contemporary Latino Art, The Chicago Tribune, Feb. 24.

Darren Wan, A Radical Imagination: The 96 Acres Project, South Side Weekly, Feb. 16.

Lori Waxman, All Together Now: A New Biennial in Elmhurst, The Chicago Tribune, Jan. 14.

2015

Lori Waxman, The Best of 2015 in Chicago Visual Art, The Chicago Tribune, Dec. 11.

Rachel Otwell, 96 Acres Explores Incarceration with Radical Art, National Public Radio, Nov. 4.

Anthony Mills (ZIN), Maria Gaspar and the 96 Acres Project (live interview), All Real Radio at Project Row Houses, Houston, Oct. 23.

Catalina Maria Johnson, The Browning of America, Beat Latino (podcast), Chicago Public Media, Sept. 25.

Julia Hamer-Light, Pushing Paint, The Yale Herald, Sept. 18.

Danilo Machado, Aesthetics and Social Justice: Arresting Patterns at Artspace, Artcritical, Aug. 24.

Eleanor Catolico, Public Art Collaborative Interprets Jail Statistics, The Gate News, Aug. 19.

Karma Chavez, Maria Gaspar Discusses 96 Acres, WORT (89.9FM), Madison, WI, Aug. 19.

Erica Demarest, 96 Acres, 40 Cars, 1000s of Stories: Residents Reflect On Cook County Jail, DNA Info Aug. 17.

Sarah Rose Sharp, On A Block in Chicago, A Participatory Project Visualizes Jail Data, Hyperallergic, Aug. 15.

Noah Hanna, Review: After Today/Gallery 400, New City Magazine, July 7.

Kyle Gaffin, 10 of Chicago's Placemakers, Lumpen Magazine, June 26.

Bert Stabler, 96 Acres and Project NIA: Building an Anti-Incarceration Infrastructure, Transactions (Dublin, Chicago): Dialogues in Trans-Disciplinary Practice, June 9.

Dan S. Wang, The City After Today, Political Art After Yesterday, Propositions Press 2.1, July 1.

Maria Girgenti, 2015 Breakout Artists of the Year, Newcity, April 30.

Syeda Hasan, Houston & Chicago Swap Artists in Residency Program, Houston Public Media, Feb. 16.

2014

Lori Waxman, Chicagoan of the Year in Visual Arts, The Chicago Tribune, Dec. 23.

Mahjabeen Syed, Maria Gaspar and Jennifer Reeder among 2015 Creative Capital Awardees, Newcity, Art, Jan. 26.

Steven Schmadeke, Art Project Attempts to Humanize Cook County Jail, The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 27.

Rachel Hoffman, Writing and Performance Workshop Questions the Meaning of Power, The Gate Newspaper, Oct. 22.

Katherine Mariani, Art Sparks Dialogue About Cook County Jail, The Chicago Reporter, Oct. 27.

2013

Cecilia Vargas, El Material Normal Monumental (catalog), Garcia Squared Gallery

The Morning Amp, Cook County Jail: The Visible and Invisible, Vocalo (90.7FM), Aug. 15. 

The Barbershop Show with Richard Steele, Cook County Jail: The Visible and Invisible (live interview), Vocalo (90.7FM), April 26. 

Lucia Anaya, Artists, Community Leaders Aim to Transform Cook County Jail Wall, The Gate Newspaper, May 20.

Bad At Sports, Top Five Weekend Picks, Feb. 28.

2012

Lori Waxman, Home Is Where the Feral Cats Watch T.V., Arts and Entertainment, Oct. 10.

Matthew Walberg, Cook County Jail Could Provide a Canvas for Storytelling, Dec. 27.

Emily Ornberg, Making Murals, Enticing Communities, The Columbia Chronicle, Oct. 22.

2011

Lauren Viera, Taking Over Underpasses: 40 Years On, Chicago Public Art Group Bonds Community, Creativity, Chicago Tribune, Arts + Entertainment Section, Nov. 21.

Lauren Weinberg, O’Conner Gallery Innovates at Dominican University, TimeOut Chicago, Feb. 9.

Julia Hendrickson, Territories: A Compendium (publication), Explosion House by Maria Gaspar, Chicago.

Lauren Weinberg, Pushing (the city) limits, TimeOut Chicago, Feb. 10.

2010

Maria Gaspar, City As Site (publication), Blurb.com, Nov. 15.

WCIU, You and Me in the Morning Interview, Community Art, Oct. 4.

Jessica Cochran, CS Magazine, Artist Profile, Dec.

Lauren Weinberg, Chicago’s Next Art Stars, TimeOut Chicago, Aug. 26.

Amy Galpin, After Adelita: Myths, Heroes and Revolutionaries (catalog), Woman Made Gallery, Sept.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Commitment Team, Chicago, IL (2018)

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Advisory Circle, New York, NY (2017)

MacArthur Foundation, Envisioning Justice Committee Member, Chicago, IL (2017)

ACRE, Equity Committee, Chicago, IL (2016-2017)

Arts Club of Chicago, Member, Chicago, IL (2015-2017)

Chicago Public Art Group, Core Artist, Chicago, IL (2007-2017)

Chicago Home Theater Festival, Curatorial Board, Chicago, IL (2015)

CDOT Placemaking Guidelines Committee, Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago, IL (2014)

Part-Time Faculty Concerns Committee, Instructor Rep., SAIC, Chicago, IL (2012-2014)

The 606, (formerly The Bloomingdale Trail), Arts Committee, Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, IL (2011)

Illinois Arts Council, Roster Artist, Chicago, IL (2005-2010)

Little Village Arts Fest, Founding Member and Lead Organizer, Chicago, IL (2005-2007)

Alianza Latino Organization, Founder, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY (1999-2002)