Maria Spector
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photograph by Orestes Gonzalez

EDUCATION

The City University of New York, Queens College: M.F.A. in Painting
Harvard University, HGSE: Ed.M in Counseling and Consulting Psychology
Binghamton University: BA in Psychology and Studio Art, Phi Beta Kappa
Art Students League, Life Member and Merit scholarship

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017 
  • Making Connections, The Plaxall Gallery and Henry DeFord Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • UPSTANDERS!!, The Factory, Long Island City, NY         
  • Art-o-mat, Meow Wolf, Santa Fe NM and The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV
  • Art-o-mat, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Summer of Love, Patchogue Art Gallery, Patchougue, NY
  • 8Loves, The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Art from our City, The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Nasty Women, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, NY
  • Postcards from the Edge, 19th Annual, Metro Pictures, NY, NY
2016
  • LIC-A Show, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Animal Women, The Local NY, Long Island City, NY
2015
  • Frequency 440, The Factory, Long Island City, NY
  • Wish You Were Here 14, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • Over the Bridge, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
2014
  • GO.FIGURE, Gotham Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  • Age of Innocence, Gallery 5404, Massapequa, NY
2013
  • People, Paces & Things, Omni Gallery, Garden City, NY 2012 
2012
  • NURTUREart 2012 Benefit, Charles Bank Gallery, New York, NY 2011
2011
  • Patchogue Arts Biennial, Briarcliff College, Patchogue, NY
  • Dreams and Realities of Daily Life, Permanent exhibition at SNAP: Art Connects New York, Queens NY
2010
  • NURTUREart Benefit, ZieherSmith, New York, NY
  • Tela Design Studio, Freedom Week Art Auction, New York, NY
2009
  • Discover Emerging Artists, Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY
  • Social (Virus), NURTUREart Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
  • National Association of Women Artists 120th Anniversary Exhibition, Hub Robeson Galleries, Penn State University, University Park, PA and Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2008    
  • Discover Emerging Artists, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
  • Insights into Suburbia, Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, West Lafayette,Indiana and Dana Gallery, Rutgers University: Newark Campus 
2007
  • Melting Pot, Project Diversity Queens, World Culture OpenCenter, Flushing, NY
  • Insights into Suburbia, Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY
2006
  • Figurative/Not Literal, Omni Gallery, Long Island, NY
  • Salon: An exhibition of works of art created by women artists, Bellevue Hospital Center
2005
  • New ’05, Spike Gallery, New York, NY
2004
  • Small Works, artSPACE@16, Malden, MA
  • In the Face of Others, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Gallery New York, NY
2003
  • ID_ENTITY, NURTUREart Gallery, Williamsburg, NY
  • Ready, Set, Go! An Exhibit of Toys & Games in Art, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, AK
  • Nature Hanging by a Thread, Queens Theater in the Park, Flushing, NY
2002
  • Nipples, a Hallway Project, Site-specific installation, PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY.
2001
  • Play, Gallery Korea, New York, NY.
  • Shadows, Site-specific exhibit, Citibank, Court Square, Long Island City, NY.
2000
  • Faces, Site-specific exhibit, Queens Theater in the Park, Flushing, NY.

PUBLIC PROJECTS and MULTIDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATIONS
  • Art-O-Mat, Artist in Cellophane, Jaggedy Doll Project of artworks placed in repurposed cigarette vending machines, 2016 (ongoing)
  • Doll Project, site-specific installation, 2016 (ongoing)
  • Portraits of Artists, Long Island City Queens. 55 Artists, 3 Years: Included in Photo Project of Long Island City Artists by Orestes Gonzalez, Long Island City, NY, 2012
  • Greenspace, Collaboration of Artists, Musicians & Dancers, Greenspace, Long Island City, NY, 2010
  • Living Shadows, site-specific exhibit, Astoria Park and Sean’s Place Playground (funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through QCA), 2002
  • Shadows, site-specific exhibit, Citibank, Court Square, Long Island City, NY (funded by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through QCA), 2001
  • Faces, site-specific exhibit, Queens Theater in the Park, Flushing, NY (funded by New York State Council on the Arts), 2000
AWARDS and RESIDENCIES
  • Susan Kahn Award, National Association of Women Artists, 2007
  • Soaring Gardens Artist Retreat, Ora Lerman Trust Foundation, Laceyville, PA, 2003
  • Individual Artist Support Grant, DCA through QCA, 2003
  • Individual Artist Support Grant, DCA through QCA, 2001
  • Individual Artist Support Grant, NYSCA through QCA, 2000
  • Queens College Educational Fellowship, 1998
  • Art Students League Joseph Hirsch Merit Scholarship, 1993
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education Scholarship, 1989
PANELiST
  • Melting Pot, Project Diversity Queens, 2007
  • Insights into Suburbia, Opalka Gallery, Sage College, Albany, NY, 2007
CURATOR and JUROR
  • Juror, NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. Emerging Curators Program, Brooklyn, NY, 2006 and 2003
  • Curator, NURTUREart Multiples 2005, Spike Gallery, New York, NY, 2005
  • Juror, Queens Council on the Arts Members Exhibition, QTIP Galleries, Queens, NY, 2005
  • Curator, In The Face of Others, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, 2004
  • Juror, NYSCA Funding, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens, NY, 2004
  • Curator, Queens Theater in the Park, Flushing, NY, 2003-2004
 
CATALOGUES, PUBLICATIONS and PRESS
  • Portraits of Artists LIC by Orestes Gonzalez, 2011: http://player.vimeo.com/video/42360212
  • Patchogue Arts Biennial, Briarcliff College, Patchougue,NY, 2011
  • Money Magazine, “The Art of the Internet: how to surf your way to an enviable art collection” October 2007 
  • Melting Pot, Project Diversity Queens, 2007
  • Insights Into Suburbia, Opalka Gallery, Sage Colleges, Albany, NY, 2007
  • And Then 2004, volume 12, page 45, 2004
  • Take a Field Trip to an Art Museum Board Game, produced in conjunction with Ready, Set, Go! An Exhibition of Toys &Games in Art, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, 2003
  • Art Students League Catalogue, page 60, 1993-1994
COLLECTIONS
  • Kim Manocherian
  • Friedman Brother's Mirrors
  • Art Connects New York
  • Selected Private Collections
TEACHING
  • Visiting Artist, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, NY, 2016
  • Visiting Artist, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, NY, 2015
  • Woman's Studio Center, 2003, 2004 and 2005
SELECTED PRESS

Steinhauer, Jillian, "Hyperallergic, Massive 'Nasty Women' Art Show Raises 35K for Planned Parenthood Opening Night, January 13, 2017 (Image)

Shirvell, Bridget, “Art with a Message”, Long Island Pulse, May 12, 2014
Rogers, Pat, “Visual Diary Patchogue Arts Biennial” Hamptons Art Hub, November 2, 2011

Staff Writer, “Most Influential Exhibits Curated by David Gibson”, NY Art Marathon, 2011

Hunter, Lisa “The Art of the Internet: How to Surf Your Way to an Enviable Art Collection” Money Magazine, Vol. 36(10): 137-140, October 2007

Decker, Julie. “Keep Gaming Me, Museum Show Offers Charm and Whimsy for Adults, Too.” Anchorage Press, June 12-18, 2003, page 15

Resz, Heather. “Timeless Toys.” The Anchorage Chronicle. June 12, 2003, pages 6C-7C

Pawlowski, Jeanie. “The ‘Shadow’ Series.” Artspy, September/October 2001, page 2

Fox, Mark M. “Fragmenting the Old to Create the New.” Courier, October 17-23, 2001, page 53

Cote, David. “Creation Theory.” Time Out, October 12-19, 2000, pages 14-15
MacGowan, Carl. “Face to ‘Faces’ with City People.” Newsday, December 3, 2000, page G15

Kampel, Traci. “On a Law Firm’s Walls, Mysterious, Whimsical Impressions by an Artist.” Downtown Express, April 14-27, 1998, page 21

Kampel, Traci. “Paintings with Touch of Collage.” The Villager, April 1, 1998, page 23

Morales, Tina. “A Convergence, Not a Clash.” Newsday, January 26, 1997, page E15

REVIEWS
 
Artspy, Jeanie Pawlowski
 
The individual Paintings are stark and edgy, products of Spector’s fascination with elements of advertising and pop culture.
 
New York Arts
 
Maria Spector also features images of children in paintings that reflect both the unsullied optimism of youth and the burgeoning concerns of maturity. In these pictures the routine tasks of life are occasions for reflection and amusement.
 
Downtown Express, Traci Kampel

Mysterious, whimsical and even eerie at times, Spector’s works offer up just the right amount of information to allow superficial comprehension, while omitting enough to trigger the viewer’s own thought process.