Maria Gaspar is an artist who addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mobilize, or divert networks of power through individual and collective gestures. She 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 has exhibited at venues including the MCA, Chicago, IL; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY; African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; amongst many others. Gaspar is the recipient of a Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, and a Sor Juana Woman of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art. She was a recent Chamberlain Awardee for Social Practice at the Headlands Center for the Arts and a resident artist at Project Row Houses. In 2015, she was named Chicagoan of the Year in Arts by the Chicago Tribune and art critic, Lori Waxman. Gaspar holds an MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from Pratt Institute.
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