Nominated by Marwen Maria Murczek is a visual artist whose work focuses on the geometry of the photograph through line, shape and form. Historical and traditional references combined with an obsessive attention to detail, guide Murczek to depict the architectural reality within her frame. Interests in community engagement and education lay the foundation, inviting viewers into the photographs, offering experiences outside of their normal realm. Her recent work highlights the architecture of Chicago Public High Schools as a way to discuss the concept of education and explore the nostalgia within. Maria Murczek currently lives and works in Chicago. She is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Image: Lane Tech College Prep High School, locker room, 4x5 black & white negative, virtual drum scan, inkjet print, 13” x 10.5”, 2012.