Competition: US & Canada
Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses issues of spatial justice to amplify, mobilize, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. Art for Justice Fund, Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, and Art Matters Foundation have supported Gaspar’s projects. Maria has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, Frieze Impact Prize, Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art, and Chamberlain Award for Social Practice from the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work spans formats and durations, such as sound performances at a military site in New Haven, long-term public art interventions at one of the largest single-site jails in the country, and audio-video works documenting a penitentiary in her childhood neighborhood. Gaspar has exhibited extensively at venues including MoMA PS1, New York, NY; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; and the African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA. She is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.