Maria Park

Maria Park's work examines ways that technology intervenes in our perception of and participation in the world. Ranging from serially based paintings to site-specific installations combining studio-produced and manufactured objects, her work explores human presence and agency within a media-reliant society. She exhibits internationally and is represented by Margaret Thatcher Projects in New York City and Nancy Toomey Fine Art in San Francisco. After studying at Parsons The New School for Design and Wimbledon School of Art, she received her B.F.A. in interdisciplinary art and her M.F.A. in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work is currently featured on the website of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Collaborative practice
  • Digital media
  • Drawing
  • Installation art
  • Interdisciplinary art
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Public art
  • Sculpture
  • Technology and art
  • Visual representation

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 1201 Introductory Painting
  • ART 3203 Painting FilmThis course investigates the potential of film as a resource for paintings. Through the study of a number of films of various genres we will attempt to discover new ways of thinking about how paintings can function. Topics relevant to both painting and film addressed in this course will include narrative, appropriation, temporality, sequence, montage, framing and scale. Although paintings are derived from a myriad of different sources, this particular investigation of film can act as a metaphor for mining the potential of other disciplines and forms of expression.
  • ART 4000 Studio Research WorkshopThis advanced studio workshop fosters investigation of artistic intention behind the development of complex visual and non-visual expression. It begins with assignments structured to identify the conceptual and formal considerations central to each student's individual artistic objectives. Once identified, these become the basis for rigorous investigation and research. The resulting body of work informs and supports advanced thesis projects and art practices beyond thesis year.
  • ART 4002 Thesis IIThis course is the final B.F.A. studio semester in which students develop and present an independent body of work that may take the form of an exhibition or some other project. Students will work with members of the Core Thesis Faculty to define and refine the positions formulated within each work and to foster the ability to speak about one's own work as well as the work of others. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies of productive self-criticality to inform their work both during and beyond the thesis semester.
  • ART 6000 Graduate SeminarSeminar exploring selected writings on current issues in the visual arts. Designed to introduce graduate students to several approaches to critical inquiry and analysis of contemporary artistic practice. Topics vary but may include related issues in areas such as critical theory, identity politics, institutional frames, sustainability, urbanization, and globalization.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Public Art Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission/San Francisco Transportation Agency (2016)
  • Cornell University John Hartell Award for Distinguished Teaching (2011) and Cornell University Watts Prize for Faculty Excellence (2008)
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Award (2003)
  • Korea Arts Foundation of America Award (2002)
  • San Francisco Foundation Murphy Fines Arts Fellowship (2002)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Solo exhibition, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City (2014, 2010, 2005)
  • Group exhibition, Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea (2009)
  • Solo exhibition, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2005)