photograph by Orestes Gonzalez
New York artist Maria Spector has an M.F.A. in Painting from Queens College, an Ed.M. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard, and a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Binghamton University. She received Individual Artist Support Grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. She has taken part in museum, gallery, and university shows at the Anchorage Museum, Purdue University Galleries, Islip Art Museum, NUTUREart Gallery, Plaxall Space, and the Knockdown Center. Recently, her work was featured in the exhibits Girlhood at the Howland Center in Beacon, NY, Every Woman Biennial at La Mama La Galleria, and Feminine Identity at St. Joseph’s College Gallery. In addition to creating paintings and multidisciplinary art, she has worked extensively as a curator, juror, and is an active teaching artist. In response to the current coronavirus pandemic emergency, she has accepted a position as a contact tracer in New York State because we need art, we need artists, and we need our galleries, colleges and museums to gather together in person again.