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Maria Gaspar | Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, February 15, 1:00 pm2:00 pm

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist negotiating the politics of location through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance. Gaspar’s work addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mobilize, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. Her work spans formats and durations, including sound performances at a military site in New Haven (Sounds for Liberation); long-term public art interventions at the largest jail in the country (96 Acres Project); appropriations of museum archives (Brown Brilliance Darkness Matter); and audio-video works, documenting a jail located in her childhood neighborhood (On the Border of What is Formless and Monstrous). 

Gaspar’s projects have been supported by the Art for Justice Fund, the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Creative Capital Award, the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, and the Art Matters Foundation. Gaspar has received the United States Artists Fellowship, the Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Chamberlain Award for Social Practice from the Headlands Center for the Arts. Gaspar has lectured and exhibited extensively at venues including MoMA PS1, New York, NY; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is 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. 


Maria Gaspar, “Rift, Rupture, Split,” 2021, Digital photo, 26” x 36”

Maria Gaspar, “Rift, Rupture, Split,” 2021, Digital photo, 26” x 36”


Illinois State University Wonsook Kim School of Art is honored to annually host the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. This event series is free and open to the public, and provides our students and community members opportunities to learn from talented artists from all around the globe. The Spring 2022 iteration of the Visiting Artist Series will occur entirely on Zoom.  However, no recordings of any lectures will be made available. Contact Art@ilstu.edu for more information.  


Tuesday, February 15
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm