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MARIA FIORENZA RUGGIERO

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Ausbildung:

1997 Masters of Fine Arts in painting, School of Fine and Professional Arts, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1995 Bachelors of Fine Arts, mit hohen Auszeichnungen, Department of Art, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, mit einem Doppelstudium in Kunst und Englisch.

Lehrtätigkeit

1995 – heute Graduierte Lehrassistentin der Malerei, School of Art, Kent State University.

1992-1995 Unterweisung von Klassen in Malerei und Aquarellmalerei während der Ausbildung in Okemos, MI.

1990 – heute Unterrichtung von privaten Kunststudenten im Fach Malerei.

Seit 1993 zahlreiche Reisen durch England, Frankreich, Deutschland, Griechenland, Holland

und Italien

Seit 2001 Professorin (professor of Fine Arts) an der Eastern Michigan University)

 

Zahlreiche Ausstellungen in Amerika und in Europa

Maria Ruggiero is an Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University.  She received an MFA in Studio Art from Kent State University (1997) and a BFA in Studio Art and English from Michigan State University (1995).  Her work has been exhibited in regional and national juried exhibitions and shows; she has also exhibited her work in both a one-person show and group exhibitions in Germany.  Maria is represented by galleries in Manistee and Empire Michigan, as well as by galleries in Muenster and Unna Germany; her work is part of many private collections and is also part of several permanent collections including those of Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University.  Recently, Maria’s paintings have been shown in exhibitions in Ford Gallery at Eastern Michigan University, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Christian Art Show in East Lansing, Michigan.

 Artist’s Statement

In my current work I am interested in creating movement and abstraction through depicting realistically rendered still-life objects in complex ways.  To achieve this I often use decorative cloth patterns, sections or images borrowed from previous paintings and reflective/refractory surfaces in my compositions.  For instance, my subject matter often includes metal trays and glassware; these are objects I value for the way they distort colors, shapes and light within the arrangement.  I try, however, to lesson the viewer’s focus on the nameable objects in my painting by establishing tension between positive and negative shapes.  Although I work from real set-ups, I sometimes adjust or exaggerate the color, reflectivity and proportions of the objects in my arrangements in order to emphasize formal elements in my work.  All pieces are transparent watercolor on Arches cold press paper.

In another related series of paintings, all acrylic and oil on canvas, I use landscapes as the basis for my imagery.  These pieces are much more gestural and abstract in terms of execution when compared with the series of watercolor still-lifes.  I these works, I take the lines, shapes, colors and sense of light that I see in my subject and selectively distort these elements, through exaggeration or simplification, in order to create a strong sense of movement.  In some ways, although the subject matter and techniques are quite different, both series of paintings deal with elements of abstraction from different standpoints.  Because I am very interested in both the visual and content-related similarities between these two series, I regularly switch back and forth between the landscapes and still-lifes in order to establish clear parallels between individual paintings.

 

Education

 

1997                           Master of Fine Arts in painting, School of Fine and Professional Arts, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1995                           Bachelor of Fine Arts, with high honors, Department of Art, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, with a double major in Studio Art and English

Teaching Experience

2001—present             Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University

1997—2001                 Adjunct faculty member in the areas of Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting and Design, Art Education, Art History, and English at Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI

1997—2001                 Adjunct faculty member of the Communication Department at Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

1995—1997                 Graduate Teaching Assistant in drawing, School of Art, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1992—1995                 Instructor of drawing and watercolor classes through Community Education, Okemos, MI

1990—2001                  Private art students in the areas of drawing and painting

Gallery Affiliations

Riverstreet Gallery, Manistee Michigan

Galerie Nettels, Spiegelturm 3, 48143 Münster, Germany

Galerie Unna, Unna, Germany

Taggart Gallery, 10206 Front Street, Empire, MI

Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI (guest artist)

Permanent Public Collections

Eastern Michigan University, President’s Office, Wells Hall

Eastern Michigan University, Campus Life, McKenny Union

East Lansing Public Library, East Lansing, MI

Cowles House Collection, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (two watercolors)

Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University

 Publications

Original acrylic used for the cover of the Lansing Community College “Working Writer” textbook, (2003/2004)

Original watercolor used for the cover of Joseph Lulloff plays the saxophone music of Colgrass Dahl Ruggiero published by Arizona University Recordings, Tuscon, Arizona (2000)

Original watercolor used for the cover of Interplay, a compact disc published by Channel Classics, Holland (March, 1997)

Official Michigan State University 1995 Christmas Card (watercolor)

Exhibitions and Awards

2003                            Invited exhibiting artist, “Twilight in the Gardens” Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

                                    Featured artist; Exhibition at Riverstreet Gallery, Manistee, MI

                                    Michigan Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition and Traveling Show

“Forty-first Annual Christian Art Show” Ascension Lutheran Church, East Lansing, MI  (Cash award)

“Art and Soul” Annual Art Show, Hope Borbas Okemos Library,

Okemos, MI  (Best of Show)

“Faculty Exhibition” at Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University

2002                            Solo exhibition of paintings, Wharton Center For the Performing Arts, Michigan

State University, East Lansing, MI

 Faculty show at Ford Gallery; Eastern Michigan University

“New Faculty Exhibition” at Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University

 “Hope is where the Art is” Annual Art Show, Hope Borbas Okemos Library,

Okemos, MI  (First Place award)

“Fortieth Annual Christian Art Show” Ascension Lutheran Church, East Lansing, MI (Best of Show award)

2001                           Solo exhibition of paintings, East Lansing Public Library, East Lansing, MI

“39th Annual Christian Art Show” (award), East Lansing, MI

“Okemos Library Art Show and Sale,”  Okemos, MI

2000                            Exhibition of paintings, Galerie Nettles, Münster, Germany

                                    Solo exhibition of paintings, Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI

                                    “Okemos Library Art Show and Sale,”  Okemos, MI

                                    “Botanical Images,” Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

1999/2000                   Solo exhibition of paintings, Münster University, Münster, Germany

                                    “Faculty Exhibition,” Jackson Community College, Jackson, MI

                                    “Gateway National Juried Art Show,” Farmington Museum, New Mexico

                                                Artrageous” All medial art show, Public Library, Okemos, MI

                                    “Botanical Images,” Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

                                    “Christian Art Show,” East Lansing, MI

1998                            Solo exhibition of paintings, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

                                    “4th Annual national Exhibition,” University Gallery, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY

“First Annual International Juried Show,” Norwich Arts Council Cooperative Gallery, Norwich, CT

                                    “Friends of the Library Exhibit,” Public Library, Okemos, MI, First Place

                                    “Mid Michigan All Media Competition,” Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI

1997                            "2nd Annual National Small Works Exhibition," An Art Place, Inc., (juried), Chicago, IL

                                    Solo exhibition of paintings, Thesis Exhibition, Kent State University Gallery II, Kent OH

                                    "Student Annual," Kent State University School of Art Gallery, (juried), Kent, OH

1996                            “1996 Benefit and Silent Auction,” SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH

                                    Solo exhibition of paintings, Candidacy Review Examination, Kent State University Gallery II

                                    “Schoharie County National Small Works Exhibition,” Arts Council Gallery, (juried by Allen Hacklin), Cobleskill, NY

                                    “Friends of the Library Exhibit,” Public Library, Okemos, MI, Honorable Mention, watercolor

1995                            “Michigan State University Department of Art Undergraduate Show” (juried), East Lansing, MI, Best of Show, painting

                                    Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, solo show of paintings and drawings

                                    “Friends of the Library Exhibit,” Public Library, Okemos, MI, First Prize, watercolor

                                                “Botanical Images” Juried Competition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI, Honorable Mention,
                                    pastel

1994                            “Michigan State University Department of Art Undergraduate Show” (juried), East Lansing, MI

1993                            Oil portrait of Dizzy Gillespie featured at the symposium “Celebrating Michigan’s Black Cultural Heritage in Honor of Black History Month,” Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing, MI

1992                            “Lansing Art Fair” (juried), Lansing, MI

                                    “Michigan State University Department of Art Undergraduate Show” (juried), East Lansing, MI

Major Workshops Attended

1995—96                        Blossom Festival in painting and printmaking at the School of Art, Kent State University, with visiting artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Stanley Boxer, Denise Green, Elena Sistos, Master classes with visiting artists:  Heide Fasnacht, Ron Janowich, Saul Ostrow

Travel Experience

1993—present:             Extensive travel throughout Europe and the US

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