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Maria Dimanshtein
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

ARTIST STATEMENT: Being open to sexual experiences, especially as a woman, is still a taboo. Through the vagina reference I want to create an open conversation about modern day “romance” and liberation from social norms.

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Maria Dimanshtein

B. 1981 in Riga, Latvia
Lives and works in Brooklyn/Queens, NY

Selected Shows and Projects

Leaving the Universe, solo show supported by a grant from Queens Council on the Arts, Dougherty Gallery, Queens, NY (October)
The Neighbors, 4 person show, The Local gallery, Queens, NY
Maake Magazine Fall 2016 Exhibition, The Woskob Family Gallery, State College, PA (upcoming)
Terror Nenas, 4 person exhibition, Undercurrent Projects, New York, NY
The Alephs, 4 person exhibition, Local Project, LIC, Queens, NY
Valentine’s Show, group show, Arcilesi and Homberg, New York, NY

Small Works, juried group exhibition, Gallery 440, Brooklyn, NY
Holiday Salon, group exhibition, Lesley Heller Projects, New York, NY
Yourself, juried group exhibition, Local Project, Queens, NY
Small Works, group exhibition, Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Always On Tuesday, two person exhibition, curated by NYC Creative Salon, Wix Lounge, New York, NY
Seeking Space Exhibition, group exhibition, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Shangri-La, LIC Arts Open, group exhibition, curated by John Baber and Miguel Luciano, Queens, NY
Materials for The Arts Members Show, group exhibition, Queens, NY
Mood Cookies and Tea at Arcilesi and Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
Just My Type, group show, Arcilesi And Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
Photographic Being II, curated group show, Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Queens, NY
Winter Secrets, group show, Local Project, Queens, NY
Because Art, curated group show, Any Squared Projects, Chicago, IL
Drawings Along Myrtle Ave, various venues in Bed-Stuy, curated by Will Hutnick for Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Exquisite Collage, group show, Local Project, Queens, NY
Mood Cookies And Tea in Eastport, ME, site-specific community event
Divine, Mysterious And Unreal, solo installation exhibition, Studioworks, Eastport, ME
Balls To The Wall, group exhibition, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
Mood Cookies And Tea at Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Queens, NY, site-specific community event
Mood Cookies And Tea at Vernon Cases Garden, Brooklyn, NY, site-specific community event
No place like home?, Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Two person show, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL
Temporary installations downtown Galesburg, Galesburg, IL
Midsummer Night Tea Party, site-specific community event, Galesburg, IL
Emerging Illinois Artists, (juried by Bill Gross of 65Grand), McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
I said it. I couldn’t say it., MFA thesis show, Gallery 214, DeKalb, IL
Blick Juried Show, Olson Gallery, DeKalb, IL
16th International Open, (juried by Kelli Connell), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Stuck, pop-up group show by Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
Fountain Art Fair, represented by Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, New York, NY
Love Under Funnel Cake and Vengaboys, group show, Space Club HQ, Chicago, IL

Winter Tea Party, site-specific community event, DeKalb, IL
MFA Juried Show, (juried by Dieter Roelstraete), Olson Gallery, DeKalb, IL
Push, group show, Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
Inspired By, (juried by Mary Stoppert), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
International Art Festival, juried international exhibition, Museum of Russian Art, Jersey City, NJ
Artists in Residence at the Pajama Factory, four person show, Williamsport, PA
Night Sky, national group show, (juried by Karen Hanmer and Vera Scekic), Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Good Night Into Infinity, solo show, The Art Annex at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Solo Show, Berwyn Arts Council in conjunction with Route 66 Museum, Berwyn, IL
Head Space, group show, Gallery 214 at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
We Work Art Talks We Offer, group show, DeKalb Area Women’s Center, DeKalb, IL
From Artemisia to Frida, juried group show, Koehline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL (catalog published)
Karen’s Garage, group show, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL
Abstractions, national group show, (juried by Sandra Perlow), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
Annual Juried Ars Nova Exhibition, Olson Gallery, DeKalb, IL
My Imaginable Friends and I, group show, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL

LindArt 2010, group show, Gallery-Museum Lendava, Slovenia
Transitions, juried group show, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MFA Juried Show, (juried by Carol Jackson), Olson Gallery, DeKalb, IL (honorable mention)
22 H’orderves, group show, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, IL
No Place Like Home, juried group exhibition, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL (catalog published)
Chicago Bold And Personal, group show, Anita Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Graduate Arts Association Group Show, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL

Residencies/Professional Activities

Over The Bridge, co-curator with June Kosloff and Fountain Gallery, Local Project, Queens, NY
Your Presence Is Requested, curator, Resobox Gallery, Queens, NY
Single - A Valentine’s Day Art Event, curator, Local Project, Queens, NY, 2015
Artist Residency at Studioworks, Eastport, ME, 2014
Artist Residency at Prairie Center of The Arts, Peoria, IL, 2013
Artist Talk, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, 2013
Artist Residency at Studios Midwest, Galesburg Civic Art Center, IL, 2013
What A Long Night It Has Been at Gallery 214, curator, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2012
Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center, VT, 2012 (awarded)
Artist Residency at Pajama Factory, Williamsport, PA, 2012
LindArt International Artist Residency, Lendava, Slovenia, 2010


Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004
Minor in Germanic Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2004
Study Abroad, Lucerne School of Art and Design, Switzerland, 2003


Queens Council on the Arts artist grant for production of new work, 2016
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, School of Art, Northern Illinois University, 2013
Memorial Art Scholarship, Northern Illinois University, 2011
Graduate Assistantship, Northern Illinois University, 2011-2013
Tuition waiver, Northern Illinois University, 2010-2011
Honorable Mention, MFA Juried Show, Olson Gallery, DeKalb, IL, 2010
Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003

Publications And Media

Galesburg crafts vision before Obama visit, TV Channel WQUAD 8 news segment, 7/18/2013
Community members helping artist create piece of work, Matthew Dutton, The Register-Mail, 7/1/2013
Another Kind of Tea Party, John Gallagher, The New Zephyr, 7/26/2013
Gallery 214 to host new exhibition ‘What a Long Night it Has Been,’ Tim Ashton, Northern Star, 10/16/2012
Public Art Academy’s Artist-in-Residence exhibition is Friday, Matthew Parrish, SunGazette, 7/26/2012
Review: Night Sky/Evanston Art Center, Anastasia Karpova, Newcity Art, 6/19/2012
‘Night Sky’ visible at Evanston Art Center, J.T. Morand, Northbrook Star, 5/29/2012
Vol 5: Maria Dimanshtein, InkWell Magazine, 11/16/2012

Teaching Experience

2D Design Instructor, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2011-2012
Visiting teaching artist, The Anugrah Foundation and Kutumb Foundation, New Delhi, India, 2010
Director of a graphic design internship program, Interfaith Youth Core, Chicago, IL, 2009-2010

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