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Tommy Mavra
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested in how we negotiate our place in nature. Technology, medicine, housing, farming, etc. are thought of as being artificial, yet they support the survival of our species. If survival is what motivates the actions of all living things, our “artificial” creations are also part of nature. However, no other animal has the impact on the eco system that we do. In the long term it seems that our inventions, designed to insure our success, will usher in the end of most life on Earth. I focus on narratives of our everyday interactions with animals, the food we eat and the things we buy to reassess situations overlooked due to their banality. Ordinary moments are dramatized to encourage an investigation of our expectations and assumptions. My work examines the paradoxical relationship mankind has with the natural world; it’s beauty and repulsiveness.
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Tommy Mavra
634 74th street Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 347 453 6818 E-Mail: tmavra@gmail.com Website: www.tmavra.com
Education
MFA-Brooklyn College- Brooklyn, New York 2015-2017
Painting
BFA -Memphis College of Art- Memphis, Tennessee 1998-2002
Sculpture
Awards and Publications
A5 Magazine/ September 2017
Charles G. Shaw Grant 2017
Official Film selection Urban Action Showcase 2016
Mecca Con Official Film Selection 2016
Charles G. Shaw Grant 2016
Sally Crump Byrnes Memorial Scholarship 2001
Myrtle Powell Bowld Traveling Fellowship 2000
Academic Merit Award Memphis College of Art 2000
Academic merit Award Memphis College of Art 1999
Exhibitions
“Commencment” Smack Melon –Brooklyn, NY 2017
“Fe-Ma-Le” Budapest Pop-ups-Budapest, Hungary 2013
“Teaching Artist Showcase” Pera-Pera-Duesseldorf Germany 2010
“Bought the Farm” Morgan Art Space, Brooklyn, NY 2007
“2006 Alumni Exhibition” Memphis College of Art-Memphis, TN 2006
“Riveted” Gallery Five California State University- Long Beach, CA 2005
“Bunar” Agencija Oliva-Petrcane, Croatia 2004
“Complimentary Tangents” David Mah Gallery-Memphis, TN 2003
“Group Exhibition” Mid-South Plantation Gallery- Horseshoe lake, AK 2003
“Group Exhibition” Memphis College of Art- Memphis, TN 2001
“Horn Island” Memphis College of Art- Memphis, TN 2000
“Juried Student Show” Memphis College of Art- Memphis, TN 1999
Experience
ELS Language center at Adelphi University-New York, New York
Instructor 2013-2017
■ Create and teach curriculum designed to give students the English language skills needed to attend
University in The USA.
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■ Organize trips and events to help students acclimate and understand American customs and
history.
■ Provide teaching workshops for teachers and staff at ELS Language Center.
Brooklyn College-Brooklyn, New York
Teaching Assistant 2016
■ Develop projects for 3-D design students.
■ Give demonstrations of sculpture processes and tool use.
■ Give slide presentations on artists relevant to the class.
■ Provide and facilitate constructive critiques.
Drama Works-Budapest, Hungary
Art Instructor 2011-2013
■ Design and Implement lessons on set design and set construction for students aged 10-18
■ Facilitate the design and construction of sets for student works & presentations.
Pera Pera- Duesseldorf, Germany
Art Instructor 2009-2011
■ Provide painting lessons for students aged 8-18 with an emphasis on literacy.
■ Organize exhibitions of student art.
YMCA/Long Beach WRAP- Long Beach California
Teaching Artist in residence 2004-2006
■ Prepare and implement art lessons in mask making, coiling, basketry, drawing and
printmaking, which integrate common core standards of academic subject matter for three
elementary schools.
■ Implementation of pedagogy for student art and writing publications.
■ Organize exhibitions of student art
Dramatic Results-Long Beach California 2003-2004
■ Teach math through basketry to students aged 8-13
■ Teach literacy through the arts to students aged 8-13
Skills
Art: Metalsmithing/Jewelry making, ceramics/Pottery, plaster, general woodworking, basketry,
carving, painting/drawing, printmaking Software: Adobe Photoshop, Logic Pro,
Second Language: Croatian
 








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