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Maria Artemis

675 Drewry Street, Studio #9
Atlanta, GA 30305, U.S.A.
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1991                          MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, Atlanta, GA

1977                          MFA, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

1969                          BA, Psychology, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA


Awards and Commissions


2011-13                    Adjacent Possible, Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building Entry Plaza, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2011                          Library Journal’s New National Landmark Library Award, Hamilton Mill Library, Dacula, GA

2009-15                    Parkwood Station, Charlotte Area Transit System, Charlotte, NC

2009                          Inclusion in Georgia Masterpieces: Selected Works from Georgia Museums. Published by Georgia Council for the Arts

2008-11                    Clear Creek Reservoir Project, The Historic Fourth Ward Park, Atlanta, GA. Commissioned by Atlanta Beltline Inc. Landscape Architect and Engineering: HDR

2008-09                    Working Artist Award, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA. Solo Exhibition, August 09

2008                          Leda, Exterior Plaza Entrance Fountain, Northside Hospital Women’s Health Center, Forsyth County, GA. Architects: Howell Rusk Dodson

2008-10                    Poiesis, Hamilton Mill Library [LEED certified], Gwinnett County, GA. Architect: Precision Planning Architects.

2006-08                    Donald Lee Hollowell Memorial Water Park, Center Hill Park, Atlanta, GA. City of Atlanta Office of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs

1999-03                    Interfaith Chapel, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, GA. City of Atlanta Airport Art Commission

1999-01                    Epigenesis, Environmental Health Lab, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chamblee, GA. General Services Administration Art in Architecture Program commission

1998                          Traces of the Song Singing, site-specific sculpture, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

1996                          Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts Award in Visual Arts, Atlanta, GA

1996                          Unknown Remembered Gate, site-specific sculpture, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

1995-1996               Ex-Static, W. Peachtree & Pine Streets, Atlanta, GA. CODA [Corp. for Olympic Development in Atlanta] project for Civic Center Spur Streetscape

1994-1995               Memorial to Crime Victims and Public Safety Officers Who Die in the Line of Duty, Detention Center, Atlanta, GA. City of Atlanta Public Art Commission

1991                          Redesigning Peachtree Street, International Design Competition, Honorable Mention, Atlanta, GA

1988                          National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant, Sculpture

1977                          Ford Foundation Grant, Graduate Study, MFA Program, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Employment and Professional Activities


1999-Present          Principal, Artemis Studios, LLC

1992-06                    Adjunct Professor, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA

2000-present          Board Member, Metropolitan Public Art Coalition, Atlanta, GA

2000-05                    Board Member and 2004 Chair, Metropolitan Public Art Coalition, Atlanta, GA

1995                          Visiting Artist, SUNY at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

1993                          Visiting Artist, Architectural Review, School of Design, Harvard University, Boston, MA

1990-93                    Member, Mayors Green Ribbon Committee, (study and recommendation for Atlanta City Parks), Atlanta, GA

1990                          Panel Participant, Symposium: The Art of The Public Environment, Sponsored by: The American

                                    Society of Landscape Architects, Georgia Chapter, and ARS Natura Magazine, Atlanta, GA

1990                          Panel Moderator, Expanding the Definitions; panel of Artist recipients of the Southern Arts Federation NEA Regional Fellowships in Sculpture, Atlanta, GA

1987                          Program Presenter, National Sculpture Conference: Works by Women Cincinnati, OH

1980                          Artist-in-Residence, Summer Sites, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC

1979                          Artist in Residence, University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy

1979                          Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin, Superior, WI     


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2009                          Events That Rhyme, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

2000                          Heavy Levity, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1987                          Works on Paper, University of Central Florida Gallery, Orlando, FL

1981                          New Work, Kipnis: Works of Art, Atlanta, GA

1980                          Two Installations, Third Floor Gallery, Nexus Inc., Atlanta, GA

1979                          Recent Work, University of Wisconsin, Superior, WI


Selected Installations and Group Exhibitions

2013                          Blue Line Extension Art Exhibit, Charlotte Area Transit System, Art-In-Transit, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Storrs Gallery.

2011                          Hilton Head Public Art Exhibition, Honey Horn Plantation, Hilton Head, SC

2011                          Ten, Madison-Morgan County Cultural Center, Madison, GA

2010                          Twenty Georgia Masters, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

2005                          Accelerating Sequence, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

2003                          Emory Chair Project, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

1998                          The Avant Garde Revisited, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1989                          Installations and Drawings, The New South Group, The Exhibition Space at 112 Greene St., New York, NY

1989                          City on a Hill, Twenty Years of Artists at Cortona, Traveling exhibition, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA;  Palazzo Casali, Cortona, Italy; Church of San Stae, Venice, Italy

1988                          Contemporary Artists in Georgia, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1987                          Open Axis, Permanent Site Work Commission, City of Atlanta and The Arts Festival of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

1985                          Analemma, Site-integrated Installation, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA

1980                          Atlanta Women's Art Collective at A.I.R., A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

1979                          Avant Garde/12 in Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1979                          Mostra, Palazzo Vagnotti, Cortona, Italy

Collections      University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Alston & Byrd, Corporate Collection, Atlanta, GA

                                    Bayly Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA

Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

City of Atlanta, GA

Columbia Museum of Art and Science, Columbia, SC

Chattahoochee Valley Art Association, LaGrange, GA                             

Fulton County Arts Council Public Art Collection, Atlanta, GA

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL

King  & Spalding, Corporate Collection, Atlanta, GA

Lannan Foundation

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

North Carolina National Bank, Charlotte, NC

Portman Hotel Company, Atlanta, GA

University of Georgia, Student Union, Athens, GA

Numerous private collections

Selected Publications and Reviews


2011                          Historic Fourth Ward Park, an exemplary greenspace courtesy of Atlanta BeltLine Inc.,

2011                          Blessed by Location, Elevated by Art, Library Journal’s New Landmark Library-Hamilton Mill Branch Library, Library Journal, May, 15, 2011.

2010                          Maria Artemis:  Mining Materials: Cochran, Rebecca Dimling, feature article, Sculpture Magazine, September 2010

2009                          Working Artist Award Catalog, MOCA, GA

2009                          Georgia Masterpieces: Selected Works from Georgia Museums, National Endowment for the Arts Publication.

2005                          Cullum, Jerry, "Reviews: Accelerating Sequence: Artists Observe Time and Aging," Atlanta

                                    Journal-Constitution, March 6, 2005, pg. L3

2002                          "Public Art in Review," Art in America, 2002 Guide, August 2002, pg. 42.

2002                          Cochran, Rebecca Dimling, "Reviews: Epigenesis," Sculpture Magazine, September, 2002, pp. 34-35

2000                          Byrd, Cathy, "Reviews: Heavy Levity,” Sculpture Magazine, September, 2000, pp. 61-62

1997                          Bloomfield, Anna, "Engaging the Site," Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, Summer, 1997 pp. 50-51

1997                          “Commissions: Ex-Static,” Sculpture Magazine, January 1997, p. 11.                           

1994                          Bickerton, Jane, “Maria Artemis and Eleanor Hovda: Labyrinths,” Art Papers, November/December 1994, Vol. 18, No. 6, P. 41-42.

1990                          Young, Donna, "Working Maps of Reality:  Three Artists,” ARS NATURA, Georgia Journal of Landscape Architects, Vol. 3, #1, Feb, 1990

1989                          New South Group Exhibition, Artist Book/Catalog, 112 Greene St. New York, NY and New Visions Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1989                          City on a Hill, Twenty Years of Artists at Cortona, Catalog, Georgia Museum of Art, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1989

1986                          Jones, Virginia Watson, Contemporary American Women Sculptors, Onyx Press, 1988.

1981                          Kipnis, Jeff, "Maria Artemis," Art Voices, May/June, 1981, p.41

1979                          The Avant Garde/12 in Atlanta, Catalog, Published by the High Museum, Atlanta, GA, 1979.

1979                          Langer, Sandra, "The Avant Garde/12 in Atlanta," Contemporary Art/Southeast, Vol. II, No.4 and 5

 Artist Statement: My work springs from the desire to give form and structure to the unseen life of the everyday ­ to reveal the unrecognized wonders of the particular and invite viewers, with me, to discover a new relationship to what we think we already know. By its very nature, this activity of investigation, study and discovery is open-ended. 


 The various attributes of the work, including the materials used and scale all become a fertile language to engage the viewer viscerally.

 The material choices and technologies used evolve in tandem with current conceptual investigations. The resulting work ranges in scale from large scale mixed media installations to small mixed media studies on paper and sculptural pieces in stone, steel and various found, or recycled materials.  My studio work and public art practice inform each other. 

 Public Art Process: I am committed to an open, dynamic approach to place making through public art and welcome the challenges and creative possibilities of integrating artwork into the urban environment. My interest in creating works of this kind has grown over the past 19 years since studying the discipline of Architecture as an adjunct to my work as a sculptor [MS 1991, GA Institute of Technology]. 

 Through my public art practice, I engage people in the course of their everyday lives inviting their participation physically as well as mentally. My approach is to understand the multi-leveled context of the site in which the work will grow. In addition to a study of its architectural context, I research the sites history geologically, ecologically, and socially, its present uses, as well as its potential for the future. My intention is, to incorporate the work into the fabric of the particular site revealing it in a fresh way to those who experience it. When a particular community is served, their values and concerns are a part of the works context. My goal is for the work to become a dynamic conversation with its surroundings and also to create a vital, engaging place to be, now and in the future.

 Collaborating with engineers, fabricators and other design professionals when needed, I draw from a wide range of materials and fabrication technologies, welcoming opportunities to use new techniques and materials appropriate to each project.  Materials used require minimal maintenance and are able to withstand the changing weather conditions of various environments.

As an artist-consultant on large public works projects, I work on design teams with Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners. In this capacity I identify opportunities and develop plans for artistic engagement with the purpose of integrating the utility of the project with a larger sense of place.