Born in Chicago, Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Her artistic practice negotiates matters of space and power. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Alpinaeum Produzentengalerie, Switzerland; Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, MI; Artspace, New Haven; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, amongst many others. Her community art practice includes founding and developing major projects, such as City As Site (2010) and 96 Acres, a current series of community-engaged site responsive actions that negotiate the Cook County Jail’s impact on the west side of Chicago through participatory installations and performance. Gaspar was featured in the Chicago Tribune as the 2014 “Chicagoan of the Year” in the Visual Arts, recently granted a prestigious award from the Creative Capital Foundation, and awarded residencies at Project Row Houses in Houston and the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. She is an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices and Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaspar received her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.