María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the US since 1991. Her interdisciplinary work consists of site-specific environments, urban interventions, sculptural objects, and temporary public art commissions. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in university and private museums, and contemporary art venues such as The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, CA, the ARC gallery in Chicago, IL, the Spencer Museum Of Art, Lawrence, KS, the Paula Cooper gallery and the Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts, both in NYC.

Her work has been exhibited in Spain, Morocco, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay and Germany and featured in Art In America and Sculpture Magazine. She has conducted independent curatorial projects, discussion panels, and workshops nationally and abroad.

María Velasco received her Bachelor Degree in Painting from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 1989, and her Master of Fine Arts in New Genre from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Art in the Expanded Media Department at the University of Kansas, and teaches courses in Installation Art, Drawing, Participatory Art and Professional Practices. She currently lives in Lawrence, KS.






Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016-17      A City With A ViewWashburn Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.

2014           A Very Long Night/La Noche Más Larga. Myers Gallery, Living Arts Of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.

2013           A Very Long Night/La Noche Más Larga. Mallin Gallery, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO.

2012           A Very Long Night/La Noche Más Larga. Sala Políglota, Proyecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2008          Recent Works. Gardiner Art Gallery, Bartlett Center For The Visual Arts, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.

2005          BLUEprints Of The Heart. University Art Gallery, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

2004-05    A City With A ViewAvenue Of The Arts, Kansas City, MO.

2003          That Which Holds Promise. Erman B. White Gallery, Butler County Community College, El Dorado, KS.

                    Los Labios De Teresa. Eppink Art Gallery, King Hall, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

2002          Los Labios De Teresa. Sala Augusto Schiavoni, Centro Cultural Bernardino Rivadavia, Rosario, Argentina.

2001           tierra de nadie. Gallery 1101, Department Of Cinema And Photography, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. 

2000          Recent Work. Individual Artists Of Oklahoma Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK.

                    Recent Work. Mallin Gallery, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO.

1999           tierra de nadie/nobody’s land. Art And Music Center Gallery, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI.

1998           tierra de nadie. Museo Del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay.

                    Remember Lot’s Wife... Raw Space Gallery, Artists Residents Of Chicago Gallery, Chicago, IL.

                    Remember Lot’s Wife... Willard Hall Art Gallery, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

1997           Remember Lot’s Wife... Salina Art Center, Salina, KS.

1996           Of Loss And Endurance. New Art Department Faculty Show (two person). Art And Design Gallery, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

1995           Unseen Unheard: Voices Of Children Of Battered Women. Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.

1993           Speaking KnotsHablando Nudos. Women's Center Gallery, University Of California, Santa Barbara, CA.


Collaborative Projects

2007-08      Stop, Look, Listen, Audio Tour And Outdoor Installation (with Janet Davidson-Hues). Spencer Museum Of Art, Lawrence, KS.

2005            Step-By-Step Ascension To Paradise, Outdoor Installation (with Janet Davidson-Hues). Paradise Gardens Biennial VI, Darmstadt, Germany.

1996             Ebb + Flow: Never Step Same River Twice, (with Diana Dunkley). Riverfront Plaza Outdoor Promenade And The Kansas River Sand Bar, Lawrence, KS.

1994             In The Presence Of Absence, (with Lisa Kaftori). Ridley-Tree Education Center, Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.


Urban Interventions

2016              Breaking Patterns. Cafe Bertuchi, Tetouan, Morocco.

                      Vanishing Patterns. Hotel Blanco Riad, Tetouan, Morocco.

2001             Untitled. Asunción, Paraguay.

                      Proyecto De Beso (Kiss Project). Asunción, Paraguay.


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2016              Kansas City Flatfiles. H&R Block Artspace At The Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.  

                      Breaking Patterns. Green Olive Arts Residency Studios, Tetouan, Morocco.

2015              Patterns And Mobiles. Coolture Lab, Madrid, Spain.

                      Patterns And Mobiles. Factoria Cultural, Matadero-Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

2012              Earth: Language And Symbols. Cara And Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO.

2008             In Residence: Recent Projects From Sculpture Space. Elizabeth Foundation For The Arts, New York, NY. 

2007             BLUEprints Of The Heart, Video Screening. School Of Fine Arts Collage Concert, Lied Center, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

                      Works-In-Progress. SculptureSpace, Utica, NY.

                      Material Matters. Albrecht-Kemper Museum Of Art, Saint Joseph, MO.

2001              Esperando A Goya.  Muestra De Arte Español. Museo Del Barro, Asunción, Paraguay.

1999              tierra de nadie, Estampa--VII International Printmaking Art Fair. Salón Tentaciones, Recinto Ferial Casa De Campo, Madrid, Spain.

                      Body. Salina Art Center, Salina, KS.

1998              Light Sensitive. Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ.

1997               Material/Immaterial. No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

                       A Woman’s Place Is In The World.  Alexandre Hoghe Gallery, School Of Art, University Of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

1995              Time Capsule: A Concise Encyclopedia By Women Artists. Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY.

                      Women Beyond Borders. Traveling Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.

1993              Speaking KnotsHablando Nudos, (...And A Dream Journal). MFA Thesis Show, University Art Museum, University Of California, Santa Barbara, CA.



2002             Disrupting Pharaoh’s Dream: Devouring Mother. Lunar Performances Series, in collaboration with Barbara Haum and Janet Davidson-Hues, Internet 2,            New York University, NY, and University Of Kansas, KS.

2001              Fan Club, with a.k.a. Nightingale Theater, New Genre Festival, sponsored by Living Arts Of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.

2000             Fan Club, with a.k.a. Context Theater, The 4th New York International Fringe Festival, New York City, NY.

1999              Body Speech. Salina Art Center, Salina, KS.

1997              Seeing Red, with a.k.a. Spencer Museum Of Art, Lawrence, KS.

1994               In The Spirit Of Fluxus. Santa Barbara Museum Of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. 


Teaching Experience

2001-present Associate Professor Of Art, Visual Art Department, School Of The Arts, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Teach courses in Installation Art, Participatory Art, Expanded Media, Professionalism In The Arts, Contemporary Theory And Criticism, Drawing, and Life Drawing., 


Artist Residencies

2016              Green Olive Arts Convergence Residency, Tetouan, Morocco.
2012              International Artist Residency, Proyecto 'ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2007 Artist Residency, SculptureSpace, Utica, NY.



2016               Diversity Scholars Program, Center for Teaching Excellence, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.                                                                                                       2012               Sabbatical Leave, Spring Semester, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
2007              Hall Center Creative Work Fellowship, Hall Center For The Humanities, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
2002              Sabbatical Leave, Fall Semester, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
1997               Graduate Student Mentorship Award For The School Of Fine Arts, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. 1996 Certificate Of Recognition, Multicultural  Resource Center, University Of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
1995               Certificate Of Appreciation, For Outstanding Contributions In The Cataloging And Preservation Of Chicano Visual Arts, Presented By Centro Cultural De La Raza, Galeria De La Raza, Royal Chicano Air Force, Self-Help Graphics And Art, California Ethnic And Multicultural Archives, University Of California, Santa Barbara, CA.