Maria Medina-Schechter was born in Pasadena, California and attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. She received her B.F.A in 1998 and initiated her Masters degree in Visual Art Administration with New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has lived most of her life in California, has traveled extensively to 17 countries, living in Udon Thani, Thailand 2010-2014 and Mannheim, Germany 2006-2009. Since 1994, Mrs. Medina-Schechter’s paintings and projects have been exhibited at museums nationally along with a variety of international gallery exhibitions, including a recent Pocket Exhibition with the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara County, California in 2020. For over 20 years, she has worked with color, language, text, and various textures. Her practice includes the use of oils, collage, and resin. Trained in painting and sculpture, she enjoys both equally. Maria loves to inspire curiosity, joy, and engagement in her work. Since becoming disabled on January 5, 2018 in a car accident, her works have become more organic and textural, utilizing objects from nature to create forms intended for healing and raising the human spirit. Her approach to her work can be described as spiritual lineage. Spiritual lineage is art that connects with religion and spirituality and can be considered sacred along with the space around it. Maria works within sacred space and emerges with visual expressions of a “cultural-self" that is rooted in and embodies indigenous ancient healing traditions and properties. 

Project details for 2022-2023 here: 

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Maria Medina-Schechter

Artist | Curator | Educator




National Arts and Disability Center 

The Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Artist Stories

These are personal stories by individual artists that were funded by the Arts and Accessibility grants program. The artists share how this grants program helped to advance their career in the arts. 

Artist Profile here.

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Project launch 2022