Maria Medina-Schechter is a California based artist and artist advocate with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She initiated her graduate work at New York University, working towards a Masters in Visual Art Administration, and later graduated with a Masters in International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany. Her interests are woven into her paintings. From Buddhist Sutras to panels of color to form a sensory relationship with nature, she sews the experience into her paintings. Maria works primarily in mixed media: oils, acrylic, collage, inks, found objects, gold leaf and sewing. Schechter has had solo and group shows in California, Indiana, Seattle, Mannheim, Germany, New York, Louisiana and has been featured in The Seattle Times, WhiteHot Magazine, Colors NW Magazine, The Stranger Weekly, The Seattle Times Weekly, Mannheimer Morgan, Germany, The New York Times. .
She has received grants from the Goethe Institute New York City, Schiller International University, Cornish College of the Arts, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and was a MacArthur Award Nominee. Maria has co-founded two significant organizations: the WhatIsArt-WhatIsSound organization, initiated as an arts collective with over 200 artists. The organization found it’s way into 13 countries over a three year period and the Klaus Gallery and Arts Collective in Brooklyn, New York. She has gained mayoral support from thirteen cities arts and cultural affairs offices including Seattle, Washington, Mostar, (former) Bosnia. Strasbourg, France, and Mannheim, Germany. In addition to these achievements, Maria has founded an arts organization that launched in January, 2019, Cultured Social. Over the last two decades Maria has traveled to seventeen countries and recently completed her body of work: Femme de Courage Extraordinaire.
"My work and my life are steeped in capturing acts of kindness, courage and compassion. Those who inspire moments like this show that everything is possible. On January 5, 2018, I was in a car accident that impaired the use of my arms and hands. Having a mobile disability is new to me, so understanding my limitations can be painful at times; however, I received the gift of the time needed to create space in order to develop a new process and a ritual of making by achieving the 2020 California Arts Council, A State Agency Arts and Accessibility grant provided by the National Arts and Disability Center of UCLA, as well as a grant from the Foundation for Cultural Innovation, 2020."
Today, I look for ease and presence in the ritual or reunion of process. It is my life's work to perserve public spaces and public voices about acts of courage, kindness, and compassion.
Artist | Curator | Educator
The Inner World of DayDreaming
Jerome L. Singer
Art & Physics
How to be an Artist
The Greatest American Crime Story: American History
5ft.x4.5ft., oils and collage on canvas.
June 19th, 2020.