MFA,University of Chicago, Chicago IL
BA, Yale University, New Haven CT
Also attended Grinnell College and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Shortest Stories, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY
Storytelling: monotypes, TI 155, Treasure Island, CA
F(r)iction, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA
Shortest Stories and Exhortations, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA
Balancing Acts: A Fifteen Year Survey of Works in Wax, Maria Porges, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA
After the Age of Reason, di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature, Napa CA
Under the desk, Littlejohn Contemporary, New York NY
Bombast, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA
Bedtime Stories, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL
Tall tales & short stories, James Harris Gallery, Seattle WA.
Acts of Deception, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA (catalogue)
Miraculous Vessels, David Beitzel Gallery, New York NY.
Hand Signals, Gallery A, Chicago, IL (catalogue)
(S) light of Hand, Allene LaPides Gallery, Santa Fe NM.
Lost Language, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans LA.
History Lessons, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Anodyne, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans LA.
Twenty Questions, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Angelography, Shepard Art Gallery, University of Nevada at Reno, NV.
Fugitive Time, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.
SECA Award Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA (catalogue)
Meridian, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Under the Skin of Circumstance, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco CA.
Read \ See: The Book of Knowledge, Installation at San Francisco Camerawork.
Harboring Illusions in the Sea of Information, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019, The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane, LH Horton Jr Gallery, SHIMA 144, Delta College, Stockton, CA, curated by Gail Enns; catalog.
2018 The New Domestics, Finding Beauty in the Mundane, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA, curated by Gail Enns; catalog.
You'd Be Prettier if You Smiled, Three person exhibition, Susan Abbott Martin, Maria Porges, the Temple Sisters, Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Carmel, CA.
By the Book, Kaller Fine Arts, Washington DC
Collage: four artists, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY
The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA
This is not a book, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA.
The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran, SFAC Gallery, SF CA.
Terrain Biennial: Home (multiple sites), installation in Oakland, CA.
Equilux, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF, CA.
Transformation of Connectivity, Mercury 20 Gallery, Oakland CA
Paronomasia, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson WY
Smoke and Mirrors, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF CA
Making ( ) That Matters, Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Center, Oakland CA
Build, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley CA
Day Redreamed Berkeley Central Arts Passage, Berkeley CA (18 piece installation)
Breaking Ground: Gifts from Katie and Drew Gibson, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA
IRL, Alter Space Gallery (15 piece installation), SF CA
Reverse Rehearsals, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA
The Art of the Book, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA
The Wanted Posters: an invitational, Shipping and Receiving, San Francisco CA
Under Cover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT.
X Libris, Root Division, SF
Collect, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA
Kalafornia, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley CA
Unbound: A Short Survey of Book Art, organized by the Bedford Gallery for the Walnut Creek Public Library
Secret Drawings, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Shadowshop, SFMOMA, SF CA
New Works/ Old Story: 80 Artists at the Passover Table, Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF CA
Faculty Exhibition, Oliver Gallery, California College of the Arts, Oakland CA
Belle du Jour, Collette Blanchard Gallery, NY
Under Cover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT
Book of Lies, Volumes I-III, 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles CA
Under Cover, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT
Transitional Objects, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
War in the World, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton NJ
Summer, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA
Artist/ Teacher/ Artist, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma CA
Bottle: Contemporary Art and Vernacular Tradition, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans LA.
Re-Loaded, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL
Summer, Littlejohn Contemporary, New York NY
Cabinets of Wonder/ Redux, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Spring Forward: New Work from the Studio, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA
Plotting: Artist's Studies, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL
Witcherina Pixerina, University Art Gallery, Illinois State U., Bloomington IL (catalogue); traveled to three additional venues
Amused, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL (catalogue)
Objects Considered: Modern/ Postmodern Still Life, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek CA
The Great Novel Exhibition, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto CA
Bluer, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago IL (catalogue)
The Ray Graham Collection, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque NM (catalogue)
American Art Today: Fantasies and Curiosities, The Art Museum at Florida Int'l University, Miami FL (catalogue).
What is Art For?, Oakland Museum (Museum of California), Oakland, CA (catalogue).
Looking at Ourselves: Works by Women Artists from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA. (catalogue)
Recent Acquisitions, Scottsdale Museum of Art, Scottsdale AZ.
Still Life Infinitely Moving, Contemporary Art Center, Virginia Beach, VA (catalogue).
Museum Pieces: Artists Look at the DeYoung, M.H.DeYoung Memorial Museum, San Francisco CA (catalogue).
Four California Conceptualists, B & D Studio Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Art Around the Bay: Recent Acquisitions, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF CA
Wild Things, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA
Legible Forms: Contemporary Sculptural Books, Hand Workshop, Richmond VA; traveled to Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
House of Wax, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati OH
Posters, DBL00 Gallery, Albuquerque NM.
Image/ Text, Gallery A, Chicago IL
John Berggruen at Andrea Friesen, Andrea Friesen, Gallery, Sun Valley ID
Office Art, University Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM
Spring Fever, Crown Point Press Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Matters of the Heart, Haines Gallery, San Francisco CA
Objects Transcended, Allegheny College, Meadville PA (3 person show)
Glass: Linking Art and Science, MIT Museum, Cambridge MA.
Sex Sells, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco CA
25th Anniversary Show, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA
The Art of Light and Glass, Bedford Gallery/Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek CA
Points of Interest, Points of Departure, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco CA
Transtextualization, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Espiritu + Geistigkeit, Cabrillo College Gallery, Aptos CA (3 person show)
SoEXX: 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA
Wunderkammer, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Art About Books, Pratt Institute Galleries, NY/Brooklyn, NY
Beyond the Written Word, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
The Art of Text, Comus Gallery, Portland OR
Material Departures, One Illinois Center, Chicago IL
The Object is Bound, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco CA
Homefront, Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael CA
Paint/Print, Rena Bransten Gallery, SF
Undercover/Out of Bounds, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale AZ
Sacred Art, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas CA.
A Fragile Line: Artists Who Use Glass, Pro Arts, Oakland CA.
Harlequin, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.
The Library of Babel: Books to Infinity, White Columns, New York, NY; traveled to Hallwalls, Buffalo NY (catalogue)
Books as Art, Boca Museum, Boca Raton, FL (catalogue).
Erotic Drawings, San Francisco Artspace, San Francisco CA.
Buying the Magazine for the Ads, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.
AMDG, Installation at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco CA.
Phenom \ Phenotype: A Group Theory, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Summer Salon, Upaya Gallery, San Francisco CA
Con\Text, Richard/ Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles CA
The Writing on the Wall, DICE Gallery, Reno NV & DTO Gallery, Oakland CA (2 person show; catalogue)
The 1st International Festival of Contemporary Art, Soviet-American exchange show: Moscow, Russia
The Book as Metaphor, Folk Art and Craft Museum & California Craft Museum, SF CA.
What's Wrong With This Picture?, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, SF CA (catalogue)
Tools; Instruments; Implements; Utensils, Airport Commission Gallery, SF CA
Artists and Books, Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno NV
Transfiguring the Mundane, New Langton Arts, San Francisco CA
Airport Cafe: Food Images by Contemporary Artists, Airport Commission Gallery, SF CA
Chairs: Historic Objects, Architectural Design and Sculpture, Airport Commission Gallery, SF CA (catalogue)
Beyond Words, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose CA
Awards, Residencies, Grants and Commissions.
Finalist, Art Writer’s Grant, Creative Capital/ Andy Warhol Foundation
Residency at Kala Institute, funded by Sustainable Arts Foundation
Investing in Artists Grant, CCI (for studio equipment)
Finalist, Art Writers Grant, Creative Capital/ Andy Warhol Foundation.
Hauberg Fellowship Residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood CA
Faculty Travel Grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
Faculty travel grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
Faculty development grant, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
Public sculpture commission (six pieces) for CALPERS headquarters, Sacramento, CA
Artist in Residence, Headland Center for the Arts, Fort Barry CA (also 1992)
Printmaking residency, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA.
Art in Transit (public art kiosk poster design for Market Street, SF).
Artist in Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA.
SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
California Arts Council Individual Artist's Grant.
Recipient of Critic's Grant as part of "City Sites" at CCAC, Oakland, CA.
John McCarron Criticism Grant, from San Francisco Artspace, SF CA.
CURRENT ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL POSSITIONS
Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Visual and Critical Studies, California College of the Arts
Independent writer of reviews, articles, catalogue essays and educational materials on contemporary and historical art since 1988. Publications include reviews and articles in Artforum, Sculpture, American Craft, as well as over 100 catalogue essays for commercial and nonprofit exhibition venues.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
In conversation: Hung Liu and Maria Porges, Rena Bransten Gallery, SF CA (in conjunction with SF Book Fair)
Panelist, professional practices for artists, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
Juror, statewide annual juried exhibition, Utah Visual Arts and Exhibitions program, Salt Lake City, UT
Juror, 25th Anniversary Exhibition, CCA Glass Program, Oliver Art Gallery, Oakland CA
One on One: gallery talk on Lick and Lather by Janine Antoni, at SFMOMA, SF CA
Conversation with Lisa Kokin, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley CA
Juror, Headland Center for the Arts international and national artist’s residency program
Moderator, “Curators in Glass” panel, Jaroslava Brychtova Forum, Seattle WA
In Conversation: Maria Porges with Erica Wheeler and Nathan Watson, NOMA Gallery, SF
Watton Criticism Lecture, annual Glass Arts Society Conference, on critical issues in craft and art
Panelist, Critical Writing at “Shaping the Future of Craft,” American Craft Council conference, Houston, TX
Board Member, Death and Taxes (social art project).
Panelist, “Artist/ Teacher/ Artist,” Sonoma Museum.
Moderator, “First Annual Intra-School MFA Debate,” held at CCA.
Panelist, “At The Helm: Women Decision Makers in the Arts,” Microsoft Mountain View Campus.
Board Member, Public Glass, SF CA.
Panelist, “Criticism in the Bay Area,” San Francisco Art Institute, SF, CA.
Juror, Marin Arts Council Sculpture Grants.
Juror, student art awards/fellowships, California College of Arts and Crafts.
Curator, "The New Traditionalists," at the Museum of Art, University of Oregon/Eugene OR.
Curator, "Wunderkammer," at Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco CA.
Panelist, Artists and Critics, at SFMOMA in conjunction with museum opening
Panelist, "Ideas and Material," Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn MI
Panelist, "Carried by the Current: Narrative Imagery," Susan Cummins Gallery
Juror, Student Art Awards/Fellowships, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA
Juror, San Francisco Artspace 1992 Writing Grants, SF CA
Curatorial Board Member, Southern Exposure Gallery, SF CA
Curator, "Image/Object/Place," Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland CA
Co-curator, Moderator for panel in conjunction with "Containment" DICE Gallery, Reno NV
Organizer, 'The New Narratology: Examining the Narrative in Image-Text Art," at San Francisco Artspace Annex; traveled
to Museum For The County of Santa Cruz, Ca, Miami Art Museum, FL; University of Texas at Arlington, TX.
Organized panels and gave lectures at all venues.
Member, Advisory Board, Whitewalls Magazine
Member, Artist’s Committee, San Francisco Art Institute
Poetry and prose published in small press magazines and journals
Ceramics apprenticeship, Daigo, Japan
LECTURES ON WORK, READINGS, PERFORMANCES
Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica CA
Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA
A Fish Story, part of the Small Talk Series in conjunction with Moby Dick exhibition, Wattis Gallery, SF CA
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (visiting artist lecture)
(visiting artist lecture) School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
(visiting artist lecture) Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.
(in conjunction with visiting artist/graduate critiques) CSSA Summer School, Valencia CA
University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana, IL
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Society for the Encouragement of Art), SF CA
University of Illinois at Champaign, Il (in conjunction with graduate critiques)
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit MI (in conjunction with graduate critiques)
University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass CO.
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry CA
Tulane University, New Orleans LA
University of Nevada at Reno, Reno NV
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley CA
S. F. State University, SF CA
Richmond Art Center, Richmond CA.
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit MI.
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland CA.
Studio Inferno, New Orleans LA.
Art Center College, Pasadena CA.
University of California at Davis, Davis CA
San Francisco Art Institute, SF CA
Northern CA Women's Caucus for the Arts
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF CA.
California State University/Los Angeles, CA.
SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA.
San Jose State University, San Jose CA.
Family Stories, performance/ reading at Intersection for the Arts, SF.
Art Academy, San Francisco CA.
Performance/Reading in "Visual Voices: A Spoken Word Event," Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco CA
Poetry reading, Falkirk Center, San Rafael CA
Poetry reading, Cody's Books, Berkeley CA
Renga, a Performance-in-Progress, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA.
Go, performance collaboration with Deborah Slater, New Performance Gallery, SF, CA.
Masks for Tools, performance, Midway Gallery, Chicago IL
1986 to the present: Reviews, feature articles, columns and interviews, about art, artists and art culture, in numerous regional and national art magazines, including Artforum, Sculpture, Art in America, Contemporanea, Art Issues, Artweek, Artspace, Art Today, Shift, Artwest, Visions, Glass, the New York Times Book Review, American Craft, American Ceramics, Glass, Nuesglas, and others. Over 65 exhibition catalogue essays for galleries and museums. Audiotour scripts for more than 60 major museum exhibitions.
PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Los Angeles County Museum of Art The di Rosa Foundation
Berkeley Art Museum Phillip Morris
Oakland Museum of California
Certus Assets Advisers
Seattle University Charles Schwab
Scottsdale Museum of Art Saks Fifth Avenue
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art The Gund Collection
Armand Hammer Museum at UCLA Prudential Insurance
CalPERS corporate headquarters The Hechinger Collection
Interview by Elise Morris for her blog The Studio Work (thestudiowork.blogspot.com), January
David Roth review of Shortest Stories at Seager Gray Gallery, squarecylinder.com, April.
Included in Studio Visit, Linda Geary, Edition One Books, Berkeley CA.
Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: the SECA Art Awards, SFMOMA, pp.92 (plate), 185.
Astounding Knits, Lela Nargi, Voyageur Press: essay on knitted bombs, pp.148-49.
Martha Ross, “Wax Works,” exhibition feature and cover, Diablo Arts Magazine, 4/09.
Jamie Brunson, review of “Bombast” in Stretcher Magazine (www.stretcher.org)
Heather Knight, “Cabinets of Wonder capture spirit of the past,” SF Chronicle, 11/1.
“Unearthing the Past,” Palo Alto Weekly, November 1, p.18.
Jack Fischer, “Collecting Curiosities,” San Jose Mercury News, October 27, p. 5E.
Steve Winn, "Work in Progress," San Francisco Chronicle, 5.21, D 1, 2.
E. Sivesind, "Still lifes continue to stir the imagination," Contra Costa Times, Nov. 17, D1.
V. Josslin, "Porges brings art, magic and science together," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2/9.
Jesse Hamlin, Pictures of a Thousand Words, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/18.
Frank Cebulski, The Great Novel Exhibition, Artweek, September, p.20.
Sarah King, Maria Porges at Allene LaPides, Art in America, March, pp.137-138
David Bonetti, Witty ways with words, material, San Francisco Examiner, 3/24, p. 37
Glen Helfand, Edward Ruscha, Maria Porges, S. F. Bay Guardian, March 29, p. 105
Ken Johnson, Maria Porges, New York Times, 4/14, B44
Kay Whitney, Maria Porges, Sculpture, April, pp. 67-69
Jesse Hamlin, Messages in her bottles, San Francisco.Chronicle, 4/5, Datebook p. 1, 6.
Paul Wiedeman, Wax Sculpture: Porges at LaPides, Pasatiempo Weekly, Sept. 17- 23, p. 24
J. Alt, Gallery Previews: Maria Porges, Santa Fe Magazine, October, p.99
Carolyn Reeve, San Francisco: Quattro artisti en camino, Arte Magazine, July, pp.114-119
Alan Artner, Maria Porges stays true to unique vision, Chicago Tribune, 4/1, sec.5, p. 2.
Mary Hull Webster, Maria Porges at John Berggruen Gallery, Artweek, February, p. 18.
Ruth Resnicow, Art 1997 Chicago, Sculpture Magazine, October, p.68.
Rebecca Snedeker, Waxing Pain, New Orleans Art Review, Nov.-Dec., pp. 30-31.
George Melrod, Openings, Art & Antiques, Oct.ober, p. 30.
Betty Klausner, Maria Porges, Art in America, March.
Ruth Askey, "Bound for Glory," Visions Art Quarterly, Summer
Alfred Jan, Maria Porges at Terrain, Visions Art Quarterly, Spring
David Bonetti, Through a Glass Brightly, San Francisco Examiner, April 1, D-19
Jamie Brunson, San Francisco FAX: Maria Porges at Terrain, Art Issues 31, p.31.
Books as Objects, (exhibition catalogue), Comus Gallery, Portland OR.
David Bonetti, Strong showings by three Californians, SF Examiner 12/3, p. C-18
Ann Sherman, A spine madness: reinventing the book as art, Metro, Dec.9-15, p.44
Time flies, and only an angel can keep up, interview in Jejune, pp.1-4.
Barrett Watten, Strategies: SECA, Artweek 11/4,p.24
Debora Donato, On View: San Francisco, New Art Examiner, Sept. 1992, pp.24-26
SECA Art Award 1992, catalogue, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
David Bonetti, Conceptual Art By The Book, San Francicso Examiner 4/24, D2.
Charlotte Moser, Down Home, Artweek 4/24.
Barbara Fisher, From Cover To Cover, Artweek 5/7, p.26
Kenneth Baker, How Culture Defeats Nature, San Francisco Chronicle 6/4
Kenneth Baker, Mining the Environment for Local Riches, SF Chronicle 9/27.
John Rapko, "Remembering and Forgetting," Artweek 6/6, p.28
Barrett Watten, "Consensual Erotica," Artweek 10/10, p.13
"The Library of Babel," catalogue (Hallwalls/ White Columns)
"Books as Art," catalogue, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Jeff Kelley, "Fugitive Landings: Installations in San Francisco," Visions, Winter, p. 28.
Barrett Watten, The Writing on the Wall: Women and Language at CCAC, Artweek 7/5, pp.12-13
Buzz Spector, The Writing on the Wall: Exhibition Review, Shift #11
Conversation: Maria Porges/Buzz Spector, Visions, Fall 1990, pp. 14-18.
Kenneth Baker, Finding a Message in Found Objects, SF Chronicle 1/7, C-.7
Glen Helfand, The Ordinary Transformed, Artweek 1/7, p.7
New Langton Arts Catalogue of Programs, pp. 41-43
What's Wrong With This Picture? Artists Respond to Censorship, publication in conjunction with Arts Commission Gallery exhibition, p.1
1988 in Review: Alternative Spaces, Art in America, August, p.60