Art Alum Receives NYFA Fellowship in Sculpture

July 21, 2011

MaryKate Maher, who earned a BFA from Arcadia University in 2001, has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture.

“It is a very exciting and welcome surprise to be awarded the NYFA Grant,” says Maher. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my BFA from Arcadia and my study abroad experience at Glasgow School of Art in 1999.”

When she had the opportunity to study abroad Maher says, “I was supposed to be at Glasgow for three months but extended my time to a full year. It was the most important part of my college education. It was there that I realized how seriously I wanted to pursue art and what that would require of me. When I came back to Arcadia I don’t think I ever left the studio. The art department was very accommodating when I took over almost the entire bottom floor of the painting studio.

“My work has come a long way since then and having the experience to challenge myself and experiment made all the difference,” she adds.

In 2001 at Arcadia’s spring Honors Convocation, Maher received The Friends of Beaver College Art Gallery Award which is awarded to an art major who plans to enter graduate school. In 2004 she earned a MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Maher also has been a recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, two Vermont Studio residences, an Artist-in-Residence at the Abrons Art Center in New York. In addition to the NYFA Grant, she also recently received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions in New York at Nurture Art, STOREFRONT, and the Socrates Sculpture Park, and she has had international exhibitions at Kunstwerk Carlshutte, in Budelsdorf, Germany and the Das Gift gallery in Berlin, Germany.  Her current exhibitions include public sculpture on view at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y., and Chain Letter at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, Calif. She currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y. To view more of Maher’s work go to

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