Meet Celebrity Guide Maria Napolitano

Maria Napolitano lives and works in Providence, RI. She was awarded the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship in Drawing in 2011 and a Fellowship Grant in Painting in 2004 and 1981. In 2013, Maria was the recipient of a painting grant from The Artist Resource Trust of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. In 2012 she received The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant in Painting from the Provincetown Art Museum. She received a M.F.A. in Painting from Syracuse University and a B.F.A. in Painting from UMass Dartmouth.

Using the language of abstraction, Napolitano is interested in the fragile relationship we have with the natural world. Her imaginative mix of painterly, cartoony and diagrammatic approaches calls attention to nature’s hidden structures with both humor and gravity. She is asking you to consider more than meets the eye.

A selection of significant shows she has exhibited in includes: “Duets,” ArtProv Gallery, Providence, RI: “Natural Selections,” The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina College: “If it’s not you, it’s me,” at RI College, Bannister Gallery in January 2016. “Among the Breakage, New Painting from Providence, The List Art Center, Brown University: “Locally Made,” the RISD Museum, Providence, RI: “Collectors III: Discerning eyes,” the New Bedford Art Museum. In addition her work has been exhibited at The Provincetown Art Museum, The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler, Providence, RI,  the University Gallery at UMass Lowell, Grimshaw Gudewicz Gallery, Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA and the Fitchburg Art Museum, MA.

Maria's work is part of the permanent collection of the RISD Museum, Fidelity Investments and in the homes of numerous private art lovers. Visit Maria’s website: