Maria Ojascastro Art Studio

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Faculty, Center of Creative Arts (COCA) — 2007-Present

•Provide arts-based instruction with business-focused facilitation to help individuals collaborate more, innovate better and creatively solve business challenges

•Develop curriculum and teach standard subjects, through visual arts, to at-risk students

•Develop and teach illustration, painting, drawing and mixed media classes to children and adults


Teaching Assistant, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis  — 2016-Present

•Develop and facilitate art making activity as part of The Kemper’s program called KARE (Kemper Art Reaches Everyone) for monthly session for those with early dementia or Alzheimer’s.


Instructor, Moog Center for Deaf Education — 2008-2011

•Developed and taught art classes related to core subjects to students with hearing impairments

Substitute Teacher, Churchill School for Learning Disabilities — 2007-Present

•Taught a range of classes including: Tutorial, Auditory-Visual, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Science and Performing Arts to elementary and middle school students


EXHIBITIONS AND ART HAPPENINGS


Global Cultures in the Manchester Arts Courtroom Gallery

May 14 – July 4, 2016

May 14 – July 4, 2016
May 14 – July 4, 2016
May 14 – July 4, 2016
Global Cultures in the Manchester Arts Courtroom Gallery
May 14 – July 4, 2016

•Exhibition featuring 27 artists from multiple world cultures.


RECENT EXHIBITIONS & ART EXPERIENCES

Exhibitions in the Millstone Gallery at COCA
 
Breathe — June-September 2014
•Created and exhibited recent works layering prints, paint, text, and found objects for a two-person show

COCA Faculty Exhibition — May–July 2012
•Create and exhibit recent paintings for group show 

Scenery and Specialized Props 
Romeo & Juliet, Kipp Inspire Academy's performances at COCA — May 2014
•Designed and created 8' x 48' scenery

Little Prince, COCA's Family Theatre Series — May 2014
•Designed and created birds out of repurposed objects for photo shoot

Swallows and Amazons, COCA's Family Theatre Series — January 2014
•Designed and created owl, parrot and cormorant puppets made out of repurposed objects 
The Contemporary Art Museum's Arts Alive Bus 

Etch-a-Sketch, Churchill School for Learning Disabilities — October 2013
•Designed 12' x 20” Etch-a-Sketch made out of foam, sand and tarp

Global Cultures in the Manchester Arts Courtroom Gallery
May 14 – July 4, 2016
•Exhibition featuring 27 artists from multiple world cultures.

•Curated by Dion Dion and Freida Wheaton 


Washington University Diversity Initiative

October 2016-June 2017

 •Eight person exhibit presenting under represented populations. Exhibit featured in All the Art Fall 2015: The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis.


Exhibitions in the Millstone Gallery at COCA

Breathe — June-September 2014

 •Created and exhibited recent works layering prints, paint, text, and found objects for a two-person show 


COCA Faculty Exhibition — May–July 2012

•Create and exhibit recent paintings for group show 


Scenery and Specialized Props

Romeo & Juliet, Kipp Inspire Academy's performances at COCA — May 2014 •Designed and created 8' x 48' scenery


Little Prince, COCA's Family Theatre Series — May 2014 •Designed and created birds out of repurposed objects for photo shoot


Swallows and Amazons, COCA's Family Theatre Series — January 2014 •Designed and created owl, parrot and cormorant puppets made out of repurposed objects


The Contemporary Art Museum's Arts Alive Bus Etch-a-Sketch, Churchill School for Learning Disabilities — October 2013

•Designed 12' x 20” Etch-a-Sketch made out of foam, sand and tarp


ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Assistant Director of Development, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis — 1994-1997

•Planned, budgeted, promoted, and executed over 100 special events annually

•Supervised over 200 volunteers

•Assisted director of development with writing grants and proposals to corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors


Gallery Manager, Center of Creative Arts (COCA) — 1991-1994

•Managed all aspects of gallery including educational components, promotion, planning, installation, volunteers, budget, and events

Breathe — June-September 2014
•Created and exhibited recent works layering prints, paint, text, and found objects for a two-person show

COCA Faculty Exhibition — May–July 2012
•Create and exhibit recent paintings for group show 

Scenery and Specialized Props 
Romeo & Juliet, Kipp Inspire Academy's performances at COCA — May 2014
•Designed and created 8' x 48' scenery

Little Prince, COCA's Family Theatre Series — May 2014
•Designed and created birds out of repurposed objects for photo shoot

Swallows and Amazons, COCA's Family Theatre Series — January 2014
•Designed and created owl, parrot and cormorant puppets made out of repurposed objects 
The Contemporary Art Museum's Arts Alive Bus 
Etch-a-Sketch, Churchill School for Learning Disabilities — October 2013
•Designed 12' x 20” Etch-a-Sketch made out of foam, sand and tarp

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Board Member, Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) — 2006-2008

 •Assisted artistic director in financial decisions, fundraising and marketing

Breathe — June-September 2014


Fundraiser & Spokesperson, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  — 2001-2012

•Mentored winning team members for the 2011 Man and Woman of the Year Campaign, raising $122,000 and breaking all previous records

•Mentored chairperson and committee members for Man & Woman of the Year campaign and quadrupling its earnings from $19,000 in 2001 to $83,000 in 2004

•Interviewed on local television and radio and delivered speeches at kickoffs, fundraisers and grand finales

•Completed three full marathons with Team in Training, the largest sports endurance-training program in the United States raising over $11,000

•Recruited and mentored five individuals to complete their own first marathons, raising over $20,000


EDUCATION

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Masters of Fine Arts, Commencement Marshall, 1991

Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy, 1990

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1987


For more information

Contact Maria Ojascastro at [email protected]

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