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"NEXUS"

October 16 - November 6, 2009

Arts Guild of New Jersey
Rahway,  NJ


One night in a dream, figures moved in like silhouettes. I saw that even with limited information an individual could be known-not as a black hole in a painted environment, but as a real presence. Looking across the room-I see myself, and my work, as subject of my work. 
I am an abstract realist, dreaming that I am dreaming.

Casino Nocturne III selected as exhibit poster

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"THEATRE TOWN"

October 17, 2009 - November 28, 2009

NJ School of Architecture & Design / NJIT

Newark, NJ

Matthew Gosser, curator
An exhibition of artwork inspired by the theatrical history of Newark, NJ

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GENERAL ELECTRIC HEADQUARTERS
Fairfield, CT

September 13 - October 29, 2010












          with curator Valerie Cooper                                            Four paintings from "Sardinero Nights"

Mario Alvarez-Garcillán y Sofia Hinojar Gutierrez,  Madrid, Spain

Stee & Carmi Greene, Corte Madera, California


Dotty Jean Duddy (widow of SS United States Chief Officer and Bill of St Augustine , FL

RKO Proctor Interior


METRO 31 

December 18, 2014 - February14, 2015 

CITY WITHOUT WALLS Newark, NJ

Jurors:

Evan Brownstein, Shlomit Dror, Jasmine Wahi
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NJ ISN’T BORING

March 22 - April 16, 2015

Arts Guild New Jersey 
Rahway, NJ

curated by Cyd Katz-Seidel
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ISSUES

April 26 - May 24, 2015

Arts Guild New Jersey
Rahway, NJ

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UNCLE LARRY'S WOODSTOCK & WOLVERINE TRAINS

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"WISH YOU WERE HERE"

FEBRUARY 21 - MARCH 2

City|Space

Brava Theater Center
San Francisco, CA



Although often ignored, souvenirs are ubiquitous representations of the places we inhabit, written in the kitschy dialect of snow-globes and postcards. But souvenirs also navigate more intimate geographies, of personal feeling and memory.
Wish You Were Here will re-imagine the souvenir's unique position between landscape, memento, and memory.
Subject: Any aspect or part of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

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“THE WESTINGHOUSE PROJECT”

OCTOBER 11 - DECEMBER 5, 2008


NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE GALLERY
Newark, NJ

Matthew Gosser, curator

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MARK'S SILVER LINDEN

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"NOCTURNES"
JUNE 18th - SEPTEMBER 22th, 2013

Maloney Art Gallery, College of St. Elizabeth
Morristown, NJ

Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, curator


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"INDUSTRIALISM"
MAY 25th - AUGUST 25th, 2013

DOLPHIN GALLERY THE ART FACTORY
Paterson, NJ

Matthew Gosser, curator










with Jesus y the TV Crew & Me y Pablo


"SEA LIFE"

JULY 8 - AUGUST 9, 2012












COSTA CONCORDIA I, II, III  ©2012 Acrylic on Linen  9" x 14 " with Dr. Karl Hebbe

Hamilton Street Gallery
6 Hamilton Street
Bound Brook, NJ

VENERATION projected in the chapel
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WOODSTOCK BIENNIAL

OCTOBER 20 - DECEMBER 2, 2007

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY


"The Devil's Cathedral"
Selected by Nohra Haime of the Nohra Haime Gallery 57th St. NYC


The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a multi-arts membership organization. Its Kleinert/James Arts Center hosts local and national performing, visual and literary artists. The WBG offers a variety of classes in the arts and is steward of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. Founded in 1903, Byrdcliffe is one of the older artists colonies in the country, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its historical and architectural significance. It is home to a national Artist-in-Residence program.

Nohra Haime, owner and director of the Nohra Haime Gallery on 57th street in New York City was born in Bogota, Colombia. She attended Finch College in Manhattan from 1970 to 1974 and received her Masters in Art History from the Sorbonne in Paris. Nohra has been the Director of the Museum of Modern Art [Bogota] as well as the Director of the National Restoration Center in Bogota. In 1979 she returned to New York where she opened the Nohra Haime Gallery that concentrates on contemporary art. She has curated a number of exhibitions as well as written many art related articles.


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"SPRAWL"

MARCH 6 - APRIL 17, 2008

Ramapo College

Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts
Potter Library Gallery, Mahwah NJ


SILVER AND GOLD, acrylic on linen 24" x 32" ©2007
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"SPRAWL"


MARCH 20 - AUGUST 24, 2008

Jersey City Museum

New Jersey Arts Annual

MARIA MIJARES

Copyright 2016. MARIA MIJARES. All Rights Reserved. 

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"JAILHOUSE REVIVAL"

OCTOBER 21 - DECEMBER 9, 2006

NJIT SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
Newark, NJ
















The Devil's Cathedral installation with artifact ©2006

2014


"SS UNITED STATES"
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
HONEYBROOK GOLF CLUB
1422 Cambridge Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344

Golf Tournament to benefit the SS UNITED STATES

TO THE POINT is one of four acrylic on linen paintings that form the basis of a public art installation in the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System's Bergenline Avenue Station in Union City, New Jersey. Reproduced in porcelain enamel on steel, the large-scale murals provide street-level plaza art entitled "Between Manhattan and Meadowlands." 







“On unstable ground, during the dismantling of Westinghouse, the panorama of a January sundown surprised me with a condensed autobiography. Three resulting paintings reveal metaphors of personal history and prophecy—honed from the hollow."

ON TOP, acrylic on linen, 32" x 32" ©2008


For 20 years and counting, I observe the parallels of the mystic art-life with the priesthood in chapters of paintings largely focused inside the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart—seen now on high, above all the rubble.


BIRD ON A WIRE, acrylic on linen, 32" x 42" ©2008



Born in Manhattan, I look back to the famous skyline from a unique perspective, fresh and forward-looking, beyond the heap of junk.



ALMOST A MEMORY, acrylic on linen, 32" x 32" ©2008


The oncoming light rail, subject of my clock tower mural at Bergenline Avenue Plaza, moves up the middle between station and shadow of imminent past.

Installation photos by RAPHAEL RIANCHO

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"NEW JERSEY IMPRESSIONS"



















SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 - JULY 31, 2014


DRUMTHWACKET FOUNDATION (New Jersey Governor's residence)
354 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540



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Willie Nile, Mark Johnson, Pat DiNizio

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THE MODIFIED HISTORY OF DOWNTOWN NEWARK

OCTOBER 19 - DECEMBER

NJIT School of Architecture

Curated by Matthew Gosser













"The Modified History of Downtown Newark", an art exhibition at New Jersey's School of Architecture, examines the area affected by the new arena and adjacent development projects. A large variety of artifacts were recovered from the rubble of the razed buildings and transformed into artwork that embraces the people and history of Downtown Newark. Combined with photographs, video, historic documents and personal accounts, the exhibition hopes to raise public awareness of a downtown that is rapidly changing.

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"BUILDING ON A LEGACY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE THROUGH THE ARTS"

NOVEMBER 10, 2007
RUTGERS CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS AND CULTURE15th Anniversary Gala auction

and student scholarship fund
New Brunswick, NJ

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Maloney Art Gallery, College of St. Elizabeth
Morristown, NJ

Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, curator


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WATCHUNG ART CENTER

SEPTEMBER 2012

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"HOLY LIVES"

SEPTEMBER 6 - NOVEMBER 20, 2012

Grace Graupe Pillard’s video of exhibition:
  
http://vimeo.com/62839526

UBS INVESTMENT BANK HEADQUARTERS
Stamford, CT

September 15 - October 29, 2010

NEWS

2016

May 4 - August 12, 2016

BACK STORY

SMI Galleries @ Academy Square,
33 Plymouth Street, Montclair, NJ.















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March 20 - April 28, 2016















A MAN’S WORLD

Hamilton Street Gallery
Bound Brook, NJ

 with LILAC ENGINE ROOM
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"IMMORTAL STRUCTURES: Here & There ~ After"
a retrospective


JANUARY 31 - MARCH 31, 2013


MORRIS MUSEUM

6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, New Jersey


 
Funding for this exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Puffin Foundation.


 

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“of Color: The African American Experience”

July 11 – August 28, 2015

















Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion 

Cadwalader Park, Trenton, NJ.


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ENDANGERED

March 15 - April 23, 2015
















Hamilton Street Gallery
Bound Brook, NJ

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"GET ON THE BUS"
JUNE 16 - JULY 2, 200


San Francisco, CA


A unique exhibition/event at 2255 3rd St, in San Francisco's Dogpatch district at the convergence
of 3 major bus lines and the city's new Third Street light rail line.















                                                         Reproductions of "TO THE POINT" and "NIGHT BUS"

CITY|SPACE presents selections from around the world for this celebration of the 'lowly bus' to reconsider the experience, culture, and meaning of our nation's least-loved transit mode. Stigmatized as the transit of last resort-the realm of the poor, elderly, and infirm-the bus nonetheless moves millions of people every day and now can be found on the cutting edge.

GET ON THE BUS includes a multi-media exhibition, an anthology of nonfiction stories, and a series of interventions taken out to the city for both intentional and incidental audiences.
CITY|SPACE worked with several local agencies, including San Francisco Muni and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, to create original content and cooperative projects.




Giclée prints of original painting "MIDNIGHT FUNNELS" now available.
50% of the profits contributed to the SS UNITED STATES Conservancy.
Save the SS UNITED STATES

EXHIBITIONS
2016
BACK STORY
A MAN’S WORLD


2015
METRO 31
ENDANGERED
NJ ISN'T BORING
ISSUES
OF COLOR : THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE


2014
HONEYBROOK GOLF CLUB
DRUMTHWACKET

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"ROBES"
September 2 - October 10, 2010


Maloney Art Gallery, College of St. Elizabeth
Morristown, NJ

Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, curator
















with 3 WISE MEN  ©1992

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"RENAISSANCE, REBIRTH, REVIVAL"

May 20- June 23, 2012

1st Annual NJ Artist Exhibition
RSI BANK
1500 Irving St
Rahway NJ

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"THE NEWARK SCHOOL"

January 10 - April 29, 2011
Seton Hall University School of Law

One Newark Center

Newark, NJ
 

Curated by Alejandro Anreus & Petrushka A. Bazin
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"Diaspora, Diversity, and Dialogue"

November 18, 2010 - March 4, 2011

BROOKLYN COLLEGE
The Gold Room
Campus Road at East 27th Street
Brooklyn,  NY

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GOLDEN AGE RUINS, acrylic on linen 24" x 32" ©2007

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"SPRAWL: A LOOK AT THE OVERBUILDING OF NEW JERSEY"


MARCH 21 - APRIL 18, 2008

The Arts Guild of Rahway
1670 Irving Street, Rahway NJ 07065

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"NEW"

APRIL 12, 2008 - MAY 04, 2008


Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 Tinker Street,

Woodstock, NY

THE LAST WALTZ Paris

     Available as giclee and magnets (see info - GIFT SHOP )


"A week in San Francisco for the Band's Last Waltz at Winterland, re-lived at the Paris cinema, and then painted in the New Jersey studio.

On Thanksgiving Day 1976 "THE BAND" held their final concert in San Francisco where they had begun sixteen years before. As guests, my friend Vicki and I were able to watch rehearsals with the greats of rock and roll in an empty Winterland theater the day before the show which was filmed by Martin Scorsese.

Two years after, 'The Last Waltz' was showing in a Paris cinema, offering respite from site-seeing, and 'bringing it all back home.'

The painting, completed in 1981 in New Jersey, is a personal souvenir of a souvenir of some unforgettable San Francisco nights."



CITY|SPACE is a cultural organization dedicated to exploring the built environment through events and exhibitions in a wide range of disciplines, including design, visual art, cultural landscape research, and film.

CITY|SPACE cuts across disciplinary boundaries to draw on a wide range of work: aesthetic, documentary, architectural, scientific, and political, that converges around the city as we find it, make it, and struggle with it. 

"By engaging Bay Area audiences in complex and challenging questions about the cities we inhabit, we hope to deepen our communities' experience, understanding and stewardship of urban places."

"TWO SHIPS ESPERANDO"

AUGUST 16th - SEPTEMBER 14th, 2013
SIBONEY Gallery
Santander, Spain

New Jersey Artist to Exhibit in Spain
(Press Release)

New Jersey artist MARIA MIJARES will exhibit contemporary realist paintings at GALERIA SIBONEY in Santander, Spain from August 16 through September 14, 2013. The exhibition entitled "TWO SHIPS ESPERANDO" presents paintings of two ships with uncertain futures.

The COSTA CONCORDIA, a monument to disgrace rests on her side at the accident site in Italy, and the SS UNITED STATES stands proud docked in Philadelphia, PA, never did anything wrong and still holds the speed record.
Discussing her work, Mijares says, "When the COSTA CONCORDIA hit rock on January 13,2012, memories were evoked of my own four transatlantic passages. Realizing ships were the link of my two worlds, I began to research the ships upon which I had been a passenger-the first time on the SS UNITED STATES from New York to Le Havre (1953)." Paintings of the SS UNITED STATES included in this exhibition were inspired by a midnight visit in June 2012 from behind the gate and by a special tour aboard in March 2013.

Both ships are metaphor in our time-one sinking ship and the other possibly unsustainable waiting to be saved. "

"When the curtain dropped, the show was over from the inside, out.


Drama long gone, and drawn into the empty scene, moving guardedly beyond unattended crumble and shards of scrap poetry… Crawling over trash into a lightless wasteland, dark and dripping grief for a glorious past—‘beauty and sadness’ frame paradox."



2013
SIBONEY GALLERY
NOCTURNES
INDUSTRIALISM
THE MORRIS MUSEUM

2012
HOLY LIVES
WATCHUNG ART CENTER
SEA LIFE
RENAISSANCE, REBIRTH, REVIVAL

2011
THE NEWARK SCHOOL

2010
BROOKLYN COLLEGE
UBS INVESTMENT BANK HEADQUARTERS
GENERAL ELECTRIC HEADQUARTERS
ROBES

2009
THEATRE TOWN
NEXUS

2008
WESTINGHOUSE PROJECT 
SPRAWL: RAMAPO COLLEGE
SPRAWL: JERSEY CITY MUSEUM
SPRAWL: A LOOK AT THE OVERBUILDING OF NEW JERSEY
NEW
WISH YOU WERE HERE


2007
BODY OF CHRIST
WOODSTOCK BIENNIAL
THE MODIFIED HISTORY OF DOWNTOWN NEWARK
BUILDING ON A LEGACY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE THROUGH THE ARTS
NOYES MUSEUM

2006
JAILHOUSE REVIVAL
GET ON THE BUS
MARK'S SILVER LINDEN

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"BODY OF CHRIST"


OCTOBER 15 - DECEMBER 14, 2007

The Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion
Wesley Theological Seminary Dadian Gallery
Washington DC

Curated by Theodore Prescott








    VENERATION, acrylic on linen 12" x 42" ©2002