Maria Cecilia Santana b.1990
I was born in Carbondale, IL and grew up in Venezuela surrounded by music, a crafty grandma, and perpetual heat.
My grandma introduced me to my hands; she showed me how to use them to create. It wasn’t until years later, when as a teenager my family moved to Miami, that I learned to use my hands to make art. The first time my hands touched clay I felt an inexplicable connection that only grew stronger over time. I graduated from Florida International University with a B.F.A in Ceramics in a bit of denial about being an artist, but my hands know better, and my heart knows best. I am an artist. My passion studio is to create and my hands always gravitate towards clay. I worked as a studio tech and instructor at The City of Orlando Pottery Studio in Orlando, FL for about 5 years. I currently live in St. Augustine, Fl. and teach at Jane's Art Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.
Maria Santana, BFA
2012 BFA, Fine Arts (concentration: Ceramic Sculpture). Florida International University. Miami, Fl.
Minors: Art History, Italian Language.
2019. Jane’s Art Center. New Smyrna Beach, Fl.
2019. Jane’s Art Center. Ceramics Instructor. New Smyrna Beach, Fl.
2014- 2019. City of Orlando Pottery Studio, Instructor/ Studio Tech. Orlando, Fl.
2016. Jewish Academy of Orlando, Art Teacher, Maitland, Fl
2020 Workhouse Art Center Juried Clay International. Workhouse Art Center. Lorton, VA.
2019 Tongue in Cheek. Albin Polasek Museum. Orlando, Fl.
Florida Sculptors Guild Exhibition. Art League of Daytona. Daytona Beach, Fl.
(3rd Place Award)
First Thursdays: The Power of She. Orlando Museum of Art. Orlando, Fl.
Florida Sculptors Guild Artist Exhibition at FAVO. Faith Arts Village. Orlando, Fl.
2018 Sculpted, Thrown, and Fired. Orange County Regional History Center. Orlando, Fl.
2017 City Artworks. City Hall Gallery. Orlando, Fl.
(1st place in professional category)
2015 City Artworks. City Hall Gallery. Orlando, Fl.
(3rd place in professional category)
2014 First Thursdays: Healing Arts. Orlando Museum of Art. Orlando, Fl.
2012 BFA Exhibition. Doxa, Frost Museum. Miami, Fl.
2011 MBUS Student Exhibition. MBUS Gallery. Miami, Fl.