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 absolute denial about being an artist, but my hands know better, and my heart knows best. I am an artist. My passion is to create and my hands always gravitate towards clay. I currently live in Orlando, FL where I am a ceramics instructor at the City of Orlando Pottery Studio.   

Manufacturing

MARIA SANTANA: RESUME 

 

EDUCATION

 

2012            

BFA, Fine Arts (concentration: Ceramic Sculpture). Florida International University. Miami, Fl. Minors: Art History, Italian Language.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR COURSES/ WORKSHOPS

 

2018              

Ceramics Workshop, Liz Zlot Summerfield: Soft Slab Construction. City of Orlando Pottery Studio. Orlando, Fl.
 

2017              

Ceramics Workshop, Chandra DeBuse: Sketch and Stretch. City of Orlando Pottery Studio. Orlando, Fl.

 

2016              

Portrait Sculpture Workshop, Phillippe Faraut: 3-Day Portrait. Ringling College. Sarasota, Fl.

 

2015              

Ceramics Workshop, Fong Choo: Demystifying Form. City of Orlando Pottery Studio. Orlando, Fl.

 

Ceramics Workshop, Andreas Goff: Extruded Raku Figures. City of Orlando Pottery Studio. Orlando, Fl.

 

Ceramics Workshop, Steven Hill: Throwing and Glazing Methods. City of Orlando Pottery Studio. Orlando, Fl.

 

2011              

Ceramics Workshop, Sean Erwin: Clay as a Means to an End. LOWES art museum/ Miami Ceramics League. Miami, Fl

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2014 - Present

City of Orlando Pottery Studio, Instructor/ Studio Assistant. Orlando, Fl.

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2019

Florida Sculptors Guild "First Friday at FAVO". Faith Arts Village Orlando. Orlando, Fl. 

 

2018              

Sculpted, Thrown, and Fired. Orange County Regional History Center. Orlando, Fl.

 

2017              

Group Exhibition. City Artworks. City Hall Gallery. Orlando, Fl.
(1st place in professional category)

 

2015              

Group Exhibition. City Artworks. City Hall Gallery. Orlando, Fl.

(3rd place in professional category)

 

2014              

Group Exhibition. First Thursdays. Orlando Museum of Art. Orlando, Fl.

 

2012              

Group Exhibition. Doxa, Frost Museum. Miami, Fl.

 

2011              

Group Exhibition. MBUS Student Exhibition. MBUS Gallery. Miami, Fl.