Gallery Aferro’s 3rd Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellow
Mary A. Valverde (born 1975, Queens, New York) is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and professor based in New York. Valverde teaches at Hunter College, CUNY and has lectured at institutions including The Ford Foundation, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, F.I.T., and Long Island University’s MFA departments. Valverde is Commissioner (Sculptor seat), Arts Commission/Public Design Commission of the City of New York, since 2015. She received her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 1999. Valverde is the recipient of University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Design’s Full Dean’s Diversity Fellowship, and in 2010 received the Artist Fellowship, Inc. Individual Artist Award and the Mayer Foundation Grant. She is the 2017 Parent-Artist Artist-in-Residence at Gallery Aferro, NJ. Mary A. Valverde was the 2011 MFA Lecturer at the ICA Philadelphia, was the Thomas Hunter Ceramic Artist in Residence in 2014, artist in residence at Artist Alliance Residency 2007, and at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art’s Emerge Program in 2006. Valverde has exhibited her work at MoCA North Miami, The New Jersey State Museum, BRAC, Art Center South Florida, El Museo del Barrio, The Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Momenta Gallery, Saltworks Gallery, Corridor Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Abrons Art Center, Cuchifritos Gallery, Gallery Aferro, Tribes Gallery, among others. Valverde has contributed to various projects through the BASE collective.