(b. 1958)


1989 Northwestern University, MFA, Graduate Fellowship
1987 University of Illinois at Chicago, BFA, Summa Cum Laude

One Person Exhibitions

2018 New Works, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2010 “Saturation: New Paintings by Maria Tomasula,” Brainard
Gallery, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University,
Charleston, IL
2008 Rapture, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, IL
Flow, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Solo Exhibition, Snite Museum of Art, Notra Dame, IN
2005 “Meridian,” Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004 “Vast,” Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 “Second Nature,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2000 “Accretion,” Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 “Corpus,” Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
1998 “Encanto,” Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, IL
“Recognitions,” South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
1997 “Im/Mutable,” Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Convergence,” Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN
1995 “Devotion and Dominion,” Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Maria Tomasula,” Vander Velde Gallery, Trinity College, Palos Heights, IL
1994 “Desire and Devotion,” Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Seeing With Our Own Eyes, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
Forum Gallery Celebrates 55 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2016 20/21 – VISIONARY ARTISTS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2015 Love: The First of the 7 Virtues, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
2014 Wives, Daughters and Lovers, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Singular Vision, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Contemporary Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture: A Summer
Selection, Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2010 “Sacred and Profane,” Portsmouth Museum of Fine Arts, Portsmouth, NH
2009 “Summer Selections,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2008 “Contemporary American Realism: 2008 Biennial,” Fort Wayne
Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
2007 “An Eye For Detail: Works by Selected Artists,” Forum Gallery,
Los Angeles, CA
2007 “The Feminist Figure,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY
2006-7 “Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life,” Neuberger
Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2006 “Collective Imaginings: The Howard A. and Judith Tullman
Collection”, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL (catalogue)
2003 “Larger than Life: Women artists making it big,” Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
2002 “Recent Acquisitions,” Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, IL
“New Works by Forum Gallery Artists,” Forum Gallery, NY
2001 “Dreams and Dreamers,” Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago,
“Obsessive Drawing,” Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts,
2000 “The Object Considered,” Columbus College of Art & Design,
Columbus, OH (catalogue)
“Libidinal,” Thomas Blackman Associates, Chicago, IL
“Self-portraits,” Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 “New Visions by Nine Contemporary Women,” Forum Gallery,
New York, NY
“Examination and Practice: Painting in the Late 20th Century,”
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI
“WILDflowers,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY (catalogue)
“Exquisite Corpse,” Printworks, Chicago, IL
“New Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection,” Warner
Gallery, South Bend, IN
“Al Paso del Tiempo: Day of the Dead, the Mexican Fine Arts
Museum, Chicago, IL
1998 “Flora,” Elise Goodheart Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
“New Season,” Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Disposition: Replacing the Figure,” Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago,
“Millennium Art & Architecture,” Graham Foundation, Chicago,
“On Your Mark,” Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 “Out of Eden,” Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art &
Design, Kansas City, Missouri (catalogue)
“The Chicago/Indiana Connection,” Brauer Museum of Art,
Valparaiso, IN (catalogue)
“Natural Selection,” Peter Mille Gallery, Chicago, IL
1996 “(Un)Earthly Delights,” State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago and
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL (catalogue)

“Accretion,” Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
“New Art Examiner Benefit Exhibition, SPACE Gallery, Chicago,
1994 “Timely and Timeless,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary
Art, Ridgefield, CT (catalogue)
“Gravity and Grace,” Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts, New
Orleans, LA
“Contemporary Realists,” Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design,
Milwaukee, WI
“(Un)Real,” Gibson Gallery, State University of New York at
Potsdam, NY
1993 “Selections,” Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
“The Dreamer Awakens,” Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 “Finesse,” Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL
“New Sensations,” Deson-Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL
1991 “Home is Where the Art Is,” N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 “Domestic Realisms,” C.A.G.E., Cincinnati, OH
1989 “Reverse Angle,” Transcultural Exchange, Chicago, IL and
Kulturverein Transcult, Vienna
“Union League Club Exhibition,” Union League Club, Chicago,
IL and Prince Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Grants and Awards

The Michael P. Grace Endowed Chair in Arts and Letters, University of Notre
Howard Foundation Grant
Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University, Department of Art Theory and
Andrew W. Mellon Preceptorship, Northwestern University
Phi Kappa Phi Scholarly Project Grant (University of Illinois at Chicago

Selected Bibliography:

Goings On About Town – Art. “New Visions.” The New Yorker August 23 &
30, 1999: Galleries-Uptown 30.
Grisham, Esther. “Encanto: Contemporary Still Lifes by Maria Tomasula.”
Dialogue: Voicing the Arts, January/February 1999: 14.
Braff, Phyllis. “Flora.” The New York Times 9 August 1998: Art Reviews.
Artner, Alan. “Latest from Tomasula intrigues in new ways.” Chicago
Tribune 18 Sept. 1997: Tempo 2.
Kuspit, Donald, Robert Sill, and James Yood. (Un) Earthly Delights
Springfield: Illinois State Museum, 1996.
Holg, Garrett. “Maria Tomasula.” ARTnews, Dec. 1995: 155.
Maxwell, Douglas F. Timely and Timeless, The Aldrich Museum of
Contemporary Art, 1994.
Raynor, Vivien. “An Optimist’s Eye in Ridgefield,” The New York Times 5
December 1993: 30.

Professional Experience

1994- 2006 University of Notre Dame, Department of Art History and
Design: from 2002, the Michael P. Grace Endowed Professor of Arts and Letters; from 2000, Associate Professor; from 1994, Assistant Professor


The Howard A. and Judith Tullman Collection, Chicago, IL
The Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT