Maria Maneos has spent over a decade using art to advocate for social change and criminal justice reform within the realm of mental and behavioral health. She is a visual artist from the Philadelphia area and the founder and director of the nonprofit organization, Brush With the Law (Community Service/Reentry Arts). She holds a BFA from Arcadia University, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Maneos has shown her work extensively throughout the city of Philadelphia, and exhibits in galleries, art centers, universities, and museums nationwide. In 2020 she was awarded the (CFEVA) Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Career Development Fellowship (2020-2022); a highly sought artist fellowship in Philadelphia. She is a Leeway Foundation for Art and Change (2014) grant recipient, and was named a visionary by the Pollination Project in Los Angeles, CA for her hands on work within the prison system. She received the Outstanding Mentor in Alternative Settings Award from Kutztown University in 2019 for her work connecting with marginalized populations. Her sculpture, 5535-2017 won first place and received the Purchase Prize Award in 2018 at the Art of the State exhibit in Harrisburg where it is now part of the permanent collection of the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Most recently, she was selected to serve as a member of the Montgomery County Public Defenders Advisory Board where she will help provide input on policy, priorities, and legislation that impact the justice system.
BEHIND THE BRUSH
Brush With the Law was built on hope. Hope for better outcomes, better decisions, and more openness to learn new things and imagine bigger. I hope that in some small way, my education in Fine Arts has been utilized and will continue to help causes and people in a productive, positive way.
– Maria Maneos
Maria Maneos Visual Artist Education Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, MFA 2010 Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, BFA 2006 _______________________________________________________________________ Community Involvement Public Defenders Advisory Board of Montgomery County, Norristown, PA - current PA Academy of the Fine Arts Alumni Council, Philadelphia, PA 2018-2021 Grant Panelist, PA Council on the Arts (Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance) 2015-2018 Docent, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2010-2012 Brush With the Law Community Service Arts 2013-current Solo and Two Person Exhibit 2021 CFEVA, Philadelphia POST, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2017 The Art of Recovery, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA 2012 International House, The Woman Represented, Philadelphia, PA Group Exhibit 2021 Exquisite Corpse for Unprecedented Times: A Socially Distanced Art Project, Esther Klein Science Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2020 Together We Can Make a Difference, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2020 Annual Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Show, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA 2019 Fleisher Wind Challenge, 2nd Round Placement, Philadelphia, PA 2019 Bits & Pieces of the Past, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA 2019 A Celebration of Art and Life, University of PA, Perelman Center, Philadelphia, PA 2018 51st Annual Art of the State, State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA 2018 Springtime, After All, Gallery 50, Bridgeton, NJ 2018 Annual Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Show, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA 2017 Art at Valley Lake, Valley Lake Art Gallery, Horsham, PA 2017 A Celebration of Art and Life, University of PA, Perelman Center, Philadelphia, PA 2017 Healing through Art, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ 2016 Time After Time: The Incarcerated Female, Gorevin Gallery, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA 2014 It’s a Wrap, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2013 A Celebration of Art and Life, University of Pa, Perelman Center, Phila., PA 2012 The Woman Represented, International House Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 2012 Backlash, SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY 2012 Her Visual Fix, Chris White Gallery, Wilmington, DE 2011 Projekt 30 Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL 2011 Agora Gallery, The Odyssey Within, New York, NY 2010 Centotto Gallery, Graphologies, Brooklyn, NY 2010 Togo Run, Lilly Oncology on Canvas, New York, NY 2010 Manayunk Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA 2010 Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, MFA Exhibit, Loveladies, NJ 2010 TBD Artist Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA 2010 PA Academy of the Fine Arts, 109th Annual Student Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA 2009 128 Gallery, North Broad & Cherry Sts., Philadelphia, PA 2008 Green Exhibit, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 2008 Atmosphere, Salon Des Amis Gallery, Malvern, PA 2008 Manayunk Arts Show, Philadelphia, PA 2008 Art Matters, Villanova Conference Center, Radnor, PA 2008 Emerging Artists, Artists’ House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 2008 Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA 2007 Fifth Stone Studios, Philadelphia, PA 2007 Mixed Media Art Gallery, Doylestown, PA 2006 Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS Awards 2019 Outstanding Mentor in Alternative Settings, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 2018 Art of the State Purchase Prize Winner, PA State Museum, Harrisburg, PA 2018 First Prize Sculpture, Pa State Museum, Harrisburg, PA 2018 First Prize Painting, Ambler Arts Center, Ambler, PA 2017 Kutztown University - Outstanding Mentor in Alternative Settings Award 2015 Pollination Project Visionary Nominee, Los Angeles, CA Fellowship CFEVA (Center for Emerging Visual Artist) 2020 Fellow, Philadelphia, PA Collections - Private, Public, Corporate State Museum of PA, Harrisburg, PA Castle Valley Consultants, Doylestown, PA Thomas and Sandra Vasoli, Gwynedd Valley, PA Vincent Fumo, Philadelphia, PA Grants 2014 - 2022 Pa Council on the Arts Grant Recipient 2014 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant Recipient 2019 The Pollination Project Grant Recipient Selected Bibliography ‘Make it more beautiful’: Mural installed at Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard in Ambler https://www.thereporteronline.com/2021/08/18/make-it-more-beautiful-mural-installed-at-mattie-dixon-community-cupboard-in-ambler/ Art and Art Therapy with the Imprisoned: Re-Creating Identity, by: David Gussak, 2019 PA Art of the State Sculpture Spotlights 5535, PennLive, July 13, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XJQ1WoVsJ8&feature=player_embedded Maria Maneos on Incarceration and the Opioid Crisis, by Paula Cahill, paulacahill.com/blog, June 2, 2018 Psychology Today, Art on Trial, Jan. 27, 2015 https://www.psychologytoday.com/sg/blog/art-trial/201501/brush-the-law-arts-in-prison-program?amp 5535: New Art Installation, PennLive, Harrisburg, PA, pennlive.com, May 25, 2018 CBS: The Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall, Radio Interview, cbslocal.com, July 7, 2015 Brush With the Law, Mural Unveiled at Norristown Police Station, Times Herald, January 05, 2017 Montco Jail Art Class, Philadelphia Inquirer, by: Laura McCrystal, July 08, 2015 Woman on Personal Quest, The Reporter Newspaper, December 01, 2013: Two at International House, by: CSchwartz, KnightArts.org, October 4, 2012 Studio Visit , Volume 18, June 2012: http://studiovisitmagazine.com/volume-eighteen Portrait of an Artist, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 14, 2010, Salon Des Amis Gallery: Atmosphere, Philly.com, March 2009, judithmccabe.com Speaking Engagements TEDx Speaker ‘The Big Idea’ at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX-t4A5AsPY Professional Experience 2013-Current Founder and Director, Brush With the Law, a nonprofit community service and re-entry public arts program that serves the metropolitan Philadelphia area, PA 2016-2020 Grant Advisor - The Pollination Project Arts and Culture Division 2017-2018 Mural Arts-Restorative Justice Program at Graterford Maximum Security Prison RobyBuseman 2010-2013 Class Instructor, University of PA Center for Rehabilitation, Philadelphia, PA 2010-2011 Instructor, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA