Graphic CV


Regular CV

Maria Gomez Umaña

As visual artist and graphic designer I am interested in using new technologies in my artwork. I often combine life drawing, vectorial drawing, and laser cutting. My work integrates wooden cutouts, ceramics, transfers, encaustics and embroidery. I am open to learning and I thrive on new challenges.

Selected Achievements

  • Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant, Where Is Your Heart? Blink Gallery 2016
  • Selected for Residency Art Place, Ottawa Arts East Art Council, 2015-16
  • British Council Scholarship for MFA at University of Northumberland, UK 1994-95
  • Scholarship for clay workshop with Cynthia Bringle, Haystack school of Crafts, ME, USA 1991
  • Developed formula for ‘Plastilla®’ self hardening clay, sales and distribution, an alternative to black-outs in the city of Bogota, Colombia 1989-99
  • Led ceramics publication ‘Natá’, the only magazine devoted to clay work at the time. Edited, published and distributed, Bogotá, Colombia 1989-93
  • Founded and participated in the ten women Artists Collective ‘Artifact’. Outlined organization’s purpose and internal organization, trained on how to facilitate meetings, drafted projects’ budgets and communication strategy. Received provincial grants to paint and document collective murals in Nicaragua and Montreal, 1985-87

Formal and Informal Education

  • MFA University of Northumberland, England, 1994-95
  • BFA Concordia University, Montreal, 1984-87
  • Community Engaged Arts Symposium, City Hall, 2017
  • Artepreneur Art Ottawa East Art Council, 2015 and 2016
  • Collectors Group, Julie Hodgson and La Petite Mort, 2013-15
  • Partners for Youth Empowerment PYE, Creative Facilitation, Ottawa, May 2015
  • CARFAC six webinars on Taking Care of Business, February-March 2014
  • Ontario Arts Council, Let’s talk Mentorship, Toronto, March 2014
  • Power of the Arts National Forum, Advancing Social Change, Carleton University, 2013
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Montreal 2013
  • AMI Elementary Montessori Training, Minneapolis, MN, 2004-06
  • Diploma in Multimedia Creation, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2001-02

Professional Career

  • Volunteer with West Art Ottawa working group with AOE, 2016-17
  • Gallery Assistant, Sivarulrasa Gallery, Almonte ON, 2016
  • Art Place, a residency program by Arts Ottawa East Art Council (AOE), 2015-16
  • Sales representative at The General Fine Craft and Design Gallery, 2014-15
  • CNCAC Operations Director: Research of funding opportunities, design and implementation of organization environmental scan, strategic plan, financial analysis, monthly reports, and monitoring of organization’s activities and outreach. Production of monthly reports that include on-going evaluation of organisation’s capacity. Development of communication strategy: newsletter, social media, website updates, 2011-14
  • Teacher at Algonquin College: Teacher of Mixed Media in Continuing Education. Content design and teacher of course The Business of Art in the Pre-Fine Art Program: Design and implementation of content delivery, evaluation techniques, monitoring of learners, and development of teaching prototypes to be replicated by peer art teachers. Teacher of drawing and design in two departments Pre-Illustration and Pre-Design, Ottawa, 2009-12
  • Elementary teacher at Bishop Hamilton Montessori School: design and implementation of yearly curriculum, evaluation strategies, reports and individual monitoring of learners, Ottawa 2003-12
  • Teacher at Universidad de Los Andes: Design course contents, implementation and evaluation of courses Introduction to Painting, and Ceramics III. Design, implementation and evaluation criteria for new clay program. Organisation and monitoring of yearly ceramics events, Bogota 1999-03
  • Teacher at Universidad de la Sabana, 1998-00
  • Board Member of Fundación Capacitar, scholarships and awards in education, Bogota, 1998-00
  • Director of GAIA Art: Developed and implemented a financial and marketing strategy. Content design, implementation and evaluation of multidisciplinary art workshops. Monitored activities and outreach of the organization; created and nourished partnerships with other cultural organizations. Designed and implemented workshops on multidisciplinary arts for children, youth and adults. Created an innovative teaching method called Active Art. Developed and produced and distributed the self-hardening clay PLASTILLA. Edition, marketing and distribution of ceramics-magazine NATA. Bogota, 1989-00
  • Board Member of Asociación Cultural Ricardo Gómez Campuzano, 1990-92
  • Art teacher and student at Art Guides School at Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, 1983-84
  • Art teacher for children from low income families at Fundación Rafael Pombo, Bogota, 1983

Solo Shows

  • Remember Breathing, Carriageway Studio, 2017
  • Where Is Your Heart? Blink Gallery, 2016
  • There’s Room, Gallery 101, Ottawa, 2016
  • Veggies, Chinatown Remixed 2015
  • Heal, The General Fine Craft and Design Gallery, Almonte ON, 2015
  • Whispers, Blink Gallery, July 2014

Group Shows

  • Artifact Archives, Blink Gallery, 2016
  • Selections, Shenkman Arts Centre, 2013
  • Nepean Visual Arts Centre, OMMA exhibition, 2013
  • Text Me, General Fine Craft, Almonte 2013
  • Healing Alphabet, Rowboat B&B, Almonte ON, 2012
  • International Peace Day Shenkman Art Centre, 2012
  • The New Art Festival, juried exhibition, Central Park, Ottawa, 2012
  • Chinatown Remixed, 2010 and 2011
  • Belonging Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Ottawa 2010
  • Belonging Shenkman Art Centre, Ottawa 2010
  • Diversity Foyer of Colombian Embassy, 2008
  • Green Spaces, Glebe Community Center, Ottawa, 2009
  • Keiffer Gallery, Almonte ON, 2004
  • Art in The Park, Central Park, Ottawa, 2003
  • International Youth Conference (IBBY) Cartagena, Colombia 2002
  • This Is My Body, Centro Colombo Británico, solo exhibit, Bogota, Colombia, 1996
  • Graduation Exhibition, MFA students, University of Northumbria, UK, 1995
  • From The Mind to The Hand, Colombian Centre, NY USA, 1993,
  • From The Hand to The Table, Museo de Artes y Tradiciones, Bogota, Colombia, 1990
  • Art of Prepared Table, Museum of Modern Art, Medellin, Colombia, 1989
  • Ornas, Museo Ricardo Gomez Campuzano, solo exhibit Bogota, Colombia, 1991
  • Nutrición, Cooperartes (Arts cooperative) solo exhibit, Bogota, Colombia, 1989
  • Muestra Joven, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Minuto de Dios, Bogota, Colombia 1988
  • The Individual and The Collective, solo exhibit, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Canada 1987
  • Mural Feast at St Lawrence, multidisciplinary street event orchestrated by Artifact Collective with provincial grants, Montreal, 1986
  • Miniatures, Galeria San Diego, Bogota, 1982

Graphic Design and Illustration

  • Freelance design for private corporations, Ottawa 2013-15
  • Monthly CNCAC newsletter and website, design and content research, Ottawa 2011-14
  • Free Lance illustrator for SNC Lavalin, Montreal, 2010-11
  • Illustrator of book ‘Collie Rescue’ Penumbra Press, Manotick, ON, 2004
  • Free lance illustrator and graphic designer for several adult education and community promotion projects for Mayor’s office, Bogota 2000-03
  • Illustrator for Manual on Pregnancy, Foundation for Human Development, Bogota, 2000
  • First Prize in logo design for Gaia Foundation, Bogota 1998
  • Publisher of ceramic magazine Natá, editor, designer, publicity, distribution, 1989-91

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