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Curriculum Vitae

Mariah Plakas

Resides and works in New York

Education 

2023 MFA in Visual Narrative, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY

2020 BFA in Studio Art, Minors in Graphic Design and Art History, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

2018 Adelphi University's Renaissance Art & Art History Study Abroad Program, Florence, Italy

2015-16 Bethpage High School, Advanced Placement Art Student, Bethpage NY

Internships and Mentorships 

2022-23 Visual Narrative Mentorship with Cheyenne Curtis, School of Visual Arts

2019-20 Visual Narrative Mentorship with Geoff Grogan, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

 

2019 Studio Artist and Art History Internship at Walt Whitman Birthplace Association through Adelphi University, Huntington Station

and Garden City, NY

Awards and Grants

2023 Merit-Based Housing Grant for Low-Residency Visual Narrative Program from the School of Visual Arts

 

Sketchboard Pro Thesis Sponsorship Award from MFA Visual Narrative, SVA Alumni Sponsorship Committee, and

Sketchboard Pro

2022 Merit-Based Housing Grant for Low-Residency Visual Narrative Program from the School of Visual Arts

2020 Conger Goodyear Award for Studio Art from Adelphi University

2018 Study Abroad Grant for Adelphi University's Renaissance Art & Art History Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy

2016-20 Dean's Talent Award from Adelphi University

Group Exhibitions

2023 We Made This: 2023 MFA Visual Narrative Thesis Exhibition, SVA Gramercy Gallery, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY,

curated by Christina Roussos, Anelisa Garfunkel, Lucea Spinelli, and Matt Rota

 

2022 Open Studios 2022: Form Empathy and Character Play, Power of Story, Shaping Your Story, and Visual Research, MFA Visual

Narrative 10th Floor Gallery, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY, curated by Christina Roussos and Bobby Walles, Jonathan

Gottschall, Anna Eveslage, Jenny Goldstick and Tim Szetela 

 

Digital Short Story: Small Bytes, Big Fiction, Gather Virtual Gallery, School of Visual Arts, curated by Jim Rugg and Mark Sable

Alumni Art Exhibition, Performing Arts Center Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY curated by Kellyann Monaghan

 

2021 Open Studios 2021: Analogue to Digital, History of Photography, Narrative Writing, and Visual Explorations, Virtual Gallery,

School of Visual Arts, curated by Matt Rota, Stacy Morrison, Anna Eveslage, Anelisa Garfunkel, and Nathan Fox

Women In Art 2021, Virtual Gallery, curated by Las Laguna Art Gallery

2020 BFA Thesis Exhibition: Memorabilia, Performing Arts Center Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY curated by Mariah

Plakas

BFA Thesis Exhibition: Memorabilia, Virtual Gallery, Adelphi University, curated by Mariah Plakas

Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society Spring 2020 Pop-Swap, Virtual Gallery, Adelphi University, curated by Kristen Dulovic

and Mariah Plakas

2019  Senior Showcase, Blodgett Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, curated by Mariah Plakas

Walt Whitman’s 200th Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Huntington Station, NY, curated

by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and Kellyann Monaghan

Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society Spring 2019 Exhibition, Performing Arts Center Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden

City, NY, curated by Charlotte Astre

Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society Spring 2019 Pop-Swap, Blodgett Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, curated by

Charlotte Astre

Junior Showcase, Klapper Center for Fine Arts, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, curated by Mariah Plakas

2018  Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society Spring 2018 Exhibition: This Is Not What It Seems, Performing Arts Center Gallery,

Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, curated by Samantha Adelberg

Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society Spring 2018 Pop-Swap, Blodgett Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, curated by

Samantha Adelberg

2017 Chalk Up, Blodgett Hall Lawn, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, curated by Mariah Plakas

Artist Talks

2023 We Made This: Thesis Sit-Down Film Screenings for "Blitzar Park" and "What We Discover Along the Way," SVA Gramercy

Gallery, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY, curated by Mariah Plakas, Rose Vincelli Gustine, Lucea Spinelli, Matt Rota, Nathan Fox, and SVA's BFA Animation Department

2022 Second Year Informal Chat, Master of Fine Arts Visual Narrative Studio, School of Visual Arts, New York, NYC, curated by Joan

McCabe and the MFAVN Class of 2023

2021 Eighteenth Annual Adelphi University Scholarship and Creative works Conference, Virtual Oral Presentation, Adelphi

University, moderated by Conference Committee Co-Chairs Nathan R. George and Alexander Heyl

2020 BFA Thesis Exhibition: Memorabilia, Performing Arts Center Gallery, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, moderated by

Kellyann Monaghan and Jen Maloney

2019 Senior Showcase, Blodgett Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, moderated by Geoff Grogan 

Walt Whitman’s 200th Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Huntington Station, NY, 

moderated by Kellyann Monaghan

Prospective Students Chat, Bachelor of Fine Arts Art History Studio, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, moderated by Dale Flashner

Junior Showcase, Klapper Center for Fine Arts, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, moderated by Kellyann Monaghan

2018 Art Share, Blodgett Hall, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, moderated by Charlotte Astre

2017 Chalk Up Sculpture Performance, Blodgett Hall Lawn, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, moderated by Christopher Saucedo

 

Artist Workshops and Teaching Experience

2023 Studio Art Teacher at Agape Arts Center, Whitestone and Elmhurst, NY

2022 Studio Art Instructor at Ashcan Studio of Art, Little Neck, Syosset, and Manhattan NY

Graffiti Instructor at Graff Lab Studio, Holtsville, NY

2021 Clay Pottery and Self Portrait Outdoor Workshop at Locust Valley Library ran by Mariah Plakas for a Girl Scout Troop, Locust

Valley, NY

2020-21 Virtual Sculpture Tutor

2016 Character Design Workshop at Bethpage High School ran by Mariah Plakas for BHS Art Club, Bethpage, NY

Publications

2023 Congrats to the Sketchboard Pro Thesis Sponsorship Award Winners Article, SVA MFA Visual Narrative Blog

 

2022 Master of Fine Arts Visual Narrative Open Studios 2022 Event Poster, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NYC

 

2021 Honey Moon: Narrative Writing Summer 2021 Zine, edited by Anna Eveslage and published by Sean McInerney

2020 Artist Spotlight 01: Digital Zine, FOURALL Magazine, curated by Lexi Ariel

Projects

2022 The Garden, novel written by K. S. Birch, illustrated cover by Mariah Plakas

 

Medical Blog Writer for Beyond Medical Staffing and Inovativ Scrubs

2021 Season 1 of HBO Max's And Just Like That Sticker Designs by several artists including Mariah Plakas for Set Props, North

Center Productions

2020 Alzheimer's Disease: Video for 6th Graders, written by Lana Shuris and Nootshy Romage, animated by Mariah Plakas

 

2019 Fall Arts Festival Wall Mural assistant to Brittany Baldwin, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

 

Department of Art and Art History & Department of Anthropology Event Poster, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

College of Arts and Sciences Inaugural Salon Event Posters, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Chalk-Up Event Poster, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

2018 International Game Developers Association "Spring Play: Game Expo" Event Poster, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

2014-16 Pop Culture Article Blogger for Sonic Eclectic Vision Network

Private Collections

2019 Wall Mural of Disney's Nightmare Before Christmas collaboration with Sabrina Varga, AMC Dine-In Levittown 10, Levittown, NY

2016 Wall Mural of George Orwell's 1984, Bethpage High School, Bethpage NY

Wall Mural of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper collaboration with Amy Zheng, Bethpage High School,

Bethpage NY

Wall Mural of William Shakespeare's Hamlet collaboration with Amy Zheng, Bethpage High School, Bethpage NY

Art Tables at Conventions, Fairs, and Festivals

2022 Garden of Her Art Fair at Spirit's Promise Equine Rescue in Riverhead, NY, curated by Colored Colors

MoCCA Arts Festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC, NY with the SVA MFAVN Program

2021 East End Market Art Fair at Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead, NY, curated by Colored Colors

New York Comic Con Artist Alley at the Javits Center in Manhattan, NY, assistant to Nathan Fox

 

Social Media Management

2019-20 Co-managed the Instagram page for Adelphi University's Gamma Sigma Chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary

Art Fraternity

2018 Co-Managed the Instagram page for Adelphi University's Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Relevant Experience

2019-20 Vice President of Adelphi University's Gamma Sigma Chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity

2018-20 Promotional Movie Theater Window Painter for AMC Dine-In Levittown 10 and AMC Dine-In Huntington Square 12, NY

2018-19 Art Department Receptionist at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

 

2016-20 Prop, Sound, and Lighting Stage Technician at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Extracurriculars

2018-20 Sister and Officer of Adelphi University's Alpha Alpha Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Fraternity

2016-19 Notetaker and peer editor for students with disabilities at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

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