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New Pinney Artist-in-Residence Offers Open Studio Hours

Jul 19, 2021
Pinney Artist-in-Residence

Maria Amalia Wood is the inaugural Bubbler Artist-in-Residence at Pinney Library! As a community-minded artist Maria loves inviting others into her art practice of paper-making. Her current project involves exploring journeys. She'll be asking participants to engage by exploring feelings, place, memories, and beliefs in lots of hands-on ways. All are welcome to join in by stopping in during Open Studio Hours! Those willing to share their own immigrant journeys are especially encouraged to participate.

Open Studio Hours: 

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Community members of all ages are invited to drop in, meet Maria and her teen interns, and participate in various making activities.

Additional Workshops:
Maria will all be facilitating other workshops out and about in the community in the coming months - here are a few she’s got on the books! Keep up with her and this project by following: @mariaamaliawood

8/12 at Warner Park from 3-5p ~ North Side Block Party ~ Pulp painting
8/14 at Berkley Park from 12p -2p ~ BYAYA Family Fun Day ~ Pulp painting

Other closed, targeted workshops include working with East Madison Community Center at Hawthorne Library, Lighthouse School, and a network of Spanish-speaking care providers at Pinney Library.

Learn more about Maria Amalia Wood's residency. 


Maria Amalia, she/her (@mariaamaliawood) holds a bachelor’s degree in General Art with a minor in Visual Communications from Judson University and an MFA in Textile Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the past four years, Maria Amalia has been creating paper and textile objects that refer to memories of lived experiences. While constantly honing her ability to intelligently compose, Maria Amalia has developed a process for manipulating the wet pulp that allows her to work freely, building an image with layered, ripped, painted, and collaged forms resulting in complex surfaces that carry rich color and texture.

Having more than 12 years of experience working with craft communities in Latin America in product development, her art practice is built on a foundation that includes a commitment to the highest standards of craftsmanship in making, intellectual curiosity, and constant searching for authenticity and relevance.

From a very young age Maria Amalia participated in community projects with her parents, observing, listening, learning from their workshops and becoming conscious of the importance of the participation of women and minority groups in processes of social change. 


This project and residency is supported by a generous gift from the Friends of Pinney.