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Mara J. Baker


Mara J. Baker

Instructor, Art

McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 152A

Areas of Research Interest:

  • contemporary drawing practice
  • assemblage and collage
  • fiber and material studies
  • site specific installation
  • entropy

Recent Courses Taught:

  • Two dimensional design
  • Drawing 1 and 2
  • Life Drawing 1 and 2
  • Introduction to Visual Art


Current Projects:

  • Development of new work for group show Two Histories of the World, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL opening Sept. 2012.
  • Collaboration with writer Monica Westin for Solo Show of new work at Seerveld Gallery, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL opening October 2012.


Selected Exhibitions:

Recent Solo Exhibitions

  •  Double Tangent, Cara and Cabezas, Kansas City, MO; in collaboration with Rafael Vera, 2011
  • Blue Glue and Other Explorations, Happy Collaborationists, Chicago IL, 2011
  • Rise over Run, What it is, Oak Park, IL; in collaboration with Rafael Vera, 2010
  • Cross-grain, Back Room Projects, Chicago IL; in collaboration with Rafael Vera, 2010


Recent Group Exhibitions:

  • Take me with you: drawings from near and far, Anchor Arts Space, Anacortes, WA, 2012
  • Two Histories of the World (Part 1), William H. Cooper Mfg., Chicago IL, 2011
  • 9 x 12, Ferencvarosi Pincegallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2011
  • Forecast, The Luminary Arts Center, St. Louis MO, 2010
  • What Remains, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN, 2010
  • The Breathing House, Fallout Arts Center, Minneapolis MN, 2009
  • Site-Unspecific, Dominican University, River Forest, IL, 2009
  • Scavenger Constructs, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago IL, 2008
  • Centrifugal Force, Detroit Industrial Projects, Detroit MI,2008



  • MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2007
  • BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, 2005
  • BA, Messiah College, Grantham PA, 2003


Awards and Recognitions:

  • Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, 2011


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