Global Profile: Maria Karametou

Posted: April 24, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 25, 2013 at 6:13 am

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The following is the first in a series of profiles about George Mason University faculty members who have contributed to the Global Register, a program of the Office of Global and International Strategies.

By Steven Harris Scott

"Title" by Maria Karametou

“Icon” mixed media relief by Maria Karametou

Maria Karametou, an assistant professor in George Mason’s School of Art in the Division of Painting and Drawing, is a mixed media artist whose art incorporates a variety of nonconventional media materials and items related to cultural identity, especially gender-related objects.

In 2010, Karametou received a Senior Fulbright Research Award from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars to work in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research theme was “converging parallels,” and she explored the dynamics that impact women’s busy lives in the megalopolis environments they live in. Karametou used textiles to speak about identity and how people exist in their environment.

One of Karametou’s passions is finding connections between Turkey and Greece — her grandparents were Greek refugees who were forced to leave Turkey as a result of the Treaty of Lausanne. As a Fulbright in Turkey, Karametou exhibited her work with Turkish and other artists and hopes to have an exhibition with Turkish artists at Mason within the year.

Karametou’s work is in permanent collections such as the Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her work was also included in the collection of His Excellency the U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Mrs. Thomas Miller during his tenure. It was also featured in the official U.S. Department of State 2006 desk diary for use by all U.S. embassies worldwide. She has exhibited her work in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as in Greece, Germany, Turkey, Russia and other places around the world.

"People Maria" mixed media by Maria Karametou

“People I Know, People I Have Seen: Maria” detail from mixed media installation by Maria Karametou

Other professional activities involve the international multi-site project “Penelopeia” and being a visiting artist at the international symposium “Earth” at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos Island, Greece. Karametou sits on the Arlington Arts Center Board of Directors.

Reviews of Karametou’s work have appeared in The Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the New Art Examiner, Washington City Paper, Baltimore City Paper, The Evening Sun, Epikera magazine, the Voice of America, The Alternative, Washington Review, Eikastika Magazine, National Herald, Hellenic News, and Vogue magazine (Greek edition).

Karametou studied painting and drawing in her native Greece with T. Drosos before immigrating to the United States. She holds a BA (cum laude) from the University of Maryland and an MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, in Baltimore, where she studied with renowned painter Grace Hartigan. She has also taught at George Washington University, the University of Maryland (European Division), and the University of La Verne.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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