Maria Manhattan is a painter, illustrator and computer graphic artist who has also worked as a ceramic sculptor, video & conceptual artist, performer, and teacher.
As an art director in the computer graphic world she has specialized in designing educational software. Her clients have included the United Nations, Children’s Television Workshop, Classroom, Inc., Bank Street College of Education, and most recently South Carolina Educational TV and V. Hospitality. Previous to that Maria was involved in early interactive research and development for AT&T, RCA Labs (David Sarnoff Research Center), NBC, and Ogilvy & Mather among others.
Her very first computer piece “Nancy Reagan Takes the Subway” produced at the Alternate Media Center at NYU in 1982 under a grant from the NEA received wide recognition as the first interactive comic strip.
Maria taught at The New School for Social Research for 2 years. At the School of Visual Arts she taught in the in the MFA program in Computer Art for 7 years and for the last 2 years in the Cartooning and Illustration department.
Maria’s Fine Art has focused on painting for the last decade, before that she was most known for her multi media exhibition Maria Manhattan’s The Box Lunch - a large exhibition with feminist overtones that honored 39 women of dubious distinction. The Box Lunch, a kind of Saturday Night Live version of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party was a multi media installation that included
She is a member of the Pastel Society of America, and most recently her work has been exhibited at The Mills Pond House Gallery in Stonybook, Galerie Valerie formerly of Ludlow St., the New York Historical Society, and 128 Rivington Gallery. Other work has been shown at the Provincetown Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Berkeley Museum, Video Free America and the Whitney Museum, as well as the Parsons’ Gallery and the gallery at the School of Visual Arts.
Other flights of fancy have included set design for performers including Peter Healey’s Mesopotamian Opera Company; and singing with The Pointless Sisters.