My goal as a visual artist is to create iconographies that can communicate ideas to a range of audiences.

The imagery usually incorporates the human figure, most often the female figure. The ideas revolve primarily around social issues and are presented through narrative or metaphor. The materials range from handmade paper—used for its ability to mimic a variety of materials as well as its inherent connotation of fragility—to a special form of fiberglass-reinforced plaster called Hydrocal FGR95, originally developed for architectural casting.

I’ve tended to work in that somewhat peculiar niche between painting and sculpture called “relief.” In the late 1990s I began to treat the wall as an integral part of the meaning, that is, something more than merely a backdrop. My most recent installations further explore the link between the human body and architecture.


Virginia Maksymowicz


Women on Columns

Bread (series)

History of Art


Bodies in Architecture

Rules of Civility

Stations of the Cross

Work Prior to 2000

Wall Street


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Virginia Maksymowicz 
was born in 1952 in Brooklyn, NY and now lives in Philadelphia. PA. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York  (1973) and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego (1977). She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation and Grey Gallery in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. 
She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture (1984), and over the years has been honored with numerous other grants and awards. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series, The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body, published by the University of Michigan Press.
She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, an artist-in-residence at the Powel House Museum in Philadelphia, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.
Maksymowicz is currently Associate Professor of Art at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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