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Mara Baker

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Oak Park, IL

Lives in

Works in


Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2007, MFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Representing galleries
65 Grand, Chicago IL


Artist Statement-
The primary inspiration for my paintings, drawings and site-specific installations comes from found materials and the recycled byproducts of my studio practice. I often work site-responsively in alternative raw spaces like repurposed factories and homes, treating the sites as an opportunity to engage with larger ecological issues of decay and life-cycles. My work also explores the interplay between the real and the representational, often using tactile materials that reference the language of formal painting.

Mara Baker is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is a graduate
of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, 2007) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
(BFA, 2005).


Baker’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as The
Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Luminary Arts Center
(St. Louis), Ferencvarosi Pincegallery, (Budapest) and The Annex Art Center, (Toronto).
Other notable recent projects include: a solo exhibition, Two Forward, One Back, at 65
Grand, Chicago IL, The Tyranny of Good Taste a traveling group exhibition (Columbia
College Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago IL and L’Esquina Gallery, Kansas City); and
Interstice a group show at (308 at 156 Project Art Space, New York, NY) curated by
Rachel Adams and Rob Green projects, LA.


Baker teaches foundations and drawing as part of the full-time art faculty at the College
of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Recent Exhibits

Mara Baker participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 Century Safe (Chicago)
Roman Susan
Aug, 2015 Front & Center: 2015 Center Program Final Exhibition
Hyde Park Art Center
Oct, 2014 “Rocket Run, Abstraction from Chicago”
Elder Gallery
Sep, 2014 Topography of Knowing
Chicago Artists Coalition
May, 2014 Two Forward, One Back
Feb, 2014 Interstice
308 at 156 Project Artspace
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