“My passion for Art History and the History of the Decorative Arts has informed my work throughout my career. I seek to create beauty through the reinterpretation of historical inspirations synthesized with my own visual vocabulary and contemporary views.
The resulting objects are rooted in the historical continuum.”

MARA SUPERIOR BIOGRAPHY

(b.1951, New York, NY)

Mara Superior is an American visual artist who works in porcelain. A native New Yorker, Superior made good use of her proximity to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visiting constantly. From an early age, her life has been spent in the pursuit of art, beauty, history, and travel.

Superior considers the icons of art history to serve as points of departure for her diverse ceramic works. Travel has become the lens from which she works from, often seeking inspirations from the far corners of European and US destinations. Her work demonstrates a thorough grasp of historical precedents with an added twist of her enchanting reinterpretations. She is known for her detailed narrative sculptures and wall reliefs with subject matter ranging from the personal to the political and environmental.

Mara Superior has received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts Fellowship and numerous individual artist grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, most recently in 2017. Her work can be found nationally in many public and private collections. In 2018, through the generous support of Kohler Foundation, gifts of art by Mara Superior were made to fifteen museums throughout the USA.

Superior was one of the founding partners of Pinch Pottery/Ferrin Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Mara Superior received her BFA in painting from the University of Connecticut and a MAT in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives and works in western Massachusetts.

MARA SUPERIOR CV

Mara Superior (b. 1951, New York, NY) received her BFA in painting from the University of Connecticut and an MAT in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She has traveled extensively in the US and Europe on artistic pilgrimages seeking the icons of art history to serves as points of departure for her ceramic practice.

Superior was one of the founding partners of Pinch Pottery/Ferrin Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts. She lives and works in Western Massachusetts.

MARA SUPERIOR STATEMENT

Mara Superior is an American visual artist who works in porcelain. A native New Yorker, Superior made good use of her proximity to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visiting constantly. From an early age, her life has been spent in the pursuit of art, beauty, history, and travel.

Her work demonstrates a thorough grasp of historical precedents with an added twist of her enchanting reinterpretations. She is known for her detailed narrative sculptures and wall reliefs with subject matter ranging from the personal to the political and environmental.

Superior has received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts fellowship and numerous individual artists grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, most recently in 2017. In 2010 she was interviewed for the oral history program of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Her work can be found nationally and internationally in many public and private collections.

In 2018, through the generous support of Kohler Foundation, gifts of art by Mara Superior were made to fifteen museums throughout the USA, including the Albany Institute of History & Art, Bennington Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Chipstone Foundation, Crocker Art Museum, Currier Museum of Art, Everson Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth; Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, Racine Art Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, & RISD Museum.