Maria Karametou is a mixed media artist who has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally including at The Ludwig Museum for International Art, Aachen, Germany; The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; The National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Apartman Projesi, Istanbul Turkey; Trito Mati Gallery, Athens, Greece; Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany; Ayse Taki Gallery Istanbul, Turkey, among many others.
In the U.S. her work has been shown at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The Holter Museum, Montana; The John Elder Gallery, New York, N.Y.; The Baltimore Museum; The North Dakota Museum; The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Montana Museum; The Danville Museum (VA); The Portsmouth Museum (VA); The Harper Collins Gallery, New York, N.Y; Comus Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Selby Gallery, Sarasota, Florida; J. Scott Gallery, Johnson, Vermont, among numerous others. Karametou has also exhibited extensively in the Washington D.C. area, including at the C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore); the Ellipse Arts Center; the Arlington Arts Center; Flashpoint; Warehouse Gallery; the McLean Project for the Arts; the Washington Project for the Arts; Maryland Art Place; the Baltimore- Washington International Airport; School 33 Art Center; Gallery 10, etc. She was represented by Gallery K from 1987 until its’ closing in 2003. Other gallery representations have involved the C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD and Trito Mati Gallery, Athens, Greece.
International collaborative projects include “Penelopeia”, sponsored by the Presidency of the European Union; being a visiting artist at the international symposium “Earth” at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos Island, Greece; and originating and curating “Converging Parallels” in collaboration with Turkish artist Biret Tavman. Upcoming international collaborations are the “Vegoritis” Project in Northern Greece (summer 2015), and organizing “EcoReflections” in partnership with artist C. Demir. This project will be presented at Mason, and at Resim ve Heykel Müzesi Galerisi in Ankara, Turkey in Fall 2015.
Karametou’s work is in permanent collections worldwide, including The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, and the Baltimore Museum, and was in the collection of His Exc. The U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Mrs. T. Miller during his tenure. Numerous art reviews include a variety of publications such as The Washington Post; the Baltimore Sun; the New Art Examiner; To Vima; the Kathimerini; Epikera magazine; The Evening Sun; The Washington City Paper; Baltimore City Paper; the Voice of America; the Washington Review; The Alternative; Eikastika Magazine; National Herald; Hellenic News; Vogue Magazine (Greek edition), as well as an “Antenna” Greek Television interview, and inclusion in the book “The Power Of Visual Logos” (ICAN 2003).
Karametou is the recipient of many awards such as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, the First Prize in the Maryland Biennial, and most recently an Individual Artist Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (2015). She served on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Arts Center from 2004 -2012 and has been a juror of a number of shows.
Karametou first studied painting and drawing in her native Greece under Theodore Drosos, and immigrated to the U.S. after high school. She holds the Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland (cum laude), and the MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, where she studied with renowned artists Grace Hartigan and Salvatore Scarpitta.
Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, Karametou taught for a variety of other institutions including the University of LaVerne, The University of Maryland (European Division), and George Washington University.