Maren Hassinger

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Maren Hassinger
Born 1947 (age 68–69)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Alma mater MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1973; BA, Bennington College, 1969
Awards Grants, Joan Mitchell Foundation (1996), Anonymous Was a Woman (1997), and Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2007); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art, 2009

Maren Hassinger (born 1947) is an African-American artist. She is known for her sculpture and public art using natural and industrial materials. She works in "sculpture, installation, performance, and video."[1]

Early Life and Education[edit]

Hassinger was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended Bennington College, intending to study dance (which she had practiced since the age of five) but graduated in 1969 with a B.F.A. in sculpture. She then enrolled at UCLA to study fiber and earned her M.F.A. in 1973.


She spent five years as an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University.[1] Since 1997, she has been Director of the Reinhart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art.[2][3]


  • Twelve Trees #2, Mulholland Drive off-ramp, San Diego Freeway, northbound, Los Angeles, CA, 1979
  • Pink Trash, Lynwood, CA, 1982
  • Necklace of Trees, Atlanta Festival for the Arts, Atlanta, GA, 1985-85
  • Bushes at Socrates Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, Queens, NY, 1988
  • Plaza Planters and Tree Grates, Commissions for Downtown Seattle Transit Project, Seattle, WA, 1986–90
  • Tall Grasses, Roosevelt Island, New York, NY, 1989-90[4]
  • Circle of Bushes, for C. W. Post, Long Island University, Brookville, NY, 1991
  • Cloud Room, Commission for the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992
  • Evening Shadows, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA, 1993 [1]
  • Daily Mask, 2004[5]

A subway station in New York city, the Central Park North – 110th Street (IRT Lenox Avenue Line) station, installed a work by Hassinger during a 1998 renovation, called Message from Malcolm. It consists of mosaic panels on the platform and main fare control area's street stairs that depict quotes and writings by Malcolm X written in script and surrounded by mosaic borders.[6]


Hassinger has work in the permanent collections of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore, MD; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Williams College Art Museum, Williamstown, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Evening Shadows". UAM SCULPTURE PARK, CA State University, Long Beach. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (2011). Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists (1st ed.). Baltimore, Md: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. p. 30. ISBN 9780615436142. 
  3. ^ "Maren Hassinger, Director". MICA. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Maren Hassinger - NYC Department of Cultural Affairs". Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Maren Hassinger Biography". African American Performance Art Archive. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Artwork: Message from Malcolm (Maren Hassinger)". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  7. ^ Women's Caucus for Art Honors MICA Graduate Faculty Maren Hassinger, Joyce Kozloff for Lifetime Achievement. Maryland Institute College of Art. February 24, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2014.

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