Maren Hassinger

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Maren Hassinger
Born 1947 (age 69–70)
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. Hassinger graduated from Bennington College in Vermont with a B.F.A. in sculpture in 1969. Originally she had intended to study dance, which she had practiced since the age of five. She then enrolled at UCLA to study fiber and earned her M.F.A. in 1973.[2]


She spent five years as an adjunct professor at Stony Brook University.[1] Since 1997, she has been Director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art.[3][4]


  • Twelve Trees #2, Mulholland Drive off-ramp, San Diego Freeway, northbound, Los Angeles, CA, 1979[5]
  • Pink Trash, Lynwood, CA, 1982[6]
  • Necklace of Trees, Atlanta Festival for the Arts, Atlanta, GA, 1985-85
  • Bushes at Socrates Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, Queens, NY, 1988[7]
  • Plaza Planters and Tree Grates, Commissions for Downtown Seattle Transit Project, Seattle, WA, 1986–90
  • Tall Grasses, Roosevelt Island, New York, NY, 1989-90[8]
  • 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[9]

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.[10]


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]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Maren Hassinger's work has been featured in exhibitions at numerous galleries and institutions including the following solo exhibitions:[12][13][14]

  • Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Maren Hassinger: A Retrospective (2015)
  • Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA Maren Hassinger (2014)
  • Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, USA Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming (2013)
  • Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg, PA, USA Maren Hassinger: Lives (2010)[15]
  • Contemporary Arts Forum and Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, CA., Blanket of Branches and Dancing Branches, (1986)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA., Gallery Six: Maren Hassinger, (1981)
  • Just Above Midtown/Downtown Gallery, New York, NY., Beach, (1980)

and selected group exhibitions:[12][13][14]


  1. ^ a b c "Evening Shadows". UAM SCULPTURE PARK, CA State University, Long Beach. Retrieved 5 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Maren Hassinger | Now Dig This! digital archive | Hammer Museum". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Maren Hassinger, Director". MICA. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Inside the Artist's Studio – Maren Hassinger". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  6. ^ "BOMB Magazine — Maren Hassinger by Mary Jones". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Socrates Sculpture Park". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Maren Hassinger - NYC Department of Cultural Affairs". Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Maren Hassinger Biography". African American Performance Art Archive. Retrieved 2016-03-05. 
  10. ^ "Artwork: Message from Malcolm (Maren Hassinger)". Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ a b "Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming". SPELMAN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF FINE ART. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Faculty Biographies/Maren Hassinger" (PDF). Maryland Institute College of Art. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Maren Hassinger | Radical Presence NY". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  15. ^ Egan, Shannon, "Maren Hassinger: Lives" (2010). Schmucker Art Catalogs. Book 6.

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