MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2017
Artist StatementMarian April Glebes is a conceptual and mixed media artist whose installations and sculptures are built out of the remnants of elaborate processes that are futile or ridiculous, metaphoric, and temporary. Her work addresses issues of the urban/suburban environment, the consequences of human interactions with place, and the agency or power of the artist, site, and object as tools for social change. Her studio work includes mechanisms of performance art and social practice, starting with a body of conceptual sculpture entitled “In Defense of Native Soil.” Using dandelion seeds as a metaphor for terrorism in the front yard, these works examined the notions of circumscribed routine in relationship to the environment and domestic space. Asserting that art is a legitimate form of research, Glebes continues to investigate issues relating the home to the global water crisis, sustainability, and urban public space, amongst other local and global topics. As evidenced in the series “Model Homes,” her work directly addresses materiality and the structure of home, or the projected notion of what a valuable material is in the context of domesticity. Glebes's most recent works, via a year-long exhibition and public programming executed as Artist-in Residence at the Baltimore Museum of Art and satellite locations in Baltimore City, investigate the public/private performativity of our received domestic values and their relationship to the built environment in an historical, political, and socio-economic context. These works assert and critique how we make a place, and how a place makes us.
Marian April Glebes is an emerging conceptual and mixed-media artist whose installations and sculptures are built of the remnants of elaborate processes that are futile or ridiculous, metaphoric, and temporary. Her works address issues of the urban/suburban environment, the character and power of the artist, and the use of site-specificity and the art object as a tool for social change. In 2015, Glebes became the inaugural Artist-In-Residence at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Patricia and Mark Joseph Centre for Education, during which she mounted a year long exhibition and associated public programming. She received a 2015 Rubys Individual Artist Award from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and an Our Town Creative Placemaking Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011 for her work with Dcenter Baltimore. Glebes's work has been included in various solo and group exhibitions, including shows at Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA, 2015), Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago, IL, 2011), Adkins Arboretum's Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture Biennial (Ridgley, MD, 2013, 2014), and in Baltimore, MD at MICA's Decker & Meyerhoff Galleries (2013), Goucher College's Silber Gallery (2011), Evergreen Mansion and Sculpture Garden (2010), The Creative Alliance (2010), and Current Space (2010, 2012, 2014). She curates exhibitions and temporal public art installations for a number of Baltimore venues including Artscape (2009-2016), Transmodern Festival (2011), Case[Werks] Gallery (2011, 2012), and SpaceCamp, which Glebes Co-Founded in 2015. Having received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2004 and her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2009, Glebes has made her home in Baltimore, and currently facilitates commercial real estate development in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. In the Spring of 2012, she joined the Maryland Institute College of Art's part-time faculty in the General Fine Arts Department.