Virginia Maksymowicz ("Prof. Maks") is an artist who, in addition to courses in sculpture, teaches Connections I and the Senior Capstone for studio art majors.
Prof. Maks received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, the Elizabeth Foundation, Grey Gallery and MoMA/Library in New York City, as well as in college, university and nonprofit galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. Locally, her sculptures have been shown at the Michener Museum (Doylestown), the Woodmere Museum (Philadelphia), the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Art Museum (both Wilmington).
She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in sculpture and grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Leeway Foundation. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series, The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body, published by the University of Michigan Press (1991).
She has been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome (three times), an artist-in-residence at the Powel House Museum in Philadelphia , and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.
Before coming to F&M, Prof. Maks taught at Oberlin College in Ohio, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Wayne State University, and the Moore College of Art and Design.
At F&M she has served as a member of the Exhibitions Advisory, Mueller and Honorary Degree committees, as chair of the Common Hour Committee and as chair of the Art & Art History Deparment. She acted as faculty advisor to the John Newman Association (2006-12), and is currently advisor to the Arts Club. Outside of F&M, Prof. Maks has served on the Advisory Board of the MFA Studio Art program at Moore College of Art, and on the Professional Practices Committee of the College Art Association.