Curriculum Vitae for Maria Maneos



Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, MFA          2010

Arcadia University, Glenside, PA, BFA                       2006


Group Exhibits

2018     Annual Distinguished Alumni & Faculty Show, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA

2017    Art at Valley Lake, Valley Lake Art Gallery, Horsham, PA

2017    The Art of Recovery, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA

2017    A Celebration of Art and Life, University of PA, Perelman Center, Philadelphia, PA

2017   Healing through Art, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

2016   Believe in Me 2, Art Gallery, Maple Glen, PA

2016   Time After Time: The Incarcerated Female, Gorevin Gallery, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA 2015   A Celebration of Art and Life, University of PA, Perelman Center, Philadelphia, PA

2014   Leeway Foundation, Art and Change Grant Recipient, Philadelphia, PA

2014   CFEVA, A Celebration of Art and Life, University of Pa, Perelman Center, Phila., PA

2014   Ground Floor Gallery, It’s a Wrap, Brooklyn, NY

2013   CFEVA, A Celebration of Art and Life, University of Pa, Perelman Center, Phila., PA

2012   SOHO20 Gallery Chelsea, Backlash, New York, NY

2012   International House, The Woman Represented, Philadelphia, PA

2012   Chris White Gallery, Her Visual Fix, Wilmington, DE

2011   Projekt 30 Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

2011   Agora Gallery, The Odyssey Within, New York, NY

2010   Centotto Gallery, Graphologies, Brooklyn, NY

2010   Togo Run, Lilly Oncology on Canvas, New York, NY

2010   Manayunk Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

2010   Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, MFA Exhibit, Loveladies, NJ

2010   TBD Artist Gallery, 319 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA

2010   PA Academy of the Fine Arts, 109th Annual Student Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

2009   128 Gallery, North Broad & Cherry Sts., Philadelphia, PA

2008   Salon Des Amis Gallery, Malvern, PA

2008   Green Exhibit, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2008   Manayunk Arts Show, Philadelphia, PA

2008   Art Matters, Villanova Conference Center, Radnor, PA

2008   Artists’ House Gallery, Emerging Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2008   Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA

2007   Fall for the Arts, Chestnut Hill , PA

2007   Fifth Stone Studios, Philadelphia, PA

2007   Mixed Media Art Gallery, Doylestown, PA

2006   Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS

2006   Arcadia University Senior Thesis Exhibit, Glenside, PA

2004   Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA


2017  Kutztown University – Outstanding Mentor in Alternative Settings Award

2015  Pollination Project Visionary Nominee

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 – PA Council on the Arts Grant Recipient

2014 – Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant Recipient

2003 Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Publications/Speaking Engagements

TEDx Speaker ‘The Big Idea’ at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA 2017

CBS The Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall, Radio Interview, July 7, 2015

Times Herald, January 05, 2017:

Philadelphia Inquirer, July 08, 2015:

The Reporter Newspaper, December 01, 2013:

Studio Visit , Volume 18, June 2012:

Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2010, Portrait of an Artist:

Knight Arts,

Philadelphia Inquirer, January, 2009, Atmosphere

Professional Experience

Nonprofit Re-Entry Art Program – Brush with the Law  501c3                       2013-Present

Founder and Executive Director

  • Keep organization on track and follow its mission and purpose
  • Ensure effective program planning with other community organizations and keep track of grant-related spending to ensure adequate funding of community programs.
  • Advocate for the voices of diverse and underserved communities.
  • Develop, design and update daily social media pages (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) for networking and interaction with other nonprofits
  • Develop fundraising strategies
  • Meetings with key personnel to discuss appropriate, safe art supplies; objectives and purpose of the programming; discuss methods of measure to ensure effectiveness of program
  • Extraordinary written, computer and verbal communication skills
  • Research, identify, develop and respond to public and private grant opportunities in the areas of social justice, communities, and art
  • Teach all classes by which participants develop an interest in and the ability for creative self-expression and the ability to make qualitative judgments
  • Analyze and communicate individual progress with participating students and their respective case workers
  • Develop Units of Measure for successful implementation for individual progress and reintegration into communities

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts                                                             2016 – Present

Grant Panelist for the PA Council on the Arts (Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance) “Project Stream”

The Pollination Project                                                                           Present

Grant Advisor for the Pollination Project’s Arts and Culture applications.

Mural Arts – Restorative Justice Program                                                 2017-2018

Instructor – Graterford Max Security Prison

  • Lead teaching artist
  • Develop and implement project-based curriculum
  • Manage a class of 15-20 male inmates of the prison
  • Knowledge of mural making, art history and art making techniques

Cabrini College, Radnor PA                                                                     2016

Speaker/Panel Member for Undergraduate and Graduate students as well as Faculty of Cabrini College involved in the education and learning of the criminal justice system. The discussion was about the importance of reentry programs for recently released offenders as well as the significance and necessity for arts and rehabilitative programming within correctional facilities.

University of Pennsylvania Center for Rehabilitation                                   2010 – 2013

Art Therapy/Art Teacher

  • Instruct art classes for patients/residents using art therapy methods and concepts
  • Design and Implement lesson plans for each class that stimulate imagination and exercise cognitive ability
  • Utilize art therapy as a way for residents to increase self awareness, as well as initiate awareness of others
  • Coordinate with the Director of Recreational Therapy at UPHS to facilitate supplies and classes appropriate for the residents
  • Develop class proposals for approval from Controllers of University of Pennsylvania Health Services

Web and Graphic Design                                                                                   2012-Present

  • Meet and communicate effectively with prospective clients to discuss the business objectives and requirements of the job at hand
  • Interpret the client’s business needs and develop a concept to suit their purpose
  • Estimate time required to complete the work and provide quotes for clients
  • Think creatively to produce new ideas and concepts
  • Work with a wide range of media and software, including photography, rough sketches, WordPress, Mozilla Firebug, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and other computer-aided design
  • Demonstrate illustrative skills with rough sketches
  • Write and edit content effectively
  • Design webpage layout and write CSS codes
  • Implement SEO (Search Engine Optimization) strategies, techniques and tactics to increase the amount of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in search engine results
  • Determining technical requirements
  • Update websites

Abington Arts Center                                                                                        2010, 2011

Teaching Instructor

  • Design and Implement syllabus and lesson plans structured to promote original and innovative classroom experiences
  • Provide presentations both verbally and visually to achieve a better understanding of the project(s) at hand
  • Encourage individual creativity by supporting each  student to  believe in their imagination by vocalizing their ideas amongst themselves or as a group
  • Develop innovative and creative projects within the mediums of drawing, illustration and painting to ensure constant motivation and love for learning

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts                                                            2008

Teaching Assistant

Assistant to Professor Robert Roesch – Adobe Photoshop/Website Building 2009, 2010

Assistant to Professor Zlatan Gruborovic – Art History 101                         2009

 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pa                                                    2010 – 2012                     


  • Intensive training process to further enhance my communicative and interpretive skills, as well as introduced to the Woodmere Art Museum’s collections and historical significance.
  • Conducted research utilizing the institution’s facilities for public and private lectures.
  • Researched the museum’s collections for private and public lectures/tours.
  • provide an enjoyable and meaningful experience for program participants
  • Lead program(s) and activities for which I was trained
  • Interact with program participants in a positive and engaging manner
  • Ensure programs are delivered in a timely way and made sure program goals were met