Maria Shell

Anchorage, AK
99516 US


Artist Information for Maria Shell

Since the making of my first quilt in the fall of 2001 at a little quilt shop in Valdez, Alaska, I hve embraced the joy, challenge, and skill involved in the stitching of this art form. My work is firmly grounded in the tradition and craft of American quilt making. I strive to take the classical components of a traditional bedquilt and manipulate them with the hope of creating surprising combinations of pattern, repetition, and color for the viewer. I aspire to merge craft and art through the making of improvisational patchwork. 

I am a recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation 2011 Winter Award, a Rasmuson Foundation Project Award in 2009, and a Rasmuson Fellowship in 2013. In 2012, I was one of 44 artists from the Northwest invited to participate in the Bellevue Arts Museum's Biennial High Fiber Diet. In 2013, I was a featured artist for the Surface Design Association's International Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. I was a resident at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in the fall of 2014. 

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Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey34H x 35W   Photo by Chris Arend

To Agnes Martin- with Color

To Agnes Martin- with Color44H x 44W   Photo by Chris Arend

Colors Unfurled aka If Betsy Ross Had My Stash

Colors Unfurled aka If Betsy Ross Had My Stash77H x 126W   Photo by Chris Arend


TRIBE50H x 50W   Photo by Chris Arend

Dance Party at Tamara's House

Dance Party at Tamara's House37H x 37W   Photo by Chris Arend