Maria Karametou

Maria Karametou
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Associate Professor, School of Art, CVPA

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-8222
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Art and Design Building
Room 2030
Mail Stop: 1C3


Maria Karametou is a mixed media artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Ludwig Museum for International Art, Aachen, Germany; The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; The National Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Apartman Projesi, Istanbul Turkey; AsianArtWorks, Beijing, China; Trito Mati Gallery, Athens, Greece; Elite Gallery, Moscow, Russia; Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany; A. Taki Gallery Istanbul, Turkey; The State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; Sejong Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, among many others.

In the U.S. her work has been shown at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The Holter Museum, Montana; The John Elder Gallery, New York, N.Y.; The Shiva Gallery, New York, N.Y.; The Baltimore Museum; The North Dakota Museum; The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; The Montana Museum; The Danville Museum (VA); The Portsmouth Museum (VA); The Harper Collins Gallery, New York, N.Y; Comus Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Selby Gallery, Sarasota, Florida; J. Scott Gallery, Johnson, Vermont, among numerous others. Karametou has also exhibited extensively in the Washington D.C. area, including at the C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore); the Ellipse Arts Center; the Arlington Arts Center; Flashpoint; the McLean Project for the Arts; the Washington Project for the Arts; Maryland Art Place; the Baltimore- Washington International Airport; School 33 Art Center; Gallery 10, etc. She was represented by Gallery K from 1987 until its’ closing. Other gallery representations include the C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD, and Trito Mati Gallery, Athens, Greece.

International collaborative projects include “Penelopeia”, sponsored by the Presidency of the European Union; being a visiting artist at the international symposium “Earth” at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos Island, Greece; and originating and curating “Converging Parallels” in collaboration with Turkish artist Biret Tavman. Other international collaborations include the “Vegoritis” Project in Greece in (Summer 2015), and organizing and co-curating “EcoReflections” in partnership with artist C. Demir, which was presented at Resim ve Heykel Müzesi Galerisi in Ankara, Turkey in Fall 2015.

Karametou’s work is in permanent collections worldwide, including The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; the Baltimore Museum; the State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece; and was in the collection of His Excellency the U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Mrs. T. Miller during his tenure. Numerous art reviews include a variety of publications such as The Washington Post; the Baltimore Sun; the New Art Examiner; To Vima; the Kathimerini; Epikera magazine; The Evening Sun; The Washington City Paper; Baltimore City Paper; the Voice of America; the Washington Review; The Alternative; Eikastika Magazine; National Herald; Hellenic News; Vogue Magazine (Greek edition), as well as an “Antenna” Greek Television interview, and inclusion in the book “The Power Of Visual Logos” (ICAN 2003).

Karametou is the recipient of many awards such as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars; the First Prize in the Maryland Biennial; and several Individual Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council. She served on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Arts Center from 2004-2012, and has been the juror of a number of shows.

Karametou first studied painting and drawing in her native Greece under Theodore Drosos, and immigrated to the U.S. after high school. She holds the Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland (cum laude), and the MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore, where she studied with renowned artists Grace Hartigan and Salvatore Scarpitta. She is a professor at the School of Art, George Mason University, where she heads the Division of Drawing, and has taught for a variety of other institutions including the University of La Verne, The University of Maryland (European Division), and George Washington University.


  • MFA, Hoffberger Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art