A native of Brooklyn, NY, Mara Sprafkin relocated to Charlottesville, VA in in 2011. Sprafkin holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Columbia University.
Sprafkin as exhibited throughout the United States and locally at both Second Street Gallery and with New City Arts at WVTF. Sprafkin was a 2013-2014 Artist-in-Residence with New City Arts at the Haven and has been a Community Fellow with The University of Virginia’s International Residential College. Mara is the founder of the New City Artist Exchange, an annual artist-led program that brings together Charlottesville artists to create and exchange a unique set of artwork with one another. Her daily activities are often publicly blogged by her studio assistant, Paul Hander at www.paulhandler.tumblr.com.
Over the course of weekly mapping sessions at The Haven, a local art space, a coffee shop, and city hall, Mara Sprafkin and Laura Snyder facilitated the creation of over 90 maps, providing a cumulative picture of our experiences of home. The Charlottesville Community Mapping Project is archived online HERE.
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