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Moira Marti Geoffrion Biography

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Moira Marti Geoffrion Biography


Moira Marti Geoffrion was born in Olney, MD, but soon after moved to South Eastern Ohio. Growing up on a large farm in the area, she first developed a profound interest in the natural environment which has served as a reoccurring inspiration throughout her artistic career. Working in an interdisciplinary spectrum of the art making process, she has been able to incorporate elements of sculpture, painting, fibers, and performance into her pieces. All of her artworks, whether they are sculptural or 2-dimensional, are deeply conscious of the natural environment and incorporate the artist's own personal insights relating to the correlation between human physicality and the environment surrounding them. Geoffrion interweaves ideas relating to her own family history into her work, but always leaves the subject matter of the pieces open enough to allow for a myriad of interpretations. Many of the works use surrealistic subject matter to allude to a sense of natural movement and the way in which a relationship between the human body and the cycles of mother earth are formed.

Throughout her expansive career, Moira Geoffrion has been exhibited in more than 200 museums and galleries found in the United States, various European countries, Australia, and Russia. She has had solo exhibitions in the Snite Museum of Art (catalogue 1987), the Tucson Museum of Art (catalogue 1989), the Cullity Gallery inPerth,Australia(1996), the Sonia Zaks Gallery in Chicago,IL(1998), the Gallery Centella i nTucson, AZ, and the U. KY Gallery (Visiting Artist 2010). She has also been involved over 190 group exhibitions including; the Warner Gallery in South Bend, IN (1987), Zaks Gallery in Chicago, IL (1987), Rousse Museum of Art in Rousse, Bulgaria (2005), the Northern Arizona University Museum of Art in Flagstaff, AZ (2005), Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN (catalogue 2006), the Municipal Museum of Art in Gyor, Hungary (catalogue 2007), and the BIS Altes Museum in Moenchengladbach, Germany (2007). Her art can be found in 30 museum, private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Australia. Geoffrion has received many grants including Fulbright, Mellon, IAC, ACA, and TPAC grants. She has also had artist residencies in Switzerland, Bulgaria and Australia. 

Over the past two decades, Geoffrion has been commissioned to make over a dozen public artworks including; A temporary site sculpture for the Connemara Conservancy in Dallas, TX(1990), the 1st Ave. Road and Bridge project in Oro Valley, AZ (2007), an 18 painting commission for the Neuro-Sciences Center of Southern AZ, Tucson (2008), and the Rancho Vista Park and Ride Station in Oro Valley, AZ (2009). Her public and private commissions can be seen throughout the Midwest, Oregon, Oro Valley and Tucson, AZ, and in Australia.

Moira Geoffrion became a MACAA Board member in 1994. She lectured at the International Sculpture Conference in London, England and served as Panel Chair at the South Eastern College Art Conference in Richmond, VA in 2010. She has been featured in over twenty publications throughout her career which include; Arts Magazine (1985), Sculpture Magazine (1995, 1999), and Architectural Review (2009).

 Her parents founded the Marti College Prep School from which she graduated. She received her BFA degree from the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts after which she and her husband served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. They both returned to the United States to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. It was there that Moira founded the Mandalla Pre-School where she taught Art, Theater, Music, English, Math and French. Moira and her husband returned to Africa with their daughter for 10 months for field research in East Africa in Malawi. They then settled in Edwardsville, IL and Moira completed her MFA in Sculpture at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. In 1974 they moved to South Bend, IN where Moira had their son and began teaching wood and metal fabrication, drawing, figure modeling and African Art History at Notre Dame University and built a foundry for the Art Department. Moira's art was represented by the Zaks Gallery in Chicago until 2005 and she exhibited in New York and throughout the United States. In 1986 the family moved toTucson, AZ where Moira was hired to be head of the Art Departmentat the University of Arizona, where she also taught sculpture. Geoffrion retired from teaching in 2011, and is presently living in Tucson, Arizona. The Mark Sublette Modern Gallery in Tucson, Arizona represents her work.




  •    MFA, Sculpture, Department of Art & Design, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL. 
  •    BFA, Painting, Boston University School of Fine & Applied Art, Boston, MA




  • 2008-Present, Mark Sublette Modern Gallery, Tucson, AZ;  
  • 2005-2008, Graficas Gallery, Tucson 2005;Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson 2008; Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson 
  • 2004-2006; SOHO 20, NYC
  • 2009-20010, 1979-2005 Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, other galleries: Lerner Heller Gallery, New York, Gallery Route One, point Roberts, CA, Kit Baskin Gallery, Madison, WI; Carson & Shapiro Gallery, Denver, CO: Plieades Gallery, NYC, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ




  • 2014- 2016, 45  Portrait paintings, including Glassers, Pickering and Andrew, Seinfeld, Baumrins, Farbers, Gewurtzmans, Grusin. Other portraits: Gabby Gifford, Virginia Deal, Barbara Ornelas, Tomassa Rivas, Andy Polk, Dextra
  • 2009 Rancho Vistoso Park and Ride Station, Oro Valley, AZ, Midtown Sidewalks, Tucson, AZ                     
  • 2008 Sunrise Presidio Entryway Steel reliefs, Tucson, AZ; Lincoln Park Steel Gates, Tucson, AZ;
  • 2007 Commission of 18 paintings for Neuro-Sciences Center of Southern AZ, Tucson; 
  • 2007 Commission of 16 paintings for Fogle  Dental Office, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004-2007  1st Ave road and bridge project, Oro Valley, AZ    
  • 2001-2004 Tangerine Road Widening Project with Mary Bates Neubauer, ORO Valley, AZ
  • 1999-2001 River Road Public Art Enhancement Project with Mary Bates (three miles of new road)
  • 1998  Collaborative project: life-sized, multi-figure sculpture commission, St. Joseph Hospital, Tucson,
  • 1995 - 97 Design Collaboration, with Medlin, for Terra Christa Foundation, Tucson, AZ
  • 1994 - 96 Sculptural Band Shell, Veteran's Park, public art project, City of Sierra Vista, AZ
  • 1990  Commission for temporary site sculpture, Connemara Conservancy, Dallas, TX, 8' x I6' x 16'
  • 1989  Installation for private home of W. Treadwell, Tucson, AZ, 10' x 8' x 16'
  • 1985 Bronze Sculpture, River Bend Branch, Commissioned for the City of South Bend, IN.  11'x 5'x3'
  • 1970 -1982 - 8 commissions in Indiana, Illinois and Washington State     


SOLO and TWO ARTIST EXHIBITIONS (37 solo shows and 3 two person shows include)


  • 2014   4 Artists, (50 paintings, Desert and Cuban communities) Tucson, Arizona
  • 2013   Redefined Space: Environmental Layers, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2013   Catagenesis: Past to Present, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2013   Catagenesis: Redefining Spaces, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2011   Group Invitationals, Tucson and  Balchik Art Mauseum, Bulgaria      
  • 2010   Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • 2007   Been Around: Gonna Stay", two sculptors 10 year retrospective, Gallery Centella, Tucson
  • 2002   GOCAIA Gallery (web catalogue - gocaia.org) Tucson
  • 2002   Northern Trust Gallery, Tucson, Az
  • 1998   Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1997   University of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
  • 1996   Cullity Gallery, Perth, Australia; Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1995   Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ (3 person show)
  • 1989   Stonewall IV, Tucson Museum of Art (catalogue) 
  • 1989   Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 1987   Snite Museum of Art,(catalogue) Notre Dame, In.



GROUP EXHIBITIONS (200 group exhibitions include: )


  • 2016   The Modern West, Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson AZ
  • 2016    In the Spirit,Viridian Gallery, NYC
  • 2015    Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson
  • 2015    Biennial Bash, Tucson Museum of Art
  • 2015    Viridian Gallery, NYC
  • 2015    Pop Up Happening, Old Borderlands Warehouse, Tucson: Steinfeld Warehouse show, Tucson
  • 2015    Small Works  (8 paintings), Tohono Chul, Tucson
  • 2015 and 2014   Small things Considered, Tucson, AZ
  • 2014   Shifting Ecologies, Painting Center, NYC
  • 2013   Pop Up Art Happening, Southern Arizona Community Foundation, TPAC, Tucson, AZ
  • 2013   Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater Lobby Installation, Arizona
  • 2013   Desert Graslands Exhibition, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona
  • 2012   Indiana Woman's Caucus for Art Exhibition, Goshen, Indiana
  • 2010   Sculpturefest, Woodstock, Vermont  2 sculptures and 1 site installation
  • 2009   Tucson Museum of Art Biennial, JCC Sculpture Garden  year long exhibition, 3 large  bronzes                         
  • 2007   Dialogue With Nature, (three artist show) BIS Altes Museum, Moenchengladbach, Germany 
  • 2007  iX International Biennial, Municipal Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary ( catalogue)
  • 2006  New Art of the West 9, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN (catalogue)
  • 2005  The Politics of Water, Northern Arizona University Museum of Art, Flagstaff, AZ. 
  • 2005  Rousse Museum of Art, Rousse, Bulgaria (two installations) 
  • 2005  Two exhibitions at Liz Hernandez Gallery, (23 works), Tucson Az. 
  • 2005  Sculpture by the Sea, site specific Public Art, large steel sculpture (catalogue) Bondi, Australia
  • 2004  Tohono Chul Invitational:  Mount Lemmon Fires, Tucson, AZ.
  • 2004  Group Show, Liz Hernandez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002  University of Nebraska, Lincoln; JCC Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Kohler Art Center group show, WI
  • 2001  International Masters of Graphic Arts, Municipal Museum of Art, GYOR, HUNGARY (catalogue)     
  • 2000   Group exhibits at Elizabeth Cherry Gallery, Tucson AZ and at SOHO 20 Gallery, New York City
  • 1999   Ready Set D'Art,  Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ
  • 1999   Group Exhibit, GOCAIA Gallery, Tucson AZ (three sculptures)
  • 1999   Pleasures of the Palettes, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ, (Catalogue))
  • 1999   Group Invitational, Elizabeth Cherry, Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ, (three sculptures)
  • 1999   Art Works of Fallbrook, Fallbrook, CA
  • 1998   Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1998  Abject Lands, Joseph Gross Gallery (catalogue) Tucson AZ
  • 1998   Low Lands Horizons, Cullity Gallery, UWA,  Nedlands, Australia (catalogue)                           
  • 1998   4-Person Show, International Sculpture Conference, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1998   Tucson Collection '98, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997  Ready, Set, D'Art, Tucson Museum of Art
  • 1997  International Triennial of Painting, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, (catalogue)
  • 1997  View Points, Temple of Music & Art, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997  Stocker Center Gallery, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH
  • 1997  Southern Illinois University Art Gallery Invitational, Edwardsville, IL
  • 1997  The Art & Cultural Center Invitational, Fallbrook, CA
  • 1997  mack Mellon Studios Invitational, Brooklyn, NY
  • 1995 - 1997  Public Sculpture Project, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, (catalogue and CD)
  • 1996   Two-Person Show, Cullity Gallery, University of Western Australia
  • 1996  International Painting Biennial, Contemporary Artists' Union, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1996   Fibula, Traveling Invitational, Sofia, Baltchik, & Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 
  • 1995   Southwest Artscapes, Artimiso Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1995  Tubac Center for the Arts, Invitational, Tubac, AZ
  • 1995  Redefining Legacies, Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX,(catalogue)
  • 1995  The Art of the Matter, Boston University Galleries, Invitational, Boston                    
  • 1995  Women Artists '95, Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
  • 1995  International Invitational, Festival of Modern Art, Baltchik, Bulgaria
  • 1995  Tucson Collection '95, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1995  Life Through Art, PACT Auction, Loew's Ventana Resort, Tucson, AZ
  • 1995  Invitational, World Heritage Rock Art, Northern Arizona University Museum
  • 1994- Positive/Negative Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, TX
  • 1994  Invited Exhibitor, Museum of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1994  Southwest Artscapes, Artimiso Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 1994  Tubac Center for the Arts, Invitational, Tubac, AZ
  • 1994  WCA Juried Exhibition, San Antonio, TX
  • 1994  Group Invitational, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA
  • 1994  Barn Gallery, Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ
  • 1994  Off the Walls, Greater South Bend Museum of Art, IN
  • 1994  The Phoenix Center Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1994  Davis Dominguez Summer Invitational, Tucson, AZ
  • 1992  Northwest Coast Collage Traveling Exhibition, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; Corbin Art Center; Governor's Gallery, Capitol Museum, Olympia, WA; Index Gallery, Vancouver, WA; North Light Gallery, Everett, WA


    N.B. Moira Marti Geoffrion's works are in 23 museum and corporate collections.


HONORS and AWARDS - 28 grants, awards and honors, including:


  • 2012-2013 New Work Artist Grant, Catagenesis: Reclaiming/Redefining Place
  • 2006  James B Anthony Outstanding Teaching   Award, (one awarded each year), University of Arizona 
  • 2005  Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, (awarded for extra curricular programs and assistance of students at  all levels,  especially  freshman students) University of Arizona, Tucson
  • 1993   Earth Walls, Human and Geological Time Layerings, UA Small Grant
  • 1990   ACA Grant awarded for Borders & Bridges Conference 
  • 1990  Connemara Invited Exhibitor Grant for site sculpture, Dallas, TX
  • 1988-89   Exhibition Grant, Stonewall Foundation, Tucson Museum of Art
  • 1986   Exxon Distinguished Scholars Grant, University of Notre Dame, IN. 
  • 1986  Jesse Jones Travel and Research Grant, University of Notre Dame
  • 1984, 1983, 1981 Indiana Arts Commission Grants
  • 1983  Mellon Foundation, Faculty Summer Research Program
  • 1982   ICIP Fulbright Grant to India Research and Travel
  • Grant funded Artist Residencies in India, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Australia, Malawi, University of Oregon, UC Boulder, Brooklyn College, University of Kentucky, Chicago Art Institute, and 18 others.
  • Invited Lecturer:  Yale Club, Tucson, AZ, UC Boulder, CO, OSU , Corvalis, Oregon, Snite Museum, South Bend, IN South Bend Art Center, Evanston Art Center, IL, UK, Lexington KY, Altes Museum, Moenchengladbach, Germany, ISC conference in Dublin, Ireland, ISC conference in London, UK Zurich, Switzerland, Baltchik, Bulgaria,  Oryahovo, Bulgaria and Rousse Museum in Bulgaria, UWA in Perth Australia, Warnambul, Australia, Sydney, Australia, St Petersburg, Russia, St Louis, Mo and Richmond, VA


REVIEWS and ARTICLES in 5 Arts magazines, 20 newspapers and 10 other regional magazines include:


  • 2010  UK Reader article on my solo show in Kentucky
  • 2007   essay for BIS Altes Museum exhibition, Elaine King, curator and writer for Sculpture Magazine
  • 1999  Sculpture Magazine, Essay- 4 Arizona/ 4 New Mexico Artists by Kay Whitney, July/ August issue 
  • 1998   Review of Solo show at Sonia Zaks Gallery in the Chicago Reader,(Nov.)
  • 1998  Review of solo show by Alan Artner, Chicago Tribune
  • 1995  Sculpture Magazine, review of  solo exhibition, Zaks Gallery, Chicago,
  • 1985  Arts Magazine, Robert Mahoney










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