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Pedro Nel Ospina


Masters of Fine Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD, 1997

Bachelor of Fine Arts, State University of New York, College at Purchase NY, 1987




“Shelter ”, “Initiator/ Collaborator”, PA  an innovative collaborative expereince that merges art with life.


“Artist in Residence”, Village of Arts and Humanities, PA coordinated the re-conrtuction of an abandoned house into an artist residence using recylced materials; supervised work-study youth and community volunteers


“Founder”, Semilla Arts Initiative, PA started a grassroots initiative that used art as a catalyst for social change; facilitated artistic collaborations and empowered community members to positively reconstruct their neighborhoods


“Art Instructor”, Winter Arts Festival UFMG, Minas Gerais, Brazil developed an innovative class curriculum that integrated a university-sponsored arts festival with a youth art workshop in an impoverished community


“General Coordinator”, Casa Cultura Santa Tereza, São Paulo, Brazil recycled art supplies from a local school to co-found a cultural center in an abandoned lot; managed international funds to begin a computer center, library, theatre, and youth arts program


“Teaching Assistantship: Introduction to Wood/ Sculptural Forms”, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD assisted teachers in demonstrations, critiques, and technical support


"Artist in Education", Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PA designed and executed art projects that explored students’ cultural backgrounds and encouraged cultural pride and sensitivity


"Artist in Residence", El Museo del Barrio, NY collaborated with the Education Department and “Reaffirming Spirituality” exhibit; created a community mural


"Art Instructor", Institute for the Arts in Education, PA collaborated with Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts to develop an interactive art experience that helped school teachers enhance visual arts curriculums


"Educational Programs Director", Taller Puertorriqueño, PA developed, coordinated, and implemented cultural enrichment programs for community youth; conducted outreach to the local schools through the “Adopt a School” program



“A Row House and A Life Transformed”

Article in Hidden City Philadelphia (online magazine), 2013

North Philadelphia Artist Tour

House featured on National Association of Latino Artist Conference tour, 2012

Artist & Communities, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Community Healing Garden, Cosacosa Art at Large, Inc, 2007

Artist as Catalyst, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Community Healing Garden, Cosacosa Art at Large, Inc, 2005

Artist as Catalyst, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Maskmaking, Cosacosa Art at Large, Inc, 2004

Artist as Catalyst, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Collaborative Sculpture, Temple University Children’s Medical Center, 2001

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Visual Arts Residency Program, Taller Puertorriqueño, 1996

Philip Morris Graduate Studies Fellowship, Baltimore, MD

Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1995

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA

Artist Residency, NEA Fellowship Outreach Project, 1995

Sussex County Arts Council, Georgetown, DE

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Visual Arts Residency Program, 1994

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sacelito, CA

Pew Fellowship Artist Residency, 1993

Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, NJ

Printmaking Fellowship, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 1993

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Pew Philadelphia Artist Residency Program, 1992

Wales/ Philadelphia Visual Arts Exchange, Cardiff, Wales

Pioneer Arts, Community Artist Fellowship, 1991

Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

Visiting Artist Printmaking Residency, 1991

Mission Culture Center, San Francisco, CA

Printmaking Residency, 1990

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Project Grant, PA

Cross-Disciplinary Arts Program, 1990



“Woven In-Tension”, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, New York, 2012

“ESSENCE”, Lehman/Tully Arts Center, American School, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2007

“Art and Meditation”, Cosacosa Art at Large, Inc, Philadelphia, PA  2005

"Sin Fin / Without End", Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1997

"Ojos Rotos / Broken Eyes", SCAC Gallery of Art, DE, 1994

"Power From Within", University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1992

"Without Wings", Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA, 1990


“1 Salao Vinhedense De Arte Contemporanea”, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1997

"Paper Cuts: Traditional and Contemporary", Abrons Art Center, NY, 1997

"Perspective Latina", Eubie Blake Museum, MD, 1996

"Signs and Symbols", Nexus, PA, 1995

"Beyond Borders 1", City Hall, PA, 1994

"Pew Fellowship Recipients", Art Alliance, PA, 1994

"Creative Artist Network at NYC", Stuart Levy Fine Art, NY, 1993

"Las Dos Fuerzas De La Mano", Walt Whitman Arts Center, NJ, 1992

"Altars, Divination, and Icons", Painted Bride Art Center, PA, 1992

"Sacred Symbols: From the Earth to the Heart", Rosemont College, PA, 1992

"Ancient Sources", Abington Art Center, PA, 1992

"The Ritual of Nature and the Forces Between", Klein Gallery, PA, 1991

"Art Around the Edges II", Port of History Museum, PA, 1991

"Mexican Masks: New Myths", Painted Bride Art Center, PA, 1991

"Masked/ Unmasked", Henry Street Settlement, Louis Abrons Art Center, NY, 1991

"Artesanos De La Comunidad Latino", City Hall, PA, 1990


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