Maria C. Tomasula
Michael P. Grace II Professor of Art
An active member of the thriving arts scene in Chicago, Maria Tomasula’s paintings have been widely exhibited. Recent solo exhibitions include those at the Forum Gallery in New York and Los Angeles, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago. Her work has been written about in publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, ARTnews and many others.
With strikingly colored and meticulously rendered objects from both the natural world and the built environment arranged into theatrical compositions, Tomasula’s style has been described by some critics as “metaphorical realism.” She draws deeply on Latin American iconographic traditions, including the votive paintings of Mexico.
A gift from Michael P. Grace (’41) eventually led to the establishment of three Grace Professorships at Notre Dame. Grace was an oil and gas investor and former theatrical producer from Venice, Cali. His father, Joseph Grace, was memorialized at the University with the naming of Grace Hall and the Grace-Rupley Professorships.