Maria Welch is an artist investigating compounding and residual nature of memory with emphasis on how these aspects affect the psyche. She explores these themes across various process oriented mediums such as papermaking, printmaking, and book arts, and frequently uses dirt as a metaphor for taxing life experiences.
Welch is currently and MFA candidate in the Book Arts and Printmaking program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BA in Studio Art with a minor in Art History from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. She graduated with Honors, and has received numerous awards during her undergraduate time such as the Lucy Webb Millsaps Memorial award, and Outstanding Junior Studio Art award. Welch has exhibited nationally at venues such as Bradley University Galleries in Peoria, IL, Stefl Gallery in Duluth, MN and Anderson Gallery in Des Moines, IA. Her work is also included in permanent collections of the University of Nevada and SGC International.