Community-Based Art; Multi-Disciplinary; Visual
Works produced through Maria Ogedengbe’s studio are hybrid and varied. From canvas to rope to the netting of cord with beads to fashion a shekere… textiles often serve as her material and theme. With the goal of reaching a wide audience, she has situated several recent projects in scenarios where they will engage the general public. Cover Me… and Painting Contest: MO real, which feature subjects that were dyed and sewed by the artist, have been shown at the Missouri State Fair and on billboards in Kansas City. With her works Heaven’s Net and Fancy This, the artist borrows ideas from African-style textile surface design for use with object-based painting: she sewed one painted canvas into a hammock and another into a sail for a boat. These works were recently exhibited in parks in Olathe, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
The Missouri GOURDen garden house, completed in 2017, is another work by Ms. Ogedengbe’s studio that is situated in a park. Built from log columns and with honeysuckle branch trellis walls, climbing vines will make the “gourd-zebo” shady by late summer. This multi-faceted endeavor aims to involve the public in raising gourds, making instruments from gourds and musical performance. A 2016 grant from ArtsKC provided major support for creation of Missouri GOURDen’s garden house.
As an educator, Ms. Ogedengbe has taught students of all ages, and she has mentored numerous high school, art school, and university students who have worked with her as interns at her studio. She has taught African Art history and has completed research and creative projects in Africa.
Ms. Ogedengbe’s work has been exhibited in Kansas City, Missouri’s Art in the Park at City Market Park (2017), Olathe, Kansas’ Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit (2016, 2017), in the Missouri Top 50 Exhibit at the Missouri State Fair (First Place in 2016 & 2017), at Roeland Park Kansas’ Community Center’s courtyard (summer 2016) and on the Missouri Bank Artboards (2015). In 2014, she installed a project at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, and in 2013 she presented work at the University of Lagos in Nigeria and held a solo show at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s art gallery. Ms. Ogedengbe earned her MFA from Yale and her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute.