Mara Adamitz Scrupe

Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a poet and visual artist. Her art projects have received wide recognition with exhibitions and permanent commissions in the U.S., Europe and China. Her essays and critical reviews have been published in magazines and periodicals and reprinted in art history volumes.

Scrupe’s awards in the visual arts and poetry include the National Endowment for the Arts/CEC ArtsLink fellowship, the District of Columbia Individual Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Montalvo Arts Center, the Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Programme (Dublin), and USF Verftet-AiR/Bergen, Norway.

Individual poems and essays have appeared in various print and web journals and were recently shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize in Poetry (UK), the Wenlock Prize in Poetry (UK) and the 2015 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry (US) and she was a finalist for the 2015 Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize. Scrupe’s first chapbook collection “Sky Pilot” was nominated for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Awards and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies named her the winner of the 2014 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition for her book “Beast” published in 2015.

A Minneapolis native, Scrupe received her BA from Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota and her MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in New York. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally and occupied the first Barbara Bishop Endowed Chair in Art at Longwood University in Virginia. She also held the inaugural Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Professorship at Columbus State University in Georgia and currently serves as Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at The University of the Arts in center city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She divides her time between Philadelphia and Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives on a farm with her husband.