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 fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Montalvo Center for the Arts, the Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Programme (Dublin), and USF Verftet-AiR/Bergen, Norway.
Scrupe has authored two poetry collections “Sky Pilot” (Chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2012) and “BEAST”, winner of the 2014 Stevens Manuscript Award (NFSPS Press). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies including Comstock Review, Off The Coast, Narrative Magazine, Ruminate, Crosswinds Review, Kalyna Language Press, Crab Creek Review and Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review (UK) and she has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including Ron Pretty Poetry Prize (Australia), Periplum Book Award (Plymouth University, UK), Sentinel Quarterly Book Award (London), Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Prize (UK), Cornwall Poetry Festival Competition (UK), Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (UK), Canterbury Poetry Festival University of Kent Prize/ Poet of the Year (UK), University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Award (Australia), National Poetry Society Competition (UK), and Hungry Hill Writers Prize (Ireland).
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.