Maria Ruggiero is a Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University. She received an MFA in Studio Art from Kent State University (1997) and a BFA in Studio Art and English from Michigan State University (1995). Her work has been exhibited in regional and national juried exhibitions and shows; she has also exhibited her work in both a one-person show and group exhibitions in Germany. Maria is represented by Gallerie Nettles in Muenster Germany; her work is part of many private collections and is also part of several permanent collections including those of Michigan State University and Eastern Michigan University. Maria’s paintings have been shown in exhibitions around the country.