Samantha Parker Salazar creates large-scale installations set in a hyperreality of cut lines and color. She earned an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2014 and a BFA from Bradley University in 2011. Salazar was the 2014-15 John Fergus Post-MFA Fellow at The Ohio State University, where she was a resident artist and lecturer in printmaking. In 2016-17, Salazar was a museum instructor for the Dayton Art Institute.
Recent awards include a 2017 ArtPrize Nine Seed Grant, 2017 Greater Columbus Arts Council AITC Grant, 2017 Columbus Arts Festival Emerging Artist Grant, and a 2016 Art Kudos Merit Award.
Installations that are permanently on public display include Blueprint, a canopy of printed and cut paper suspended in the Woodbourne-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, OH and Equidistant, a four-story paper piece for the Courtyard Marriott-Austin, TX arranged by NinedotArts and Sage Hospitality.
Currently on view is Shock Absorber: made entirely of hand-cut traffic cones suspended between the gorgeous 50-foot cedars at the Stevens Point Sculpture Park in Stevens Point, WI, Shock Absorber will remain at the sculpture park until 2021. In addition, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra has invited Samantha Parker Salazar to curate a visual experience complimenting the March 2019 opening presentation of Orchestral Fireworks. As the Friday Orange curator for this event, Salazar has partnered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to create an experience that is a perfect visual match to the theme. The centerpiece of the program is Janacek's Sinfonietta, accentuated by 25 blazing brass instruments and legendary English conductor Sir Mark Elder at the podium in a bombastic performance of The Midday Witch, a visual and audio spectacle inspired by Eastern European folklore.
Salazar’s studio is based in Chicago, IL. Please direct all artwork inquiries to email@example.com