Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a poet and visual artist. Her art exhibitions have received wide critical acclaim with permanent commissions of her environmental public art projects 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. In 2013, Scrupe’s first chapbook of poems entitled Sky Pilot, about growing up with an alcoholic father, was nominated for the 16th Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Individual poems have been published in print and web journals and two of Scrupe’s poems, “Christmastime” and “River,” were shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Prize in Poetry. She has received national and international writing fellowships, including residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. The National Federation of State Poetry Societies recently named Scrupe the winner of the 2014 Stevens Poetry Competition for her book-length manuscript “Beast,” slated for publication in 2015.
A Minneapolis native, Scrupe attended Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minn., where she studied art, language and literature. She went on to earn her MFA at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in New York. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally and was the first Barbara Bishop Endowed Chair in Art at Longwood University in Virginia. She held the inaugural Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Professorship at Columbus State University in Georgia. Scrupe is a professor of Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and directs the University Common Curriculum (UCC) at the University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia. As faculty in the UCC, she teaches and mentors culturally and ethnically diverse students studying a range of disciplines across the University’s curricula including visual art, design, writing, dance, music and theater. She divides her time between Philadelphia and rural piedmont Virginia where she lives on a farm with her husband.