Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Studio MFA Conclusion : Deadlines and Horizon Lines

External (or even internal!) art deadlines don’t always match what I need or serve my work. I thought I had come to terms with setting my own pace as an artist. I guess not. Well, life’s pace is setting me Read more…


Evaluating My Studio MFA: A Little Consideration

This will be just off the top of my head. The best I can do. The only thing I can do. I set out this past March to make my own MFA program out of my studio, and I made so Read more…


Lecture via Art Opening

“Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change” is the title of a research subject I created for myself. I want focus in my artwork. To that end, I need to address the constant concern and distraction Read more…


Quotes from Readings for Studio MFA

Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change  Semester “One” #StudioMFA.  Collection of quotes/excerpts from things I’ve read for researching “Social Practice and Art as Activism: Ways Artists Bring About Change”. Updating with more quotes/selections as I go. Read more…


Setting Weekly Hours

The nitty gritty. The Studio MFA. Now, I actually started this in the Spring, as I recovered from my bike accident. I had plenty of time to explore things, set up parameters, goals, and ingredients of the process. I’ve not only Read more…


Artist Self Pep Talks

Next will be the promised notes, the updates on the Studio MFA. I promise. But I started this and had to get it out: I hate mediocrity. I feel it when I evaluate my work in artificial ways: where it is vs. Read more…


Studio MFA Modifications: I Was Up Above It…

…now I’m down in it. 😉 …a sort-of NIN reference.   (I started writing this at 34012 feet flying eastward, flying towards five days of New York City, Sept 4th.)   September. It’s what I’ve been waiting for, the time when Read more…


Balancing Act: Life + My Studio MFA

It’s Summertime. Over here, that’s when things get both more quiet (my creative life) and more noisy (my boys at home, at play, all-the-time.) It’s easy and not easy, but this is a pretty good life. It’s our most successful summer so Read more…


Reasons: This is Why I Chose a Studio MFA

This is a different kind of post. I don’t have the energy to craft this into something more. I have new limitations (and new advantages). My life the last few years has been full of all sorts of unexpected twists Read more…


The Survival of Aesthetics

 Artists and Object-Making in the Art Market Notes for Subject A, Semester One #exMFA. from Leonardo’s Brain by Leonard Shlain I come to this piece of the art-making process because there’s no doubt that beauty plays a role in what I do. I Read more…