Mariana Vieira mines contemporary topics as raw material to construct her work. From an early age, she was aware of how socio-political factors can powerfully transform individual outcome and shape worldview. She was born in Brazil when the country was under a military dictatorship, and grew up among the residues of civil war and of foreign military involvement in Latin America. She uses the act of creating and making to transform material and experience. She has investigated transformation through re-imagining optical devices like the praxinoscope and the mutoscope, through lenticular image animations, origami installations, and recently, through transforming an encyclopedia into a series of miniature books to give away to unsuspecting recipients.

Mariana Vieira was born in Brazil and grew up in Central America. She relocated to Colorado in 2006 and has called the Rocky Mountain state home since then. Mariana has been featured in exhibitions at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, among others. She currently works at the University of Colorado.

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2009    MFA Media Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
2005    BFA Photography Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA Summa Cum Laude


2014-2018     Photography Lecturer, University of Colorado Denver, College of Arts and Media, Visual Arts Department
2007-2009        Graduate Instructor (Instructor of Record), Dept. of Art and Art History, University of Colorado Boulder            
2006-2007        Instructor, Continuing Education, University of Colorado at Boulder

Professional Experience

2019 Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices, Lab Coordinator, University of Colorado Boulder.
2016-18     Print Lab Manager, Dept. of Art and Art History, University of Colorado Boulder.
2014-16               Director of Education and Programs, Colorado Photographic Arts Center. Denver, CO
2011-13               Studio Coordinator of Photography and New Media, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2006-09             Studio Manager and Lab Coordinator, Photography Department, University of Colorado at Boulder

Selected Exhibitions

Tiny Art Show, R2 Gallery, Carbondale Arts, Carbondale, CO
1st Annual Members Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO Honorable Mention
Call and Response: Art as Resistance, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

Interference, Artwork Network Underground, Denver, CO
When Things Are Strange, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
Call and Response: Art as Resistance, Syntax Physic Opera, Denver, CO

Center Forward, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Photography Re-Imagined: The Artist's Hand, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Faux, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
CSArt Colorado Participant Artist, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art & Denver Botanical Gardens

I’ve Never Seen That Before, Canyon Gallery, Boulder Public Library
Photosynthesis: SW Voices, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO
CU Denver Faculty Exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO
Continuum: The BFSDoArt Alumni Biennial, Center for Art & Theatre, Georgia Southern University
Dashing and Crashing, Hyperlink Gallery, Chicago, IL
Still Life, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
CPAC 2014 Member’s Show, Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Of Memory, Bone, and Myth, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, MN                               
One by One, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Special Mention
65°: An Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustic Art, The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
Miniatures, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
From P to R, Booth Gallery, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

Small Wonders, Aspen Chapel, Aspen, CO
Delusion, Center for Creative Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Story Swap, Red Brick Arts Center, Aspen, CO
Creative Forces, Studio for Arts and Works, Carbondale, Colorado

Energy as Currency, LivAspenArt, Aspen, CO
Snap: A National Juried Photography Exhibition, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Bright Bites, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Patton-Malott Gallery, Snowmass Village,CO
No Mirrors: Camera-less Photography, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
Worlds Within, University Memorial Center Art Gallery, University of Colorado at Boulder                                             
Down the Rabbit Hole, Hinterland Art Space, Denver, CO

Works by Mariana Vieira, Gideon Gartner Gallery, Snowmass Village, CO (Solo)
Light Show, Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Concordia University, Seward, NE
Think Big, Aspen Chapel, Aspen, CO

Too Much Love, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
MFA Exhibition, Space 3, Boulder, CO

Transitions: International Student Exhibition on Social & Ecological Changes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín and Sede Amazonia in Letícia, Colombia

Workshops and Lectures


  • A Collective Vision, Society for Photographic Educators Southwest Conference. Transformations in Photography (Imagemaker Presentation)

  • All Mixed Up: Mixing Photographs Workshop, Wyly Community Art Center, Basalt, CO

  • Exploring Alternative Processes Workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO


  • The Road Not Taken: a new approach to photographing, David Hilliard and Mariana Vieira, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

  • Photoshop for Artists Workshop, Anderson Ranch Arts Center


  • Digital Photography Field Workshop in Aix-en-Provence, France, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

  • Open Studio for Photography and Digital Media, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

  • Digital Image Processing Adobe Lightroom, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

  • Explorations in Photographic Output, Anderson Ranch Arts Center

  • Artist Lecture Series: Mariana Vieira, Anderson Ranch Arts Center


  • Fantastic Fables: digital photography, Anderson Ranch Arts Center