Maria Ojascastro is a mixed media artist who teaches both children and adults as a faculty member at COCA. She has been a guest teacher at Washington University, St. Louis University and Webster University and teaches art to individuals whose lives have been touched by cancer at the Siteman Cancer Center, the Cancer Support Community and St. Anthony’s Cancer Center. She also presents workshops for many educational and cultural institutions including the Kemper Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum. Her art has been exhibited at The Millstone Gallery at COCA in University City, MO; Park College in Kansas City, Kansas; the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana; the Colfax Cultural Center in South Bend, Indiana and many other galleries and alternative spaces. Ojascastro received her Masters of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis; studied in Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy; and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.