Maria Saraceno is a sculptor and candidate for the Master in Fine Arts at the University of South Florida. Born and raised in Italy, but having lived the majority of her life in the United States her early work dealt with issues of marginalization frequently associated with being a bicultural person. Sociopolitical issues informed some of her later work taking the form of sculpture and video installation. Maria is currently engaged in a project that is site specific, aimed at the transformation of an urban space into a friendly environment where people can meet and engage in social interaction. The intervention is mediated by the preparation and sharing of a meal on a specific street corner and is documented through video and photography. Maria is the recipient of several awards and has exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg and the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. She is currently preparing to show in Italy, at Raggio Verde in Lecce.