Mariana Pereira Vieira grew up in Brazil, Costa Rica and El Salvador. She received a BFA in Photography from Georgia Southern University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Media Arts Practices from the University of Colorado Boulder. After several years dedicated to different arts non-profits in Colorado, she returned to work in higher education at CU Boulder. Mariana believes that art changes lives and is passionate about education. In 2022, she co-authored and was a recipient of the CU President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant. Mariana’s artwork has been featured in exhibitions at the Museo de las Américas, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Dairy Center for the Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, among others. In 2019, she was awarded the first Denis Roussel Fellowship from the Center for Fine Art Photography. Mariana enjoys plants, dogs, B&W film photography, and traveling in her ’86 VW van.