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Te Whāinga: a culture lab on civility
presented by Auckland Museum & Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center


SILO 6 & SILO Park


October 25-28, 2019

I have the honor of producing a series of new prints, as well as to engage and collaborate in this 3-day festival marking this year's 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook's arrival in Aotearoa.

Some News from 2019...

Hicks Arts Center in Newtown, PA,, January 23- March 12. 

Borrowing from Claudia Rankine’s lyricism as an individual’s and part of a collective group of citizens’ ability to speak, perform, and stay alive in the midst of adversity, each of the three artists (Catherine Pancake, Imani Roach, and Michelle Angela Ortiz) in the exhibition, poetize one’s relationship to a place and one’s connection to history with its inherited trauma. 

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The Project Mosaic 2018 : Stan Squirewell & Maria Dumlao
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 


October 1 - December 7, 2018

First Friday Receptions Oct 5th, Nov 2nd* and Dec 7th

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday & Sunday the Gallery is closed. Open First Fridays until 8 pm. Located at 204 North Prince Street, the Main Gallery at PCA&D is located on Lancaster’s Gallery Row. Admission is always free and open to the public. Handicap Accessible.


*I will be there for the November 2nd celebrations and will be leading a workshop. 

Making Space: Leeway @ 25
The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design

September 20 - December 20, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 5:30-8

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Saturday:  11 am – 5 pm

Closed Sundays and all academic and legal holidays

Admission is free for all

The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design are located at between 19th and 20th Streets on Race, directly across from Aviator Park on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Access The Galleries from the College’s main entrance lobby.

An interview by Moore students can be heard here

Some News...

A selection of images from History in RGB is featured as the cover art in issue 20 of Storyscape Literary Journal.

If you happen to be going to this year’s Pingyao International Photography Festival in China (September 19- 25), I have five prints included in special exhibitions curated by James Ramer named, “Electric Dreams and Other Strange Occurrences” 电子梦境与一些奇特际遇,

I will be participating in Womankind’s Art Exhibit at One Art Space in NYC. The show opens on Thursday, September 27 at 6-9.

Pacific 1993

new work commissioned by Asian Arts Initiative’s 25th Anniversary exhibition, Then and Now, curated by Alexandra Chang.

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

May 3 – August 17, 2018
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Opening reception is May 4th at 5-8pm.

A special mention of Pacific 1993 in WHYY’s recommendations: 3 must-see new art exhibits this month: Our picks from ‘First Friday’ – Through May, 2018

On Friday, August 3 at 7pm, I will be leading a workshopI will be collaborating with participants who will engage in a process of understanding color interaction and relativity. The event is free and all ages are welcome.

A Residency...

In May, I’ll be off to  Atlantic Center for the Arts, where I have been selected by and will be working with master artist Claire Pentecost to be part of a residency. 

History in RGB

Vox Populi 

319 North 11st Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

March 2 - April 22, 2018

Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Sundays noon-6pm

Opening reception: Friday, March 2, 6-10pm

Artblog featured a REVIEW: Layers of narrative in Maria Dumlao’s “History in RGB” at Vox Populi Gallery



Along with the other exhibiting artists, Chad StatesMark Stockton, I will be participating in a gallery talk moderated by Leeway Foundation’s Program Director, Sara Zia Ebrahimi on Sunday, April 15 at 3pm.

​In conjunction with my show, writer Juliana Reyes and I will be hosting Merienda: Pinoy Potluck and Kuwentohan on Sunday, April 22 at 2-5pm. Come share food and stories about aswangs, kapres, and other creatures that haunt and inspire Filipinos. Bring a snack (and a folktale from your culture!) to share. Filipinos and non-Filipinos are welcome. Poi Dog will be sharing their delicious pineapple bibingka, and my neighbors, Commonwealth Ciders and Philadelphia Brewering Co. will contribute their brews which pairs well with the Filipino food.

I will be presenting "History in RGB: Individual and Collective History Viewed Through Multiple Lenses” at the 2018 Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Annual Conference in Philadelphia, in the session, Dialogic: MATERIALITY. 


Elizabeth Claffey, Maria Dumlao, Christine Elfman, Meggan Gould, Garrett Hansen

Saturday, March 03 - 9:00AM to 10:45AM
Grand Ballroom Salon H


The object-ness and materiality of making is central to the 4 artists presenting in this session; their processes, materials, and methods of making cannot be separated from their concepts and yet each artist takes unique path with this material/concept exploration. Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes, and the session will be moderated by Julianna Foster, UArts Faculty.

Maria Dumlao has just been awarded a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant for her project History in RGB, an immersive art installation of prints, filters, plants, mosquito nets, and 3D printed objects. The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants to women and trans artists in Greater Philadelphia area to fund art for social change projects. 

Hurry Up and Wait


Asian Arts Inititiative

1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA19107 United States

September 1 – December 15, 2017Opening reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8pmCurator’s Talk: First Friday, November 3, 6-8pm

Pritha Bhattacharyya, Sanjana Bijlani, Melissa Chen, Yujane Chen, Maria Dumlao, Monica Kane, Caroline Key, Ahree Lee, JJ Lee and Mei Lee Ogden, Hye Yeon Nam, Jermaine Ollivierre, Keven Quach, Yumi Janairo Roth, Rea Christina Sampilo, Catzie Vilayphonh

Curated by Adriel Luis

Migration can seem like a single, bold act – but the process is actually a series of steps that includes correspondences, forms and often a whole lot of waiting – these individual tasks can be their own bureaucracies, each shrouded in mystery and inconsistency, despite the millions of people throughout the world who navigate them. Hurry Up and Wait encounters the tensions between policy and humanity – the range of emotions, wonder, assumptions and discoveries that make migration much more than simply a political issue.

History in RGB (solo exhibition)

Opening: Sunday, May 21st 2017, 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Black Oak House 

419 S. 51st StWest Phlly, PA 19143

"History in RGB" is an exploration of individual and collective history as viewed through multiple lenses. Representing images of history, popular culture, mythic folklore, landscapes, and creatures, History in RGB proposes alternatives to the systemic representations ordered by colonial narratives.

Each print is a juxtaposition of images that have been stripped of color, then re-assigned with the value of a specific color based on a “tropical” Pantone palette. The re-assignment of color is based on the value system set by red, green or blue. Viewing the print through one of the three filters, select images become visible while simultaneously obscuring other elements. While the filters become tools for revelation and clarity for a monochromatic narrative, they also produce a mottled background by obfuscating the other narratives that exist on the same surface.

Brentwood Arts Exchange  at Gateway Arts Center

3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722



Saturday, March 18, 2017, 5-8 pm

Recitation Gallery

104 Recitation Hall

University of Delaware

Newark, DE 19716, USA

Phone: 302-831-2244


Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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