Alethea Maguire-Cruz is a fine artist and college educator who was born in Connecticut, where her artist/educator parents taught nearby at the original Barlow School (in Amenia, NY). As a life-long traveler, she continues to seek locations that inform her landscape paintings, drawings and prints. To this day, stories of placehood still remain the revolving topic of discussion among her family. When she was a student, she studied at the University of Delaware (1995 MFA/GTA); incorporating graduate study as a Julin Scholar at the University of Iowa, and she completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Purchase (1993 BFA); including a semester overseas at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Academie Beeldende Voorming.

Currently she is teaching full-time as a Professor/Instructor of Graphic Design/Fine Art/Film Media at Berkeley College, and has taught at the University of Delaware, Long Island University/Post (LIU/Post), SUNY Nassau (SUNY NCC), Pratt Institute Associate Degree Programs, Central Wyoming College, Delta College, Mid Michigan Community College, while teaching on and off at SUNY Westchester and SUNY Rockland. Her undergraduate and graduate level curriculum is versatile. She has taught numerous courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, visual/graphic design, digital animation, motion graphics and filmmaking, the history of art and design, as well as thesis, critique, capstone, portfolio and internship courses, and has lead/taught travel study in the Netherlands. She has also trained graduate teaching assistants (GTA’s), tutors and fellow faculty.

She has held administrative positions such as Director of Printmaking, MFA/MA Graduate Advisor and Foundation Art Coordinator at LIU/Post, Printmaking Coordinator at SUNY NCC, and Art Coordinator Assistant at the Delaware Division of the Arts (Delaware Council for the Arts). As a founding partner of Land Atelier, Alethea executed ongoing fine art and design commissions from NY and FL to Greece. Moreover she worked for Pearson Education, as well as for NY publishing and design firms: New York Black Book Magazine, Resident Publications, Wolff New Media, Sales Graphics and Prodigy Services Co. (IBM/Sears) Creative Group.

As a fine artist, Alethea has exhibited at such venues as the Scarab Club, Hankins Gallery, Paperworks Gallery, Ford Gallery and Saginaw Art Museum in MI, Robert A. Peck Gallery in WY, the Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood, Mistretta Galleries, Trillium Gallery, Hudson River Fine Art and at Artifact (previously Contemporary Art Network/New Art Center) in NY, further exhibiting in South America, Greece and the Netherlands. She is currently represented in New York by Artifact and Hudson River Fine Art. Her clients and collectors are international. Residencies at the Woodstock School of Art, Vermont Studio Center and Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in Ireland, have further suffused her landscapes. She has interviewed for diverse publications, television and radio. Most recently she has been interviewed by Tom Mallow of The Cultural Review, has had her drawings published in the Bridges Series (Volume 2) by DarkLight Publishing LLC, and has been featured in The New York Optimist.