Alethea Maguire-Cruz was born in Connecticut, where her artist/educator family taught nearby at the original Barlow School (in Amenia, NY). To this day, stories of placehood still remain the gravitational topic surrounding paintings discussed among her relations. With regard for travel, she studied at the University of Delaware (MFA/GTA); incorporating graduate study as a Julin Scholar at the University of Iowa. Prior, she had completed undergraduate study at SUNY Purchase (BFA); including a semester overseas at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Academie Beeldende Voorming.

As an undergraduate/graduate college educator 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, SUNY Westchester and SUNY Rockland, she has taught numerous courses in visual/digital/graphic design, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, the history of art and design, as well as thesis, capstone, portfolio and internship courses, and has lead travel study in the Netherlands. She has also trained student tutors (peer mentors), graduate teaching assistants (GTA’s), and fellow faculty.

Currently she is teaching a variety of fine art and digital design courses as a full-time Instructor of Graphic Design at Berkeley College. She has also held positions as Provisional 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. 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 informed her landscapes. She has interviewed for diverse publications, television and radio. Most recently she has been featured in “The Cultural Review” (radio/UK) and The New York Optimist.