Maria Mortati is an Artist and Museum Exhibit Designer, interested in examining and amplifying the relationship between public and institution, public and private. Her projects span formal exhibitions to short-term interventions, involving collaborations with other artists, communities, and staff. Her explorations include the edges of way-finding at the Hammer Museum, Fluxus and the public at the Walker Art Center, an interactive street-front exhibition at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre in London and installations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Maria is a frequent panelist on the subject of experimental museum projects and innovative exhibition design practices. She has twice served as a panelist on the Innovation Lab at the Center for the Future of Museums, AAM Program Review Panel and as a Program Advisor for the Presidio Parklands projects and the Institute at the Golden Gate. Prior to museums, she had a career in Interaction Design working with Xerox PARC,, Speck Design, among others. Maria is an adjunct professor in the graduate design program at California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Design from Stanford University and a sense of humor.