Giulia Piera Liva is a Visiting Instructor in painting and drawing in the Department of Art and Art History for the 2017-18 academic year. She earned an MFA in Multidisciplinary Art with a concentration in Critical Studies at the Mount Royal School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017, and a BFA in Painting and Drawing with an art history minor at The Pennsylvania State University in 2015 and studied in Florence, Italy in 2014 at The Studio Art Center International (SACI). Awards and honors include being selected as a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize, Baltimore, MD, the Meyerhoff You+ Graduate Fellowship from the Maryland Institute College of Art. From Penn State she was awarded the Gerald Davis Painting Award, the Brian Betzler Scholarship for Artistic Achievement and the Margaret Griffen Schoenfelder Award for Painting. Recent one person exhibitions have appeared at School 33 Art Center in Baltimore and at the Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA. Recent group exhibitions includes the Sondheim Semi-Finalists Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore; the Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA; Urban Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Livi has served as an artist assistant to Shira Walinsky in 2015, and previously as an intern in The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.