Maria Reidelbach Resume


Project director of Stick to Local Farms, an interactive artwork that helps visitors and residents in the Hudson Valley learn about local farms and farmers in face-to-face encounters.

Project director, designer of Homegrown Mini-Golf on Kelder’s Farm, Kerhonkson, NY, since 2006. The roadside attraction, sited on one of Ulster County’s oldest farms, features the world’s largest garden gnome and an educational farm-themed miniature golf course with a tasting garden of vegetables, fruit, herbs and grain and annotated with interesting facts, lore, and recipes.

Designed and directed the construction of Goofy Garden Golf, a renovation of a miniature golf course in Hudson River Park, Manhattan, in Spring 2004 in creative collaboration with artist and filmmaker Ken Brown and executed as a community project.

Project manager and creative consultant for the Totally Kid Carousel, an award-winning public artwork by sculptor Milo Mottola completed in 2000 that features a menagerie of full-scale carousel figures designed in collaboration with neighborhood children. Kept kids, patrons, and carousel aficionados apprised of the progress of the years-long project via a web site.

Community Organization Staff Member

From 2003 to 2009, staff member of Manhattan Youth Recreation and Resources. Responsibilities included: art direction for a new 28,000 square foot community center for Tribeca and Battery Park City; administrative team for a $9 million capital campaign to build the Center; and teaching creative IT skills to middle-school students.

Selected Bibliography

"The Yardavore," Country Wisdom News, 2011 - present.

Miniature Golf, a history of the subject—and the only book ever bound in artificial turf (Abbeville Press, 1987, co-author, with Nina Garfinkel and John Margolies).

The best-selling Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine (Little, Brown, 1991 and MJF Books, 1997).

A number of magazine and journal articles about popular culture and fine art.

A series of technical manuals for Microsoft Windows users.

Selected Exhibitions

Founder and curator of The Needlepoint Museum, a quirky web site collection of twenty- and twenty-first century needlepoints that has been visited by over 300,000 browsers in the last year.

At the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, organized an exhibition of the work of Alfred Jensen.

Gallery shows of editorial cartoons, Victorian underwear, art about science, furniture designed by architects and other well-reviewed exhibitions.

Software Development

From 1985 to 2001, small business owner, designed and created specialized, custom-designed computer and database systems for art historians, collectors, and artists to catalogue art and compile catalogues raisonné. Clients included the Andy Warhol Foundation, Eric Fischl Studio, the Alexander Calder Foundation, the Comité Francis Picabia, and the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, among others.