Maria Elena González is the sculptor member of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York. Her work is included in public and private collections throughout the world, and has been exhibited in major museums and galleries in the United States, Switzerland and Cuba, where she was born. She has received numerous awards, including the Prix de Rome from the American Academy in Rome and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Maria Elena is best known for her sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed. In 1999, She received widespread acclaim for her site-specific outdoor sculpture, Magic Carpet/Home, which was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and installed first in Brooklyn and subsequently in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. You & Me premiered in 2010 at Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York, and Re: Public in 2011 at Bex Arts Triennale in Bex, Switzerland. Maria Elena previously taught at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she is a board member and the Cooper Union School of Art. She earned a BFA from Florida International University and an MA in sculpture from San Francisco State University.