The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA, 2000
St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minesotā, BA Studio Art and Culture Studies, 1994


Artist and Filmmaker Fellowships and Grants
US State Department Democracy Commission Grant, 2017
American Latvian Association Project Grant, 2015, 2016, 2017
Latvian Foundation Project Fellowship, 2015
Forecast Public Art Early Career Project Grant, 2014
Forecast Public Art Early Career Research and Development Grant, 2013
Jerome Foundation Study and Travel Grant, 2012- 2013
Latvian Foundation Project Fellowship, 2012
Jerome Foundation Media Arts Grant, 2005
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 2005
Latvian Capital Culture Fund Artist Grant, 2003
Latvian Ministry of Culture Artist Fellowship, 2002
William J. Fulbright Fellowship, 2000, with grant extension, 2001
Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, 1996- 1997


Valiant! Director, Editor, 10 minutes, 4K, 2018
Pērkons, a VR Rockumetary, Producer, 9 minutes, Virtual Reality, 2018
Twin Cities Tracks, Geo-tagged short films, personal stories of Minneapolis and St. Paul, HD, 2013/2017
Trimda Dimd, Stories of Latvian Music in Exile, Director/Producer, HD, ongoing web series since 2012
Surviving the Peace, Director, Producer, Editor, 62 minutes, HD, DV, 8mm film, 2016
Satiksimies Garezera, Director, Producer, Editor, 84 minutes, HD, 2015
Runa Riga Mobile App, Geo-tagged short films in Riga, Producer, HD, interactive, 2013- 2015
Souvenirs: Healing after war, Director, Producer, Editor, 88 minutes, DV and 8mm film, 2010/2011
One Day in a Land Far Far Away, Director/Producer, 3 minutes, DV, 2002/2010
Souvenirs, Installation and Video Screening, Minnesota Center for Photography, 2005
starp Latvijam (between Latvias), Director, Producer, Editor, 88 minutes, DV, 2004

Selected Screenings

Pērkons: Shift Film Fest, Maastricht, November 2018; Landmark Center North Gallery, November 2018;
Gallery Noass, Rīga, September 2018; Viva Tech Paris, May 2018
Valiant! Baltic Identities Symposium, Philadelphia, 2018; Latvian Nat’l Library JFK Reading Room screenings, 2018
Satiksimies Gaŗezerā: Lielais Kristaps Film Festival, Rīga, Latvia, 2016  Gaŗezers 50 Premiere, 2015
Surviving the Peace and Souvenirs: Community Screenings across North America, 2011- 2016;
GI Film Festival, Washington DC, 2013; Docutah Film Festival, St. George, Utah, 2012;
Minneapolis- St. Paul Int’l Film Festival, 2011; Jihlava Documentary Film Fest, Czech Republic, 2010 

between Latvias: Minneapolis- St. Paul International Film Festival, 2004; Lielais Kristaps Film Festival, Riga,

Latvia, 2003; Kino Galerija, theatrical screenings, 2003

Selected Work for Hire
Minnesota Academy of Medicine, Director, films for the Univ. of Minnesota Medical Library Archive, 2018
The Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF): a bi-partisan non-profit helping soldiers and families

The Journey Continues, 7 minutes, 2010; Created for Fundraiser with Tom Brokaw
Welcome Home, 4 minutes, 2007; Created for Fundraiser with Thomas Friedman

A Soldier’s Story, 7 minutes, 2005; Created for Fundraiser with Senator John McCain 

National Night Out, NNO Minneapolis Celebrates 20 years, Director and Producer, 2008

Selected Installations
Analog Site, Video Installation at Fallon, Minneapolis, 2017
The 8030 Project Installation of Scrolls and 100 Days, Hennepin County Government Center Gallery, 2015
The 8030 Project Installation of collaborative works and Memorial Images, Lisle Art Center, Lisle, Illinois, 2015
The 8030 Project Installation of Memorial Images, AIM Gallery, Minneapolis, 2014
Interactive on-site video projections (Untitled), Co-Producer; Forecast Public Art Umbrella Event, 2009
Souvenirs, Installation and Video Screening; Minnesota Center for Photography, 2005
Tour, Photography and Video Installation; Riga Museum of War, Latvia, 2002
The Art of Flying, Installation on AirBaltic Airline Interiors, 2002
Divi vienā (Two in One), Installation at the Latvian Artists Union Gallery, Riga, 2001


Reviews and Recognition

Pērkons VR reviews, director interviews: Rīta Panorāma, Latvian Public Television, August 28, 2018;,
August 29, 2018; Diena, SestDiena (Saturday weekly news edition), September 9, 2018
Laiks, Latvian News, New York, Two-part series on Trimda dimd music shorts, November - December 2017
Radio NABA show Transplants, interview with Kristaps Kreslins on Trimda dimd, Riga, November 12, 2015
KFAI interview with Lydia Howell and Vets for Peace, The 8030 Project, Minneapolis, November 8, 2015
WCCO/CBS Radio, interview with Roshini Rajkumar on The 8030 Project, Minneapolis, October 18, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune, article by Jon Tevlin on The 8030 Project, October 27, 2015
The Paley Center for Media in New York, Surviving the Peace selected as pitch finalist at DocFest 2014
KFAI interview Fresh Voices Feature by MJ Gilmore, “Filmmaker Mara Pelecis”, featured at, 2012

Knight Arts Review of “Souvenirs” by Susannah Shouweiler,, November 9, 2011
Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival: Souvenirs; “Best of the Fest”, Top 10 of 250 Films, 2011
East Silver Nomination for “Silver Eye” Award by the Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic, 2010

MSP Film Festival: Between Latvias; Audience Award for Best Local Feature and Top 20 of all 160 Films, 2004

City Pages: From Latvia with Love, Film Festival Feature Review, P. Scholtes, March 31, 2004

Latvian Ministry of Culture Annual Awards 2002, Installation Tour nominated for Best Show

Interviews, between Latvias: Kulenis, Cultural Review, 2001; Personas Kods, LTV, 2002, Viss Notiek, LTV, 2003

Reviews, Tour 2002: Diena, S. Timofejevs, Nov. 25; The Baltic Times, Nov. 27; Diena, H. Demakova, Nov. 28
Studija, Artists interviews from The Second International Latvian Artists Exhibit, Autumn 1998

Minneapolis Star Tribune, review of Five Jerome Artists, Mary Abbe, October 3, 1997

Sculpture Magazine, review of Franconia Sculpture Park’s Inaugural Exhibition including Omas, February 1997

New Art Examiner, review of No Name Exhibition's show Room, November 1996


Organizational and Educational Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Art Institutes Minnesota, Digital Film and Video Production, 2011- 2015
Founding Director, Information and Media Education Centre, Riga, Latvia 2001- 2003