Prusa, born and raised on the south side of Chicago, received her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, went on to receive an M.F.A. in painting from Drake University.
Known for her contemporary and large-scale use of silverpoint combined with fiber optics, she has been awarded visual arts fellowships from the South Florida Cultural Consortium, the State of Florida and the Howard Foundation through Brown University (a significant national research award conferred every five years to a small group of artists).
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design – NYC, Perez Art Museum – MIami, Museum of Art – Ft. Lauderdale, Hunter Museum of American Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and Telfair Art Museum, among others.
Prusa’s work traveled in the Triennial Exhibition of German and American Artists curated by the American Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, exhibited at the Museum for Angewandte Kunst – Frankfurt and at the Museum of Arts and Design. Solo museum exhibitions include the University of Wyoming Museum of Art, the Kohler Arts Center, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, the Arkansas Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art – Jacksonville, Lakatamia Municipalia – Nicosia, Cyprus, and the Polk Museum of Art. She had work shown at the DeCordova Museum – Boston, Frist Center for the Arts – Nashville, Evansville Art Museum – Indiana, Museum of Art – Ft. Lauderdale, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art – North Carolina, Telfair Museum of Art – Georgia, Tomio Koyama Gallery – Tokyo, Kentler International Drawing Space – Brooklyn, Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Boca Raton Art Museum in Florida. She was nominated for and selected for exhibition at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City where her work was selected for purchase for museum collection.
Her work is featured in magazine and newspaper articles and published in Miami Contemporary Artists, ed., Paul Clemence and Julie Davidow, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2007. Her work is included in Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, ed., Kardambikis, Kahira and Silver, Encyclopedia Destructica Publishing, 2012 and highlighted in the chapter on contemporary metalpoint a comprehensive history of metalpoint by Dorothea Burns; The Luminous Trace: Drawing and Writing Drawing in Metalpoint, Archetype Publications, London, 2012. Her work is pictured and written about in the chapter on contemporary metalpoint in the recent book on historic metalpoint from the National Gallery. Recently her work was spotlighted in an article in the international art magazine, Elephant, summer issue 2014 and Paradox Magazine (published out of Columbia).
Prusa has participated in numerous artist residencies, including Art Omi – a highly competitive international artist residency. She completed a four-month funded Artist in Industry residency at Kohler Company in 2013 and produced a large installation of ceramic work involving fiber optics and silverpoint drawing. This past summer she worked in glass through a residency at the Berengo Foundation, Murano, Italy and will exhibit in Glasstress 2017.
Recent solo exhibitions include Miami, Vancouver, Atlanta and Taipei – upcoming, Geneva-Switzerland.
The Art Economist Magazine featured Prusa as “an artist to watch” in their June 2011 issue.
Prusa shows at Brintz Galleries – Palm Beach, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery – Vancouver, Jenkins Johnson Gallery – San Francisco and New York City, Bluerider Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, Alan Avery Art Company – Atlanta, Le Salon Vert – Geneva, Switzerland.