Maren Hassinger received her BA from Bennington College (1969) and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (1973). She has been the director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art since 1997.

Her solo exhibitions include Maren Hassinger: A Retrospective, Spelman College, Atlanta (2015); Maren Hassinger, Reginald Ingraham Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); Maren Hassinger: Lives, Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (2010); Blanket of Branches and Dancing Branches, Contemporary Arts Forum and Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, CA (1986); Gallery Six: Maren Hassinger, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1981); and Beach, Just Above Midtown/Downtown Gallery, New York (1980).

Her group exhibitions include Poor Working Conditions, Martos Gallery, New York (2014); Cultural Guerillas, Hudson Guild Gallery, New York (2014); Ashe to Amen, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, Baltimore (2013); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded 2.0, Havana Biennial (2012); Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011, traveling); Dance/Draw, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011); VideoStudio: Playback, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); Material Girls, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore (2011); Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010); 30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2007–9); Riffs and Rhythms: Abstract Forms and Lived Realities, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore (2006).