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Margaret Parker

Ann Arbor MI United States

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Statement of Work

For 7 years in the 80's I lived in New York and came to identify with the city and its people. I was not present at 9/11, but after the attacks, the shock and confusion seemed only to grow as time passed.  To overcome this state of confusion I began painting. A series of mixed media works took shape, each piece shows one level of the events - the glass breaking, passengers caught in the airplanes, ash falling from the sky, people escaping from the towers, etc. The twin towers in each painting are masked off to appear as empty white paper, all the events that swirl around  them leaves them revealed as empty or displaced space. These images are part of the story that could not be photographed, yet they play out in our imagination. The group of 7 works form an elegy to that moment in our shared history.

My work is sparked by that point where the personal, historical, political and spiritual converge. Since 9/11 I've been exploring what it means to be human in a global age.

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Margaret Parker

Recent Solo Exhibitions
2007 Shirts & Skins: Margaret Parker, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.
2005 Shirts & Skins, installation, Lloyd Hall Scholars, University of Mich., Ann Arbor, MI
2005 Temple Series, digital prints, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 Dark Shores, watercolor, Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, MI
2004 Acts of Nature, watercolors, University of Michigan Life Sciences Complex, Ann Arbor, MI.
2002 Testament: Twin Towers Series, mixed media, Ann Arbor City Hall, Ann Arbor, MI.

Selected Exhibitions
2010 drawing the line, Beverly Arts Center, Women's Caucus for Art, Chicago, IL.
2009 ArtPrize, 53 Commerce, Grand Rapids, MI.
2009 Home:Loving It, Losing It, Leaving It, Duderstadt Gallery, U. of Michigan, Women's Caucus for Art, Ann Arbor, MI
2009 Like Water on Rock, American Jewish University, Women's Caucus for Art, Los Angeles, CA. Traveling to Finegood Art Gallery, West Hills, CA; then Golthelf Gallery, La Jolla, CA.
2008 A Place at the Table, Ann Arbor Art Center, sponsored by the Women's Caucus for Art, Ann Arbor, MI
2008 2008 Human Rights Exhibition, South Texas College, TX; University of Texas Pan American, TX; Universidad de Monteray, Mexico; Progreso Art Gallery, Progreso, Mexico.
2008 In the Beginning, Dallas Women's Museum, Women's Caucus for Art, Dallas, TX.
2007 Contemporary Women Artists XIV, Mad Art Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
2007 Windsor Biennial, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada.
2007 Venus of Willendorf: Redefining the Goddess, group show, Duderstadt Gallery, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (part of national Feminist Art Project sponsored by Rutgers University)
2007 All Media Show, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI.
2006 Pool Miami, (during Art Basel Miami), invitational at Cavalier Hotel, Frere Internaitonal, Miami, FL.
2006 Reflections of War, Threads of Peace, textiles, group show, Woven Arts, East Lansing, MI
2005 Fabric of Fear: Art after 9/11, group show, 555 Gallery Detroit, MI

Selected Public Art Projects
2002- Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, member of city commission which places public art in the city; chairperson since 2004. In 2007 the Commission helped institute a Percent for Art Program in the city.
2003 Sun Dragon, designer, 60’ long public sculpture part of a renewable energy demonstration project at Ann Arbor Fuller Pool. Ann Arbor Energy Office and Ann Arbor Parks Department. Ann Arbor, MI.
2000- Art Pro Tem, founder and Director of community based nonprofit organization that sponsors temporary outdoor installations in nontraditional spaces. Ann Arbor, MI.
1997- Urban Courtyard, designer, 5561 sq. ft. Parking lot becomes an urban sanctuary with conservatory surrounded by
2000 pleached hedge. Downtown Home & Garden, Ann Arbor, MI.

Murals and Commissions
Elms of Court Street, casein, designer and painter, 250 sq. ft., private home. Castine, ME.1986
Summer Rain, tapestry; designer, woven in Egypt, 99 sq. ft., commission, Ann Arbor, MI.
Night in the Forest, tapestry; designer, woven in Egypt, 90 sq. ft, United States Capitol, Wash. D.C.1977
Earle Project, terra cotta reliefs, designer and producer, Earle Development Project, Ann Arbor, MI. 1978

Collections, Selected Listing
United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.; State Department Art Bank, Washington, D.C.; City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI; Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME; Castine Elemtary School, Castine, ME; Castine Historical Society, Castine, ME; Chelsea Medical Center, Chelsea, MI.

Grants
2002
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Mini Grant, Art Pro Tem show, “Hear Here”
2001
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Mini Grant, public sculpture, “Sun Dragon”
2001
Michigan Energy Office Renewable Energy Demonstration Grant, public sculpture, “Sun Dragon”
2001
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Grant, public sculpture, “Sun Dragon”

Awards
2000
Nominated, Governor's Award, Michigan Council on Arts and Cultural Affairs, Lansing, MI.
Juried Public Art Roster, Maine Arts Commission, Augusta, ME.
Artists-In-The- Schools Program, Michigan Council for the Arts, Detroit, MI.

Publications
Michigan Today, "The Alphabet of Color", p. 8-9, February, 1991.
Stations: the Way of the Cross, text by Daniel Berrigan, terra cotta reliefs, by Margaret Parker, Harper & Row,1989.
New York Artists, by Les Krantz, American References, Chicago; 1986.
Detroit Free Press Magazine, "Tapestry in Capitol" p. 18-21, Oct. 12, 1980.

Education
University of Michigan School of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, BFA, 1969
Bennington College, Bennington, VT; 1965-67
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; 1961