I make art to be submerged in living experience, using painting, installation, textiles or sculpture, to create metaphorical spaces where I see my life, and invite viewers to see their lives, as part of a larger communal epic. Early work in theatre, dance and opera design gave me a heightened appreciation of spatial surroundings. My primary concentration has been painting, which expanded to murals. Moving into three-dimensional spaces has led to large woven public installations that pull the viewer into complex contemporary issues.
I see myself as an American, carrying on the tradition of building a New World.
Recent Solo Exhibitions
Mother & Daughter: Pauline Parker & Margaret Parker, Paintings and Textiles, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI.
Light Shines through Us, participatory community project, commissioned by the Wyandotte Street Art Fair, community partners Downriver Council for the Arts, Wyandotte, MI.
Living Memory, participatory installation, Icehouse Museum, Linwood, MI.
Shirts & Skins, Reflections Gallery, Finlandia University International School of Art and sign, Hancock, MI.
Shirts & Skins: Margaret Parker, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI.
Shirts & Skins, installation, Lloyd Hall Scholars, University of Mich., Ann Arbor, MI
Temple Series, digital prints, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Dark Shores, watercolor, Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti, MI
Acts of Nature, watercolors, University of Michigan Life Sciences Complex, Ann Arbor, MI.
Threads: Watercolors & Tapestry, Wolverine Towers, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Testament: Twin Towers Series, mixed media, Ann Arbor City Hall, Ann Arbor, MI.
Recent Group Exhibitions
Dear Womanhouse, What Now?, Art Kettle, Manchester, MI.
Guns: Artists Respond, Swords into Plowshares Gallery, Detroit, MI.
Sculpture Show, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI.
Women’s History Month Exhibit, Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti, MI.
Making Connections: Members +1, Marygrove College Gallery, Detroit, sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art, MI.
Member Show, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI.
Eye on the D: Seeing Detroit with New Eyes, group show, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI. Jurors Cynthia Greig & Bethany Shorb; sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art, MI.
Bound, group show, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY. Juror Cora Rosevear, Assistant Curator for Painting and Sculpture, MoMA.
Broad Without Walls, group show, outdoor installation for opening of the Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, MI.
Man Up!, group show, University of Michigan Duderstadt Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, sponsored by the Women's Caucus for Art, MI.
Ann Arbor Film Festival, 50 Screens, 50th Anniversary Off-Site Show, Ann Arbor, MI.
Momentum, 40th Anniversary of the Women's Caucus for Art, group show, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.Juror Rita Gonzalez, Associate Curator, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Windsor Biennial 2011, group show, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada.
Reiteration, four person show, Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI.
City Streets, group show, outdoor exhibition, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI.
Hidden Cites, group show, New Century Artists Gallery, New York, NY, sponsored by the national Women’s Caucus for Art.
New Fabrics 2010, group show, University Gallery, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.
ArtPrize, group show, selected by Frederick Meijer Gardens for Calder Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI.
Fates: an Installation, group show, River Gallery, Chelsea, MI.
Balance, gjroup show, Duderstadt Gallery, University of Michigan, Women's Caucus for Art MI, Ann Arbor, MI; traveled to 3 more sites in Michigan: River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte; The Reflection Gallery, Finlandia University, Hancock; Holland Area Arts Council, Holland, MI.
drawing the line, group show, Beverly Arts Center, sponsored by Women's Caucus for Art, Chicago, IL.
ArtPrize, group show, 53 Commerce, Grand Rapids, MI.
Home:Loving It, Losing It, Leaving It, group show, Duderstadt Gallery, U. of Michigan, sponsored by the Women's Caucus for Art, Ann Arbor, MI.
Material Afterlife, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.
Like Water on Rock, group show, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA; traveled to Finegood Art Gallery, Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, West Hills, CA; Gotthelf Art Gallery, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture La Jolla, CA.
A Place at the Table, Women's Caucus for Art MI, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
The Third Annual Human Rights Show, gorup show, South Texas College, traveled to the University of Texas Pan American; Universidad de Monterey, Mexico; and Progreso Art Gallery, Progreso, Mexico.
In the Beginning, group show, Women's Caucus for Art, Dallas Women's Museum, Dallas, TX.
Windsor Biennial, group show, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario, CA.
Sync07, digital / video / multimedia show, Duderstadt Gallery, University of MI, Ann Arbor, MI.
Contemporary Women Artists XIV, group show, Mad Art Gallery, Womens Caucus for Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO.
All Media Show, group show, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI.
Venus of Willendorf: Redefining the Goddess, group show; part of the national Feminist Art Project sponsored by Rutgers University, Duderstadt Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Reflections of War, Threads of Peace, group show, Woven Arts, East Lansing, MI.
Sync06, digital & multimedia show, Duderstadt Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
Michigan Annual XXXIII, group show, Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI.
Point of Departure, group show, digital prints, Pakzieski Gallery, Dearborn, MI.
Point of Departure, group show, digital prints, Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI.
Public Art Projects
Sun Dragon, designer, 60 long public sculpture part of a renewable energy demonstration project at Ann Arbor Fuller Pool. City of Ann Arbor, MI.
Urban Courtyard, designer, 5561 sq. ft. Parking lot becomes an urban sanctuary with conservatory surrounded by pleached hedge. Downtown Home & Garden, Ann Arbor, MI.
Adams Elementary School Mural, enamel; designer and painter 800 sq. ft. Lobby dances with bright color, familiar objects, numbers and text. Adams Elementary School, Castine, ME.
Castine Bicentennial Quilt, fabric; designer, 144 sq. ft. A year long community based project involved 60 townspeople in depicting 200 year history. Castine Historical Society, Castine, ME.
Planetarium Horizon Mural, acrylic; project coordinator, 56 sq. ft. Middle school students drew 360 degree mural from scenes of to for college planetarium. Joint project of Adams School and Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME.
Castine Peninsula Mural, casein; designer and painter, 1120 sq. ft. Surrounds dining room of 1898 summer hotel with views of varied habitat of the peninsula. Castine Inn, Castine, ME.
Castine Inn Garden, designer, 7200 sq. ft. Three garden rooms with 75 ft. rock wall, bridge over small stream for use by customers and open to the public. Castine Inn, Castine, ME.
Murals and Commissions
Living Memory, community participation woven installation for the Icehouse Museum, Linwood, MI.
Weatherscape, casein and metallic; designer and painter, 840 sq. ft., private home. Ann Arbor, MI.
Dyce's Head, casein; designer and painter, 126 sq. ft., private home. Castine, ME.
Elms of Court Street, casein, designer and painter, 250 sq. ft., private home. Castine, ME.
Light Path, casein; designer and painter, 1494 sq. ft., private home. New York, NY.
Summer Rain, tapestry; designer, woven in Egypt, 99 sq. ft., commission, Ann Arbor, MI.
Earle Project, terra cotta reliefs, designer and producer, Earle Development Project, Ann Arbor, MI.
Collections, Selected Listing
United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
State Department Art Bank, Washington, D.C.
Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME
University of Michigan Racham Graduate School, Ann Arbor, MI
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Chelsea Medical Center, Chelsea, MI
Stein & Moran Attorneys, Ann Arbor, MI
Diamond Bullet Website Developer, Ann Arbor, MI
Noah Adams, PBS, "All Things Considered", Washington, D.C.
Ernie and Denna Harburg, New York, NY
Jacobson's Department Store, Lansing, MI
Non-profit Art Organization
Parker Art Legacy, LLC; a project organized by the Parker family to preserve and promote the work of Pauline and Gilbert Parker. Margaret Parker, Director.
Art Pro Tem, founder and Director of community based nonprofit organization that sponsored temporary outdoor installations in nontraditional spaces. Ann Arbor, MI.
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.
Bay Area Community Foundation, for Icehouse Museum, “Living Memory", Linwood, MI.
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Mini Grant, Art Pro Tem show, "Hear Here", Ann Arbor, MI.
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Mini Grant, public sculpture, Sun Dragon, City of Ann Arbor, MI.
Michigan Energy Office Renewable Energy Demonstration Grant, public sculpture, Sun Dragon, City of Ann Arbor, MI.
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Grant, public sculpture, Sun Dragon, Ann Arbor, MI.
Driving Music: In 2000 silver Taurus, I drive Glen Gould and J. S. Bach through 32 Goldbeg Variatons from parking lot to paking lot, poetry chapbook, Amazon.com.
Michigan Today, "The Alphabet of Color", p. 8-9, February, 1991.
Stations: the Way of the Cross, text by Daniel Berrigan, photos of terra cotta reliefs, "Stations", by Margaret Parker, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, CA.
New York Artists, by Les Krantz, American References, Chicago.
Detroit Free Press Magazine, "Tapestry in United Staes Capitol" p. 18-21, Oct. 12.
Women's Caucus for Art, Michigan Chapter, President 2015, founding member.
City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, Chair from 2006-10, Ann Arbor, MI.
2000 - 04
Citizens Advisory Council to the Downtown Development Authority, Ann Arbor, MI.
Downtown Public Art Committee, Ann Arbor, MI.
University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MI, BFA, 1969.
Bennington College, Bennington, VT.
School of the Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL.