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Margaret Withers

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Austin, Texas

Birth year

Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY


Representing galleries
Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art (AHA), C-Emerson fine Arts, William Baczek Fine Arts

graffiti/street-art, modern, surrealism, sculpture, figurative, abstract, Watercolor/abstract-surrealism, Gouache painting, narrative, figurative abstraction, Emerging New York Artists, pop-surrealism, Brooklyn artist, ink cluster, enamel, works-on-paper

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 2014 Landscape Exhibition
William Baczek Fine Arts
Aug, 2014 Fall National Juried Exhibition
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (Marin MOCA)


I was born in Austin, Texas, and after a childhood left primarily to my own imagination and guidance,  I migrated to Texas A&M University where I received a BA in Literature.   With luck and timing I found myself in technology as a programmer, where I remained for several years in spite of the growing schism between my  corporate persona and my painting self.  In 2004 I attended CU Boulder’s MFA program but did not matriculate,  deciding instead to move to New York City in 2006.  My work has shown extensively in New York City, around the US, and internationally in Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Hong Kong and Moscow, it is included in multiple private collections and has won numerous awards, including a fellowship for Vermont Studio Residency and the Millay Colony in 2013.  


I believe that art making is a primary language that we are born with and is the means by which we communicate our creative impulses.  My paintings strive to speak this language to those who are still fluent and to those who might have lost some of the words but still recognize the pitch and flow.  My vocabulary originates as private symbols based on my memories, culture, and experiences and they intrinsically justify their own existence, however, they are not bound by the privacy of my experience, and as a language the symbols I use are fluid and personal to each viewer.   I fight daily against  the stagnation of ideas and emotions and I continually strive to grow and expand my practice to be fresh and authentic by utilizing my intuition.  I believe that intuition is the apex of syllogism because it forces me to work outside of how I might naturally conceive a given painting based on my beliefs and current attitude. As such, my conscience painting process is not impacted by how I frame my daily experience and this allows me to freely explore and analyze my creative impulses.



Solo Exhibits
2013 (Nov) One mind's imagining into another at Landau Gallery, Belmont Hill School, Belmont, MA
2012 Painting the American Anti-Story at Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art (AHA), Brooklyn, NY
2011 my pockets are full of you; Curator: Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art pop-up show, NY, NY
2010 feeling untethered I laid down my memories at Amos Eno Gallery, NY, NY
2006 ashy tongues whispering in smokey ears at Next Gallery, Denver, CO

Two Person Group Show
2013 Striations at G Gallery, curated by Diane Barber, Houston, Texas

Group Exhibitions

2013 Summer Camp at Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, Texas
2013 Summer Group Show at Arcilesi and Homberg Fine Art, NY, NY
2013 Summer Group Show at William Baczek Fine Art, Northampton, MA
2013 Connecting the Dots at ISE Cultural Foundation, curated by Lovina Purple NY, NY
2013 AS -Boom and Bloom at The Phatory, curated by Jill Conner, NY, NY
2013 Wide Open 4 at BWAC, juror Carrie Springer, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Das Wird Sich Alles Finden at Arts Collinwood, Cleveland, Ohio
2013 Stuck Pop-Up Show by Arcilesi and Homberg Fine Art, curated by Ariel Herman NY, NY
2013  AS Pop-up Show at Studio of La Thoreiel Badenhausen, curated by Jill Conner NY, NY
2012 Das Wird Sich Alles Finden at Bloc Project Space, Sheffield, UK
2012 Recess at Arcilesi & Homberg, Fine Art (AHA), Brooklyn, NY
2012 Color at BWAC, juror Brooke Kamin Rapaport,Brooklyn, NY
2012 Works on Paper at Jeffrey Leder Gallery, NY, NY
2012  Remembering at Attleboro Arts Museum, Attelboro, MA
2012 Annual Competition at SAAC, juror Manuela Well-Off-Man, El Dorado, AK
2012 Wide Open 3, juror Charlotte Kotik at BWAC, Brooklyn, NY
2012 WannA Piece?, Curator: Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art pop-up show, NY, NY
2011 Sorry 4 the Wait, Curator: Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art pop-up show, NY, NY
2011 Glimpses Beyond, Curator: Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art pop-up show, NY, NY
2011 110°: 2011 Summer Group Show at Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2011 Identity Shift Migration, Identity & Longing, Curator:Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art, NY,NY
2011 Wide Open 2, juror Nathan Trotmanat BWAC, Brooklyn, NY
2011 In Vivid Color at Gallery M, Vienna, Austria
2011 Better by the Dozen at BAU, Beacon, NY
2011 Natural Selection 2.0 at DSU, Madison, South Dakota
2010 Confluences of Culture VI at Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, NY
2010 Crossroads/Seven Acts at Amos Eno Gallery, NY, NY
2009 Confluences of Culture IV at Walter Wickiser Gallery, NY, NY
2009 Exhibit 0/1 at 25-Kadr Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2006 Open Show at Space Gallery, Denver, CO
2006 Group Open Exhibit at Next Gallery, Denver, CO
2003 Scene/Unscene 03 at Runnels Gallery, ENMU Portales, NM
2003 Black & White at Art Center at Fuller Lodge Los Alamos, NM


2013 (Nov) Affordable Art Fair, Seattle
2011/12/13 Brussels Accessible Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
2012/13 Fountain New York, represented by Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art, NY, NY
2012 DUMBO Art Festival, NY, represented by Arcilesi & Homberg Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY
2012 Affordable Art Fair, NY, represented by Galerie Juliane Hundertmark, Berlin, Germany
2012 Fountain New York, represented by Art for Progress NY, NY
2011/2012Aqua 11/12, represented by William Baczek Fine Arts, Miami, FL
2011 Fountain Miami, represented by Francesca Arcilesi Fine Art, Miami, FL
2011 Berliner-Liste 2011, B-74, Berlin, Germany
2011 Beijing Contemporary Art Fair, represented by Gallery M Beijing, China
2011 Verge Art Fair, represented by Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, NY

Benefit Group Exhibitions
2013 Issue Project Room Art Lottery Fund Raiser, curator Stephen Maine, NY, NY
2011/13 Spring Benefit and Auction for the Learning School, NY, NY
2012 Nurture Art Benefit at Charles Bank Gallery, NY, NY
2012 BWYLove2012 Rema Hort Mann Foundation at The Hole NYC, NY, NY
2011 BWYLove2011 Rema Hort Mann Foundation at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY, NY
2010 May Day Power to the People group show at Feature, Inc., NY, NY

Public Art Installations
2003 Finderskeepers Art Project Texas-19 paintings, one story - you find it you keep it

The Artist Catalogue, Summer 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 17 Spring 2012 (selected by: Trevor Richardson)
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 16 Fall 2011 (selected by: Curator Ian Berry)
New American Paintings Northeastern ed. #92 (selected by: MoMA Curator Laura Hoptman)

Residencies and Awards
2013 Residency Fellowship, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz NY
2013 Vermont Studio Residency (Fellowship recipient)
2012 Art Kudos International - ‘Award of Distinction’ judged by David Cohen of ArtCritical
2012 SAAC; Best in Show, awarded by Curator Manuela Well-Off-Man
2012 BWAC; Best Watercolor, awarded by Curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport

BA, English Literature, 2003, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Flat Files:
2012 The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY

Recent Exhibits

Margaret Withers participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Layers, curated by Aimee Hertog
City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Jul, 2014 The Intuitionists
The Drawing Center
Jun, 2014 Studio Montclair Viewpoints 2014
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Aug, 2013 Summer Camp Group Show
Cohn Drennan Contemporary
Aug, 2013 Striations
G Gallery
May, 2013 A Time in Arcadia
Curious Matter
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