Nurdles 6 by Margaret Craig, part of the Great Pacific Trash Vortex series.
|Education||Biology Secondary Education, BS Art, MFA Painting from University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA Printmaking from University of Texas at San Antonio|
|Known for||Printmaking, Painting, Art|
Margaret Craig is a San Antonio-based American artist and printmaker who invented the Tar Gel™ Pressless Etching technique along with numerous other innovations. She holds a Master's in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was introduced to etching by Frances Myers. She went on to study under Ken Little, Dennis Olsen and Kent Rush while working on her M.F.A. in Printmaking at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A degree in Biology influences numerous aspects of her work, which is exhibited in Texas, nationally in the USA, and internationally in Europe and Asia.
Art Papers declared that "Margaret Craig has used the accidents and 'moments' of painting to explore the chaotic and whimsical." Informed by her biology degree and a healthy understanding of the experimental process, Craig synthesizes innovative techniques with the traditional from her painting and printmaking background, as well as other artistic disciplines. "Craig is interested in the natural processes of growth and erosion. Experimentation often results in irregularities, and the unexpected results bring delight to both maker and beholder." New Art Examiner described the work as evoking "an intensity which extends beyond the nostalgia and irony of its components." "Craig's ability to allow the chance operations of natural processes helps her create her finished product, and the pure aesthetic pleasure that each of her works provokes is their main subject." Her pieces are very much tied to process, a slow evolution of layers that culminates in environments and creatures that could be swimming in a drop of rainwater or thriving in an alien ecology. Bennett said that some of Craig's pieces "offer panoramic views of beautifully barren otherworlds, as if Craig were able to photograph the surface of Jupiter."
Margaret Craig's artwork is in the permanent collections of many museums, including:
- Amity Foundation
- Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
- Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
- Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
- John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
- Judith K. and David J. Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
- Margaret Pace Willson
- Museum of Texas Tech University, Artist Printmaker Teaching Collection, Lubbock, TX
- North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
- Southern Graphics Council
- St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
- Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland
- University of Colorado, Special Collection, Boulder, Colorado
- University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
- University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
- Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Seale, Emily, Margaret Craig: The Glistening, San Antonio Current, San Antonio TX, July 22–28, 2010, p28.
- Painting with Plates: Printmaking Taken to Another Level, Maryland Printmakers, InPrint Article, Dec 2003. Retrieved 2013-08-7.
- See Frances Myers: Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award for biographical information. Retrieved 2013-07-26
- Biographical information for Dennis Olsen Retrieved 2013-07-28.
- Biographical information for Kent Rush Retrieved 2013-07-29.
- Art in America, 2012-2013 Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums, and Artists, Lindsay Pollack, Ed. Jan 1, 2012.
- Art in America, 2011-2012 Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums, and Artists, Lindsay Pollack, Ed. Jan 1, 2011.
- Art in America, 2010-2011 Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums, and Artists, Marcia E. Vetrocq, Ed. Aug 31, 2010. ISBN 978-1-223003-27-6
- Art in America, 2009-2010 Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums, and Artists, Marcia E. Vetrocq, Ed. Jan 1, 2009.
- Art in America, 2008-2009 Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums, and Artists, Marcia E. Vetrocq, Ed. Jan 1, 2008.
- Southwest School of Art
- Zwartjes, Arend, The Un-Painters, Art Papers, Atlanta, GA p 28-33.
- Ewing, John, Biochrome, New Art Examiner Chicago Il. p60-61 Nov 2000 Vol 28#3.
- Zwartjes, Arend, Biochrome, Artlies, Houston TX, p104-105, Fall 2000.
- Bennett, Steve, Otherworldly Beauty Belies Its Toughness, San Antonio Express News, November 20, 2011, 5K.
- Formerly Elvehjem Museum of Art
- Formerly Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper
- Dustman, Emily and Ilan, Edison, Margaret Craig, E-Squared Magazine, pp 113–117, Autumn 2016. ISSN 2474-3984
- Cuba, Nan and Robinson, Riley, At our Doorstep, San Antonio Writers and Artists, Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX, 2011. ISBN 978-1-595340-49-8
- Craig, Margaret, Flexible Etching Getting, into the Groove, Central Booking Magazine, Brooklyn, NY, November 2011,pp 20–21.
- Brenner, Wayne Alan Arts Review, The Austin Chronicle, Austin TX, Jun 10, 2011.
- Silva, Elda Second Friday: Tobin Hill art walk adds 2 stops, My San Antonio, San Antonio Express News, Jul 14, 2009.
- Cuba, Nan and Robinson, Riley, At our Doorstep, San Antonio Writers and Artists, Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX, 2008. ISBN 978-1-595340-39-9
- Owen, Paula, Multiple Views, Conversations on Prints and Printmaking, Artlies, Houston, TX, p. 56-58, Vol 46, Spring 2005.
- Wellinghoff, Jasmina, Hot Art, San Antonio Woman, p 44-47, July / August 2003.
- Allred, Okley, Margaret A Craig at RC Gallery, Voices of ART, San Antonio, TX, p 8, Vol. 11 Issue 2, 2003.
- 60 Second Egg, Egg The Art Show, San Antonio, TX, Nov 2001.
- Daniel, Mike, San Antonio Abstract Painters, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, Apr 13, 2001.
- Daughterty, Amy, ‘Bad Birds’ Artist Pays Homage to Feathered Outcasts, Bryan Eagle, College Station, TX. Mar 2,2000.
- Schade, Christopher; Senses of Sensibility, Austin American Statesman, Austin, TX. Jul 4, 1998.