Margarete Bagshaw

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Margarete Bagshaw
Margarete Bagshaw portrait.jpg
Margarete Bagshaw
Born(1964-11-11)November 11, 1964
DiedMarch 19, 2015(2015-03-19) (aged 50)
"My World is not Flat", 2011 painting by Bagshaw

Margarete Bagshaw (November 11, 1964 – March 19, 2015) was an American painter and potter.

Early life[edit]

She born November 11, 1964 and was the daughter of artist Helen Hardin and Pat Terrazas, and the granddaughter of artist Pablita Velarde.[1][2] Bagshaw grew up in New Mexico and lived most of her life between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. She did not start to create her own artwork until 1990 at the age of 26.[2]


In 2006, after settling her grandmother's estate, she moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bagshaw lived in the Virgin Islands for almost three years with her husband Dan McGuiness[3] and was a founding partner and co-builder of ISW Studios [4] — a recording and multimedia studio. From 2006 to 2008, Bagshaw continued to paint two-dimensional works that were shipped back to her gallery in New Mexico.

In 2009, Bagshaw decided to return to clay work – something she had not done since her school days – almost 25 years earlier. These clay pieces are flat tablets and three-dimensional works of clay – abstract, non-symmetrical bowls and vessels. These clay pieces were all incised with the intricate designs that Bagshaw is recognized for, and then after firing, painted with oil paint.

Margarete Bagshaw founded in 2012 the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women dedicated to her grandmother's legacy as well as other female Native American artists in Santa Fe, however it closed in 2015 when Margarete passed away.[3][5]


Throughout her 20-year career she was known for her use of color, composition and texture. Bagshaw was featured in many publications including: Southwest Art magazine,[6] Native Peoples magazine,[7][8] the New Mexico Magazine and recently both the Albuquerque Journal[9] and ABQ Arts.[10] She was one of the featured artists in the 2003 book — NDN Art: Contemporary Native American Art, The New Mexico Artist Series[11] as well as the 1998 book — Pueblo Artists Portraits, by Toba Tucker.[12]

In 2012 she wrote her memoirs "Teaching My Spirit To Fly" as part of a 3 book set that included biographies of her mother - Helen Hardin, and her grandmother - Pablita Velarde, and painted 10 large paintings used as chapter paintings in her memoirs.


Bagshaw took part in over a dozen major museum exhibitions, including the Eiteljorge Museum Of American and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Hamden Museum in Virginia, and numerous invitational shows with the Museum of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As the subject of a documentary film project, Bagshaw spoke at the dedication ceremony for the donation of "The White Collection" (featuring a number of Bagshaw's works), at the Lakeview Museum in Illinois in September 2008.

In 2010, Bagshaw presented a one-woman show at the Smoki Museum[13] in Prescott, Arizona. In 2012, Bagshaw had a year-long solo show at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

In 2013. Bagshaw presented the largest solo museum show of her career at the Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa Texas. This show included 25 of her largest paintings and included a video created specifically for this show. The show title was "The Color of Oil." During the last 5 years of her life, Bagshaw painted 210 oil paintings - the largest was almost 7' tall by 10' long. These 210 paintings are all included in the 5 year retrospective book - "Woman Made of Fire."

Lectures and talks[edit]

In 2011 at the annual conference of the Folk Art Society in Santa Fe, Bagshaw spoke about the tension between carrying on Native traditions and her impetus toward more modernist expression.[14] In 2011, Bagshaw was invited to be a speaker for Women's History Month at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.[15]


  1. ^ Nelson, Kate (2011). "The Rule of Three, Margarete Bagshaw" (PDF). El Palcino. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  2. ^ a b "Santa Fe artist Margarete Bagshaw dies at age 50". Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Quintana, Chris (2015-03-20). "Margarete Bagshaw, 1964-2015: Woman from line of iconic Native artists made own mark with modernism". Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  4. ^ "ISW Studios". Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts". 2013. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  6. ^ Dottie Indyke. "Margarete Bagshaw-Tindel". SouthwestArt. Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Margarete Bagshaw". Native Peoples. 8 (9): 176. February 2012.
  8. ^ Diaz, Rosemary (November 2001). "Changing Women". Native Peoples. 15 (1): 70.
  9. ^ "ABQ Journal". Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  10. ^ "ABQ Arts Website". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "NDN Contemporary Art: New Mexico Artist Series". Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "Tobatucker". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  13. ^ "Smoki Museum". Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  14. ^ Beyerbach, Barbara (2011-01-01). "Chapter One: Social Justice Education Through the Arts". Counterpoints. 403: 1–14. JSTOR 42981592.
  15. ^ "Artist Talk with Margarete Bagshaw: 3 Generations of Pushing Boundaries" (PDF). National Museum of the American Indian. 2011.

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