Statement

I have worked as an artist and sculptor for fifty yeasin the media for which I was trained.  My direction dramatically changed when my job required me to teach textiles.  I had grown up in a household where fibers were a part of daily life, my mother and grandmother knitted, sewed, quilted and crocheted, but I had never considered this part of my life as integral to my artistic work.  The loom and the act of weaving however brought memories not only of childhood, but also an awareness of my ethnic heritage.  Today fibers have become the paint and metal wherein I work.  I feel my training , my heritage and my artistic talent have found completion in the act of weaving.

 

Bio

BS,  Missouri Southern University,  Joplin, Mo

MA, Pittsburgh State University,  Pittsburgh, KS

In the Museum collections of Eiteljorg, Indianapolis, iN

Museum of Arts  and Culture.  Santa Fe, NM

Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

 

Exhibits

“Changing Hands, Art Without Reservations”  curated by The Museum of Art

and Design, NYC, NY

“Native Art Now” curated by the Peabody Essex. Museum. Salem, MA

“Return From Exile” , Contemporary Southeastern Art  curated by Bobby Martin

and Tony Tiger

Created costumes and stage set for “Lowak Shoppala”, Fire and Light,  a Chickasaw Production with music by Jerod Tate and words by Linda Hogan

Fellowship with the National Museum of American Indian, Washington DC

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Roach Wheeler