Margaret Boozer lives and works in Prince Georges County, MD, in the Washington, DC metro area. She received a BFA in sculpture from Auburn University and an MFA in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Boozer developed an interest in digging native clays that has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explores intersections of art and science. Her work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The US Department of State, The Wilson Building Public Art collection and in many private collections.
Boozer taught for ten years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design before founding Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, MD where she directs an artist/ creative professional incubator. Publications include a chapter for U. S. Geologic Survey’s Soil and Culture, and an interview in Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene. Recent work includes a large scale mapping/ earth work for MGM National Harbor in Maryland using clay and artifacts dug from the site. Exhibitions include Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Her gallery is Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, CO.
Boozer is also the Director and a founding member of the Art Extension Service for New York City Urban Soils Institute, and as such helped craft the ongoing soil scientist + artist collaboration initiative, Project: Soils. Current projects include the Urban Soils Room, which is a collaborative project with NYC USI on Governor’s Island, residing in Mary Mattingly’s Swale House.
1992 MFA, Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
1989 BFA, Sculpture, Auburn University, Summa Cum Laude