Margaret Boozer

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4051 34th Street
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712





to Red Dirt Studio

photo by Greg Powers


b. 1966 Anniston, AL

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. Recent projects include writing a chapter for U. S. Geologic Survey’s Soil and Culture, a commission for the US Embassy in Djibouti, and most recently, a large scale mapping/ earth work for MGM National Harbor in Maryland using local clay dug from the site. Recent exhibitions include Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Margaret Boozer: Harbor Studies, at Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver , CO (through Dec. 2017). She was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2011, and in 2012 received the Arts Excellence Award from the Prince Georges Arts and Humanities Council. She is currently working on a collaborative project with NYC Urban Soils Institute.


1992 MFA, Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
1989 BFA, Sculpture, Auburn University, Summa Cum Laude

selected solo exhibitions

2017 Margaret Boozer: Harbor Studies, Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, CO
2009 Margaret Boozer: Dirt Drawings, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
2008 Margaret Boozer: Accumulation, Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC


Margaret Boozer: Reinvented Landscape, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR


Margaret Boozer: Land/Marks, Strand on Volta Gallery, Washington, DC

2001 Black and White, Red Dirt Gallery, Washington, DC
2000 Dig: New Ceramics by Margaret Boozer, Duncan & Miller Gallery, WDC
1999 Pot Luck: Ceramics and Sculpture by Margaret Boozer, Red Dirt Gallery, WDC
1999 Some More or Less Mathematical Musings on Making Pots, Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD

selected two- and three-person exhibitions


Portraits of the Earth: Margaret Boozer and Juan Granados, San Angelo Museum of Art, TX


Margaret Boozer and Ani Kasten, Bulthaup Corporation, Georgetown, Washington, DC


Distintegration:  site specific works by Margaret Boozer, Michele Kong and Cory Wagner, curated by Twylene Moyer of Sculpture Magazine, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

2005 Geologic Personality:  Margaret Boozer and Catherine White, Resurgam Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2004 Gorlitzz and Boozer: Sculpture in Glass Beads and Clay, AFI Silver Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
2003 GROUND WORK: Recent Work by Margaret Boozer, Carole Greenwood and Erin Root, Strand on Volta Gallery, Washington, DC
2002 Earth Drawings and Water Colors: A Collaborative Exhibit by Julia Ricketts and Margaret Boozer, Baas Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000 Threshold States: Ceramics by Margaret Boozer, Prints and Drawings by Julia Ricketts, Red Dirt Gallery, WDC

selected group exhibitions


Beltway Public Works Lending Library, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

Topsoil, curated by Bill VanGilder, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD


New Arrivals, artwork acquired by the university’s Contemporary Art Purchasing Program (CAPP)Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland


One Year Later, Pyramid Atlantic, Hyattsville, MD


14th Annual Transformer Auction, Washington, DC


13th Annual Transformer Auction, Washington, DC


12th Annual Transformer Auction, Washington, DC

Baltimore Clayworks, 35th Anniversary Show, Baltimore, MD, invited artist              

WPA Auction, Washington, DC

Earthwork, Carla Massoni Gallery, Chestertown, MD


11th Annual Transformer Auction, Washington, DC

WPA Auction, Washington, DC


International Glass & Clay 2013, curated by Artomatic, Edison Place Gallery, Washington, DC 

10th Annual Transformer Auction, Washington, DC

WPA Auction, Washington, DC


Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY


Field Work, curated by Susan Main, VisArts, Rockville, MD

Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philaldelphia, PA

Review < > Renew, curated by Judy Greenberg and Jack Rasmussen, VisArts, Rockville, MD

9th Annual Transformer Auction, Washington, DC


Site Aperture: Margaret Boozer, Mia Feuer, Talia Green and Mariah Johnson. Curated by Danielle O’Steen, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC


3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Korea 2003, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea (invitational)

  The Souvenir Shop, Art Star Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Night, Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, DC


Project 4 group exhibition, Gensler Architects, Washington, DC


Art Night , Hickok Cole Architects , WDC


Terra Incognita: Unknown Land, Curated by Rebecca Harvey, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD


Earth: In it, On it, Of it.  Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

2, Project 4, Washington, DC

  Myth of Permanence, Standard Ceramic, Pittsburgh, PA , organized by Catherine White and Margaret Boozer, in conjunction with NCECA
2007 NCECA Clay National, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY
  Natural Inclinations, invitational, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
  Primed, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, 2007 Art Auction Gala Primed, Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, 2007 Art Auction Gala
  Auburn and Beyond: 12 Alumni Artists Return, Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn, AL
2006 Mid-Atlantic Pulse:  Works from the Hillyer Committee at Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC
  Dimensions, Zenith Gallery, WDC


Sculpture Unbound, Edison Place Gallery, WDC

  Clay:  Sculptural and Functional Work, Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts, WDC

Seven, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC, curated by Lenny Campello

  “I Really Want to See…”, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD, curated by Joan Webber

Alternative Porcelain, Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD


Particles and Passion, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

  Metro Clay,  Rockville Arts Place, Gaithersburg, MD

Coming Home:  A Journey in Clay, Stancill Quarry, Perryville, MD


Sculpture in Four Dimensions, Museum of the Americas, WDC


Summer Group Exhibition, Signal 66, WDC


Anonymous, Gallery at Flashpoint, Washington, DC

2003 2nd World Ceramic Biennale, Korea 2003, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea
  2003 Scripps Annual Ceramic Invitational, Scripps, the Women’s College, Claremont, CA

Wall Works, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD


Women’s National Art Invitational Exhibition, Rudolph E. Lee Gallery, Clemson University, SC


From Earth to Fire - 21st Century Tiles, The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN


USA Clay, Renwick Gallery,Smithsonian Institution, WDC


Silicate:  Recent Issues in Ceramic Sculpture, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD


Artistic Imaginings in Clay, Art Museum of the Americas, WDC

  Artists’ Tiles:  Beyond Tradition, Invitational, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA



Arts Excellence Award, given by Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council at the Arts gala awards

collections/ commissions

  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, WDC
  • US Department of State, US Embassy of Djibouti and US Embassy of Bandar
  • Wilson Building Public Art Collection, Washington, DC
  • Metropole Condominium lobby, 1515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Liberty Properties, lobby commission, 1129 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Grapeseed Restaurant,4865 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD
  • lobby commission for Colvin Run Elementary School, Vienna, VA
  • numerous private collections

professional activity


Artist Advisory Group, to the Gateway CDC, Brentwood, MD

2006-08 Board Member, James Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institution, WDC

Advisory Board Member, Hillyer Art Space, WDC


Co-curator, Space of Change, DC Arts Center, WDC (with Claire Huschle)

2005 Co-curator, Existing to Remain, DC Arts Center, WDC (with Claire Huschle)

Co-curator, Coming Home: A Journey in Clay, Stancills, Inc., Perryville, MD (with Catherine White and Emlyn Stancill)


Panelist, Dream of Earth, Mexican Cultural Institute, WDC in conjunction withSculpture in Four Dimensions, Museum of the Americas, WDC


Juror, new artist selection, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

2003-06 Board Member, Washington Sculptors Group

teaching experience


Red Dirt Studio Seminar, Founder and Director, Mt. Rainier, MD

2005-08 Associate Professor, Ceramics, VCU Off-Site Program

Associate Professor, Ceramics, Gallaudet University, WDC


Guest artist/ lecturer, Washington Glass School, WDC

1993- 2002       Instructor, Ceramics, Corcoran College of Art and Design, WDC
1998- 2002

Instructor, Department of Foundations, Corcoran College of Art and Design