Margaret Boozer

b. 1966 Anniston, AL

I live and work in Prince George’s County, MD, outside Washington, DC. Over the years, my studio practice of digging native clays has led to collaborations with soil scientists and work that explore intersections of art and science.  As I prospect, I notice cause and effect in the environment, stealing strategies to bring back to the studio. I am interested in ways that beauty can foster stewardship… how a small souvenir of soil can carry great meaning, stories and emotional impact. I am the Founder and Director of Red Dirt Studio, an artist incubator in Mt. Rainier, MD, and I’m also Co-Director and founding member of NY Urban Soil Institute’s Art Extension Service. In both of these capacities, I get to create and foster new work in the world in partnership with amazing, smart and talented Co-Directors and colleagues.

 

 

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

Selected exhibitions

2024
Unsettling Extractions, 
Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Dig Deeper: [some] Art, Science + History of Troy Clay, Art Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY

2021
(in)Touch: Connectivity Through Clay,
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2018
Land/ Trust,
Meyerhoff Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2017
Margaret Boozer: Harbor Studies, 
Michael Warren Contemporary, Denver, CO

2015  
Portraits of the Earth: Margaret Boozer and Juan Granados, San Angelo Museum of Art, TX

2012
Swept Away: Dust, Ashes and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY

2011
Site Aperture: Margaret Boozer, Mia Feuer, Talia Green and Mariah Johnson. Curated by Danielle O’Steen, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC

2009
3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Korea 2003, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea (invitational)

Margaret Boozer: Dirt Drawings, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC

2008
Margaret Boozer: Accumulation, Project 4 Gallery, 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

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

Natural Inclinations, invitational, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

2006
Margaret Boozer: Reinvented Landscape, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR

2005
Alternative Porcelain, Chaney Gallery, Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

Particles and Passion, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD

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

2004
Margaret Boozer: Land/Marks, Strand on Volta Gallery, Washington, DC

2003
2nd World Ceramic Biennale, Korea 2003, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea

Scripps Annual Ceramic Invitational, Scripps, the Women’s College, Claremont, CA

GROUND WORK: Recent Work by Margaret Boozer, Carole Greenwood and Erin Root, Strand on Volta Gallery, Washington, DC

2001
USA Clay, Renwick Gallery,Smithsonian Institution, WDC

Silicate: Recent Issues in Ceramic Sculpture, curated by Tony Hepburn, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

selected collections

  • Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, WDC
  • US Department of State, US Embassy of Djibouti
  • US Department of State, US Embassy of Bandar
  • MGM Grand, National Harbor, MD
  • Darryl Carter, Inc., WDC
  • Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, MD
  • Wilson Building Public Art Collection, WDC
  • Many private collections

Professional activity

2002-
Founder + Director, Red Dirt Studio, Mount Rainier, MD

2018-
Co-Founder + Co-Director, Art Extension Service to the NYC Urban Soils Institute

2024
Curator, Dig Deeper: [some] Art, Science + History of Troy Clay, Art Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY

2013
Curator, The Art and Craft of Beer, Gateway Arts District, Joe’s Movement Emporium, beer stein exhibition

2008-16
Artist Advisory Group, to the Gateway CDC for 39th Street Gallery, Brentwood, MD

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

2006-10 
Advisory Board Member, Hillyer Art Space, WDC

2006
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)

2004 
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

2002-present
Seminar, Red Dirt Studio Seminar, Mt. Rainier, MD

2005-08
Instructor, Ceramics, VCU Off-Site Program

2003-04 
Instructor, Ceramics, Gallaudet University, WDC

2002-04
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

Awards

2012
Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Arts Excellence Award