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Margaret Garrett is an interdisciplinary American artist. Her artistic practice includes painting, printmaking, collage, dance, and video work. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer and went on to dance with the Pennsylvania and Cleveland Ballet companies. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color and switched her focus to visual art. Dance and movement inform Garrett’s work to this day. Her richly colored abstract paintings and works on paper seek to capture the elusive quality of movement.


In 2017, Garrett returned to dancing as a way to inspire new works: She began filming herself dancing and using video clips as material to create moving video collages. These videos have become a major part of her practice and explore many of the same compositional elements as in her paintings- linear movement, shape, and the unfolding of contrapuntal patterns.


Garrett’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, including Planthouse, Danese/Corey, the FLAG Art Foundation, Birnam Wood, and the Parrish Art Museum. Her work has been featured in such prominent art fairs as the Armory Show, Art on Paper, the Dallas Art Fair, and the Contemporary Print Fair at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Recent achievements include completing a large-scale public work—a 40-foot glass mural commissioned by NYU Langone Art Program, fabricated in collaboration with Peters Studio in Germany. 


Her film “Elegy” was an official selection for the London International Motion Picture Awards in 2020. She has been awarded residencies at the Church in Sag Harbor, NY and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and has collaborated on two projects with Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas.


Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and in Europe. Museum collections include the Blanton Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Collection, the Leiber Collection, and Guild Hall Museum.

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Photo by Jenny Gorman

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