Margi Weir

Margi Weir

Biography

Margi Weir, an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Wayne State University, calls upon figurative arrangements seen in Egyptian tombs and Grecian amphorae and presents them in a tapestry-like fashion; the juxtaposition of elements creates unique pleasing patterns, blurring—but not hiding—the socio-political and ecological themes in her pieces.

Margi Weir earned her MFA in painting from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); her MA in painting from New Mexico State University; her BFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute; and her BA in art history from Wheaton College, Massachusetts.

Weir was awarded a CFPCA Creative Research Award in 2020 for her project "Fencing the Garden". and was the recipient of two Puffin Foundation Grants.  One in 2019 for work titled "Justice in America" and one in 2017 for work on gunviolence in America.

Additionally, Weir has won numerous awards for her work, including a 2016 Best of Show award at the Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center and a 2015 Best of Show award in the Human Rights Exhibition, South Texas College, McAllen, TX; a 2015 First Place award in the Armstrong Annual 2-D Competition, Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, GA; and a 2015 First Place award in the Crossover and Composites: Hybrid Forms, Techniques and Media, The A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, NC. In addition, she has had many solo exhibitions, notably at Ivan Karp's OK Harris Gallery in New York and the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. She has completed installation pieces at Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (ATHICA), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans LA), Central Features Gallery (Albuquerque NM), Lexington Art League (Lexington KY), the Elaine Jacob Gallery (Detroit, MI) and the Las Cruces Museum of Art (Las Cruces, NM).

 

 

We Are All Targets, 2015, dimensions variable, vinyl on wall

 

Fiscal Forecasting, 2013, 137" x 380" vinyl on wall with paintings, Installed at Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit

Family Farm, 2014, dimensions variable, vinyl on wall

(Profile image credited to Jeff Cancelosi)

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Degrees and Certifications

 MFA in painting and drawing  from UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles

MA in painting and drawing from New Mexico State University

BFA in painting and drawing from San Francisco Art Institute

BA in Art History from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts

Courses Taught

 Mural Painting,

Figure Painting,

Life Drawing,

Alternative Painting methods and Materials,

Alternative Drawing Methods and Materials,

all levels of Oil Painting,

all levels of Watercolor Painting

Responsibilities

 Member of the Graduate Committee in the Department of Art and Art History

Member of the Mentoring Advisory Committee in the College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts