Marguerita Hagan

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Ceramics

Interdependence Installation

Artist's Biography

Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia. She is an advocate for the thriving of all life in mutually sustainable communities and environments. The concept of interdependence plays throughout her sculpture, teaching and community arts.

Throughout her career, Hagan brings to light the beauty and engineering of our planet’s diverse ecosystems and our powerful role as stewards. Her intricate ceramic shines light on the wonder and respect for the fragile, diverse life with which our lives are intrinsically linked.

She received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and her BFA in Ceramics at James Madison University. Her projects include collaborations with artists, scientists and community, environmental art-science residencies, lectures and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Artist's Statement

What does light talk about? I asked a plant that once.
It said, ‘I am not sure, but it makes me grow’
– Thomas Aquinas, 1225 – 1274

Oak trees know. Their roots graft into one flesh so they may share mutual sustenance, benefiting the community as a whole. When one tree is in need, the healthy ones direct their energy in support. Microscopic marine organisms form the basis of all life on our planet and connect in exquisite systems or colonies. These one-cell plankton gems of our ocean provide over 50% of the oxygen for the planet. Rich diversity and reciprocal sharing power thriving communities and environments. This light-giving flow has enabled all life to thrive for eons.

Inherent potential realized moves everything, even light itself.

It certainly moves me. My work is a response to this light. The interdependent forms and projects grow in a continuous heliotropic adventure, energized with every opportunity and connection.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2018
Love Letters to Earth, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Museum Alumni Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Morgan Hobbs & C.J.Stahl

2017
La Mer: People Protect What They Love, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Curator: Laura Hughes

La Mer & Wildlife, Philadelphia International Airport: 63’ case, Terminals C & D, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Leah Douglas

2016
La Mer Installation, ArtBox Inaugural Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Center for the Emerging Visual Artists

2015 - 2016
Scintillare: La Mer Exhibit, Esther M. Klein Gallery, University Science Center, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Angela McQuillan

2007
E Pluribus Unum II Installation honoring Inaugural Opening of Qliance Medical Group of
Washington, our country’s first primary care/emergency facility to serve without health insurance, Seattle, WA

2006
E Pluribus Unum Exhibit, Ballard Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA
Curators: Carol & David Entrikin

2004
Looking Forward, Arts Center Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group
2022
The Work of Art, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Curator: Tara Kaufman

MIXTURE, Center for the Emerging Visual Artists Juried Membership Exhibit,
Philadelphia, PA
Curator: CFEVA

2021 - 2022
Invisible World of Water, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Invitation as solo artist among 19th & 20th c science pioneers and one contemporary scientist
Curator: Marina McDougall

2021
Fellowship of PAFA Annual Exhibition, selected for Gross McCleaf Gallery Exhibit & Virtual Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Rebecca Segall, Gross McCleaf, owner/director

The Gift, Terri Saulin & Marguerita Hagan, No.5 Butchie Alley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Curated

Summerhouse, HOT • BED, Philadelphia, PA
Juror/Curator: Bryan Hoffman, HotBed, owner/creator

Virtual Exhibit Honoring Philadelphia Arts Business Council Award to Maida Malone, Philadelphia, PA
Invitation as artist in Maida Malone’s collection
Curator: Center for the Emerging Visual Artist

Biospheres, Marguerita Hagan & Ana V. Rankin, HOT • BED, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: James Oliver

Small Favors Annual Exhibit, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Annual Guest Juror & Curator: Jennifer Zwilling

2020
Rising Tides: Contemporary Art & the Ecology of Water, James Michener Art Museum, Doylestown,
PA
Curator: Laura Turner Igoe

Wake in the Woods, Anne Bryan Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Kate Samworth

Wharton Esherick - Vision & Influence, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tuttleman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: John Greig

Small Favors Annual Exhibit, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Annual Guest Juror & Curator: Jennifer Zwilling

2019
La Mer & Rongorongos, Cosmopolitan Club Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
Invitation, Artist Curated

WaterWorks, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
Curators: Gail Sidewater & Guna Mundheim

Every Woman Biennial, La Mama Galleria, New York City, NY
Juror/Curator: C. Finely

GoggleWorks Annual Exhibit, GoggleWorks, Reading, PA
Juror: Judith Schwartz

Springs Eternal: Art, Water, Change, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Curator: Margaret Pezalla-Granlund

Community, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2018
Ethereal/Material, Sculpture Exhibit, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Marsha Moss

Art of the State, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Juried Exhibition

Brave New World, Bodine Cancer Center, Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Eric Preisendanz

Wet Lab, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Christina Catanese

2017
OCEAN International Exhibit, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc, NY Hall of Science, New York, NY
Curators: Diana Moore, Greenway Art Galleries, Princeton, Art Curator & John Stegeman, Sr. Scientist & Director of the Center of Ocean and Human Health at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute, Science Curator

Cephs Interface in Crete: I Love You More, International Exhibit & Cephalopod Conference, Crete, Greece
Curator: Ryuta Nakajuma

Small Sculpture Exhibit, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Leslie Kaufman

The Future is Female Art Exhibit, Westtown School, West Chester, PA
Curator: Angela McQuillan

Small Favors Annual Exhibit, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Annual Guest Juror & Curator:
Jennifer Zwilling

2016
Over the Bridge, Wheaton Arts Center & American Glass Museum, Millville, NJ
Curator: Noele Alampi

Small Favors Annual Exhibit, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Annual Guest Juror & Curator: Jennifer Zwilling

2015
Small Works, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA
Juried, Curator: Darla Jackson

Found in Transition, Susquehanna Art Museum Inaugural Exhibit, Harrisburg, PA
Curator: Lauren Nye

Drawing Conclusions, LandLab Exhibit at Center for the Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA,
Curator: CFEVA

2014
Process & Progress, LandLab Res Exhibit, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA,
Curator: Christina Catanese

Vital Flux, Gallery 107, Downtown Arts, North Adams, MA
Curator: Angela McQuillan

2013
Abington Arts Center Faculty Exhibit & Artist Talk, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Curator: Marge Horner

Growth & Decay, Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Angela McQuillan

2012
Shelf Life Installation, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia, PA
Collaboration with Fellow, Germaine Ingram

2011
East Falls Eco-Arts Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Noemi Armstrong

Mainline Arts Center Faculty Exhibit, Haverford, PA
Curator: MLAC

2011
Art is Ageless, NewCourtland Fellowship Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: CFEVA

2010
Art is Ageless, NewCourtland Fellowship Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: CFEVA

5 into 1 Sculpture Exhibit, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

Grow, Thesis Exhibit, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2005
Seattle Academy Faculty Exhibit, Seattle, WA

2003
Seattle Academy Faculty Exhibit, Seattle, WA

2001
Faces for Life, Invitational Exhibit Benefiting Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle, WA

Other
2010 - 2022
Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, Annual Exhibit & Studio Opening Event, Philadelphia, PA

2021
Secret POSTcard, Virtual Fundraiser Exhibit, Center for the Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Recent Highlights (publications 1990’s - present)
2022
Moller, Laetitia, "When Underwater Depths Inspire Designers", Elle Decoration France, April 2022

2021
Ebert, Grace, "Innumerable Spines Cover Amorphous Sea Creatures Sculptued in Clay by Marguerita Hagan", Colossal, April 15

Warner, Jen, "Biospheres now showing at Philadelphia art gallery HotBed", Communitarian, April 6

2020
Rovner, Nadine, "The Tide is Nigh", Grid Magazine, May

"Meet Marguerita Hagan: Artist, Ceramic Sculptor & Environmental Advocate", Shout Out LA, 10/26/20

Hine, Thomas, "Big weekend for art in Philly: What to see in museums now and what’s coming soon", Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25

Daughenbaugh, Wendy, "What’s new at the Barnes Foundation and Michener Museum as they reopen their doors", ABC 6 Action News, August 3

Hine, Thomas, "After 4 months of lockdown, our art critic returns to museums to have his mind blown", (Rising Tides: Contemporary Art & the Ecology of Water at the Michener Art Museum), Philadelphia
Inquirer, July 25

Furey, Francesca, "The Tide is Nigh" (pages 28, 29 & 30), Rising Tides Exhibit at the Michener Art Museum during lockdown, Grid Magazine, May issue

2019
Cantner, Kat, "Art Joins Science in Coral Communication", Earth Magazine, March/April

Publications

2019
Co-Authored on science publication by Dr. John Jungck, Director Interdisciplinary Sciences
Institute, Dept of Biological Sciences and Dept of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware: "Theory in Biosciences: Art Forms in Nature: Radioaria from Haeckel and Blaschka to 3D Nanotomagraphy, Quantitative Image Analysis, Evolution and Contemporary Art", published on 100th anniversary of Ernst Haeckel’s passing, Berlin, Germany

2010
A Root’s Tale, Marguerita Hagan.

Professional Experience

Present - 1985
Marguerita Hagan Studio Classes, Independent Projects, Philadelphia, PA & Seattle, WA

2011 - 2017
Moore College of Art & Design, Visiting Critic, Environmental Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2011 - 2015
Abington Art Center, Ceramic Instructor Adult Class, Jenkintown, PA

2011
College of St. Elizabeth Ceramic Instructor, Morristown, NJ

Awards & Honors

2019
Visiting Artist, Art & Science Integration, Graduate Program, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

Alternative Healing Project, Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2018
Alternative Healing Project, Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Art Residency (Art & Sci) The College of NJ, curator Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Ewing, NJ

Westtown Friends School Art Residency, ceramic installation with pre K, K & 1st Graders, West Chester, PA

2017
NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, Intergenerational: youth & senior residents, Philadelphia, PA

Wonder: Micro-Macro, Residency Exhibit, NEHS,Teacher H. Thompson, Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2015 - 2017
Print Center Artist in Schools Residency, NE

High School ceramics students & teacher, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Art Partners Residency, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Adaire Elementary School Habitat Project, Philadelphia, PA

NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, Intergenerational: youth & senior residents, Philadelphia, PA

2015 - 2016
Delphi Art Futures Residency & Exhibit, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Monet & Magritte Awards, Philadelphia, PA

2014 - 2015
LandLab, 1 Year Environmental Art Residency addressing Colony Collapse Disorder (30% loss of honey bees), Collaboration between Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and Center for the Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

University of Delaware Visiting Artist, Ceramic Program, Pit-Fire Workshop, Newark, DE

2000 - 2015
Resident Artist, Divine Life Church (Yoga), Meditation Garden (bronze), Interior Art, Baltimore, MD

2011 - 2012
Delphi Art Futures Residency & Exhibit, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brancusi & First Place Awards, Philadelphia, PA

2011
NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, Intergenerational: youth & senior residents, Philadelphia, PA

2010
NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, Intergenerational: youth & senior residents, Philadelphia, PA

Affiliations

Center for the Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Flux Factory, New York, NY
Academy of Natural Sciences Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Erik Cordes, Cordes Labs, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. John Jungck, Interdisciplinary Science Institute, University Delaware

Public Projects

2018
Primary Artists, Primary Producers Permanent Installation, Westtown Friends School Chester, PA

2014
Picasso Project, 1 Year Collaboration with ArtWell & Rhoads Elementary funded by PCCY, Philadelphia, PA

2011 - 2014
Youth Advocates Clay Program for youth in transition held in Marguerita Hagan Studio, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Lila Installation, The Fairgrounds Community Sculpture Grounds with neighboring residents, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Angela McQuillan, Little Berlin Collective

2010
Wissahickon Wall Installation, East Falls Eco-Arts Project, Philadelphia, PA
Juried

2008
Parkwood Elementary, Coming To America Exterior Entrance Murals with ELL students & Unity in Generations Interior Entrance Tile Project with entire school & families, Shoreline, WA

2004
Parkwood Elementary, Coming To America Exterior Entrance Murals with ELL students & Unity in Generations Interior Entrance Tile Project with entire school & families, Shoreline, WA

2000
Stevens Elementary Cultural Chairs, Seattle Arts Commission Grant for 6 steel-concrete chairs with student mosaic celebrating cultural focus by grade along Cultural Walkway (1994), Seattle, WA

Intergenerational Mosaic Installation, Seniors Making Art (SMA, founded by Dale Chihuly), Burien Public Library, Burien, WA

Commissions

1985 - Present
Numerous ceramic commissions

2018
Director of City Planning, City of Seattle, City of Peace, Seattle, WA

2014
Custom dinner & espresso ware, New Nell Thorn Restaurant, Skagit Valley, La Conner, WA

2010
Patapsco River Wildlife, exterior glass mosaic installation on contemporary private home over the Patapsco River, Ellicott City, MD

1994 - 2008
Numerous public community projects throughout the Seattle area

2005
Leaded-Glass Memorial Transom, Michael’s Sun, Seattle Academy, Seattle, WA

2001– 2004
Donor Plaques (Glass & Stainless) for new Art Center, Seattle Academy, Seattle, WA

Collections

1985 - Present
Numerous Private Collections (international)

2021
Michener Art Museum, The Beautiful Woman Has Come/Nefertiti, Doylestown, PA

Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Weedy Sea Dragon Shield, Hamilton Building, Philadelphia, PA

2019
The Civic, Okapi Shield, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Eric Preisendanz

2018
City of Seattle, Director of City Planning Office, City of Peace, Seattle, WA

2014
Nell Thorn II Restaurant, (ceramic sculpture & custom dinnerware) Skagit Valley, La Conner, WA

2005
Nell Thorn I Restaurant, (ceramic sculpture) Skagit Valley, La Conner, WA

2000
Wild Iris Restaurant, (ceramic sculpture) Skagit Valley, La Conner, WA

Lectures

2022
Venture Café, University Science Center, Art & Science of Diatoms, Invisible World of Water Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA

2021
Back from the Field lecture, Invisible World of Water Exhibit, Academy of Nat Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

CraftNOW Philadelphia First Friday Preview, Invisible World of Water, Academy of Nat Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

CraftNOW Philadelphia First Friday Preview, Biospheres Exhibit, HotBed Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Venture Café Virtual First Thursdays, presenting Biospheres Exhibit, HotBed Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2020
Venture Café Virtual First Thursdays, w/ Laura Igoe, curator Rising Tides, Michener Art Museum, PA

Rising UP Panel, Rising Tides Exhibit Youth Activists, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

CraftNOW Philadelphia First Friday Preview w/ Laura Igoe, curator Rising Tides, Michener Art Museum, PA

Random Tea Room Talk w/ Rich Gretzinger, installation collaborator at Michener Art Museum, PA

Earth Day Panel, Rising Tides Exhibit, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

Inaugural Virtual Studio Visit, Venture Café, University Sci Center, Host/Curator: Angela McQuillan, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Artist Lecture: Wagner Free Institute, Philadelphia, PA

2019
Global Climate Change Awareness Panel: 24 Hours of Reality, Co-Coordinated, Hosted by Al Morales and teenage daughter Alana Morales from Climate Reality Project (Al Gore Program), 4 artists, Dr. Erik Cordes & Dr. Alexis Weinnig, Guest Scientists, HotBed Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Trans-disciplinary Conversations with Dr. Erik Cordes & Austen Weymeuller, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Springs Eternal: Art, Water & Change Exhibit Panel, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

2018
Coral Reef Ecosystem Panelist, American Geophysical Union Conference, Washington D.C.
(Team of 2 artists and 4 international scientists presenting at annual U.S. gathering of 26,000 Earth & Space scientists at morning poster session and afternoon panel)

Guest Lecture, Artist Speak, Community in Art Practice, Philly Stewards & CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

2017
Guest Lecture, GEO Colloquium Series, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Guest Lecture, Science Museum of Virginia, Art & Science of Micropaleontology, Richmond, VA

2016
Guest Lecture, Penn Network Visualization Program, Sci-Art Residency, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2010
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Sculpture

1981
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
BFA, Ceramics, Art Honors Award, Magna Cum Laude,