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 Margaret Kilgallen  (1967 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: California/District Of Columbia      Known for: abstraction, mural

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Margaret Kilgallen was born in 1967 in Washington, D.C. and received her BA in printmaking from Colorado College in 1989. Early experiences as a librarian and bookbinder contributed to her encyclopedic knowledge of signs drawn from American folk tradition, printmaking, and letterpress. Kilgallen had a love of "things that show the evidence of the human hand." Painting directly on the wall, Kilgallen creates room-size murals that recall a time when personal craft and handmade signs were the dominant aesthetic. Strong, independent women walking, surfing, fighting, and biking feature prominently in the artists compositions.

Her work has been shown at Deitch Projects and the Drawing Room in New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Luggage Store in San Francisco, the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Kilgallens work was recently presented at the UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum. She died in June, 2001 in San Francisco, where she lived with her husband, Barry McGee.

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BORN:1967, Washington, D.C
DIED: 2001, San Francisco, CA.

1989 Colorado College, Printmaking, Studio Art B.A.
2001 Stanford University, MFA

"East Meets West: Folk and Fantasy from the Coasts", ICA, Philadelphia, PA
"Untitled:2001 Exhibition", Spiral Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Hammer Projects, UCLA Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Alleged Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Deitch Projects, New York, NY

"Wild Things: Artists' Views of the Animal World," John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"The Independents," Alledged Gallery, New York, NY
"The Great Walls," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
The Drawing Room, New York, NY
"Bay Area Now," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
"Switchstance," San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Eureka Fellowship Awards, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
"20/20," Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
"Dig It," Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Nellie Was There," Two Person Show, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA
"Chambers 8," Chambers Street, New York, NY
Three Person Show, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Dore Street 72 Hour Show, San Francisco, CA
Three Person Show, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
11th Annual Artist Auction, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
"Next Time," Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry, CA
"Shadows on the Global Streets," Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
"Post No Bills," Acme Gallery, San Francisco, CA
" A Self Portrait," Coburn Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO

Commissioned Mural, Yip's Thread Co., San Francisco, CA
Commissioned Mural/Double Rock Housing Development, San Francisco League of
Urban Gardeners, San Francisco, CA
Window Mural, 848 Divisadero Performance Space, San Francisco, CA
Assisted on Mural @ 6th and Howard, 509 Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Public Art Mural, Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Commissioned Mural, Sao Paulo Capoiera School, Sao Paulo, Brasil

1996-97 San Francisco Art Commission: Cultural Equity Grant
1995 Fleishaker Foundation: Eureka Fellowship

1997 Marin Headlands Center for the Arts

Assistant to Ann Chamberlain and Ann Hamilton on their installation project for the Main Library at Civic Center, San Francisco, CA
Book Conservator at the San Francisco Public Library

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