Margaret Pettee Olsen

(b. Rochester, New York, USA, 1963)


Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, Painting, Providence, RI 1986

Brand X Editions LTD, Trestle Editions LTD, Printmaking and curating under the direction of Robert Blanton and Bruce Porter with and for the following artists: Willem de Kooning, Barbara Kruger, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist and Frank Stella, New York, NY 1987-1989

Columbia University, MA, Art Studio and Art pedagogy, New York, NY 1995

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

Solo and two-person Exhibitions and Projects:

2019  (up and coming) William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2018  Relay: Paintings by Margaret Pettee Olsen, curated by Yale Phd art historian Stephanie Grilli,  808 Projects, Denver, CO

2017  Cypher, Gallery EOSS, Providence RI

2015  File Not Found,  Margaret Pettee Olsen + Brian Kane, curated by Alexander Castro, Gallery EEOS, Providence, RI

2015 Lover of Small Things, guest curator, Gallery 22, Peekskill, NY

2013 Flash, projection installation, pop-up, Rochester, NY

2010 Occlusions, recent work by Margaret Pettee Olsen, Invitational, via E Brady Robinson, University of Central Florida, Center for Emerging Media, Studio Art and the Computer Gallery, Orlando, FL

2007 Margaret Pettee Olsen – New Paintings, TMA, Avon, CT

2003-2004  Art in the Environment Project with Margaret Pettee Olsen, Indian Hills, CO, sponsored by SCFD

2000 A Million Summer Mornings, Paintings for Poetry project, Denver, CO, New York, NY

1997 In-site Paintings by Margaret Pettee Olsen, published in Los Angeles, CA and Takayama, Japan,

1994 Travels Japan, Insight Paintings Project research, published in Los Angeles, CA and Takayama, Japan

1994 Dis-Covering Re-presentation – Recent Paintings by Margaret Pettee Olsen, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

1987  Rhode Island School of Design, Passages – An Installation –site between the RISD Museum and RISD proper (Carr Haus). Grant funded, Rhode Island School of Design.

Group Exhibitions and Projects

2019  Women In Abstraction, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2019  Coming Home,  First Alumni Exhibition, Macy Gallery,  curated by Radiah Harper, Columbia University, TC, New York, NY

2018  Confluence, Goodwin Fine Art, Denver, CO

2018 Made In Colorado, Olga Viso, former Director of the Walker Art Center and former curator for the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, with Cameron Keith Gainer, publisher/artist, refereed, 808 Projects and Emmanuel Gallery, 808 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

2016 Colorado Women in Abstraction, curated by arts writer Michael Paglia, Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO

2013 RISD New Mexico Exhibition, curated by Nathaniel Hesse, ‘A’ Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013 CSArt 2013, curated by David Dadone, Executive Director + Chief Curator of Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Lisa M W Eldred, Director of Exhibitions, Art and Interpretation, Denver Botanic Gardens, Distribution Event at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO and Exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO

2012 Abstract, curated by Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum, Core, Denver, CO

2012 Chauser’s Madonna Project, for Patrick J Hamilton,  Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

2011 New Artists New Work, curated by Trudi Horowitz and Susan Knickle, The St Julien, Boulder,CO

2009 Falling Away Project, for Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio PC Private Art Collection, curated by McGrath & Braun, Denver, CO

2008 Supporting Show, Spark Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2004 Arts in the Environment, sponsored by SCFD, Indian Hills, CO

1997 Travels American southwest, first studio in Denver established

1995 Travels Japan, ‘In-Site’ project,  published in Los Angeles, CA and Takayama, Japan

1995 Printmaking in America, group installation, Columbia University, TC, New York, NY

1994 Spring, Macy Gallery, Columbia University, curated by Mary Hafelli, New York, NY

1993 Independent Artists Biennial, Brooklyn, NY

1992 Oberon Press, Founding director/curator, TriBeCa, New York, NY

1991 Works on the Wall, CBGB’s 313 Gallery, New York, NY

1989 Brand X Editions LTD and Trestle Editions, LTD, printmaker, New York, NY

1988 Brand X Editions LTD and Trestle Editions, LTD, printmaker, New York, NY

Select awards:

Ucross Foundation Fellow,  2019

Rhode island School of Design, Artist Grant 1986

Select Lectures, Art Talks + Art Education

2017 — present, T\LT WEST, on going round table Invitational; “Curators, Collectors, & the shaping of Art History”.  Courtenay Finn, Curator of the Aspen Art Museum, prompter, and other round table discussions.

2017 —  Conversations Series at CVA – Invitational for sustained discussion of contemporary art issues.  Stephanie Grilli, Yale Phd, independent art historian, co-curator of Taos Contemporary, and current advisory board member, prompter. Topic: The Whitney Biennial, and other discussions, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2016-present – Guest Instructor, Boulder School of Fine Art, Boulder, CO

2016 – Artist panel, Colorado Women In Abstraction, moderated by arts writer Michael Paglia, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2015 – Artist talk, File Not Found – Brian Kane and Margaret Pettee Olsen, Gallery EOSS, Providence, RI

2013 – Artist speaker, CSART, Invited and sponsored by The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and The Denver Botanic Gardens, for CSArt Colorado, both venues.

2007-Invited speaker, New England Conference on Gifted and Talented Education, Portland, ME

2004- Artist panel discussion, Art in the Environment, Artist-In-Residence, sponsored by SCFD, Indian Hills, CO

1999-2000 – Guest Instructor, University of Denver, Denver CO

1994-1995 – Instructor, Creative Workshop, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

1992-1994- Guest instructor, Masters candidates, Art & Art Education department, Columbia University, T.C., New York, NY

1990-1992 – Instructor, contributing curriculum writer, Holistic Arts, Brooklyn, NY

1984- The Rhode Island School of Design, Department Heads, David Porter and David Niles, cite the artist as inspiration for new curriculum, “Graphic Form for Illustrators”, allowing artists to work across the departments at RISD, Providence, RI


2018     Paglia, Michael, Review: The Reality of Abstraction at 808 Projects, Relay: Margaret Pettee Olsen, Westword, (A Village Voice publication covering Denver and surrounding) Nov 14th,

2016     Lee, Elizabeth, “Cipher”, Art New England, November 1

2015     Rinaldi, Ray, “Colorado Women In Abstraction Cuts Across History”, The Denver Post, August 12

2015     Froyd, Susan, “Colorado Women In Abstraction”, Westword, (A Village Voice publication covering Denver and surrounding), July 1

2015     Castro, Alexander, “File Not Found, Margaret Pettee Olsen + Brian Kane”, The Providence Journal, November 3

2013     Lewis, Shanna “CSArt Colorado”, Colorado Matters, Buying a share of Art, May 23

2012     Bewkes, Stacey, “More Style…”, Quintessence, Living Well with Style and Substance-blog, April 30

2011     Hamilton, Patrick J, “Artfully Gifted Friends”, Ask Patrick-Interior Insight Ideas and Inspiration-blog, December 16

2004    Staff, John, “Arts In the Environment”, Canyon Courier, November 21


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