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


Select 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 Stephanie Grilli, art historian, PhD Yale, 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  projection installation, pop-up, Rochester, NY

2010  Occlusions, recent work by Margaret Pettee Olsen, Invited by 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

20032004  Art in the Environment Project with Margaret Pettee Olsen, Indian Hills, CO, sponsor awarded 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  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  Passages – An Installation, Rhode Island School of Design,  site between the RISD Museum and RISD proper (Carr Haus). Grant funded, Rhode Island School of Design.


Group Exhibitions and Projects

2019  Colorado Abstract, The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, curated by Collin Parson, Arvada, CO

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

2019  Coming Home, 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, led project, 808 Projects and the Emmanuel Gallery, 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, Artist-In-Residence, 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 others.

2017 — present, Conversations Series, Invited to sustained discussion of contemporary art issues.  Stephanie Grilli, PhD, Yale, independent art historian, co-curator of Taos Contemporary, and current advisory board member, prompter. Topic: The Whitney Biennial, and other topics, 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 speaker, 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.

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

2004  Artist panel discussion, Art in the Environment, Artist-In-Residence, sponsored by Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, 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 disciplines at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI



2019  Paglia, Michael, Review, Six Women take Separate Paths to an Impressive Show at Havu, Westword,  (A Village Voice publication covering Denver and surrounding) July 3

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, December 16

2009  Michael Paglia, “Spring Supporting Show”, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO, July  

2004  Staff, “Arts In the Environment”, Canyon Courier, November, 2,  2006


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