Margaret Pettee Olsen

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


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

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

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


Selected Awards and Residencies

Residency with Michael David, M. David & Co., Brooklyn, NY, 2020

Ucross Foundation Fellow, 2019

Rhode Island School of Design, Artist Grant, 1986


Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions and Projects

2021    Gibson Contemporary, From The Drawer – On Line – Margaret Pettee Olsen + Chris Coffin,  New York, NY 

2018    808 Projects, Relay: Paintings by Margaret Pettee Olsen, exhibition extended into 2019, curated by Stephanie Grilli, Denver, CO

2017    Gallery EOSS, Cypher, Paintings by Margaret Pettee Olsen, Providence, RI 

2015    Gallery EEOS, File Not Found, Margaret Pettee Olsen + Brian Kane, two solo exhibitions guest-curated by Alexander Castro, Providence, RI

2013    Summit, Projection Installation pop-up, Rochester, NY

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

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

2005    Project for McGrath&Braun, Denver, CO

2003    Public Installation, Art in the Environment Project with Margaret Pettee Olsen, sponsored by Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Indian Hills, CO, 

2000    A Million Summer Mornings, Paintings for Poetry Project, published in Los Angeles, CA

1997    In-site Paintings Project, by Margaret Pettee Olsen, published in Los Angeles, CA

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

1986    Rhode Island School of Design, Passages – An Installation, Grant funded by the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects

2021    M. David&Co.  Yellow Chair + Friends, 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Truro Center for the Arts, Brooklyn, New York – on Artsy

2021    M. David&Co. Abstraction Now – A Virtual Exhibition, Selections From the Yellow Chair Salon, curated by Michael David, Brooklyn, NY with the Truro Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA

2021    Macy Gallery, Columbia University, Celebrating Bridges, curated by Dr. Razia Sadik, New York, NY 

2019    The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, Colorado Abstract +10, curated by Collin Parson, Arvada, CO2019 

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

2019    Macy Gallery, Coming Home, curated by Radiah Harper, Columbia University, New York, NY

2018    Goodwin Fine Art, Confluence, Denver, CO

2018    The Emmanuel Gallery concurrent with 808 Projects, Made In Colorado, Project lead, Olga Viso, and Cameron Keith Gainer, Denver, CO

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

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

2013    BMOCA + DBG, CSArt, curated by David Dadone, Executive Director + Chief Curator of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Lisa M W Eldred, Director of Exhibitions, Art and Interpretation, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Colorado

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

2011    Metropolitan Pavilion, Chaucer’s Madonna Project, for Patrick J Hamilton, New York, NY

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

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

2008    Spark Gallery, Supporting Show, Denver, Colorado

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

1997    Travels American southwest, the first studio in Denver established

1995    Travels Japan, For In-Site Project, published in Los Angeles, CA

1995    Columbia University, TC, Printmaking in America Project, New York, NY

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

1993    Independent Artists Biennial, Brooklyn, NY

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


Presentations, Lectures + Arts Advocacy


Present   T\LT WEST, ongoing round table Invitational; “Curators, Collectors, & the shaping of Art History”. Courtenay Finn, Curator of the Aspen Art Museum, prompter, and others.


2020    Conversations Series, Invited to a sustained discussion of contemporary art issues. Stephanie Grilli, Ph.D., Yale, independent art historian, co-curator of Taos Contemporary, and advisory board member, prompter, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2016    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.

2004    Artist panel discussion, “Art in the Environment, Artist-In-Residence”, sponsored by Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Indian Hills, CO

1995    Instructor, Creative Workshop, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

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



2019    Paglia, Michael, Review, Six Women take Separate Paths to an Impressive Show at Havu, Westword,  (A Village Voice publication, 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, 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, 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 302011  Hamilton, Patrick J, “Artfully Gifted Friends…”, Ask Patrick, December 16

2009    Michael Paglia, “Supporting Show”, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO, July 22  

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


Margaret Pettee Olsen has been collected both naionally and internationally.  Below is a list of selected private collections. 

Selected Collections

The Rhode Island School of Design

Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio Public Art Collection

The Private Collection of Mark Kostabi

The Private Collection of Martin Johnson

The David and Annette Raddock Collection

The Private Collection of Jina Brenneman

The private collection of Dominic Sekich

Ralph Nagel of the Nagel Hall Art Collection


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