Visiting Artist Lecture with Maggie Evans

Thursday, April 09, 1:00 PM

Venue: ATC 3.605

Ticket: Free

Maggie Evans was born in Denton, Texas in 1980. She graduated from Utah State University with a BFA in Illustration in 2003 and received an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008.

Maggie’s work is included in many public and private collections throughout the United States, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. She was awarded a China Government Scholarship in 2011, a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center in 2008 and a Graduate Fellows Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2005. Maggie has had ten solo exhibitions. Her work has been included in over fifty juried and invitational group shows and has earned numerous placement awards. In addition to her work as an artist, she teaches adjunct in the Department of Foundation Studies at SCAD and performs regularly as a jazz bassist and vocalist.

Maggie currently divides her time between Savannah, Georgia and Hangzhou, China. Her work is represented by Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia and J. Costello Gallery in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Artist Statement

My artwork creates spaces where humanity may be examined from a broad, universal perspective. Rather than focusing on individual identities I explore intrinsic human psychologies that transcend cultural and geographic boundaries. My current series examines the human compulsion to create social hierarchies. This work began as graphite drawings on rice paper while I was conducting a year long artist residency in Hangzhou, China. Recently I translated the drawings into site-specific

Both drawings and installations use the imagery of hundreds of identical chairs carefully arranged in hierarchical compositions. The installation pieces are created from urethane plastic chairs. Each chair measures 7”x3.5”x3” and is cast individually from molds created using a 3-d printer. The traditional drawings and contemporary installation media work together to emphasize the timeless persistence of the human need for a leader, the desire to be part of a group, and the social divisions and hierarchies that result.

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