About the Artist

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Current and
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The Gift of Art
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Margot McMahon
310 S. Humphrey Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Margot McMahon’s drawings and sculptures are in collections and exhibitions in Tokyo, Guernsey, Paris, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Santa Fe, Cincinnati, Texas, and Connecticut. Her sculptures are in the collections of The Smithsonian, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Botanic Garden and DePaul University. Margot has taught sculpture and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Yale University and Yale University’s Norfolk Summer School. Her video From a Ball of Clay can be ordered from Cinema Guild, NYC. Margot authored the book A Gift of Art, aculmination of her experience teaching art workshops for children in public schools. Margot has been a board member of Chicago National Museum of Women in the Arts, Chicago Sculpture International and the Oak Park Area Arts Council. She is a founder of Village of Oak Park’s Public Art Advisory Commission, Ragdale Foundation’s Cornerstone Fund and Yale Alumni Art League. Margot serves on the Board of Directors for Ragdale, The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Yale Chicago and is President of Yale Women Chicago.

Selected Permanent Installations

Gwendolyn Brooks: The Oracle of Bronzeville Monument, Brooks Park, Chicago, IL
Ecosystem No 1, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
Peace and Justice, Peace Park of Lincoln Park and Soka Gakkai International both in Chicago, Illinois
Fr. John Egan, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
St. Patrick Church, Lake Forest, Illinois
John D. MacArthur State Park, North Palm Beach Florida
Just Plain Hardworking John Egan Urban Center, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Hope, Peace and Wonder, William Beye School, Oak Park, Illinois
Mother and Child St. Mary's School, Lake Forest, Illinois
Lois and Baby Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Steans, Englewood, Florida
Fables of Our Time Highwood Public Library, Illinois
Boy Gardener Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe Illinois
The Reader Northfield Public Library, Northfield, Illinois

Selected Exhibitions (Solo)
2022 Coral, Shells and Ernest, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, Illinois
2018 Resist! Oak Park Art League, Lake Forest History Center, Lake Forest, Illinois
2017 Cultural Families, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
2016 Farewell to Arms, Oak Park Art League Invitational Artifact Residency
2014-2015  Forms of Nature, Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park, Illinois
2003  A Sense of Community, Village of Oak Park, Illinois
1997  The Land, Prairie Crossing, Grayslake , Illinois
1994  Drawings and Sculptures Women's Art Gallery YWCA Cincinnati, Ohio
         Joseph Shapiro Gallery, Oak Park Public Library, Illinois
1991  Objects of Myth Sazama Gallery Chicago, Illinois
1990  Gallery 1616, Chicago, Illinois
1989  New Works Neville-Sargent Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1988  Sculpture Garden Navy Pier Lakeside Group Exhibition
1985  College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois
1984  SCLPTR Thesis Exhibition Yale University, New Haven Connecticut

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Selected Exhibitions (Group)
2022   Koehnline Museum , Oakton Community College, DesPlaines, Illinois
          Betwixt, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, Illinois
          Mac and Irene, Lake Forest Library, Lake Forest, Illinois
          Ripple Effect, Arts Club of Chicago, Artist Member Exhibition, Chicago Illinois
2019   Terrain Biennial International
          Art Parks, Guernsey, UK
          Chicago Sculpture International, Indiana
2018   Peer, Arts Club of Chicago Members Exhibition, Chicago Illinois
          Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago Illinois
          Art Parks , Guernsey, UK
2017   Cultural Center Exhibition, Lincoln Park, Chicago Park District, Illinois
          Hawk and Dove, Krasl Biennial , St.Joseph, Michigan
          Mother and Child, ArtParks, Guernsey, UK
2016  Arts Club of Chicago Artist Member Exhibition
         Perch, Preen, Brauer Museum, Valparaiso, Indiana
         “Checkmate” woodblock, Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Chicago, IL
         “Checkmate” woodblock, “Disapearing Cheshire”, Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL
         Hawk and Dove, Krasl Biennial , St. Joseph, Michigan
         Prey, Krasl Art Center, St, Joseph Michigan
         Farewell to Arms, Invitational Residency, Oak Park Art League, IL
         Graze, Terrain, Oak Park, IL
         Art Parks, Guernsey, UK
         Stones, Irene,  Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2015 “Nature in Motion”, Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago, Illinois
         Chicago Tree Project Checkmate and Flock, Chicago Park District, Illinois
         Art Park, Guernsey, United Kingdom
         R4, Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford, IL
         Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois
         Oak Park Sculpturewalk, Oak Park, Illinois
         Redux Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, Illinois
         Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illnois
         Art Rapids, Sculpturewalk, Elk Rapids Michigan
         Stones, Ragdale, Lake Forest, Illinois
2014 Arts Club of Chicago
        Perch, Evanston Art Center, Sheridan Road at Central, Evanston, Illinois
        Grandmother and Baby, Artparks Sculpture Park, Bailiwick of Guernsey, UK
        Enlighten, Sculpture Walk, Elk Rapids, Michigan
        Hawk and Dove, St. Mary’s Park, St. Charles, Illinois
        Perch, Preen, Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
        Biennial Invitational Exhibition, Cashiers North Carolina
        Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago Illinois
        ArtParkS, St. Martin, Guernsey, Great Britain
        Art Rapids, Elk Rapids, Michigan
2013 Chicago Sculpture International: 1) Cliffdwellers, 2)Bridgeport Art Center
        Art Walk 2013, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2012–2013 Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2012 St. Mary’s Park, St. Charles, Illinois
2012–2013 International Sculpture Center Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois
2012 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois
2012 Oak Park Sculpture Walk, Oak Park, Illinois
2012 Small Sculptures Exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
2011 Arts Club of Chicago member’s Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois
         Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
2010 Art Loop Open, Chicago, Illinois
2009 Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, Illinois
2008-09  Lake County Museum, Wauconda, Illinois
2007-08  Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative, Chicago, Illinois
2007 Franklin/Margot McMahon, Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois
2006-07 Ragdale 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Il
2004-2005 Lincoln Park Initiative, Chicago, Illinois
2004  Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
2003  Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois
2000-02 William DeBilzan Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
         Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois
1999  William DeBilzan Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
         Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1999-2002  Gallery McMahon, Lake Forest, Illinois
1998  Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
        Ragdale, Lake Forest, Illinois
1996  Northern Indiana Arts Association, Munster Indiana
1995  Struve Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
        Just Plain Hardworking, John Egan Center, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
        Beacon Street Gallery, Geneva, Illinois
1994  Members Exhibition Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois
        Benjamin Beattie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
        Members Exhibition Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois
        Peace Museum, Chicago, Illinois
1993 Just Good Art Hyde Park Art Center
        Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
        Sazama Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1992 New Acquisitions, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
1991 Sazama Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1990 Just Plain Hardworking Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois
1987-88 These Hands Have Done Alot, Highwood and Highland Park, Illinois
1985 Limelight, Chicago, Illinois
        eads Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1983-82 Yale University, New Haven Connecticut

2022  Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award: If Trees Could Talk (IWPA)
2020  Mate E. Palmer First Place Book Award from the Illinois Women's Press Association
         for The Fifth Season
2019  Service Award for the Chicago Tree Project from Illinois Women's Press Association
2010  Peace and Culture Award, Soka Gakkai International, Tokyo, Japan
2000  Rose Philippine Duchesne Society Annual Award, Barat College, Lake Forest, Illinois
1995 & 2000 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois
1991  Alex B. Hexter Award - National Sculpture Society, New York, New York
1989  Retirement Research Foundation Grant, Chicago, Illinois
1982-84 Yale University Scholarship, New Haven, Connecticut
1983  Yale Summer School of Art Teacher, Norfolk, Connecticut
1979  Aliza A. Drew Fine Arts Award, Hamline University, Saint Paul, Minnesota

1984  Yale University, Master of Fine Arts Degree
         Fellow-Timothy Dwight College
1979  Hamline University, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Academic Honors

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Art Experience
2017-19 Board Member: Chicago Sculpture International, Yale Chicago, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame,
         Ragdale Foundtion, President: Yale Women Chicago, Chicago, Chicago Literary Club, committee
2015-16 Board Member: Yale Chicago
         Delegate at Large: Association of Yale Alumni
         President: Yale Women Chicago
         Vice President: Chicago Sculpture International
2013-14 Board Member, Chicago Sculpture International
        Board Member Yale Women/Chicago 2012
        Committee Member Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Committee
2002-2006 Commissioner: Village of Oak Park, Public Art Advisory Commission
2000-03 Committee member: National Museum of Women in the Arts, IL Committee
1998-2006 Board of Directors Member, Oak Park Area Arts Council, Oak Park, Illinois
1998-Present Ragdale Foundation, Cornerstone Scholarship Committee, Lake Forest, Illinois
2002-2004  Commissioner: Village of Oak Park, Public Art Advisory Commission
2000-03  Committee member: National Museum of Women in the Arts, IL Committee
1999-2004  Board of Directors Member, Oak Park Area Arts Council, Oak Park, Illinois
1998  Lecturer, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
1986-1989  Sculpture Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
1982-1984  Teaching Assistant, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut
1978   Sculpture Assistant, Hamline University, St. Paul Minnesota

2022   Chicago Sculpture Trolley Tour 19th Century Club
          Chicago Public Library, A Chicago Aviation History
          Winnetka Public Library, Finding Untold Stories
          Lake Forest Library, The Luster of Things Gifted
2019   Sculpture Inside and Out, 19th Century Club, Oak Park, Illinois
          1968 Happened, Chicago Literary Club, Cliffdwellers, Chicago, Illinois
          The Oracle of Bronzeville: Making Gwendolyn Brooks, Little Black Pearl, Chicago, Illinois
2017   Sculpture Inside and Out, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Chicago Illinois
          Sculpture Around Town, Tree Project Trolley Tour
          Brooks’ Bronzeville, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, IL
2016  Careers in Art Panel, Yale Alumni Art League, New Haven CT
         Gift of Art Workshops, Chapel Haven, New Haven CT,
         Oak Park Art League, Evanston Art Center, Ragdale Foundation, Earth Fest,
         Oak Park Public Library, Illinois
2015  Basel Miami, Multiculturalism in Fine Art, Yale Alumni Art League Panel
         Balance /Unbalance, Chicago Tree Project video Phoenix Arizona
         Chicago Tree Project, Oak Park Library September
         From a Ball of Clay, Oak Park Conservatory.
         Chicago Tree Project Trolley Tour, Oak Park Art League
2014  Yale Club Chicago, “Chicago Sculpture International Trolley Tour”
2013 Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Sculpture International panel
2012 International Sculpture Center Conference; Art/Science panel
        Lewis University, Illinois
2010 Soka Gakkai International, Chicago, Illinois
2008 Chicago Tonight WTTW, Fermilab exhibition
2007 Oak Park Area Arts Council Artists' Lecture Series, Oak Park, Illinois
2007 Chicago Cultural Center, Ragdale 20th Anniversary Lecture
2000  Illinois State Museum, Springfield Illinois "From a Ball of Clay" video (Cinema Guild)
2000  Barat College, Lake Forest, Illinois
1998  Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, Highland Park, Illinois
1996  Visiting Artist, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
         Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Charles, Illinois
1995  Visiting Artist, Saint Xavier College, Chicago, Illinois
1992  Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
1991  WTTW-Channel 11 Just Plain Hardworking Documentary, Chicago, Illinois
1990  WBBM News, Father and Child City of Homewood  
         Channel Five, Twelve and Seven News, Palm Beach Florida
1989  WLS News Just Plain Hardworking at the Chicago Historical Society
         Passport to Chicago; The Artists of Just Plain Hardworking Chicago, Illinois
         WBBM News Sculpting Just Plain Hardworking
1988  Lifestyle Cablevision Art of Margot McMahon
1987  These Hands Have Done Alot, Italian American Historical Association, Chicago, Illinois
         Visiting Artist, Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Illinois
1986  The Fondu Finish videotape

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2018  Gwendolyn Brooks Park Monument Chicago Tribune June 7, Sun-Times, The Defender, WTTW, 2016  Chicago Tribune, July 7 Oak Leaves
2015  Angies List Chicago Magazine
         Chicago Tribune, June
         Wednesday Journal, June
         CBS-2 June
         CBS-2 news  11/11/14
2012-13 Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor exhibition catalog
2010 World Tribune, Peace and Culture Award, Tokyo Japan
2006 Wednesday Journal, Jan 4th, "Julian students cuddle up to an art project"
        Chicago Journal, January 19, "Beatifying in bronze"
2005 Oak Leaves, October 19th, "Julian Students create atrium art"
1999-11 Who's Who of American Women
2004  Wednesday Journal, March 31, "The Good Priest"
         The Catholic New World, March 28 "DePaul Sculpture recalls Msgr. Egan"
         Chicago Tribune, February 19, Standing Tall for Social Justice in City
2003  Chicago Sun Times May 12 "Oak Park Artist erecting monument to a giant of a man"
2000  Wednesday Journal Dec. 6 "The Portrait of The Artist"
1999-04Who's Who of American Women
1998  The New World Jan 30 "Growing in Faith"
1995  Chicago Sun Times,Page 12, February 16 Egan Center Honors a Legend , Chicago, IL
1990  The Star, July 8, 1990 Sculpting Formation, Homewood, Illinois
         The Economist, Making Father and Child in Homewood, Illinois
         Palm Beach Daily News, March 25, Unveiling John D.. MacArthur, Palm Beach, Florida
         Palm Beach Post, March 8, Palm Beach, Florida
         Palm Beach Society, March 26, Palm Beach, Florida
         New Art Examiner, March, Chicago, Illinois
1989  Sculpture International Just Plain Hardworking, Washington D.C.
         Chicago Tribune, July 26, Tempo, The Chicago Ten, Chicago, Illinois
         North Shore Magazine, July, Wilmette, Illinois  
         The Reader, Artists and Residents, June 23 Calendar, Chicago, Illinois
1989  Highland Park News, May Fables of Our Time , Highland Park, Illinois
1988  Chicago Sun Times, Festival at Navy Pier May 27, Chicago, Illinois
1987  The Reader, Neighborhood News,These Hands Have Done Alot, September , Chicago, IL
         North Shore Magazine, One Magnificent Square Mile August, Wilmette, Illinois
         Chicago Tribune, The Hands of Highwood, June 19, Chicago, Illinois
         Highland Park News, Art to Keep Legacy Alive April, Highland Park, Illinois
         Fra Noi, Exhibit Displays...Immigrant May, Chicago, Illinois
         Chicago Tribune, Portrait Artist February Tempo, Chicago, Illinois
         North Shore Magazine, Portrait Artist March, Wilmette, Illinois
1985  News Voice, Eight Artists... August, Lake Forest, Illinois
         New Art Examiner, April, Chicago, Illinois
1982  Lake Forester, Library Sculpture November, Lake Forest, Illinois
         Winnetka News, Library Sculpture in Memory October, Winnetka, Illinois
1981-89 World Book Encyclopedia, Clay, Chicago, Illinois


The figure and organic form interpreted in geometric rhythms are what Margot McMahon models in clay and casts in metal and concrete, welds in steel or carves in stone. Her work is a rhythm of lights and shadows playing over textured surfaces of forms which refer to the every person as the hero. She has been called the Studs Terkel of the Sculpting world for her humanistic interpretations. Captured in seated poses or walking stances, her forms speak to us of both the endurance and the fragile nature of the human spirit. A lifelong environmentalist, McMahon views the human form as one with nature and creates symbols of this concept. Public sculpture commissions and museum and gallery exhibitions have been the core of Margot's work as an artist. She has exhibited her drawings and sculptures in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C, Sante Fe, Cincinnati and Connecticut. The Smithsonian, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago Historical Society, the Chicago Horticultural Society and Botanic Gardens, and Yale University have her sculptures in their collections. Besides Chicago area collections her sculptures and drawings are included in private collections in New York, Florida, London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. When working on a public commission, Margot enjoys the process of 1) responding to a community; 2) researching the concepts of the sculpture; 3) intuitively interpreting the site; and 4) creating an informed and intuitive humanistic and expressive interpretation of the concept. Margot McMahon has taught sculpting and drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, Yale University's Norfolk Summer School and assistant taught at Yale University while earning her MFA. She has been a board member of the Oak Park Area Arts Council and a founding commissioner on the Village of Oak Park Public Art Advisory Commission and contributes on a committee of the Ragdale Foundation.

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