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Margaret Cogswell

‘Wyoming River Fugues’, Margaret Cogswell, 2012, installation, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming.

Margaret Cogswell is a mixed-media installation artist residing in New York. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she was raised in Japan where she lived until she was 13 years old. Cogswell received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Master in Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Since 2003, Cogswell’s longtime interest in “place” has expanded to focus on an ongoing series of research-based RIVER FUGUES projects that explore “place” through the history of rivers, and the interdependency of the life of people, industry and rivers. Inevitably, these projects have also come to address the increasingly politicized role of water. RIVER FUGUES projects have been commissioned and exhibited in museums and art centers nationally and internationally.

Cogswell is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2009. Other awards include grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2017-18, 1987, 1991), the New York Foundation for the Arts (2007,1993), and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grant (2014).

For more information:

‘Hudson Weather Fugues’, Margaret Cogswell, 2005, site-specific installation for Meteorologic Phenomena exhibition, Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill — Bronx, New York.
‘Memento Mori’, Margaret Cogswell, 1993, straw, hair, rope, tar, plaster, steel mesh, beeswax, salt.


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