Margaret Curtis (b.1965, Bermuda) is a feminist artist whose exuberantly painted, multi-layered narrative paintings address power dynamics on both the individual and societal level. She is currently an inaugural recipient of the 2021-2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, and recent finalist for the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting. Curtis graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University, received her BFA from The Atlanta College of Art, and attended the Yale/Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art. Her work first gained recognition in Marcia Tucker’s groundbreaking Bad Girls exhibition at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, in 1994. Since then, Curtis has shown at P.P.O.W., The Brooklyn Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Wexner Center, and The Mint Museum, among others. Recent solo exhibits include: The Florence Museum of Art, Florence, SC (2022), Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC (2020,2023), and The Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC (2014). Group exhibitions of note include Appalachia Now (2019), Rebel/Re-Belle: Exploring Gender, Agency, and Identity (2022), and Too Much is Just Right (2023) at the Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; Start Talking (2022) at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; and Re:Representation (2021) at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
Reviews and features of Curtis’ work have appeared in Art Forum, The New York Times, Harper’s, Oxford American, Art in America, Art News, Modern Painters, Interview, New Art Examiner, and other national publications. Her work is in permanent collections throughout the United States. Curtis splits her time between North Carolina and New Mexico, and is represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, NC.