Episode Forty-Two features figurative Margaret Bowland. She creates work that confronts contemporary issues of identity through probing and deeply personal pictures that question Western societal expectations of gender, race, power, and beauty. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York for more than 25 years, creating spellbinding and psychologically charged paintings and pastels that explore contentious subject-matter while affirming the resilience and fierceness of humanity. Margaret Bowland’s work is included in many important private and public collections including The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL. In 2009, she received major recognition as the People’s Choice Award Winner in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 2011, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC featured the solo exhibition, Margaret Bowland: Excerpts from the Great American Songbook. In 2014, Bowland was awarded the Florence Gaskins Harper Chair in Art Education at the Maryland Institute and College of the Arts. Bowland is currently an adjunct faculty member at the New York Academy of Art where she has taught painting for over ten years. Her solo exhibition, Margaret Bowland: Painting The Rose Red, was on view at Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh in North Carolina in 2018.
Margaret Bowland is working with the Jenkins Johnson Gallery and Dexter Wimberly, an independent curator and entrepreneur who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world.