ABOUT

ABOUT

Margaret Carsello is an interdisciplinary working in Chicago. She connects her practice to converging themes around the complexities of identity and belonging in the intersections of family, memory, place, and digital culture. Margaret’s artistic process is shaped by her personal experiences and observations in the everyday, public, private and domestic spaces.Within this context,she imagines new ways to embody relational and unexpected narratives through structured forms, materials, and performance. 

Margaret Carsello received a MFA from Vermont College in Contemporary Art Practices, a MA in Art and Design Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA in Visual Communication. She currently teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Contemporary Practices Program.  

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2019  The Tourist Project- Solo Show- Hinsdale Library, Hinsdale IL

2018  Site Specific Investigations - Cooper Creek Michigan 

2017 Connections: Selfie Citizenship, Pop Up Show, Opera House, Woodstock, IL

2016 Here, There and Everywhere, Beijing China

2016 Alumni Show, Vermont College of Fine Art, Chicago, IL

2014  Evanston Biennale, Evanston Art Center, IL
          Ginger House Installation +  Maiden, Matron, Crone /Video Performance

2013  FIRST, One-minute video addressing the notion of First Experiences. Curator
          Hunger Mountain Productions

2012 Indulge, “1000 Hours, 1000 Pound Cakes” , Water Street Studios, Batavia, IL      

          1000 Hours, 1000 Cakes, Graduate Show, Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier

          Balancing Act, Hinsdale Library, Hinsdale, IL / Curator and Exhibitor

2011 Abstraction, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010  Full House, Group show, Hinsdale, IL / Curator and Exhibitor

          While In Class, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 South of the Border, Women Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

          Progressions, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008 Winter Solstice Show, Tall Grass Gallery, Lemont, IL,

          Picturing Mary, Orleans Street Gallery, St. Charles, IL

2007 Bare Walls, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2004  My Way, San Francisco State University Digital Center Exhibition

PUBLICATIONS

2008  Communication Illustration Annual, Digital Media

2006  Featured in New Ideas in Digital Media, Step-by-Step Electronics Publication, Nov. Vol. 22

2004  Featured in Digital Artist in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Extras

          Featured Top 50 Digital Artist Today, Step-by-Step Electronic Design Techniques, 2004

2003 Featured in Innovation and the Digital Image, Kodak Digital Gallery, Camden Maine

2002  Featured in Collage and Digital Art, Step-by-Step Electronic Publication, Nov. V11

2001  Featured in Step-by-Step Electronic Publication, Featured in September, Vol. 9

2000  Featured in Highlighting Digital Artists, Adobe Systems. Featured in Photoshop 5.0 

1995  Featured in Step-by-Step Electronic Publication, Featured in October, 1995

1995  Featured in Step-by-Step Electronic Publication Japan, Featured in December 1995

1993  Communication Arts, Published Portfolio, November 1993 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2010- 2019   Board of Directors, Hinsdale Library Art Commission
2015    Hinsdale Library, Curator “Up Close and Personal”
2011    Curator, Balancing Act, Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL 

DESIGN AWARDS

2010 Creativity 40 Annual Awards, Honorable Mention

Hillary Clinton Backdrops at Conference Stage, AIPAC 2010

2009 Award of Excellence- Associated Church Press Cover Illustration for Magazine Publication,

2008 Summit Creative Awards, Silver Award, Cover Illustration for Book Publication,

2007 MacWorld Conference, Gold Award, Logo + Collateral Materials for Conference

2006 Business Marketing Association, Gold Award Illustrations for Ad Campaign for Follett Software,

DESIGN PUBLICATIONS:

2006 Featured in New Ideas in Digital Media, Step-by-Step Electronics Publication, Nov. Vol. 22

2004 Featured in Digital Artist in Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Extras Featured in Top 50 Digital Artist Today, Step-by-Step Electronic Design Techniques, 2004

2003 Featured in Innovation and the Digital Image, Kodak Digital Gallery, Camden Maine

2002 Featured in Collage and Digital Art, Step-by-Step Electronic Publication, Nov. V11

2001 Featured in Step-by-Step Electronic Publication, Featured in September, Vol. 9

2000 Featured in Highlighting Digital Artists, Adobe Systems. Featured in Photoshop 5.0

ACADEMIC WRITINGS:

2012 Vermont College of Fine Arts Dissertation, Process Paper: Sifting Shimmers

2010 NIU, Thesis: Imagining Ourselves: Re-Think, Re-Imagine,

Re-Invent Identity through Global Visual Culture Curriculum

2009 SAIC, Thesis: Traditions and Transitions: Visual Cultural in a Global Market