Wharton “deconstructed, reconstructed and reimagined everyday objects to make works of art."
Wharton “deconstructed, reconstructed and reimagined everyday objects to make works of art."
February 20

Chicago Tribune Remembers Artist and Alumna Margaret Wharton

On February 12, the Chicago Tribune remembered the life of artist and alumna Margaret Wharton (MFA 1975). "Margaret was a consummate artist who envisioned everyday items—frequently wooden kitchen chairs—as having another life," says SAIC’s Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies Mary Jane Jacob. "She worked with phenomenal skill and imagination, enabling things we know well to be magically reborn." Wharton's works are included in collections at a number of US museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. In the early 70s, she played an instrumental role in the founding of Chicago’s Artemisia Cooperative Gallery, established exclusively for female artists.