Margy Stover

Biography: 

Margy Stover is an artist and arts educator with extensive experience working with community-based arts organizations and collaborating with teachers and facilitating arts integrated curriculum in Chicago Public Schools. She has worked with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Beacon Street Gallery, Gallery 37, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, Lakeview Education and Arts Partnership, and Arts at the Center/Northeastern University’s Chicago Teachers’ Center. She is the recipient of several awards, including two Department of Cultural Affairs Community Arts Assistance program grants. Currently, she is faculty at the Chicago Academy for the Arts Preparatory High School. Her artwork and collaborative projects have been exhibited in both established and itinerant venues. She has a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from the University of Buffalo.

Artistic Statement: 

My goal is to help students to realize that thinking is fun, powerful, and important. My artwork, like many of the projects and programs I have facilitated, explores our built environment. Investigating architecture, real or imagined, allows students to realize the immediate, real world applications of their core curriculum. I like to pursue projects that stem from students' own questions about their environments and that combine media such as painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Art projects that use our easily-overlooked, routine surroundings foster students’ critical and creative thinking skills. Such projects take the students beyond the classroom and enable them to apply these skills in unanticipated and important ways, challenging them to rethink the ordinary and the everyday.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist