Margie Crisp Prints

Margie Crisp Prints

MARGIE CRISP (b. 1960)

Originally from New Orleans, Margie Crisp resides in Elgin, just east of Austin, with her husband and fellow artist William Montgomery.

An award-winning author, Crisp divides her time between writing and creating art. Currently her primary mediums are egg tempera paintings on panel (often embellished with 24k gold leaf) and printmaking including linocuts and lithographs. She finds working in the traditional medium of egg tempera a meditative process and enjoys working with the dry pigments, mixing in egg yolk to produce the quick-drying and durable paint.

While birds are one of the primary subjects in her art, she does not consider herself a bird artist. She explains that birds are prevalent, abundant, and familiar. They inhabit the same spaces as people and are bold enough to confront them. She feels that the moment of communion between species compels her to repeatedly draw, paint, and print birds.

Crisp describes her own work as grounded in reality: the particular, the focused, the well-observed, or the specifically-imagined.

Selected Biographical and Career Highlights

  • 1960 Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1984 Associate of Applied Science in Commercial Art and Advertising Design, with High Honors, Southwestern Technical College, Sylva, North Carolina
  • 1991 BFA, with High Honors, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2009 Writer in Residence, Thinking Like a Mountain Foundation, Ft. Davis
  • 2011 Artist in Residence, Madroño Ranch, Medina
  • 2012 Published River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado, Texas A&M University Press
  • 2012 Ron Tyler Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture, presented by Texas State Historical Association
  • 2012 Carr P. Collins Award for Best Book of Non-Fiction, Texas Institute of Letters
  • Resides in Elgin, Texas

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1989 Intimate Images: Small Works on Paper, St. Edward’s University, Austin
  • 1995 Counterpoint 1995, Edd R. Turner Memorial Award, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram
  • 1995 Art At Large: Billboard Art Competition, one of three winners, Austin Visual Arts Association, Austin
  • 1995 Third Biennial Gulf of Mexico Symposium Juried Art Show, Honorable Mention, Art Center of Corpus Christi
  • 1996 In the Garden: Katherine Brimberry and Margie Crisp, Flatbed Press, Austin
  • 1996 Southwest ’96, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1997 Contemporary Views: Images of Land and Nature—Diane Grammer, Margie Crisp, Stacey Erickson, and Gordon Fowler, Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine
  • 1997 New Lines, Women Printmakers of Austin, St. Edward’s University, Austin
  • 1998 Art School Faculty Exhibition, Austin Museum of Art, Austin
  • 1998 National Works on Paper, University of Texas at Tyler
  • 2002 People, Places and Things, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Austin Museum of Art, Austin
  • 2003 North American Print Biennial, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2004 Gardens, Real and Imagined, Austin Museum of Art, Driscoll Villa, Austin
  • 2005 The Print Show, Maryland Federation of Art City Gallery, Baltimore
  • 2007 Betty MacDonald, Foust, and Margie Crisp, Migration, A Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 2008 Art, Science and the World Around Us, Art Center Waco
  • 2011 Perspective Influences Perception, Artwork from the Airport’s Collection, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix
  • 2011 Fresh & Salty, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth
  • 2012 River of Contrasts: Artwork of the Texas Colorado River by Margie Crisp, Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin
  • 2012 River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado, Solo, Taste Wine & Art, Johnson City
  • 2012 River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado, Solo, Art Center of Waco
  • 2012 Restless Heart: Early and Contemporary Texas Regionalism, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
  • 2013 Margie Crisp: Art of the Texas Colorado River, Solo, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin
  • 2013 Wings & Wheels, Artwork from the Airport’s Collection, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2013 Holidays at the Haley, Haley Memorial Library, Midland
  • 2014 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas
  • 2015 Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring
  • 2015 Ties that Bind: Contemporary Texas Regionalism, Turner House, Dallas

Selected Public Collections

  • Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi
  • Austin Museum of Art, Austin
  • Grace Museum, Abilene
  • Phoenix Arts Commission, Print Collection, Phoenix, Arizona
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler
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