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Artist Statement

“What does Light talk about? I asked a plant that once. It said, ‘I am not sure, but it makes me grow’"

– Thomas Aquinas, 1225 – 1274

Oak trees know. Their roots graft into one flesh so they may share mutual sustenance, benefiting the community as a whole. When one tree is in need, the healthy ones direct their energy in support. This light-giving flow has enabled life to thrive for eons.

Inherent potential realized moves everything, even light itself. It certainly moves me. My work is a response to this light. The interdependent forms and projects grow in a continuous heliotropic adventure, energized with every opportunity.

Marguerita Hagan is a ceramic sculptor based in Philadelphia. She is an advocate for the thriving of all life in mutually sustainable communities and environments. The concept of interdependence plays throughout her sculpture, teaching and community arts.

Recent work abstracts the elements of marine life from microscopic primary producers to coral reef ecosystems and beyond. The intricate ceramic forms shine light on the wonder and respect for the delicate, diverse and mostly little known life of the sea with which our lives are intrinsically linked. Hagan’s practice is an ongoing discovery, magnifying our reciprocal responsibility within the architecture of these vital gifts. She exhibits and lectures nationally and internationally.


MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

BFA, Ceramics, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, Art Honors Award, Magna Cum Laude


2019 & 18: Alternative Healing Project with Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice, Drexel University, Philadelphia

2018: Art Residency at The College of New Jersey, curator Margaret Pezalla-Granlund

2018: Westtown Friends Lower School Art Residency - Primary Artists: Primary Producers Permanent Installation

2017,16,11,10: NewCourtland Artist Fellowship, Intergenerational: university students & senior NC residents

2017-15: Print Center Artist in Schools Residency, NE High School ceramics students & teacher H. Thompson

2016: Art Partners Residency & Exhibit, Philadelphia Museum of Art: Adaire A. Elementary School, Habitat Project

2016-15: Delphi Art Futures Residency & Exhibit, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Monet & Magritte Awards

2015-14: Landlab Residency, Schuylkill Center Environmental Educ, Remediation, Education & Installation:CCD

2012-11: Delphi Art Futures Residency & Exhibit, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brancusi & 1st Place Awards


2019: Visiting Artist, Art & Science Integration, Graduate Program, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

2019: Presentation & Panel Discussion: Springs Eternal: Art, Water & Change Exhibit, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

2018: Coral Reef Ecosystem Panelist, American Geophysical Union Conference, Washington D.C.

2018: Guest Lecture, ArtistSpeak, Community in Art Practice, Philly Stewards & CFEVA, Philadelphia

2017: Guest Lecture, GEO Colloquium Series, University of Delaware, The Art and Science of Micropaleontology

2017: Guest Lecture, Science Museum of Virginia, The Art and Science of Micropaleontology

2017: Wonder: Micro-Macro, Residency Exhibit, NEHS,Teacher H. Thompson, Clay Studio, Philadelphia

2016: Guest Lecture, Penn Network Visualization Program, Science-Art Residency

2015 – 2000: Resident Artist at Divine Life Church (Vedanta Yoga), Baltimore, MD - Meditation Garden: bronze

2013: Little Berlin Fairgrounds: Lila Community Installation: Garden/Sculpture Grounds, Philadelphia, PA

2010: East Falls Eco-Arts Installation: Wissahickon Wall, Aluminum Catfish, exterior wall, Philadelphia, PA

2005: Leaded-Glass Memorial Transom: Seattle Academy, Seattle, WA

2001– 2004: Glass & Stainless Donor Plaques: Seattle Academy, Seattle, WA

1998: Deke Slayton Brain Cancer Center Lunar & Celestial Installations: Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA

1998: Watson Wyatt World Wide Custom Tea Service: Columbia Towers, Seattle


2020: Wharton Esherick - Vision & Influence: PA Academy of the Fine Arts, Tuttleman Sculpture Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2019: Cosmopolitan Club Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

2019 - 2010: Philadelphia Open Studio Tour, Annual Exhibit & Opening Event, Philadelphia, PA

2019: Waterworks: Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, NJ

2019: Every Woman Biennial: New York City, NY

2019: Annual Goggleworks Exhibit, Juried by Judith Schwartz, Reading, PA

2019: Springs Eternal: Art, Water, Change, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

2019: Community: Exhibit at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA

2018: Love Letters to Earth: Solo Exhibit, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2018: Etheral/Material, Sculpture Exhibit, Art at City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

2018: Art of the State: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

2018: Brave New World: Bodine Cancer Treatment Ctr, Jefferson Hospital, Eric Preisendanz, Curator, Philadelphia

2018: Wet Lab: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA

2017: OCEAN International Exhibit, Art & Science Collaborations, Inc, NY Hall of Science, NYC

2017: Science Museum of Virginia Solo Exhibit, La Mer: People Protect What They Love, Richmond, VA

2017: Cephs Interface in Crete: I Love You More, International Exhibit & Cephalopod Conference, Crete, Greece

2017: Philadelphia International Airport: La Mer & Wildlife Exhibition, 63’ case between Terminal C & D, Mar-Oct

2017 & 16: Art is Ageless, NewCourtland Fellowship Exhibit, Philadelphia Senior Center, Philadelphia, PA

2017 & 16: Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia

2017: Small Sculpture Exhibit, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia

2017: The Future is Female Art Exhibit, Westtown School, West Chester, PA

2016: Over the Bridge, Wheaton Arts, in conjunction with The American Glass Museum, Millville, NJ

2016: La Mer Solo Installation, ArtBox Inaugural Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA

2016: Killing the Cure, Response to Climate Change, Random Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA

2015-16: Scintillare: La Mer-Wildlife Series, Solo Exhibit: Esther M. Klein Gallery, Philadelphia Science Center, PA

2015: Small Works, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA

2015: Found in Transition: Susquehanna Art Museum Inaugural Exhibit, Harrisburg, PA

2015: Drawing Conclusions: LandLab Exhibit at CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

2014: Process & Progress: LandLab Residency, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA

2014: Vital Flux, Gallery 107, Downtown Arts, North Adams, MA

2013: Made in Philly: City-wide billboard campaign, Philadelphia, PA

2013: Abington Arts Center Faculty Exhibit & Artist Talk, Jenkintown, PA

2013: Growth & Decay: Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA

2012: Shelf Life: Installation with Germaine Ingram, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia, PA

2011: East Falls Eco-Arts Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA

2011: Mainline Arts Center Faculty Exhibit, Haverford, PA

2011 & 10: Art is Ageless, NewCourtland Fellowship Exhibit, Philadelphia, PA

2010: 5 into1 Sculpture Exhibit, Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA

2010: Thesis Exhibit: Grow, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2007: E Pluribus Unum II Installation: Qliance Medical Group of WA, Seattle, WA

2006: E Pluribus Unum: Solo Installation, Ballard Exhibit, Seattle, WA

2005, 2003: Seattle Academy Faculty Show, Seattle, WA

2004: Looking Forward: Solo Exhibit, Arts Center Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001: Faces for Life: Invitational Benefiting Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle

1999: Invitational Cup Show: ArtWorks, Bainbridge Island, WA

1999: American Craft Council Contemporary Crafts Show: Baltimore, MD

1998, 1996, 1995, 1993: Baltimore Alternative Show: The Hyatt Hotel, MD

1998: American Craft Council Contemporary Crafts Show: Bellevue, WA

1998, 1997, 1996: Pacific Northwest Arts Fair: Bellevue, WA

1998, 1997, 1996: Art That Works: Northwest Aids Foundation, Seattle, WA

1998: American Craft Council Contemporary Crafts Show: San Francisco, CA

1996: Judaic Exhibit: Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

1996: Hot Tea Exhibit: Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC

1995: Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: Auckland, New Zealand

1995: Vessels Exhibit: The Art of Craft, Denver CO

1994: COCA Museum Exhibit: Seattle, WA

1994: Garden Living: Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

1994: Contemporary Ceramics Exhibit: Chicago, IL

1994: Stone Soup Tea Pot Exhibit: Chicago, IL

1993: Boston Tea Party Exhibit: Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

1992: Visual Sound II, Art for a Cleaner Puget Sound: Friesen Gallery, Seattle,WA

1992: Crazy About Cowboys: Artworks, Seattle, WA

1990: Skagit Valley Clay Invitational: Samish Studios, Edison, WA

1988: Clay Artists of the Skagit Valley: La Conner, WA

1986: US Credit Mortgage Corporation: Artists From Tidewater, VA Beach, VA

1984: Fish: An Exhibit: Kalispell, MT- Juror’s Choice Award (by David Shaner)

1982: Equinox Arts Festival: Everett, WA, – 1st Place Award, 3-dimensional Art


Grant-Funded Public Installation Highlights serving all ages:

2014: Picasso Project: Year Collaboration with ArtWell & Rhoads Elementary funded by PCCY, Philadelphia, PA

2011-14: Youth Advocates Clay Program for youth in transition held in Marguerita Hagan Studio, Philadelphia

2013: Fairgrounds Community Sculpture Workshops with neighboring residents

2008 & 04: Parkwood Elementary: Coming To America Murals,ELL students & Unity in Generations Tile Project

2000: Stevens Elementary Cultural Chairs: Seattle Arts Commission Grant - 6 chairs along Cultural Walkway

2000: Burien Public Library: Seniors Making Art Intergenerational Mosaic Wall

1999: Mosin’s Memorial Garden & Bench, made with preschool and faculty

1999: Sand Point Community Center Mosaic Mural: Intergenerational Project, Hand in Hand Award

1999: Lake Forest Park Elementary: Mosaic stepping stones for entrance to the Habitat Project

1998: St. Joseph Church Mosaic Benches:Children’s 1st Eucharist&Reconciliation

1998: Kirkland Public Library Rainbow Serpent: Intergenerational Installation

1997: Seattle Emergency Housing Shelter:Pacific Arts Ctr program for homeless children

1994: Stevens Elementary Mosaic Walkway: 100' Cultural Walkway at Landmark Building


Present - 1985: Marguerita Hagan Studio Classes, Independent Projects - Philadelphia, PA, Seattle, WA

2017 - 2011: Moore College of Art & Design- Visiting Critic, Thesis Mentor, Environmental Art & Design

2015 - 2014: University of Delaware- Visiting Artist, Ceramic Program

2015 - 2011: Abington Art Center, Ceramic Instructor Adult Class, Abington, PA

2011: College of St Elizabeth Ceramic Instructor, Morristown, NJ

1998 - 2008: Seattle Academy - Full-Time Visual Arts Faculty, Established Ceramic Program, Seattle, WA

1998 - 1999: Frye Art Museum - Ceramic Residency and Exhibit, Seattle, WA

1990 - 1992: Skagit Valley Community College - Ceramic Instructor, Mount Vernon, WA