Peggy Macnamara has served as the Artist-in-Residence at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History since 1990, and as an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

Macnamara has traveled with Field Museum scientists all over the world to paint nature and illustrate conservation efforts. She has published 4 books in collaboration with museum scientists through University of Chicago Press. In addition Macnamara has created 2 children book and a, a coloring book.

Having been associated with the Field Museum for more than thirty years and a regular visiting painter at museums across across North America and Europe for fifteen years, Macnamara has also produced a series of classical drawings as well as paintings that bring together museum architecture, natural scenes, and cultural artifacts. 

 

A large collection of Macnamara's Original Watercolor Paintings are on permanent display at the Field Museum.

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EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE

 

MA, Art History, University of Chicago, 1970

BA, Art History, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY,. 1969

 

Artist-in-Residence, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL 1990-present

 

Associate of the Zoology Department, Field Museum, Chicago, IL 1996-present. Instructor (1990-2000),

 

Adjunct Associate Professor (2001-present), School of the Art Institute of Chicago Art Instructor at the Field Museum, Chicago

 

Public Libraries Nature Connection, Art Institute Family Programs, and Morton Arboretum,

 

1994-present. Illustrator for selected publications,

1998-present Reviewer, “The New Art Examiner,” Chicago IL,

1982-85 Art Instructor, Barat College, Lake Forest, IL.

1980-82. Member and Director of West Hubbard Gallery, Chicago IL,  

Artist Mission

My work is about the study of nature. I hesitate putting myself in such a grand tradition, but there it is.  I admire those that have gone before and find myself studying old techniques while pushing in new directions. Unlike science where those that follow build on the knowledge discovered before them, artists seem to emulate and eventually grow into the concerns of their time. I believe that by looking carefully at the entirety of nature I will learn to see better and gather an understanding of form and color that will make me a better artist. 

 
 

SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

 

2017   Brooker Gallery of the Chicago Field Museum, "Peregrine Returns Exhibit",

ART OPENING June 23, 2017 through June 2018

 

2017 Ryerson Woods  Brushwood Center , Solo Exhibit, "The Choreography of Birds", March 5-April 17

2016 Evanston Art Center  Museum Perspectives Solo Exhibit September 11 - October 31

2016  Ding Darling Solo Exhibit   August 1 -October 23

2016  Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Audubon -April-May

 

2016 Heller Nature Museum - Nature Exhibit January -February

 

2014 Migration, Mississippi State University Art Center, Starkville, Miss.

 

2014 Birds/Museum Studies, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park Il

 

2013 The Art of Migration, Ryerson, Deerfield IL Macnamara-Della

Studio, Los Angeles, California Behind the Scenes, Packer Schopf gallery

 

2012 Peggy Macnamara, Elmhurst Museum, Il

 

2011 Nests by Peggy Macnamara, Peggy Notebart Museum, Chicago Il Ruskin/ Bird formations, Packer Schopf gallery, Chicago Il

 

2010 Peggy Macnamra. The White Gallery, Sharon, Connecticut

 

2009 The Natual Art of Nests, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe Il, 2008 Nests, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago Il 

         Macnamara: Wildlife Watercolors, Fermi Lab, Batavia, Il 

         Insects and Birds, The Discovery Museum, Lake County Il 

 

2007 Migration, Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago Il 

         Watercolors, Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, Michigan 

         Illinois Birds, Illinois State Museum, Lockport Illinois 

 

2006 Nature studies, Aron Packer Gallery Three Oaks, Michigan 

 

2005 Nests, Aron Packer Gallery Chicago, Il 

         Aron Packer Galley,Three Oaks, Michigan 

         Ryerson Conservation Center, Riverwoods, Illinois 

 

2002 Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago Il 

 

1999 Insect Exhibit, Field Museum, Chicago, IL 

 

1998 Union League Club, Chicago, IL 

 

1996 The Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL 

 

1993 Triangle Gallery, Chicago, IL 

 

1989 Union League Club, Chicago, IL 

 

1987 Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

1984 Roger Ramsay Gallery, Chicago, IL 

 

1983 Sonnenschein Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

REVIEWS / ARTICLES 

 

2013 Chicago Tribune, “The Art Of Migration” 

 

2011 Chicago Tribune, Macnamara at Aron Packer Gallery 

 

2010 Chicago Magazine, Macnamara at the Botanic Garden 

 

2006 Chicago Sun Times, Macnamara’s Nest Book, by Gary Wisby 

 

2005 Time Out Chicago, Wild Style by Ruth Lopez 

 

Chicago Reader, Nature Girls by Fred Camper 

 

Chicago Sun Times, Artist’s biggest challenge.., by Gary Wisby 

 

Pioneer Press, Bugs pose for mug shots, by Sheryl De Vore 

 

2004 Watercolor Magazine, Summer Issue, Painting Wildlife in Watercolor 

 

2002 Chicago Reader, March 2002, Backyard Beauties by Holly Greenhagen 

 

2000 Chicago Sun Times, April 2000, Artist brings the Field Alive by Nancy Moffet (feature article) 

 

1997 Chicago Sun Times, January 10, Peggy Macnamara by Margaret Hawkins 

 

1996 Chicago Sun Times, January 5, Nature Roars-and Purrs-in Winter Shows by Margaret Hawkins