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Past Events



January 27, 2024 Peggy Macnamara joins Rick Telander at the Bookstall in Winnetka

November 11 , 2023  Museum of Contemporary Art - Family Day - Natural History featuring Peggy Macnamara


Septmeber 18, 2023 Art Demo: Watercolor Without Rules - Wheaton Public Library


September 9, 2023" Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor" Workshop Peninsula School of Art

March 9 - April 28,2023   "The Taxonomy of Peggy Macnamara" Glass Curtain Gallery Solo Exhibition Columbia College,Chicago


April 27, 2023 Catalog Release Party for Taxonomy of Peggy Mac Exhibition -  full-color catalog including images and essays by DEPS.

October 2021- January 2023 " Wild Color "-Science Behind Nature's Colors, Field Museum of Natural History of Chicago s.


June 17- Aug 27, 2022 "NATURE LOVERS" Art Show at South Shore Arts Gallery 


Sept 18, 2022 Book Signing with Janet Voight "From the Sea Shore to Sea Floor"  Women & Children First Book Store


June 17- Aug 27 , 2022 , "Nature Lovers" Art Show at South Shore Arts Gallery


January - April 2022 "Marine Life from Shore to Floor" Miller Art Museum, Wisconsin-SOLO ART SHOW 35 Large Scale Paintings  

August-Sept 2021  Earthly Observatory SAIC GALLERIES


Aug. 9, 2021 Workshop: Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor- Peninsula School of Art


Apr. 21, 2021 Peggy Macnamara Workshop online complimentary

Feb. 1 - Feb. 28 OTR Virtual Art Show "Abstraction Inherent in Reality"

Feb. -  Mar. 2021 "Women in Art at the Field"   Field Museum

October 16, 2020 Winnetka Garden Club Talk and Presentation

Oct. 8, 2020 Panel discussion for Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate

Aug. 17, 2020 Capturing Wildlife in Watercolor -Peninsula School of Art: Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Jun. 27, 2020 Morton Arboretum -Chasing Dragonflies Talk. Illustrator Macnamara & Author Cindy Crosby 


Feb. - Mar. 2020 Columbia College "Citizen Animalia"  Art Show, The Glass Curtain Gallery,

Feb 29, 2020 Wave Film Fest -Wave Art Show

Sep. 2019 - Jan. 2020 Flora and Fauna Art Show at the Mesa Art Center, Mesa Arizona

Flora and fauna refer to the Western art history classification for plant and animal life, with the exclusion of the human species.

From bacteria to large land and sea mammals, this exhibition celebrates nature and its enduring influence on art. 

Sep. 21 - Nov. 4, 2019 Miller Art Museum, "Wildlife Biennial XIX", Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin,

The Wildlife Biennial celebrates artists' fascination with living creatures in Wisconsin’s natural environment and throughout the world and features artwork in a variety of media. Presentation Oct 10, 2019

Aug. 13, 2019 Lurie Garden Speaker Series: Tiny Beauties with Dr. Anna Edlund & Peggy Macnamara

In this talk, scientists and artists join forces to help us to look much closer and discover the small beautiful world right under our noses.

Jun. 30, 2019 Layering Technique in Watercolor: MASTER CLASS at Evanston Art Center June 30th

Jun. 12, 2019 Des Plaines Public Library "Wildlife in Watercolor" Talk and Presentation

Jun. 9- Aug. 11, 2019  "Nature in Watercolor" Art Show at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Jun. 6, 2019 "NEW DIRECTIONS" NATURE ARTISTS' GUILD Macnamara  Presentation at Morton Arboretum

May 28, 2019 Plenary Speaker at SPNHC Conference on at Hilton Chicago (1 of 3 speakers)

The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) conference May 25-31 was at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.   The theme for 2019 was "Making the Case for Natural History Collections."  Kirk Wallace Johnson, Peggy Macnamara & Kyle Aaron Copas were the PLENARY Speakers on May 28th.

January - March 2019     Des Plaines History Center Art Gallery Art Exhibition by Peggy Macnamara Watercolors 

March 14- May 14 GLENVIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY art show presents Peggy Macnamara "Flora & Fauna" 

March 2019 ...Watercolor Demo  at Lakes Region Watercolor Guild 

June 2017-June 2018  Field Museum of Chicago    Solo Art Show in Brooker Gallery on 2nd floor

   Peregrine Falcon Return Exhibition: Eleven watercolor paintings on display at the Chicago Field Museum. Mary Hennen and Peggy Macnamara introduce their new book," Peregrine Returns". Illustrations by Peggy Macnamara.  

September- October 2018  Faculty Art Show at the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute

July - September 2018 "Seeing the Prairie" Art Show at Fermilab Art Gallery in Batavia Illinois

June 14, 2018 "Wild Things in Watercolor" Benefit Luncheon and Program

May 19, 2018, The art Insititute Family In Focus


April 7, 2018, Illinois Watercolor Society Artist Presentation.  Click Here to learn more.

Dec 7- Feb 7, 2017 "Nature's Eyes" Art Show Shangri-La Springs  

27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, Florida 


February 18, 2017:  "Wild Things  Conference " 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at UIC Forum

A presentation by Peggy Macnamara and Mary Hennen about their g book, "The Peregrine's Return", published by University of Chicago Press (June 2017).  During the Lunch hour, Peggy will be signing books including her new coloring book for adults.

March 5th - April 17th  Opening Reception Sunday, March 5th 1:00 to 3:00 "The Choreography of Birds" Art Exhibit.  

Choreography is the art of designing sequences of movements and birds both in flight as well as on still water arrange themselves masterfully. Explore the work of painter, author, and Field Museum Artist in Residence, Peggy Macnamara. The exhibition will include paintings from her new books, “Art of the Peregrine Falcon” and “Coloring Nature”. 


March 7, 2017, at 7:00 pm Peggy Macnamara Lecture at the Morton Arboretum Nature Guild

September 11 - October 9, 2016, Opening Reception: Sunday September 11, 1-4pm

Peggy Macnamara "Museum Perspectives"1981-2016



March 29 - May 31, 2016, Naples, FL   Peggy Macnamara Solo Exhibit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

in the Blair Audubon Center  375 Sanctuary Road W, Naples, Florida 34120


Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a National Audubon Society striving to conserve and restore the habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds. 


August 1 - October 23, 2016, Peggy Macnamara Art Exhibit- Solo Show  

Ding Darling Society, Sanibel Island, Florida  

January 5- February 28, 2016, Peggy Macnamara Solo Art Exhibit

Heller Nature Center 

2821 Ridge Road 

Highland Park, Illinois 60035


Heller Nature Center Website

                          New Books


Spring 2017

New book released, Art of the Peregrine Falcon, published by the University of Chicago Press



A new book was released, Coloring Nature, an adult coloring book featuring drawings of birds, mammals, insects, and plants. 


Summer 2017

New book released Rosie --The Tarantula --



New Book featuring Peggy Macnamara. City Creatures


Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness is a new book published by the University of Chicago Press featuring marvelous illustrations and a wonderful chapter by Peggy Macnamara. 


October 1 - December 2015.

An Art Exhibit of the fascinating artwork from the City Creatures book is on display at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.



November 1, 2015 -January 2016

Endangered Species at Noyes Cultural Center 

featuring five Macnamara wildlife paintings


click to read the great article “Field Museum Inspires Painter in Wilmette” in Pioneer Press about the show



March 24, 2015 

Guest speaker at the Natural Land Institutes 

Annual Dinner, 6-9 pm 

Cliffbreaker Riverside Resort, Rockford, Illinois  Artist and Author, Peggy Macnamara, will be the guest speaker for Natural Land Institute’s 2015 Annual Dinner. As an artist who studies nature, Macnamara has a keen eye for seeing details and bringing the subjects in her watercolor paintings to life. She will tell us about her work and experiences seeing nature from an artist’s perspective. Macnamara is the author of five books including, Illinois Insects and Spiders and The Art of Migration, which features her drawings and watercolors. She is also the Artist in Residence at the Field Museum and Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Macnamara will also sign and sell her books at the Annual Dinner.



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