Margery Amdur has created over 60 mixed media installations. She is known for her innovative use of everyday materials as well as her unconventional studio practice. Many times it involves students, outside community members. It has been said that part of her practice is a kin to a quilting bee or barn raising.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Margery has had over 60 solo and two-person exhibitions. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary, Poland, England, Iceland, Latvia, and Suriname.
She has been reviewed in national and international publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, Fiber Arts, New Art Examiner, Art Papers, and in two of the Manifest International Publications. Her work was on the cover and featured in the fall 2014 issue of Art Voices. She was shortlisted in the 2015 International Aesthetica Art Prize, and included in the publication Future Now.
For over twenty years, Margery has been actively creating site-specific, indoor and outdoor temporary and permanent art installations. In 2012, she completed Walking on Sunshine, a permanent public art project, in the Spring Garden underground-subway station, Philadelphia, PA. In the fall of 2015, as part of the Art in Airport Program, Margery created My Nature, a
mixed-media, site-specific installation in Terminal B, at the Philadelphia International Airport. As part of her six week residency at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, Margery and a group of graduate students created Inside Out, an installation inside of an elevators on the main campus of the CEU. In 2016 and 2017 The US Embassy selected Amass #16 to be installed at the US Ambassador’s Residence, in Riga Latvia, and Amass #17 to be permanently installed in their newly completed US Embassy Headquarters in Paramaribo, Suriname.
video Interviews with artist
Philadelphia based artist Margery Amdur makes art from very unusual materials, including cosmetic sponges. She is one of the most imaginative artists I have ever met, and her work is dazzlingly complex and beautiful. This film features her "Walking on Sunshine" installation for the Philadelphia subway system and her one person show at the Noyes Museum outside of Atlantic City.
Philadelphia based artist Margery Amdur makes art from very unusual materials, including cosmetic sponges. She is one of the most imaginative artists I have ever met, and her work is dazzlingly complex and beautiful. This film features her one person show at the Noyes Museum outside of Atlantic City.
SEPTA commissioned a Rutgers-Camden associate professor of art to bring a little sunshine into the Spring Garden Street subway station in Philadelphia. Margery Amdur shares lessons learned from completing the massive project - which covers the floor in six areas of the platform - with her art students.
Margery Amdur, artist-in-residence at CEU co-hosted by IAS and VSP in November-December 2015, talks about the sources of inspiration for the installation she created in one of the elevators at CEU. This participatory art project was initiated and organized by The Center for Arts and Culture (CAC) of Central European University.