Joined Oct 22 2011
Running and getting my second wind as a distance runner, and the friendships I have had with runners, have made a model for me as an artist and other times in my life. Sorry about the resulting dry bio, I plan to enliven it later on.... Margaret Ross Tolbert is an artist based in Gainesville, Florida. Over the last twenty years she has executed series of paintings, drawings and lithographs from studios in the U.S., France and Turkey. Her commissions include projects for series of paintings with residencies in Turkey, Azerbaijan and Oman, enabling her to continue her research for her series, Doors and study of language and dance from the regions of the ancient trade routes. Another continuing focus is the Springs of North Florida, whose paradisiacal presence provide a sense of ideal destination and the exotic in the here- and-now that counterpoints the sense of passage, time and journey implicit in the Door paintings. Solo exhibits include: AQUIFERious, at Lemieux Galleries, New Orleans, Sirena: At the Abyss, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden, and Edgezones, Miami FL; Margaret Ross Tolbert: Doors at the University of Richmond Museums, August 2005-July 2006; Passages, Polk Museum, Lakeland, Florida, fall 2004, and Springs Eternal?, Gulfcoast Museum of Art, 2003; Palace/Spring,Galleri Max, Stockholm, Sweden, 1996; Aquifer, LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA,2002; Portals and Passages, Museum of Florida History, Daytona Museum of Arts and Sciences, Gulfcoast Art Center, and Okaloosa Walton Community College, 1997-98. Group shows include American Confluence, Edsvik Konsthall , Sollentuna, Sweden, 2006, Growth Spurt, Edgezones, World Arts Center, Miami, FL 2005-6, WET, World Arts Center, Miami FL, 2005,The Swamp: on the Edge of Eden, Harn Museum in Gainesville, FL ,2000; H 2 O; traveling group exhibit with venues in Florida and Georgia, 2000-2002, Han, an exhibit with Nitin Jayaswal based on the caravansaries of the ancient trade routes, Jacksonville and New Orleans, 2000-2001. Tolbert has received a Visual Arts Fellowship(1997-8) from the State of Florida, an Artist’s Enhancement Grant, from the State of Florida, and has had several residencies, including A Sense of Place, at Jamestown Community College, Olean, New York(1993), master classes with art and literature students on uses of landscape as metaphor, and Integrating through the Arts, at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL( 1997). In 2002 she installed Springs Passage, paintings for the Volusia County Courthouse(Art-in-State Buildings). Other public art installations were completed for the Overtown metrorail Station(Miami Dade Art in Public Places) and recently a project with lenticular panels for the Weston Public Library for Broward County Public Art and Design. Currently she is installing Orlando springs, a commissioned springs mosaic with canvases from Orlando area springs, lenticular, photography and graphics for the Orlando International Airport. Recent exhibitions have included dance performances and animations presenting the energy of the creative act of painting, of ethnic dance, and of exploration of the springs and the creative process. These include ENERGY performances with Stefan Craciun for Shands Arts in Medicine, Edsvik Konsthall, and Marten Pers Skalla in Sweden, and the 2011 Ybor City Festival of the Moving Image. Recently the book AQUIFERious has been released, with art and writing by Tolbert and with thirteen contributors. This amalgam of insights and talents documents some of the many features, and urgent need for the preservation of Florida’s freshwater springs and the Floridan Aquifer. AQUIFERious won the gold medal for non-fiction and the silver medal for fine arts in the Florida book awards competition.