Athens artist Margaret Agner received her BFA in painting at LSU in 1974, and learned fabric dyeing and surface design through books, seminars, and workshops. She now teaches silk painting workshops and produces silk wall hangings, wearables, including dozens of hand painted scarves, and fine art from the studio in her home. The artist grew up on a farm in Ohio, attended Antioch College and RIT before graduating from LSU in Baton Rouge.
She is a member of The Studio Group in Athens, GA www.thestudiogroup.biz, Oconee County Arts Foundation (local) www.ocaf.com, Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC www.piedmontcraftsmen.org, the national Surface Design Associationwww.surfacedesign.org. She has won numerous awards across the Southeast at art fairs, festivals and exhibits. Her work is in many public and private collections.
The artist has worked as a product designer for the florist/balloon industry and in the art department of a furniture manufacturer, but is currently self-employed in art/crafts production. She has had one-woman exhibits of large nature subject hangings at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Georgia Center for Continuing Education, and Just Pho restaurant. She was featured artist at Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., Winston/Salem, and is featured at Aurum Studios in Athens, Ga in early 2012 with paintings, pastels, and large silk paintings. She designs and makes liturgical paraments and vestments for churches, paints cottons for quilters, and designs, paints, and sews art garments and scarves. Her scarves and jackets were modeled in a fashion show at the newest local hotel, the Indigo, in 2011 through an Athens Area Arts Council event. She has taught Color on Fabric for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UGA and will teach batik for them in April, 2012. In addition to fabric arts she paints in oil, acrylic, and pastel when she can, often with Plein Air groups. She taught painting in 2011 for Lyndon House Art Center. She has won many awards in regional art competitions.