Margaret K. Haydon

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Margaret K. HaydonMargaret Haydon earned her MFA in ceramics in 1989 from San Francisco State University. She has been a working artist and teacher in the Colorado-Wyoming area since 1991. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. Her work is exhibited frequently around the country and internationally. Working with image elements from the natural world, Haydon focuses on aspects of current environmental change and the resulting impact on habitat and species populations. While currently the endangered sturgeon species is a central image in her work, others are beginning to appear.
For the past nine years Haydon has combined her aesthetic work with fieldwork, seeking opportunities to connect with naturalists wherever she travels. She has worked with fish biologists in the United States, Canada and Hungary. In July 2013, Haydon gave a paperMargaret K. Haydon at the 7th International Symposium on Sturgeon held in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, and was featured in Ancients Among Us, an exhibition in conjunction with the symposium. Her work was included in the 4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts in Kecskemet, Hungary, and the 2015 Beyond the Brickyard exhibition at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. This fall 2015, she will install a solo exhibition in the Mezzanine at the William Havu Gallery, Denver, Colorado.
Most recently Haydon curated and organized a group exhibition, “In the Company of Animals”, to be installed in Kansas City, Missouri at the Leopold Gallery, in conjunction with the 2016 NCECA conference. Using primarily ceramic processes, Margaret works with image elements from the natural world, focusing on aspects of current environmental change and the resulting impact on habitat and species populations. She has worked specifically with sturgeon imagery for the past nine years, depicting the animal in contexts that reference their habitat, history and endangered status.
Through this specific investigation, she has grown increasingly interested in the broader environmental predicament. While currently the endangered sturgeon species is a Margaret K. Haydoncentral image in her work, other species are beginning to appear. Each day brings a new article highlighting the degradation of various species from sturgeon and shark, to bee, brown bat and golden frog. They live in the company of animals, often unaware of our effect on their populations. She is fascinated by the incredible rate at which species arise and disappear. They are all witnesses now of great, swift changes taking place in our natural world. With this work she hopes to spark a broader thoughtfulness about the impact we are having on our physical environment.

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