Maggie Evans to speak on her art, rehabilitation from life altering cycling accident

 Maggie Evans will be speaking at the Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall. 

Wednesday, August 30th, @ 11:45 AM. 

She will also be having a solo show at Leo Castelli Gallery in the Burd Performing Arts Center Aug. 31- Nov. 16th.

Opening Reception, Thursday, Aug. 31st  @ 5:30 PM. Live Performance by the Atlanta based  Bourbon Brothers Jazz Band. (Free and Open to the Public)

Scad Foundations Professor, Maggie Evans will be having her first major solo exhibition at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA since being hit while training for a cycling competition on a long stretch of highway in Savannah, Ga.

After a grueling year- long string of surgeries, rehabilitation, enduring a body cast and having been in a wheel chair… Maggie Evans is experiencing life again to its fullest. Evans is cycling again, singing and playing the bass again in her band, and is now back in the saddle, exhibiting her artwork in solo shows.

Born in Texas and raised in the mountains of Utah, Maggie Evans is a creative powerhouse. She was formally trained as a classical pianist, studied French horn in high school and discovered bass as a teenager in her brother’s punk band. She later added voice studies to the list while pursuing an MFA in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design where she is now an adjunct professor in foundations. Her obsession with Brazil and its music has been a key factor in shaping her sound-her voice and is constantly compared to that of Astrud Gilberto. As a bassist, she has worked with countless groups in many styles but Maggie specializes in the music of Latin America: Salsa, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, etc.

In addition to her work as a musician and teacher, Maggie has a career as a gallery artist. She holds the BFA in Illustration from Utah State University and an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. For 2011-2012 she was awarded a position as a visiting scholar at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. See Maggie’s website for more information.

Maggie Evans current work uses painting, drawing and installation to examine human social structures and the internal struggle between the need for individuality and the need for inclusion.

Maggie has shown her work in sixteen solo exhibits, over fifty national group/juried shows and has received a number of awards including the 2017 Western Bureau Art Prize (San Jose, CA) and the Best in Category (installation/3D) Award at Artfields 2018 (Lake City, SC).  Reviews and publications include The Washington Post, New American Paintings and the upcoming INPA 10 by Manifest Gallery Press.  Artist residencies include The Hambidge Center for the Arts (GA) and Central Trak (TX) as well as a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.  In 2011 she was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship that granted her ten months to develop new work at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.  She has been invited to lecture on her work at a number of institutions including Indiana-Purdue University and the University of Texas, Dallas. Maggie holds an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2008) where she is currently a part-time Professor of Foundation Studies.