© Anita Margrill 2017

ANITA MARGRILL was born in New York City.  She attended Cranbrook Academy of Art, received her BA from Bennington College, her B. Architecture from CUNY School of Architecture and Environmental Studies, and her MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University.

 

The artist has had grants from the New York Foundation, American Iron and Steel Institute, and Copper Development Association as well as numerous Public Art competition awards.

 

She has been artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA; has received a National Endowment Interarts Grant (funded through the Night Fire Theater Company) and an Art-in-Public Buildings Award from the California Arts Council.

As a licensed architect she has designed and built several passive solar houses and she holds numerous copyrights and patents for her water distribution systems.

The interdisciplinary relationship between art, architecture, and technology is the key to the way Margrill approaches a site.  In all her site-specific art projects, Margrill uses her thorough knowledge of materials and methods, to express architectural reasonings, in all its preoccupation with aesthetics, specific function and historical resonance.

Multilayered, poetic and functional, her work also mirrors a choreography of change, utilizing the resources of sunlight, wind and water - elements most eloquent in conveying the idea of place - to create compelling images and events addressing environmental concerns.