Senior Fellow and Director of Visual Arts at the Attic Institute
Born in Pensacola, Florida, Margaret Eccles Yost emerged in the late 1980s as a visual artist in Portland, Oregon while studying architecture at The Oregon School of Design. In addition to her architectural studies, she worked with Phil Sylvester studying life drawing at The Drawing Studio. While studying with Sylvester, she absorbed an acute attention for composition, proportion, and critical creativity techniques. These experiences taught her as much about the challenges of engaging in the creative process. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University and was awarded the Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies Rutgers Graduate Scholar Award, both years she attended the university.
Her teaching career began with workshops at her studio at the 333 Portland Artists' Cooperative and as a visiting artist in various events and public school programs nationally. She continued to teach drawing and sculptural studies at Rutgers University and both graduate and undergraduate art studies at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
Refining her own visual and conceptual vocabulary, Margaret's work continues to have an interdisciplinary approach to media that has focused on the points of intersection between architecture, spatial analysis, and the built environment's sociological affects on contemporary culture. Margaret’s work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide in galleries, on-site installations, museums, and film festivals. Interviews and reviews of her work have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, The Oregonian, The New Jersey Star Ledger, Willamette Week, and other national publications.