Honors and Recognition

Honors Spotlight:

Margo Sawyer

Margo Sawyer, MFA


Department of Art and Art History

College of Fine Arts

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation names Margo Sawyer as a 2018 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for her significant contributions to the arts. Guggenheim Fellows are recognized for demonstrating exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Sawyer’s work explores the places where architecture and ritual converge to create transcendent qualities that encourage a state of contemplation within the viewer. The central actor in her work is color. Through color, Sawyer joins exquisite objects and materials into domestic spaces, and turns large public spaces into intimate refuges. Her works feature prominently in public spaces such as Houston’s Discovery Green, home of her celebrated Synchronicity of Color: Red/Blue (2008).