Living in Rome 8 years, I painted still life as visionary cities, then placed giant figures inspired by the monuments. Scale dislocations and foreshortening allow cubist contradictions - forms projecting into space as shapes stack up on the picture-plane. My Fulbright project to study depictions of saints, and apply their strange fusion of the neurotic and sublime to portraiture, led to Arcimboldo-inspired 'criptosanti' and eventually 'headworks,' architectural headresses implicating the stuff of thought.

Atlantic City, where I lived 4 years, has inspired later work. It's surprisingly poetic vistas recall Antonioni, and its small scale sculptural quality reminded me of Rome - though unlike the gravity of The Eternal City, irony is ever-present in an R. Crumb way. I also enjoy more straightforward perceptual painting, mostly portraits and still lifes - recent ones like the one above reference masterpieces.



1985 Yale School of Art, MFA Painting
1982-83 New York Studio School
1979 Washington U. in St. Louis, BFA Painting
1978 Yale-Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art – Ellen Battell Stoekel Fellowship


2008 Winner, Eustace Tilley contest, The New Yorker
2003 Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris – residency
2001 Blanche E. Colman Award
1999 NH State Council on the Arts, Artist Finalist Grant
1998 WUSL Alumni Competition Cite des Arts, Paris – residency
1991 Ragdale Art Colony, Chicago – residency
1990 Millay Art Colony NY – residency
1990 American Academy in Rome, Visiting Artist (6 months) – residency
1989 Ingram-Merrill Foundation Grant
1985 Fulbright-Hays Grant to Italy


2017 Big Heads and Small Giants: Megan Marlatt and Margaret McCann Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville VA
2012 From Rome to Atlantic City UVA Ruffin Hall Gallery – catalog
2011 What We Worry? Atlantic Cape Community College Atlantic City NJ
2011 Giants on the Boardwalk and Other Stories... Atlantic City Art Center, Boardwalk NJ
2010 Phantasmas Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry NY
2010 Boardwalkers Atlantic City Art Center, NJ
2009 Greetings from Atlantic City Stockton Coll. Art Gallery, Pomona NJ
2008 Sampler: Paintings from Now and Then Oxbow Gallery, Northampton MA
2007 Out of the Blue Oxbow Gallery, Northampton MA
2007 The Art of Losing: Small Works% The Painting Center Project Room, NYC
2006 Lo Straniamento del’ Io Antonia Jannone, Milan – catalog; essay by Fabrizio Dentice
2005 Headworks Three Graces Gallery, Portsmouth NH
2003 Grandiosities: Margaret McCann - John Jacobsmeyer Fraser Gallery, Wash. DC
2003 Margaret McCann - Vera Iliatova Galleria G8 Montecastello di Vibio, Italy
2002 Visions and Revisions Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth NH
2002 Margaret McCann Galleria G8, Internl. School - Montecastello do Vibio, Italy
1999 Small Giants Spartanburg County Art Museum SC
1999 Leviathans LSU-Shreveport Gallery LA
1997 Still at Large Boston U. Sherman Gallery MA
1997 Aspettando il 2000 Galleria Antonia Jannone Disegni di Architettura, Milan, Italy
1996 Giants Anonymous Washington Depot Gallery CT
1994 Giants at Large Artemisa Gallery, Chicago
1992 %Anthropolities ARC Gallery, Chicago
1992 Criptosanti Tabula Rasa Gallery Rome, Italy
1992 James Farrelly - Margaret McCann Temple Abroad/Tyler School of Art Gallery, Rome
1991 Saints, Sinners and Icons: Paul Lucchesi - Margaret McCann Bridgewater Lustberg Gall. NYC
1987 Margaret McCann RISD EHP Palazzo Cenci, Rome


2017 Edgy Elegance Buddy Warren Gallery NY
2015 Zeuxis: Beyond the Window Norton Center, KY; Bowery Gallery NY; Hogue Gallery, Tulsa OK; Potter Gallery CT
2014 The Figure and Narrative U. of New Orleans
2013-14 Zeuxis: Still Blue Schmidt Art Center, SW Illinois Coll. IL; Wilson Galleries, Anderson U. IN; First Street Gall. NYC; Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts MD
2012 Shanghai Cultural Center, Wei Cao, curator - book
2012 Toylanders Noyes Museum of Art NJ
2012-13 Zeuxis: Reflections Lindenwood U. MO; Crisp Museum MO; Coe College IA; Painting Center NYC; Penn. College of Art and Design PA – catalog; essay by Wm. Corbett
2010 The Art of Observation Andrews Gallery, Wm. and Mary VA
2010 Visual Voices: Seeing Voices Rutgers-Camden Stedman Gallery, Hopkins House Gallery NJ
2010 The Common Object: Zeuxis Lancaster Museum of Art PA; Peninsula Fine Arts Center VA; Prince St. Gallery NYC; MICA Meyerhoff Gallery MD – catalog
2009-10 Ray Johnson and a Book About Death The Emily Harvey Ftn. NYC, The Queen’s Museum of Art NYC, Otis Coll. of Art and Design Los Angeles
2009 Open City NY Studio School alumni show - Sean Scully, juror
2009 Confluence Gatewood Gallery UNC-Greensboro
2008-09 In/Out: Zeuxis Hobart/Smith Coll. Geneva NY, Broome St. Gall. NYC
2008 Urban Landscapes Galerie Beckel Odille Boicos Paris
2008 Outside the Box: Zeuxis Paints Landscape Delaware CAD Market St. Gallery, SUNY Kingsborough-CC Gallery NY
2007 On Board Lori Bookstein Gallery NYC
2006-07 Facets of Perception: Zeuxis Weigand Gall. CA; Newhouse Center, Snug Harbor NY; Schweinfurth Center NY; Eleanor D. Wilson Museum VA; A. Hogue Gallery OK – catalog
2005 Poetic Dimensions Hofstra U. NY, Kougeas Gallery NYC - Gabriel Laderman, curator
2004-05 Tabletop Arenas: Zeuxis Colby Coll. Museum ME; Lori Bookstein NYC; UNH Art Museum NH; Haverford Coll. Gallery PA, Ohr - O’Keefe Museum Biloxi MI - catalog
2003 Alumni Exhibition NY Studio School NYC - Bill Jensen, juror
2003 Small Works NYU 80 Wash. Square East Galleries - Tatyana Okshteyn, juror - honorable mention
2003 Common Ground Denise Bibro Gallery NYC
2002 Landscapes/Mindscapes Long Beach Island Fdtn. Arts and Sciences NJ
2002 Uncommon Perspectives: Zeuxis Denise Bibro NYC; Erector Sq. Gall. CT; Attleboro Museum MA
2002 After Before Attleboro Museum MA
2002 Serial Thinking: Zeuxis Wright St. U. OH; Kouros NYC; Augustana Coll. IL; Purdue U. IN – catalog; essay by Lance Esplund
2002 George Nick Selects Concord Art Association MA
2001 Figurative Explorations Mon. Goldstrum Gallery NYC
1999 Collettiva Museo dei Francobolli Ancona, Italy
1999 Still Life, The Human Presence: Zeuxis U. Wisc./La Crosse; Peninsula Fine Arts VA; Wash. Studio School DC; Er. Sq. Gall. CT; The Painting Center NYC - catalog; essay by Andrew Forge
1998 Invitational The Painting Center NYC
1998 Contempo Italiante: Impressions of Italy Laband, Loyola Marymount U., Los Angeles; Las Vegas Art Museum NV
1998 Texas National S. F. Austin State U. TX - Martha M. Erlebacher, juror honorable mention - catalog
1998 Zeuxis Small Works Kergyma Gallery NJ, Boston U. Sherman Gallery
1998 173rd Annual Exhibition Natl. Academy of Design NY
1998 Figure and Form Chapel Art Center, Saint Anselm’s College NH
1997 The Male Figure Fowler Gallery Provincetown MA
1996 Contemporary Realism Alexi Gallery Phila. PA - Sidney Goodman, juror
1996 Small Works NYU 80 Wash. Sq. East Galleries - Edward Thorp, juror - hon. mention
1996 Personal Visions IV An Art Place Gallery Chicago - Dan Gustin, juror
1995 Painting Today Erector Square Gallery CT - Wm. Bailey, juror juror’s prize
1995 Women: Rites of Passage Wright State U.; Denison U.; Bowling Green U. galleries, OH - catalog
1995 Natl. Competition Bowery Gallery NYC - Jane Frelicher, juror
1995 Natl. Competition Cooperstown Art Assoc. NY - Holland Carter, juror
1995 Figure That: Women’s Translation of the Figure Manchester Institute of Arts NH
1995 Still Life Olsen-Larson Galleries Des Moines IA
1994 Women - Women’s Caucus for Art Boston Museum School Gallery
1994 Lunatics and Lovers Bromfield Gallery, Boston
1994 New Art ‘94 Kingston Gallery Boston - Bernard Toale, juror
1994 National Competition Brenda Taylor Gallery, Boston
1993 Salon ’93 Art in General NYC - catalog
1992 Still Life Today Scot Alan Gallery NYC
1992 City Life Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery NYC
1992 National Competition Bowery Gallery NYC - Louis Finkelstein, juror
1992 Colletiva La Gradiva Gallery Rome
1992 Arte 1000 Sala Una Gallery Rome - special mention
1990 The May Show Cleveland Museum of Art OH
1988 American Figurative Painters in Rome Temple Abroad/Tyler School of Art, Rome


2015 Conversation with Margaret McCann Painting Perceptions blog 1/15
2014 Contemporary Art’s Body Language Hyperallergic John Seed
2012 Margaret McCann: A Painter’s Vision of Atlantic City Huffington by John Seed
2012 Margaret McCann: Interview Painters’ by Brett Baker
2010 Just in Time for Summer, Boardwalkers Arrives... Press of Atlantic City 6/3 by L. Drake
2006 Margaret McCann: Alice nel paese del conigli La Repubblica by Giovanni Giolla 3/10
2005 Summer Pleasures: Zeuxis... the Modern Still Life The New York Sun 7/7 by Maureen Mularkey
2005 Margaret McCann: Headworks Art New England magazine by Robert Craven
2005 Head Games: Meet the Funky Mind of Margaret McCann Portsmouth Herald 9/15 by Ann Bryant
2004 ...Zeuxis Communes with the Inanimate New York Observer (painting featured) 7/19 by M. Naves
2003 Art in Concord Arts Media magazine by William Corbett
2001 21 Reasons to View Still Life New York Observer 9/9 by Mario Naves
1998 Show Offers Modern Perspective Into Italy's Art-History Past LA Times by William Wilson
1997 Painting featured - “Weightlifter” for Still at Large BU exhibition The Boston Globe
1997 Margaret McCann: Donne che debordanno tra le case Corriera della Sera 2/9 by Ermanno Krumm
1997 McCann dipinge il peso del passato La Repubblica 2/12 by Angela Madesani
1992 Openings Art and Antiques magazine summer
1992 Painting featured “Earthquake” - House and Garden magazine Dec.
1991 Anthropolities Chicago Women’s Caucus Newsletter
1986 American Figurative Painters in Rome Next magazine by Shara Wasserman


2016 - Art Students League - Instructor
2016 spring Semester at Sea (UVA)
2015 spring U. of Virginia – Fleming Artist in Residence
2014- Montclair U. – Instructor
2014- Pratt Institute – Visiting Asst. Prof.
2009- NYAA - Instructor; Interim Fac. Chair 2011-12
2007-2011 Stockton College NJ - Asst. Prof. of Art
2006-2007 Syracuse U. - Visiting Asst. Prof. of Art
2002, 03 International School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture Todi, Italy - Instructor, CE
1994-2004 Boston U. - Asst. Prof. of Art (non TT)
1993-1994 UNH - Asst. Prof. of Art
1991-1993 U. of Loyola – Chicago Instructor - Rome, Italy
1988-1993 Trinity College (Hartford) - Instructor - Rome, Italy
1987-1993 John Cabot U., Instructor - Rome, Italy
1987-1993 Saint Marys College Instructor - Rome, Italy
1985-1987 RISD EHP Instructor – Rome, Italy
1983-1985 Yale U. - Teaching Asst. (Lytle, Campbell, Heisen)


2017 Refiguring the Grid: Ann Gale at the Fralin Museum Painters' Table
2016 Visiona and Revisions: Stanley Lewis at NYSS and Betty Cuningham Painters' Table
2016 Pictures in Portraiture: Jonas Wood at Anton Kern Painters' Table
2015 Drawn to Photography, essay for Surfaces - photographs by Joseph Podelsnik
2014 Margaret McCann on Diego Velazquez’s “Las Meninas” Painters on Painting blog
2012-14 Editor - Skira/Rizzoli-NYAA book The Figure - essays by Vincent Desiderio, Judy Fox, Bruce Gagnier, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Hilary Harkness, Anne Harris, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin, Alex Kanevsky, Kurt Kauper, Donald Kuspit, Mark Mennin, Scott Noel, Richard Phillips, Irving Sandler, Nicola Verlato, Alexi Worth, etc. - Essay - Refiguring History Painting: Representation Meets Modern Techniques
2012 Curator, Essay - Toylanders Noyes Museum of Art Oceanville NJ
2011 Mel Leipzig: Life Noyes Museum, Oceanville NJ
2010 Essay - In Conversation The Peopled World, Essays on the Work of Elizabeth Demaray
2009 Curator - Essay Intimate Frontiers catalog, Stockton College Art Gallery
2007 Lewis Cohen: Five Decades of Painting and Sculpture UNH Art Museum - Art New England magazine
2006 Michael Palmer/Daisy Adams Family Tree Gallery NH Art NE
Report from Milan: Transfigurations in Milan Art New England August/Sept
Voces y Visiones: Highlights from El Museo del Barrio’s Permanent Collection Currier Museum of Art NH Art NE
The Great Transformation—Paris and the Countryside, and Paintings by Frederic William Church at the Portland Museum of Art Portsmouth Herald
Gallery Looks at What Color White Adds to the World, A Palette of White Coolidge Art Center, Portsmouth Herald/
Conversations Artstream Studios NH Art NE
Selected Drawings: Craig Hood and Amy Brngr NE College Gallery NH Art NE
2005 Brian Chu: Recent Works Salmon Falls Village Gallery NH Art NE
Pioneering Piranesi in Portland Portland Museum of Art The Wire NH 3/ 9-15
In the Curl: Jennifer Moses Nahcotta NH Art NE
Caleb Weintraub Galerie Swanson, Boston Art NE
George Nick: Naturalist Wonder UNH Gallery The Wire NH (
1994 Poem exhibited/published in catalog - Passion: National Juried Visual Art and Poetry Exhibition, Peconic Gallery, Suffolk Comm. College NY; Rathbone Gallery Sage Jr. Coll. of Albany—Dana Gioia, juror
1991 Poem published - In My Hands Primavera Journal (U. of Chicago)


2015 NY Studio School - lecture
2015 College of Wm. and Mary - lecture
2015 U. of Virginia - lecture
2014/07 Syracuse U. – lecture, critiques
2013 Penn. College of Art and Design - panelist
2013 Saint Anselm College – lecture, critiques
2012 Noyes Museum NJ Toylanders exh. – curator’s talk
2011 MICA Zeuxis exhibition – gallery talk
2009/10/11 NYU Faculty Resource seminars: Art and Public Policy; Women in Ancient Life; Lost New York
2010 Rutgers-Camden Voices and Visions Symposium/ Exhibition – lecture, panelist
2009 UNC-Greensboro Confluence Symposium/Exhibition – lecture, panelist; James Elkin, moderator
2009 Panelist NYAA Gabriel Laderman Retrospective Symposium - panelist
2006/09 NYAA - critiques
2005 UNH – lecture, critiques
2005 Fort Point Gallery, Boston – panelist, Persona; Barbara O’Brien, moderator
2004 Indiana U. – lecture, critiques
2004 Brooklyn College – lecture, critiques
2003/02 Internatl. Sch. of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture Montecastello, Italy CE program - lecture
2002 Attleboro Museum MA - lecture
1999 Suffolk U./New England College of Art Boston - lecture
1998 Yale U. School of Art – lecture, critiques
1998 U. of Pennsylvania – lecture, critiques
1995 UNH Italian program - art history lecture, Futurism
1995 Wright State U. Gallery Women’s Rights of Passage Symposium/Exhibition - lecture
1991/89 RISD EHP - critiques
1990 Temple Abroad/Tyler School of Art Rome program - lecture
1989/88 Cornell U. Rome Program - critiques


Lincoln Perry and Ann Beattie
A Book About Death postcard collection—MoMA NY; Museu Brasileiro, São Paulo; LA County Museum Library
Atlantic City Public Library
William Butler
Centro per gli Scambi Culturali, Rome
Andrew Forge and Ruth Miller
Emilio Gargioni
Donald and Allison Innes
George Nick
Sant’ Anselmo Monestary, Rome
Marco Rinaldi
Alan Shestak
Museo di Giorgio Bassani, Ferrara Italy - Portrait Giorgio Bassani, author
Portrait Franco Citti, actor
Portrait Portia Prebis, president AACUPI
Cover Illustration Fictive Mediation and Mediated Fiction…Giovanni Verga D.Tench Edwin Mellon Press
Cover Art Man of Smoke Aldo Palazzeschi Italica Press