Margaret Lazzari

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Margaret Lazzari (born 1953) is an American artist, educator, and author, based primarily in Los Angeles, California.[1] Lazzari's work has engaged a wide range of subjects in both realistic and abstract styles, including bodies[2][3], beauty[4], gender[5], power[6][7] [8], censorship[9], illness[10] and death[11]. She has also produced pure abstractions[12] and nature-based landscape works[13]. Lazzari primarily paints, but has also produced audio-visual installations[14], and public sculptures[15], sometimes partnering with Lauren Evans.[16]

She is Professor Emerita of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, Roski School of Art and Design. [17]She led the establishment of the design program at that school. She taught in the Master of Fine Arts program and in undergraduate painting, drawing, design and general education areas. Lazzari received her Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • 1Career
    • 1.1Exhibitions
    • 1.2Collections
    • 1.3Publications
  • 2Awards and honors
  • 3References
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Lazzari has had over 40 solo exhibitions of her work including those at the Billis Williams Gallery[18][19], Los Angeles, at the Fresno Art Museum[20], Riverside Art Museum[21][22], and USC Fisher Museum of Art. Her work has been selected for more than 70 group shows. As half of the Lazzari Evans Public Art design team, she has produced eight public commissions, with themes that make evident the persistence of nature in urban environments.


Lazzari's works are in more than 20 public collections, including those of Angell Foundation, Los Angeles, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Fresno Art Museum, Cathedral Collection of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles[23], Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, Azusa Pacific University, Harrah's Casino, New Jersey, the Saint Louis University Museum of Art|St. Louis University Museum of Art, and Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama[24].


In addition to numerous magazine art reviews, Lazzari has authored or co-authored several popular art textbooks, including: Exploring Art: a Global, Thematic Approach[25]; The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist; Drawing; Life Drawing; and Art and Design Fundamentals.[16] In contrast to traditional Art Appreciation texts, Exploring Art pioneered an innovative thematic, rather than chronological, structure and much greater inclusion of non-Western art.

Awards and honors

Lazzari's honors and awards for her work include a Visual Artist Fellowship[26] from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1995, and Distinguished Woman Artist, 2015, Fresno Art Museum Council of 100.[20]


  1. Vaughn, Susan (January 28, 2001). "Artist Must Sharpen Marketing Skills to Gain the Necessary Exposure for Craft". Entertainment & Arts. Los Angeles Times. pp. W1–W2. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  2. Letran, Vivian (November 2, 2001). "Go Figurative: Realism Returns to Art". Entertainment & Arts. Los Angeles Times. pp. E1. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  3. Von Blum, Paul (October 1, 1993). "New Visions, New Viewers, New Vehicles: Twentieth-Century Developments in North American Political Art". Leonardo, the MIT Press. 26 (5): 459–466 – via MUSE.
  4. Knaff, Devorah (April 19, 1992). "The Idea of Beauty". Riverside Press-Enterprise. pp. D2.
  5. Geer, Suvan (July 31, 1990). "ART REVIEWS: 'Censorship' Explores History of Repression". Entertainment & Arts. Los Angeles Times. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  6. Doherty, Jake (January 17, 1992). "Taking a look back at Guerrilla Girls' shots at the mainstream art world". Entertainment & Arts. Los Angeles Times. pp. B4. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  7. Kapitanoff, Nancy (January 19, 1992). "Works About Work: Artists confront the toll capitalism takes on the family and the psyche". Los Angeles Times. pp. 99–101. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  8. Muchnic, Suzanne (December 3, 1992). "Whither the Biennial Bandwagon?: Critical, Popular Response Will Help Determine Art Exhibition's Future". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  9. Snow, Shauna (July 8, 1990). "Banned and Booed Art". Entertainment & Arts. p. 92. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  10. "Visual Art Source". Retrieved 2023-10-20.
  11. Camper, Fred (January 29, 1998). "Still Life With Death". Arts & Culture. Chicago Reader. p. 2. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  12. Daichendt, G. James (April 1, 2017). "Margaret Lazzari". ArtScene (April 2017) – via visualartsource.
  13. Baker, Kenneth (May 26, 2001). "Rothko's greatness in detail, Linnenbrink and Lazzari". San Francisco Chronicle. pp. C1, C10. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  14. Kandel, Susan (December 10, 1992). "ART REVIEWS: 'LAX': L.A. Is Written All Over It". Entertainment & Arts. Los Angeles Times. pp. F1, F8–F9. Retrieved October 21, 2023.
  15. "Exuberant Birds: Seabird Pole in Santa Monica, CA". Public Art Archive. Retrieved 2023-10-21.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Alumni Spotlight: Margaret Lazzari". Retrieved 2023-10-20.
  17. "Margaret Lazzari | Roski School of Art and Design". Retrieved 2023-10-20.
  18. Turner, Nancy Kay (2020-07-17). "Margaret Lazzari at George Billis LA". Art and Cake. Retrieved 2023-10-22.
  19. Turner, Nancy Kay (2022-09-26). "Margaret Lazzari's Luminous Breathing Space". Riot Material. Retrieved 2023-10-22.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Fresno Art Museum :: Distinguished Women Artists". Retrieved 2023-10-20.
  21. "Lazzari, Reyes Work Exhibited". Los Angeles Times. April 29, 1992. pp. E5.
  22. Knaff, Devorah L (February 9, 1992). "2 Women's Somber Look at Society". The Press Enterprise.
  23. "Dedication of Our Lady of Mercy Chapel". Catholic Trojan Magazine (Summer 2019): 10. July 30, 2019 – via issuu.
  24. Nelson, James R (July 6, 1997). "Huntsville Museum Offers Best Contemporary Art Show". The Birmingham News. pp. Arts and Leisure.
  25. Lazzari, Margaret (2019). Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach (Revised 5th ed.). Boston: Cengage. pp. xi–xvii. ISBN 9781337709910.
  26. Alexander, Jane (October 1, 1995). "Fellowships" (PDF). National Endowment for the Arts, 1995 Annual Report. 1995: 76–77.

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