MARGO KREN was born in Houston, Texas but spent most of her life in the midwest. She received her BS in 1966 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 1979 and is now Professor Emerita of Art in 2003, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Kren has had numerous exhibits, most notably at New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Indiana; the Downey Museum of Los Angeles, California; the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; the University of Durban, Westville, South Africa; the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institute in Regensburg, Germany and Yunnan Art Institute, Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China. She has been a visiting artist to the Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia; Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia; College D'Enseignement Artistique et Artisanal, Kpalime,Togo, West Africa and Academy of Arts / Design and Tsinghau University, Beijing, PR China. Kren was invited to teach Spring Semester 2005 at the Jilin College of Art, Changchun, China. Her work is featured in Le Blues Braillant (The Blues Cryin') book text by the poet, Beverly Matherne, Cross Cultural Communications, New York/ Krakow, 1999 and in Helicon Nine, Cut Bank, New Letters, Tight Rope and Stiletto.
Kren received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1982, and attended
Yaddo in 1989. She was awarded the Governor's Art Award of Kansas in 1989,
and the Kansas Arts Commission, Artist Fellowship award in 2000. She received
the Kansas State University's Distinguished Graduate Faculty Member award
in 1989. She has been active in the promotion of the arts on a statewide
level, including a stint as president of the Kansas City Artist Coalition
in 1982. Kren's work is in various public and private collections.
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