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Biography

Meg Webster (b. 1944, San Francisco, CA) has long been guided by an environmentalist impulse to celebrate and preserve the natural world. She produces both indoor sculptures made of salt, earth, sand, and other natural materials, and outdoor installations designed to enhance the community’s appreciation for and understanding of the earth’s ecosystem. Webster received her MFA from Yale University in 1983, and had a one-person exhibition at Donald Judd’s exhibition space on Spring Street, New York, the same year. Subsequent one-person exhibitions have been held at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (1984); the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1991); The Brooklyn Museum, New York (1992); P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York (1998); and MoMA P.S. 1 (2013). In 2017, Webster participated in the two-person exhibition, Natura Naturans at Villa Panza in Varese, Italy. She also presented her large-scale earthwork, Concave Room for Bees, at Socrates Sculpture Park, commissioned for their 2016 exhibition, “LANDMARK.” She will have a one-person exhibition at the LMCC Art Center at Governor’s Island, New York, in 2021. Webster lives and works in New York.

Selected Works

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Meg Webster Concave Room for Bees, 2016 a site-specific installation 70 feet in diameter created from over 300 cubic yards of soil forming an earthen bowl 5 feet high planted with flowers, herbs and shrubs that attract pollinating creatures, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2016.

Meg Webster
Concave Room for Bees, 2016
a site-specific installation 70 feet in diameter created from over 300 cubic yards of soil forming an earthen bowl 5 feet high planted with flowers, herbs and shrubs that attract pollinating creatures, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2016.

Meg Webster Copper Disk for Facing Hands, 2012 copper 1 x 7 1/2 in. diameter (2.5 x 19.1 cm diameter) Edition of 6, 2 AP

Meg Webster
Copper Disk for Facing Hands, 2012
copper
1 x 7 1/2 in. diameter (2.5 x 19.1 cm diameter)
Edition of 6, 2 AP

Meg Webster Solar Grow Room, 2016 Installation view, "The Garden - End of Times, Beginning of Times," ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, April 8 - October 22, 2017

Meg Webster
Solar Grow Room, 2016
Installation view, "The Garden - End of Times, Beginning of Times," ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, April 8 - October 22, 2017

Meg Webster Natura Naturans Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy, 2015-2016

Meg Webster
Natura Naturans
Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy, 2015-2016

Meg Webster Cocoa, 2013 cocoa on Arches paper 16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Meg Webster
Cocoa, 2013
cocoa on Arches paper
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Meg Webster Meg Webster, Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W 21st Street, New York, NY, May 7 - June 24, 2016

Meg Webster
Meg Webster, Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W 21st Street, New York, NY, May 7 - June 24, 2016

Meg Webster Sand Bed, 1982/2012 sand 84 x 60 x 6 in. (213.4 x 152.4 x 15.2 cm)

Meg Webster
Sand Bed, 1982/2012
sand
84 x 60 x 6 in. (213.4 x 152.4 x 15.2 cm)

Meg Webster Moss Bed, 1986/2017 peat moss, earth and plastic tarp 5 x 60 x 84 in. (12.7 x 152.4 x 213.4 cm) Installation view: "Occupy Mana: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy & Friends in Solidarity, Year I," Curated by Phong Bui & Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, October 15 – December 16, 2017 ​Photo: Thom Sanchez.

Meg Webster
Moss Bed, 1986/2017
peat moss, earth and plastic tarp
5 x 60 x 84 in. (12.7 x 152.4 x 213.4 cm)
Installation view: "Occupy Mana: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy & Friends in Solidarity, Year I," Curated by Phong Bui & Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, October 15 – December 16, 2017
Photo: Thom Sanchez.

Meg Webster Largest Blown Sphere, 1987 five glass spheres each: 36 x 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm) ​Installation view: "Blue Sky," Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY, June 2 – June 21, 1997

Meg Webster
Largest Blown Sphere, 1987
five glass spheres
each: 36 x 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm)
Installation view: "Blue Sky," Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY, June 2 – June 21, 1997

Meg Webster Polished Stainless Steel for Reflecting Outstretched Arms, 2012 mirror-polished stainless steel, 72 x 53 in. (182.9 x 134.6 cm)

Meg Webster
Polished Stainless Steel for Reflecting Outstretched Arms, 2012
mirror-polished stainless steel, 72 x 53 in. (182.9 x 134.6 cm)

Meg Webster Glass Spiral, 1990 standing glass plates, water, plants, soil dimensions variable Installation view: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1990

Meg Webster
Glass Spiral, 1990
standing glass plates, water, plants, soil
dimensions variable
Installation view: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1990

Meg Webster Concave Room for Bees, 2016 a site-specific installation 70 feet in diameter created from over 300 cubic yards of soil forming an earthen bowl 5 feet high planted with flowers, herbs and shrubs that attract pollinating creatures, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2016.

Meg Webster
Concave Room for Bees, 2016
a site-specific installation 70 feet in diameter created from over 300 cubic yards of soil forming an earthen bowl 5 feet high planted with flowers, herbs and shrubs that attract pollinating creatures, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, 2016.

Meg Webster Copper Disk for Facing Hands, 2012 copper 1 x 7 1/2 in. diameter (2.5 x 19.1 cm diameter) Edition of 6, 2 AP

Meg Webster
Copper Disk for Facing Hands, 2012
copper
1 x 7 1/2 in. diameter (2.5 x 19.1 cm diameter)
Edition of 6, 2 AP

Meg Webster Solar Grow Room, 2016 Installation view, "The Garden - End of Times, Beginning of Times," ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, April 8 - October 22, 2017

Meg Webster
Solar Grow Room, 2016
Installation view, "The Garden - End of Times, Beginning of Times," ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark, April 8 - October 22, 2017

Meg Webster Natura Naturans Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy, 2015-2016

Meg Webster
Natura Naturans
Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese, Italy, 2015-2016

Meg Webster Cocoa, 2013 cocoa on Arches paper 16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Meg Webster
Cocoa, 2013
cocoa on Arches paper
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)

Meg Webster Meg Webster, Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W 21st Street, New York, NY, May 7 - June 24, 2016

Meg Webster
Meg Webster, Installation view, Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W 21st Street, New York, NY, May 7 - June 24, 2016

Meg Webster Sand Bed, 1982/2012 sand 84 x 60 x 6 in. (213.4 x 152.4 x 15.2 cm)

Meg Webster
Sand Bed, 1982/2012
sand
84 x 60 x 6 in. (213.4 x 152.4 x 15.2 cm)

Meg Webster Moss Bed, 1986/2017 peat moss, earth and plastic tarp 5 x 60 x 84 in. (12.7 x 152.4 x 213.4 cm) Installation view: "Occupy Mana: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy & Friends in Solidarity, Year I," Curated by Phong Bui & Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, October 15 – December 16, 2017 ​Photo: Thom Sanchez.

Meg Webster
Moss Bed, 1986/2017
peat moss, earth and plastic tarp
5 x 60 x 84 in. (12.7 x 152.4 x 213.4 cm)
Installation view: "Occupy Mana: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy & Friends in Solidarity, Year I," Curated by Phong Bui & Rail Curatorial Projects, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, October 15 – December 16, 2017
Photo: Thom Sanchez.

Meg Webster Largest Blown Sphere, 1987 five glass spheres each: 36 x 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm) ​Installation view: "Blue Sky," Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY, June 2 – June 21, 1997

Meg Webster
Largest Blown Sphere, 1987
five glass spheres
each: 36 x 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 x 91.4 cm)
Installation view: "Blue Sky," Morris-Healy Gallery, New York, NY, June 2 – June 21, 1997

Meg Webster Polished Stainless Steel for Reflecting Outstretched Arms, 2012 mirror-polished stainless steel, 72 x 53 in. (182.9 x 134.6 cm)

Meg Webster
Polished Stainless Steel for Reflecting Outstretched Arms, 2012
mirror-polished stainless steel, 72 x 53 in. (182.9 x 134.6 cm)

Meg Webster Glass Spiral, 1990 standing glass plates, water, plants, soil dimensions variable Installation view: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1990

Meg Webster
Glass Spiral, 1990
standing glass plates, water, plants, soil
dimensions variable
Installation view: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 1990