School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 1995-2000; concentrated in painting in Gerry Bergstein’s studio as well as studying painting with Kurt Kauper, Ron Rizzi, Julie Graham, and Maria Magdalenga Compos Pons; and in video art with Mary Ellen Strom; Diploma in Studio Art 2000
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D. 1974
Harvard College, B.A. 1970
Following one earlier life as political activist and community organizer, Mr. Margolin spent 20 years as a lawyer representing Native American tribes across the United States, before shifting his focus to developing a full time studio art practice. After completing the Diploma program at the Museum School in Boston, Mr. Margolin focused initially on creating stop motion video animations dealing with issues of gay male identity, sexuality, and fantasy.
In recent years Mr. Margolin’s studio practice returned to painting. His current body of work explores the risks of climate change, and the first exhibition of this new series, “Climate Shift”, is scheduled for June of 2019 at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in Yarmouth, MA. His previous bodies of work, “Play of Wakefulness”, “Space of Mind” and “Emptiness and Luminosity”, explored visual language to embody his deep engagement with Buddhist philosophy. He was gratified when his first solo painting exhibitions at Galatea Fine Art in Boston’s SOWA Arts District virtually sold out in September of 2014, October of 2016 and October of 2018. He recently completed a term as President of this South End artists’ cooperative gallery. In late 2017, Mr. Margolin relocated his studio to Yarmouth, Massachusetts. In June of 2019, Mr. Margolin’s “Climate Shift” exhibition at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth, MA benefited the BetterFutureProject of 350.org to support climate activism. Mr. Margolin’s scheduled May 2020 exhibition at the Cultural Center, a benefit for the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, was rescheduled due to the pandemic crisis for May of 2022.
September 2014: “Emptiness and Luminosity”, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA
October 2016: “Space of Mind”, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA
October 2018: “Play of Wakefulness”, Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA
June 2019: “Climate Shift”, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yarmouth, MA
April 2018: Anywhere But Here, Cape Cod Cultural Center, Yarmouth, MA
June 2014: See the Light, Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA
February 2014: The Power of the Power of Suggestion, Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA
October 2012: 66thAnnual Aqueous Open 2012, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, Third Street Gallery, Carnegie, PA
August 2012: New England Collective III, Third Annual Juried Exhibition, Galatea Fine Arts, Boston, MA