Margy O'Brien

Exhibits & Awards

Leafing Through Papers (2015)2017

ArtsThrive” Invitational Exhibition & Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque NM

Group show of Luna Project, “Edge Effect”, Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque NM

Group show “Portable Magic: The Art of the Book”, Santa Fe Book Arts Group, NM Capitol Rotunda Gallery, Santa Fe NM

SLMM national group show, “Merge IV”, Albuquerque NM

Group show of Luna Project, “Through Their Eyes”, Tortuga Gallery, Albuquerque NM


SLMM southwest regional group show, “Merge III”, Albuquerque NM


Completed tile mural for fountain at Winrock Town Center, Albuquerque NM

Included in juried show, “Pulp: Paper as Sculptural Media”, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery (“Leafing Through Papers” pictured to the right)


Completed tile mural for Bachechi Environmental Ed building, Bernalillo County Open Space

Group show of Luna Project, “Reflect” at City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center Gallery

Sketchbook Confidential exerpt (2011)2013

Included in 500 Handmade Books Vol. 2, Lark Books

Group show of Luna Project, “Echoes” at Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque NM


Included in 1000 Artists Books, Quarry Books

Group show “Book of Cranes”, DSG Gallery, Albuquerque NM


Several pages from my nature journals featured in Sketchbook Confidential by Stephanie Laufersweiler, North Light Publications (pictured to the right).

Ceramic tile pillars (2009)2010

“Drawing on Nature” exhibit of womens’ nature journals (New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM)

“The Accordion Book” annual LIBROS members’ exhibit ( Albuquerque Main Public Library, Albuquerque, NM)

“Tell Tale Tiles” juried national tile art exhibit (Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia, PA)

1st place, prints, inks & graphite and Cathie P. Scott Memorial award (Masterworks of New Mexico, Miniature Arts, Expo NM, Albuquerque, NM)


Completed eight ceramic tile pillars (example shown at right), benches, walls – Laurie Roddick, designer (City of Albuquerque’s International Marketplace neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM)

“Open Space: A View with Room” group art exhibit (Open Space Visitor Center, Albuquerque, NM)

Bearing Witness book cover2008

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 4th annual exhibit – group show (Sumner & Dene Gallery, Albuquerque, NM)

Nineteen of my watercolors illustrate in Bearing Witness: 25 Years of Refuge, Lou Liberty and Margy O’Brien. (pictured, right). Winner of the 2008 New Mexico Book Award – Nature category.


“A Window on the Bosque” tile installation completed Rio Grande Nature Center State Park (Albuquerque, NM)

Completed three murals and tile elements for the new Open Space Visitor Center (Albuquerque, NM)


Art & Science: Observation & Imagination” exhibit  included two of my nature journals
(University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM)

Tile exhibit 20052005

Waiting for Water”(JPG) essay and watercolor illustrations published in New Mexico Magazine  (May 2005 issue).

Laying the Foundation: American Art Tile” – Juried tile exhibit (American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA)

“The Art of Seeing”  juried group exhibit ( also 2003) (The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA)


1st place, Legacy Award for feature writing, National Association for Interpretation

“Personal Souvenirs” essay and watercolor illustrations featured in Legacy magazine (March/April 2004 issue)

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Exhibit – juried group show (Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ)


Honorable Mention, Fall Juried Exhibit of the New Mexico Watercolor Society (Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)


gateway markersDesigned and completed four gateway markers
with tile murals (see example to the left)
for the Public Art Project, Town of Queen Creek, Arizona

Peppertree murals2001

Designed and completed four tile murals (see example to the right) for Peppertree neighborhood for the Public Art Project, City of Albuquerque, NM. Metal cut-out features by John Bell.


Selected as Artist in Residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

1st place Media Award, Wayside Exhibit – National Association of Interpretation

trail markerSix ceramic tile trail markers (example shown, left)
at the Cottonwood Springs Trail,
Elena Gallegos Open Space (Public Art Project,
City of Albuquerque, NM.
(See more examples on the City’s page.)