Monica Angle is a painter, printmaker, bookmaker, and collage artist living in Buffalo, New York. She earned a BA from Harvard College in 1984, majoring in Folklore and Mythology while also studying painting. Later, she turned her attention to Geography, completing her MS at Pennsylvania State University in 1987. In 1994, her continued interest in art led her to pursue advanced coursework in printmaking and bookmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minneapolis, MN.
Angle’s practice—which often investigates the notion of memory and place from the perspective of an individual or comminuty—is a natural sythesis of her interest in culture, storytelling, geography and art. She explains, “I was educated as a geographer, with an emphasis on describing and analyzing the built environment. I completed my master’s thesis on the cinematic description of place. The observation of place continues to inform my work.” Her ethereal use of color and light conjure up an experience of place remembered.
Since 1996, Angle has presented her work in six solo exhibitions, including the Flickinger Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville, VA and the Visual Arts Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, her work has been included in seven group exhibitions, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, PDX Contemporary Art Gallery in Portland, OR, and in Buffalo, NY at Insite Gallery and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In addition to academic and commercial galleries, her work has been shown in public spaces such as City Hall in Minneapolis, and the Massachusetts State House. Angle’s work is included the permanent collections of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Minnesota State Historical Society in St. Paul, MN and the Walker Art Center, as well as many private collections in the United States and Canada.
Angle, with a deep commitment to community service, has made a significant impact in the realm of arts and education in Western New York. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Burchfield Penney Art Center where she is a member of the Eduction Committee and Collection Committee. Angle worked closely with BPAC staff to form the Education Committee and help reimagine its arts education and docent programming, while taking into consideration the needs of the community and the opportunites offered by the new building.
Extending her commitment to the arts to other organizations, Angle is Co-Chair of the Neglia Ballet Artists, a member of the Nichols School Art Committee and an exhibiting artist member of the Buffalo Society of Artists. She is a teaching artist for Just Buffalo Literary Center, working with elementary students on bookmaking through the Writing with Light program. Employing her knowledge of geography and the arts, she also works with the Cornell University Industrial Labor Relations School on a mapping project focused on providing a physical snapshot of the location of artists in Western New York.
Angle appreciates the arts scene in Western New York for its wide spectrum of active artists, from students to more established practicing artists. Since 2005, Angle has resided in Buffalo with her husband, Sam Magavern, her two daughters and several dwarf hamsters. She works from her home attic studio.