ChâteauMargo, a multi-faceted cultural organization, with a strong local base creates cultural and community events that are accessible to all with the intention of providing access to education in diverse and unique fields.
With a team of volunteers, ChâteauMargo showcases local food, art and music to the world and in turn brings the world's art and culture to Austin. It is essential for ChâteauMargo to have a stable venue for culture in it's many forms and her current home in the Hyde Park neighborhood functions well in the tradition of a 'Salon'.
ChâteauMargo aims to provide a nurturing environment to promote educational opportunities and sustainable growth for artists, chefs, musicians, academics and educators of all ages and all persuasions, both known and unknown. Margo genuinely enjoys hosting students, scholars, performers, artists and visiting professors and one of her first AirBNB guests, a post-doc from Galicia, is the Godfather to her son! Margo has been providing housing and community for visitors to the Capital City from near and far at her home in Austin for the last few years.
Previously, Margo had a temporary space, Gallery Coco, near downtown on West Avenue. The press releases from the two exhibitions she produced during that short time can be found on the Downloads page.
In 2008/9, when ChâteauMargo was a very small studio in the Clarksville neighborhood (just one mile from the Capital Building), Margo hosted a festive event called HARVEST, to honor of the moon, women, celestial bodies, the earth, agriculture and cats!
Margo Clara Grace, the Artistic Director of ChâteauMargo, is a native New Orleanian (formerly Margo Grace Newburger Chapman), who happily settled in Austin following a major Hurricane to her hometown in 2005. She has worked globally, namely in Japan, France, Germany, Italy, as well as parts of "X-Yugoslavia" (Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia). As a longtime resident of London and the UK (1988-2004), Margo is deeply involved with European culture and still holds strong ties to the artists she worked with whilst living in England, across the Continent, as well as in Asia.
Upon her return to the USA in 2004, Margo returned to her hometown, New Orleans, and at the time was concentrating on work from the Southern USA as well as Mexico, in particular the States that border the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida. In 2004, at a temporary gallery space on Julia Street in the historic Warehouse District, ChâteauMargo exhibited over 20 artists from these locals in an showcase called "Virgo Rising" for the annual event in October titled "Art for Arts Sake".
Having worked full time at the University of Texas for the past decade, Margo feels her work at the Jackson School of Geosciences provided her with more engagement in the Earth Sciences, which is connected to her work as an artist and enviromentalist. Working at the University has given Margo a deep appreciation of the institution and she intends to evolve her career through further education by starting a Masters Degree in "Human Dimensions of Organizations" this Fall.
Watch this space!