Margaretha Haughwout

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Margaretha Haughwout

Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

Department/Office Information

Art and Art History
317 Little Hall
  • T 3:30pm - 5:30pm (317 Little Hall)
  • W 3:30pm - 4:30pm (317 Little Hall)


I collaborate with humans, and the more-than-human, across technologies and ecologies, to tear at the fabric of capitalist modernity and to gesture to possible worlds — worlds that generate abundance, presence and relationship. These possible worlds inspire a radical imagination that counters proprietary regimes, colonial temporalities, and capitalist forms of labor. My work manifests as speculative fabulation, intervention, participatory event, walking tour, experimental pedagogy, installation, and biological processes.

My active collaborations include the Coven Intelligence Program, with efrén cruz cortés and Suzanne Husky, a coven that uncovers revolutionary ecologies between witches, plants and machines; the Guerrilla Grafters, with Ian Pollock and Tara Hui: who graft fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental street trees in the urban environment; Ruderal Witchcraft with Oliver Kellhammer: considering of set of practices specific to planetary, weedy natures that work their way at edges and interstices of public and private property, and which are entangled with a range of other human and non-human outcasts of capitalist modernity; and the Coastal Reading Group with Bibi Calderaro: consisting of artists from different coasts who trouble the subjects of wilderness, speciation, humanness and ways of knowing through diverse engagements with nonhumans. I created and maintain the Food Forest Studio in Central New York, and host the annual Grafters X Change with Marisa Prefer, for bioregional eco-artists and fruit tree enthusiasts to continue the work toward abundant Food Forest Futures.

I Have been awarded numerous grants for community based art works, and my personal and collaborative artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Most recently my work was featured at The Pixelache Festival in Helsinki, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Fransico, Stadwerkstatt in Linz Austria, at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, and as a part of SLSA’s Experimental Engagements exhibition at UC California Irvine. I received my MFA from the University of California Santa Cruz, my Permaculture Design Certificate from the Urban Permaculture Institute, have studied with numerous herbalists including Matthew Wood, holding a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies. In my classes as Assistant Professor of Digital Studio at Colgate University (on Oneida territory and within the Susquehannah River Watershed), I draw connections to legacies in conceptual art, new media art, and collaboration, in order to foster distributed, artistic approaches to the interconnected issues of our time/s.

Learn how conceptual art, feminist art, the avant garde, and digital art combine in Digital Studio: Recipes Code Spells. Make art about surveillance, identity, and the internet in Distribution and Intervention
Learn more about the Food Forest Studio and the 6th E Street project in the Ho/Olin tunnels!