Margaret A. MacKichan, MFA

Title: Artist
Company: Great Plains Art Institute
Location: Mission, South Dakota, United States

Margaret A. MacKichan, Artist at Great Plains Art Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the realm of artistic expression.

Ms. MacKichan is a celebrated and prolific artist whose expertise is backed by more than 50 years of professional experience. The founding director of the Great Plains Art Institute at Sinte Gleska University in the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota since 1987, she previously acted as a photographer with the Rosebud Reservation from 1987 to 1992 and a photographer in Kentucky from 1968 to 1987. She commenced her career as an associate with Volunteers in Service to America from 1966 to 1967.

Alongside her professional endeavors, Ms. MacKichan was a participant in the Annual Plains Indian Seminar from 1987 to 1998 and a visiting professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1980 to 1987. Prior to these appointments, she served as an instructor at Nebraska Western College from 1987 to 1979 and an artist-in-community at Western Nebraska Art Center from 1978 to 1979.

A respected voice in her field, Ms. MacKichan has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations. She is a member of the Society for Photographic Education, the National Art Education Association, and the Society of Scottish Artists. Notably, she is a fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies. In addition, she served as a coauthor of the book “In the Kingdom of Grass,” published in 1992.

Early in her academic career, Ms. MacKichan was involved in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. However, during her graduate studies, she found her calling in photography. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska in 1970, followed by acting as a curatorial intern at the International Museum of Photography in the George Eastman House from 1971 to 1972. She subsequently received a Master of Arts at the University of New Mexico in 1974, concluding her academic pursuits with a Master of Fine Arts from the same academic institution in 1977.

In recognition of her exceptional achievements and contributions to art, Ms. MacKichan has accrued several accolades. Most recently, she was named South Dakota Art Educator of the Year and was presented with the Outstanding Service in Art Education Award by the South Dakota Governor in 2003. Previously, she was deemed an artistic fellow with the Mid-American Arts Alliances in 1983 and an artist grantee with the Nebraska Arts Council and Nebraska Committee on Humanities in 1978. In addition, she was honored with the Vreeland Award from the University of Nebraska in 1970, as well as First Prize in Photography in Mademoiselle Magazine the same year.

Married to the late Sicangu Lakota Don Moccasin with one child, Ms. MacKichan hopes to be living on a mountaintop in North Carolina in five years’ time. In her spare time, she enjoys walking horses, Scottish dancing, and playing the banjo and bagpipes. She has been honored with inclusion into several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

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