Margaret (Maggie) Libby studied at Tufts University and Colby College. After Colby, she continued her studio education at the New York Studio School, Skowhegan, and the Vermont Studio School. As part of her studio art training, she devised an independent study program with two painter-teachers to focus on reinterpreting the female figure.
After realizing the importance of presenting women’s images and stories in a public dialogue, Libby completed a chronological series of life-size pregnancy self-portraits, shown in a solo show entitled Regarding the Self. In 1993, she began exploring the rich and ambivalent experience of parenthood in a Mother-Daughter series. A piece from this series, entitled Emma Dreams (private collection of Ankeney Weitz,) has been accepted for the special issue from the international publication Studies in the Maternal, entitled Maternal Aesthetics: The Surprise of the Real, online in May 2013 at www.mamsie.bbk.ac.uk.
In 2004 she began work on a project to recreate the history of women at Colby College. That work was exhibited in the fall of 2012 as a solo show entitled Hidden Histories: a project by Maggie Libby, held in conjunction with Colby College’s 200th Bicentennial. The show included interactive installations of hinged canvases, altered books, printed Braille names of graduates, and invitation to write on museum walls, along with paintings, large scale drawings, mixed media pieces and original archival materials from the college’s Special Collections.