As a young artist, Allegra Marquart came to Baltimore in 1976 to teach printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Gradually she became recognized for her narrative imagery that revolves around the joys, absurdities and surprises of human experience. Her prints are held in collections including the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Huntsville Museum of Art. The DC Commission on the Arts selected two of her large scale works for their Art Bank collection.
Artist residencies at MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest and Rochefort-en-Terre provided time and inspiration. Other travels ranged over China, Italy, Great Britain and France where Allegra presented her work in some major and not-so-major institutions but it wasn’t until 2001 that a moment of epiphany led her to explore the possibilities of realizing her images in glass. That changed everything.
After a variety of struggles Allegra began interpreting old stories and intricately rendering them on colorful glass panels. These have found their way into the Maurine Littleton Gallery in DC and have been shown each for the past three years at SOFA in Chicago.
Her glass work was represented in a recent contemporary glass art exhibition at the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts. One of her glass towers is also in the collection of the National Institute of Health in DC.