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Urban Pop Art Projects is Margarita Korol's brand of fresh design. The art studio is headquartered in New York City with bases in Chicago and Los Angeles. Her mark has been made in the design, publishing, music, and nonprofit industries. Named Best New Visual Artist of 2013 by the Chicago Reader, Margarita's exhibits with her signature humanitarian angle aimed at doing social work have put Urban Pop Art Projects on the map. Updating the Soviet Jewish immigrant experience in the contemporary public eye, her award-winning Spoils of War: Ode to a Refusenik Mother project, featuring a poster exhibit, published poem, produced musical track, video, and book available on Amazon is a multimedia experience covered by the media as doing important social work. Explore her other social propaganda exhibits and more.
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ABOUT

the urbanpopartist MISSION  

Fighting corruption, mediocrity, and human rights infringements. In collaboration with stakeholders of all shapes and sizes, artist Margarita Korol and her collaborators empower citizens in social and political systems that are more loyal to the survival of the systems themselves than to the individuals they surround.

MARGARITA

Margarita is Urban Pop Art Projects' Founding Artist. She is a creative strategist who is innovating better relationships through human-centered design within communities, organizations, and political systems.

Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine to refuseniks, Korol’s focus on empowering individuals in disadvantaged struggles against their political systems is an ongoing theme in her work. She studied anthropology at Loyola University Chicago and Charles University in Prague, and has an MFA in Design for Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts.

Projects

Since 2007, Margarita has been designing creative solutions with partners through her studio Urban Pop Art Projects, with a range of projects in publishing (New York Times, Random House, Harper’s Magazine, Tablet Magazine), the arts (NY’s Russian Heritage Month, National Arts Club, NY Aquarium), nonprofits (Brownsville Community Justice Center, Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations), musicians (Sam Barsh and Palter Ego in LA, Chella H in Chicago) and even corporations (Intel, AOL).

Her work is characterized by a relevantly funky, urban, and politically-charged vibrancy aiming for a feeling of profound connection to humanity in her audiences.

2016: siblingsfor.life

Digital communications strategy helping bereaved siblings around the world to connect and celebrate the lives of their brothers and sisters.





2016: The Level: Social Justice Assessment Tool

Project design and coordination of teams in SVA's DSI department, for the creation of an assessment tool for social innovators to gauge ethical foundations of their work



2016: Loud Mouth Food Desert Truck

Team-designed business plan for a social venture bringing healthy veggie-based fast food to NYC food deserts





2015: UN Foundation Design Fellowship

Produced live art incorporating speakers and quotes from the UN Foundation's 2015 Social Good Summit and 2016's Earth To Paris. .





2015: Brownsville Placemaking

Communications design on a street renovation project in partnership with civic, nonprofit & resident stakeholders



2015: Priya’s Shakti Exhibition production

Coordination of transmedia exhibitions empowering Indian rape victims, as part of Tribeca Film Festival in SoHo and at Lincoln Center in New York City



2013-2014: Intel's Artist in Residence

As part of Intel’s Experience Stores that popped up in Chicago, NYC, and LA over the 2013 holiday season, Margarita set up shop in the front window of the Second City’s own Lincoln Park making art out of recycled electronics and played with the community, reminding neighbors that their potential for creativity is what’s inside.



2011-2016: Illustrations

Public art means making art accessible to the public. Over the years, Margarita expanded her list of independent musician and author patrons widely by offering a sliding scale for album art and book covers, while also designing freelance illustration for magazines.



2011: Drunkdial Your Senator, Not Your Ex

Drunkdial Your Senator Not Your Ex NYC stickering campaign during Occupy Wall Street and beyond.





exhibits

2012-2013: Spoils of War

A multimedia project dedicated to Margarita's refusenik family, especially her mother who escaped the Soviet Union as a lone refugee with her daughter in 88. With funding from COJECO's Blueprint Fellowship, partnered with UJA Federations, Spoils of War exhibited at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Square. The namesake poem Margarita wrote that was originally published in Tablet Magazine was published in book-form alongside the 17 illustrations, reproductions of the poster exhibit. Performed at NYC's literary venues KGB Bar in the East Village and Franklin Park Bar in Brooklyn. For the occasion of the 25th anniversary of her mother's immigration in 2013, Spoils of War was performed and exhibited in Manhattan as part of the city's Russian Heritage Month from the Russian American Foundation, Mayor Bloomberg, and the New York Post.

June 2012 Poem published in Tablet Magazine and exhibited at New York's National Arts Club alongside a seventeen panel series.

December 2012 Book released at KGB Bar in local bookstores in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, and on Amazon. 

2013 Multimedia live performance at Franklin Park Reading Series

2013  Multimedia installation with 6 new propaganda painting portraits at Manhattan Brownstone Gallery

Award of New York State Assembly Citation

Coverage in NY Post

Coverage on Russian Television International and Russian Television Network

 

2011: ArtOnBrighton Propaganda

ArtOnBrighton 2011 exhibit featuring a series of propaganda posters papered on the Coney Island/ Brighton Beach boardwalk and inside the New York City Aquarium.



2011: The Transparency Projects

Exhibition commemorating the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl promoting active democracy and transparency as tools that empower individuals within their political systems. On display at NYC's KGB Bar through June 2011. Her portrait of Malcolm X is part of the collection at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Center in Washington Heights, in the Audubon Theater where Dr. X was assassinated.



2009: Die, Mauer

Installation commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Installation is currently housed by Chicago's Dankhaus German Cultural Center.



2007: Chicago: Immigrating City

Exhibit putting Chicago in the limelight along with many of its notable icons: The El, Lake Michigan, diversity, urban immigrants, and biking culture.