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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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Margarita is an artist and social innovation designer engaging people in struggles with the social systems around them. The studio's mission is to reduce suffering. 

Immigrating City (2007)

Embracing all of our immigrant roots in Chicago 

(Ravenswood Tap, Chicago)





Die, Mauer (2009)

Feeling empathy towards people behind totalitarian walls 

(Harper College, for their 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, now housed at the DANK Haus German Cultural Center, Chicago)




Drunkdial Your Senator (2011)

Empowering American citizens to demand transparency and be active in their democracy 

(KGB Bar, National Arts Club, New York City)





Spoils of War (2012)

Updating the post-Soviet Jewish identity in America. Citation of Worth from the State of New York for contributions as a writer, artist, and designer.

(National Arts Club, Tablet Magazine, New York City)





Intel/ Maker Education Initiative (2013)

Persuading Chicagoans that we all have enormous creative potential energy inside. Award for Community Engagement  

(Intel, Lincoln Park)

Helping bereaved siblings and others to keep celebrating life 

(School of Visual Arts, New York City)





AdaptLab Productions (2017)

Co-founder of a video production company with a filmmaker with learning differences that is launching the careers of a team of producers and creating access to others with these career goals.  

(JCC Manhattan Center for Special Needs, New York City)




dOGUMENTA (2017)

dOGUMENTA runs August 11 to 13 at Brookfield Place in downtown Manhattan. The show will feature works commissioned by 10 New York City artists—Korol, for example, is addressing the anxiety and fear dogs experience by incorporating recordings of “murmured sweet nothings” that she uses to comfort her own dog. (Newsweek)

(Brookfield Place, New York City)



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About Margarita

Born the week of Chernobyl in Ukraine to Jewish refuseniks (political refugees fleeing oppressive Soviet persecution in the 70s and 80s), Margarita’s focus on empowering individuals in disadvantaged struggles against the social and political systems around them is an ongoing theme in her work. Today her strongest weapons for activism are urban pop, design and cybernetics (the science of control through communication). She studied cultural 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. She is a Chicagoan living and working in Washington Heights, Manhattan, NYC, USA, ⊕. Margarita can be reached at the AdaptLab Productions studio.