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Welcome Margot McCaul, New Director’s Circle Chair

October 1, 2020 | Rachel Katz

Margot McCaul

Margot McCaul. Photo by Tim Redman.

Margot has been an active member of the Director’s Circle—the High’s premier leadership giving level—for many years, traveling on both domestic and foreign trips and hosting events in her home. She also has been an ardent supporter of the High’s Exhibition Series and recently joined the Museum’s Board of Directors.

In the upcoming year, Margot will work with the Development team to strengthen and grow the Director’s Circle. She shared, “I am honored to be asked to be the Chair of the Director’s Circle. I look forward to working with existing members and hope to enhance our experience in engaging with the Museum and its many events and programs. I am also excited to participate in the recruitment of new members.”

Originally from Ireland, Margot became a docent at the High over fifteen years ago, not long after arriving in Atlanta. Before moving to Atlanta, she had previously lived in Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus, Georgia. Though she travels back to Ireland frequently, when looking to revisit her heritage while in Atlanta, she comes to the High. “For me, there is nowhere better to feel those roots than a walk through the High,” she said. “It is where I can escape and get lost with my story in a world where I am transported back to a different place and time. If I feel like a European vacation, I take a walk down a country lane with Pissarro, soak up the fog with Monet, or perhaps Boudin might offer me a leisurely boat ride. There are so many stories to share and enjoy.”

As an experienced docent, she shared that one of her favorite artists in the collection is Thornton Dial, who left us “images of the American South as he lived it, free of anger and full of truth and hope.” She is also passionate about our Civil Rights collection, which reminds her of the march in Northern Ireland in 1968, inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. “He gave us the courage to dream and overcome. There are voices from many places in the world, still waiting and hoping to be heard,” she said.

Reflecting on her experience over the years with the High, Margot expressed that “it gives me great joy to be a part of all this, sharing it with others, especially the children from all walks of life who are seeing and learning about a magical world that they have yet to experience.”