I was honored to see my photograph of the Helen Frankenthaler Studio featured on the cover of Yaddo’s 2018 Annual Report. My work in progress, “Surge,” is seen through the windows. More information about Yaddo’s residency here.
My summer research with students was highlighted in an article on the home page of Macalester College. Read the whole article here!
At Macalester, professors don’t just teach—nearly all are also actively contributing to their fields through original research, scholarship, and other work, just like they would be at a larger research university. Collaborating side-by-side with their undergraduate students (and in some cases, even alumni!), they’re contributing to our knowledge in fields ranging from biology to foreign languages. We recently caught up with a few to learn more.
When Britt Abel, associate professor of German and Russian studies, embarked on a project to create a new, open-access German language textbook online, Megan Vossler offered to contribute her expertise as an assistant professor of art and art history. Read more
I spent a glorious four days at the Highlights Foundation Illustration Intensive workshop in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, learning new techniques for picture book illustration and having portfolio reviews. Highly recommend! More info here.
For the month of March, I will be living and working at the historic artists' colony of Yaddo. From their mission statement: "Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment." Website here
Panel Conversation with Sharon Louden, Mara Duvra, Tia-Simone Gardner, and Megan Vossler
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7pm
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College
Free and open to the public.
More information here
The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist, educator, and advocate for artists Sharon Louden, the book is a platform for conversation that describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of the contributors have made impactful, artistic contributions as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century use their out-of-the-box thinking not only as part of the creative economy, but more importantly, to enhance the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they work to produce measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, corporate environments and in our day-to-day lives. By sharing concrete examples, Sharon addresses how the myth of the singular "Artist Hero" is no longer relevant in today's society.
For our conversation at Macalester College, Sharon Louden will moderate a lively conversation between artists Tia-Simone Gardner, Mara Duvra and Macalester drawing professor Megan Vossler, talking about what it means to sustain a creative life today. Who are we as contemporary artists, and what do we want and need in order to thrive? The audience will be invited to reflect on these questions, and to participate in this wide-ranging conversation. The artists will not only field questions, but also make connections with those who attend. A book-signing will follow the conversation, with books available for purchase. We hope you'll join us for this special event!
VOLUME 3 | L - Z
Editors: Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis
Publisher: Publication Studio Hudson (Troy, NY)
PubDate: November, 2017
Book Release: November 17, 2017 @ The Poetry Project, NYC
Encyclopedia Volume 3 L-Z is the third and final volume of the Encyclopedia Project with over 200 entries submitted by 100 contributors, on subjects like LEGITIMACY, MEANINGS, OCCUPATION, and REENACTMENT. The final volume features writing from new and seasoned contributors, including LETTER, by Samuel Delany; OIL by Julianna Spahr; POST-COLONIAL, by Yma Johnson; STRANGER, by A. Igoni Barrett; SUBMISSIVE, by Fred Moten; UNCANNY VALLEY, by Sun Yung Shin; WAR, by Ernest Hardy; and WHITENESS, by Naima Lowe.
The Art portfolio includes works by Rikki Ducornet, Courtney Johnson, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.
OPENING SATURDAY JULY 29:
a mixed-media drawing and storytelling extravaganza!
at Soo Visual Arts Center
July 19–August 27, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY JULY 29, 6-9PM
I'm excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, I will facilitate a collaborative drawing and poetry project at SooVAC!
This year's iteration—EKPHRASTIC 2.0— features over three dozen artists, who will visit the gallery over five weeks to add to a massive, exquisite corpse-style drawing. Each week will feature a new, open-ended prompt for the artists to consider (or ignore) —all variations on the idea of DYSTOPIA.
After the drawing is completed, five (or more) writers will visit the gallery to create written responses and interpretations. (Ekphrasis=the interpretation of one art form through another art form.) The results will then be compiled into a publication, featuring the drawings and the writings together, which will be available in the fall!
You're invited to come and see the drawing in progress anytime between July 19 and August 27. And be sure to stop back in the fall, for a book release and reading! (Stay tuned for the date and time.)
If you are in the Twin Cities this summer, I hope you will stop by to view this exciting collaborative work in progress. If you can't make it, you can still watch the narrative unfold on Instagram by following me or SooVAC!
Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Avenue South, Suite 101, Minneapolis 55408
Wed 11am-5pm, Thu-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
EKPHRASTIC 2.0 ARTISTS
Sherry Muyuan He
Ann E. Lawton
Alex M. Petersen
EKPHRASTIC 2.0 WRITERS
Anna George Meek
EKPHRASTIC 2.0 is one of three projects at Soo Visual Arts Center to receive a 2017 NEA Art Works Grant! These funds will support a publication of the finished drawings and writings. Look for a reading and book release announcement in the fall!
I'm excited to have my large-scale drawings featured in a solo exhibition at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa! The show runs from 1/17/17 - 2/24/17, with a closing reception and artist talk on 2/24. I hope you can make it!
January 17 - February 24, 2017
Artist talk and closing reception Friday, February 24
Grand View University
Rasmussen Center Gallery
2800 East 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa