CONTACT

megan.gafford@gmail.com

 

BIO

Megan Gafford received her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2016, and her BA from the University of New Orleans in 2011.  Her installations are made from materials most often associated with science, such as cybernetics, microscopes, and particle detectors, which Gafford uses to create environments where people may wonder at how the world works.  Gafford's work has been exhibited at galleries and museums nationally, including David B Smith Gallery in Denver, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Backyard Ballroom in New Orleans.  She is currently based in Denver, Colorado, as an artist-in-residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center.

 

EDUCATION

2016             MFA, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

2011             BA magna cum laude with honors, Painting and Drawing, University of New Orleans, LA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017             Delta, Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland, CO (opening November 2017)

2017             Traces, David B Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

2017      Hemisphere, site-specific installation at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2014             Tunnel, site-specific installation at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

2012             Continuum, The Backyard Ballroom, New Orleans, LA

2011             Honors Thesis Solo Exhibition, University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery, New Orleans, LA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017             RedLine Artists, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

2017             LAND TRUST, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO

2017             Transition and Change, Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO

2017             Nice Work If You Can Get It: Resident Artist Exhibition Opening, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO

2016             Spring MFA Thesis Exhibition, CU Art Museum, Boulder, CO

2016             Icebreaker 7, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO

2015             Vacancy? No, Newhouse Hotel pop-up show, Denver, CO

2015             Our Space. Our Future., University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

2015             Bright Young Things, Galleries of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs, CO

2013             Surviving the Art Show, Sugarloaf Canyon, CO

2013             First Annual King Exhibition, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO

 

RESIDENCIES

2016-18        RedLine Contemporary Art Center (currently ongoing)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

2016-17        Adjunct Instructor, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO
                     (Drawing 1, Topics in Color)

2017             Adjunct Instructor, University of Colorado Denver, CO
                     (Life Drawing)

2016-17        Adjunct Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
                     (Basic Drawing, Painting for Non-Majors)

2014-15        Graduate Instructor of Record, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
                     (Basic Drawing, Figure Drawing)

2012-13        Private painting lessons in New Orleans, LA

2010             Bi-weekly figure drawing workshops through the University of New Orleans

 

GUEST LECTURES

2017             "Against Political Art", University of New Orleans Women's Center, New Orleans, LA, Oct 29 (upcoming)

2017             "Pushing Daisies and Jitterbug", College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, Sep 1

2017             "Pushing Daisies and Jitterbug", 48 Hour Summit, Denver, CO Aug 12

2017              “Guest Artist Lecture: Megan Gafford”, Blowing Things Up Lab, Boulder, CO, April 10

2016             “Artistic Observation and the Sublime”, Dept of Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, April 4

2015             “Dissecting Visual Language”, Dept of Theater and Dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, Sep 10

2014             “Exploring Wonder through Studio Practice”, Dept of Film Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO, Nov 6

 

AWARDS

2015             Donna Robinson Meckley Fellowship, University of Colorado at Boulder

2013             King Exhibition, honorable mention, Boulder, CO

2011             Outstanding University Graduate, University of New Orleans Honors

2007-11        Chancellor's Fellowship, University of New Orleans (full tuition waiver)

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016             "100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Megan Gafford"Susan Froyd, Westword

2015             "Vacancy? No Checks Into the Newhouse Hotel on Friday the 13th", Lauren Archuletta, Westword

2011             Abortion Coverage/My Lesbian Continuum press release, Pelican Bomb