CONTACT

megan.gafford@gmail.com

 

BIO

Megan Gafford received her MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016, and her BA from the University of New Orleans in 2011. She uses unsettling scientific materials like radiation and cybernetics as an art medium; by making those materials beautiful, she mingles eeriness and elegance together.  Gafford’s research focuses on the tension between pursuing knowledge and curiosity killing the cat. She often wonders about the blind nature of science, and she uses her work as a way to ask others to wonder about it, too. 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, where she recently completed 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

2018             Hormesis, Breckenridge Creative Arts, Breckenridge, CO

2017             Lifting the Lake, Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland, CO

2017            Traces, David B Smith Gallery, Denver, CO

2017             Hemisphere, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2014            Tunnel, 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

2019 Now That I Have Your (un)divided Attention! Resident Artist Show, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO

2018 Drive In: House of Cars, Black Cube Nomadic Museum, Denver, CO

2018             10x - 10th Anniversary Retrospective Resident Artist Exhibition, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, CO

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

2018              Breckenridge Creative Arts, Robert Whyte House Studio, Breckenridge, CO (March 26–April 7)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

2016-19        Adjunct Instructor, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO
                     (Drawing 1, Topics in Color, Methods of Inquiry)

2017-19        Adjunct Instructor, University of Colorado Denver, CO
                     (Life Drawing, Drawing 1, Concepts in Art)

2016-19        Adjunct Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
                     (Basic Drawing, Painting for Non-Majors, MFA Drawing Atelier)

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

2018             “The Value of Science”, 48 Hour Summit, Denver, CO Aug 11

2018             "Visiting Artist Lecture: Megan Gafford", Metropolitan State University Visiting Artist, Denver, CO, April 11

2017             "Against Political Art", University of New Orleans Women's Center, New Orleans, LA, Oct 26

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             “Visiting Artist Lecture: Megan Gafford”, 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             “Visiting Artist Lecture: Megan Gafford”, 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

2018 “Drive In: House of Cars, Interviews with Participating Artists”, Black Cube Nomadic Museum blog

2018 “The Right To Be Wrong”, by Megan Gafford, T\lt West Medium blog

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

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