Biography:

Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy/Visual arts, from the  University of Tasmania College of the Arts, and received a Anne and Gordon Samstag Scholarship to study a Master of Fine Arts at the  San Francisco Art Institute. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture where she was taught by artists Anish Kapoor, Carroll Dunham, Tishan Tsu and Jessica Stockholder. 

Megan was the recipient of a studio in The Sharpe Wallentis Studio Program (formerly known as the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program) Manhattan. Board members  included Chuck Close, Janet Fish, Harriet Shorr, Philip Pearlstein. In New York Megan worked as a studio assistant to artists Rackstraw Downes, Sue Williams and Carl Fudge, she taught painting at the 92nd St Art Center and attended Yaddo artist's colony in Saratoga Springs in the summer of 1999.

Megan’s work has been exhibited in the United States and Australia. Exhibitions include Primavera 2000 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Kindle and Swag - The Samstag Effect, curated by Ross Wolfe at the University of South Australia, 2004, and the exhibition Artists to Artists at Ace Gallery, New York. She participated in Wilderness - Balnaves Contemporary Painting curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2010. Her work was exhibited in The Skullbone Experiment: a Paradigm of Art and Nature in 2014 curated by Catherine and Philip Wolfhagen.

Megan has undertaken residencies in the Australia Council for the Arts studio at the Taipei National University for the Arts, 2002,  with Asialink at Khon Kaen University, School of Art in North Eastern Thailand in 2004 and in 2014 in the Australia Council Studio, Tokyo

Megan has taught painting and drawing at the Australian National University's Canberra School of Art, Monash University, Victoria, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania. In 2017 she completed a Doctor of Philosophy in painting at the Tasmanian College of the Arts. Her work is represented by Bett Gallery in Tasmania.

Education

2017            PhD University of Tasmania’s College of the Arts

1997             Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA

1996            Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA

1989            Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours Degree, Tasmanian School of Art University of Tasmania


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016            The Spill, curated by Justene Williams, in Artist to Artist. Project curator Kylie Johnson,

                     Contemporary Art Tasmania                       

2015            Materia Prima: The Rough Guide. Bett Gallery, Tasmania

2012             The Stain, Bett Gallery, Tasmania

2011            The Lineage of Eccentricity Stage 2, MOP Projects, Sydney, NSW, Nellie Castan Gallery, VIC

2010            Verge, new works on paper, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2009            Into the Wild Wood, Criterion Gallery, Tasmania

2008            The End of Gravity, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2006            Doppel Lecker, Criterion Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

2005            Tinglish, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2004            Extreme Ikebana, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2003            Fear of Nic-Nacs, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2002            Double Happiness, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra

2001            Shocking Crashes and Chases, Adelaide University Art Gallery, South Australia

2000            Shocking Crashes and Chases, Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, Australia

1998            Mass Transit, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

1996            Fat Free, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco California, USA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017            A Decolonial Geographic, curated by Fernando do Campo, Devonport Regional Art Gallery

2017            The Patterdale Project, curated by Dr Jane Deeth. Deddington, Tasmania

2016            Flieurieu Art Prize Finalist, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide

2015            Wormholes, artists and international residencies, Bett Gallery

2015             Half way hang: The Maatsuyker Collection, Moonah Centre for the Arts.

2015            Growth Change Influence: The University Art Schools in Tasmania. Queen Victoria Museum &

                    Art Gallery

2014           The Skullbone Experiment: a paradigm of art and nature, curated by Catherine

                   Wolfhagen. Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston and UNSW galleries, COFA

                    Documentary by Roar Fillm ABC 1

2014            formed and unformed: an exhibition of drawing, curated by Dr Mary Scott and David Edgar 146                       

                    Artspace, Tasmania

2014            Tasmanian Landscape, curated by Dr Malcom Bywaters, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery

2013            Rue de Belleville, gallerie pompom, Sydney

2012             15 Artists, Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Queensland

2012            New Art From Tasmania, curated by Dr Peter Hill, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

2011            Think Tank, curated by Malcom Bywaters. Academy Gallery, Launceston

2010            Primed: New Painting in Tasmania, curated by Catherine Wolfhagen.

                    Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Launceston Tasmania

2010            Lost in Painting, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2010            Conceptual, curated by Dr Colin Langridge CAST Gallery, Tasmania

2010            Wilderness, curated by Wayne Tunnicliffe, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of

                    New South Wales. Including wall painting commission for the foyer of AGNSW                      

2008            Tidal, Devonport Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania

2008            The Fletcher Jones Prize for Painting, Geelong City Art Gallery

2007            Recent Acquisitions, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

2005             Melbourne Reign, Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney

2005            Liquid Properties, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney

2004            Kindle and Swag, The Samstag Effect, curated by Ross Wolfe. University of South Australia Art

                    Museum, 2005 QUT, Brisbane 2005

2004            Neighbours, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

2004            Flora Nova, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2004            Melbourne 4th Contemporary Art Fair

2003            Boogy, Jive & Bop, Academy Gallery, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Launceston, curated

                    by Malcom Bywaters

2002            Melbourne 3rd Contemporary Art Fair

2002            Artists to Artists, Ace Gallery, New York

2001            Painter to Painter - five new voices, R. B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, California

2000            Conrad Jupiters 2000, Gold Coast City Art Gallery

2000            Painting, Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Monash University

                    curated by Troy Ruffels and Sarah Ryan

2000            Meat Market Art Fair, New York, USA

2000            Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Australia,

                    curated by Melissa Chiu

1998            Skowhegan – a decade, Beitzel Gallery, New York, USA

1998            Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, New York, USA

1997            Towards the Millennium – artists from Northern California,

                    Monterey Museum & Art Gallery, California, USA


 Grants & Awards

2012           Australian Post Graduate Award.

2017            People’s Choice Award. Tidal 16. City of Devonport National Art Award.

2012            People’s Choice Award. City of Hobart Art Prize

2010            Arts Tasmania Grant, Individual Category

2005            New Work Grant, (Established Category) Australia Council

2000            Winner Conrad Jupiters Art Prize & Inaugural Winner Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Painting

                    Prize. Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland

1998            Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Grant of studio space for 12 months, Tribeca New York

1994            Samstag Scholarship, 1996 Samstag Supplementary Scholarship

1996            Full scholarship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA


Collections

                   Parliament House Collection, Canberra

                   Island Collection,Tasmania

                    Maatsuyker Collection,Tasmania

                    Monterey Museum and Art Gallery, California, USA

                    General Electric Co. USA and Novell Corp. Utah. USA

                    Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland

                    University of Tasmania Fine Art Collection

                   Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery           

                    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania

                    Artbank Australia

                    Artemisia Collection, Tasmania

                    University of South Australia

                    Australian National University, Canberra

                    Private Collections USA and Australia

           

Residencies

2016            The Patterdale Project. Curated by Jane Deeth.

2014            Australia Council Overseas Studio, Tokyo, Japan

2004            Asialink Studio, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

2002            Artist inResidence, School of Art,The Institute of Arts. Australian National University, Canberra

2002            Australia Council Overseas Studio Taipei, Taiwan

1999            Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York State. USA


Selected Articles & Reviews

2015                       Kate Britton: Plasticity, viscosity and fluidity in the art of Megan Walch

                                 Raven Contemporary, online 2014 

2014                        ABC Television Skullbone Plains ABC Arts Documentary Broadcast October 28th

2014                         Jane Deeth Artlink Vol 34 No4 June 2014

2014                         Christopher Allen Encounters with Nature. The Australian August 16th

2008                        Artist Profile: Moving Pictures, Tali Borowski. Scoop Traveller Magazine

                                 Summer Edition 2008

2007                        Review of Doppel Lecker, Sean Kelly, Artlink. March.

2005                        Tickled by Tinglish, Chris Beck, Melbourne Age 24/09

2005                         Review of Tinglish, Ashley Crawford. Melbourne Age.25/09

2004                        Artist Profile Edward Colless, Australian Art Collector. July issue

2003                        Fear of Nic-Nacs, Ashley Crawford, Melbourne Age 22/11

2001                        Confidently Kitsch, AshleyCrawford, Melbourne Age 1/10

2001                        Are you experienced? Visual Arts. Robert Nelson, The Age 18/4

2000                        (You make me feel) mighty real. Alison Kubler, Art Monthly, June Australia

1998                        International Gazette, Ben Widdicombe, Australian Art Collector, # 5 July-Sept 1998

1998                        Changing Cultures and Glittering Prizes, Joanna Mendelssohn, Artlink Australia Vol. 17

1997                        Painter Makes Mark in US. Jane Lovibond, Mercury Newspaper 6/21, Tasmania 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

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