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Megan Quinn

  • My personal art work has shifted quite a bit in the last 5 years. An art tour of Spain during my sabbatical in the spring of 2013 and a public art mosaic project (funded by Quad –City Arts- Metro Arts) beginning in the summer of 2014, forced change in my art work.

    I have made ceramic vessels which refer to the human form for many years. The traditional vocabulary of ceramics uses figurative references, so lip refers to the top edge of a form and the words belly, neck and foot to other appropriate parts. I attempt to communicate through these pieces as a poem would, in the improvised juxtaposition of form, color, design, narrative, and references.

    The pieces in this exhibit span the last few years. Many of the earliest pieces reference art work by Hieronymus Bosch. I rediscovered Bosch while on a trip to Spain during a sabbatical in the spring of 2013. I encountered The Garden of Earthly Delights, Bosch’s painting from the early 16th century. In it, there are other worldly architectural forms which seem to be plant-like. Scholars have written that they may be portals for souls attempting to travel to their afterlife. I was so amazed at these beautiful and imaginative forms that I began to try to translate small parts of them to clay. Largely though, their delicacy wasn’t well suited to clay. From here, looking for similar organic plant-like forms I remembered that I had been introduced to the plant photography of the German artist Karl Blossfeldt. This really became the more direct references for these pieces. Different from my past work, many of these pieces are made by starting with paper templates on slabs of clay. Wheel thrown parts are often added to develop the forms sculpturally.

    As a college teacher I tend to work in spurts, and more concentrated ones in the summer. The most recent work was begun from biking along the Mississippi where I noticed the variety of support structures combined under bridges. I was interested in the combinations of various volumetric forms with open, filigree-like metal work on the top. I was also influenced by a mosaic project I’ve been working on for the past two summers, which involves tiling the concrete portions of a large geometric/totemic sculpture. While the newer work is more geometric in form, it relates to older pieces in the totem like forms and surface details. I use both stoneware and porcelain and finish the process with gas and wood fired kilns.
  • EDUCATION
    M.F.A., Ceramics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 1980. 

     Apprenticeship/Production Potter, Ridker Pottery, Bethesda, Maryland 1976‑78. 

     B.S., Crafts, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland: 1976. 

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
    2018

    Faculty Exhibition, Material Conversations, Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, Rock Island, IL

2017
Invitational-Two Person, Artist’s Vault, Eldridge, Iowa

Invitational-Two Person, Bereskin Gallery, Davenport, Iowa


    2015
    
Invitational Two Person, Alma College Art Gallery, Alma, MI 
Invitational Two Person, West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI 

2014
Juried, Artists First, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

Faculty Exhibition, Art Matters, Augustana College Museum of Art, Rock Island, Il

Invitational Two Person, Tales of Root Boy Slim and Blossom Dearie, Blackhawk College, Moline, IL

    2013 

    Juried Group, Rock Island Fine Art Guild Exhibition, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL


    2012 

    Juried Group, Central Time Ceramics, Bradley University Galleries, Peoria, Il


    2011 and 2009 

    Faculty Exhibition, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, Il


    2008 

    Juried Group, Seven Who Follow Ohr, Heinz Museum (in conjunction with the National Ceramic Educators Conference), Pittsburg PA.


    2006
    
Invitational Group, They Followed Me Home: Selections from the Kasper- Hansen Ceramics Collection, Marvin Cone Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Invitational Group, The Artful Library, Thomas Tredway Library Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

    Invitational Group, Celebrating Bridges and Exploring Dualities,Augustana College Art Museum, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL


    2005
    Juried, Rock Island Fine Art Guild Exhibition, Centennial Hall, Rock Island, IL
    
Invitational, Two Person Exhibition, Marvin Cone Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA



    2004
    
Invitational, Group Show CSPS Gallery, in conjunction with the International Woodfirers Conference, fall 2004, Cedar Rapids, IA



    Invitational, Quad City Arts Gallery at the Moline Airport, What I did on My Summer Vacation, Moline, IL


    Juried, Rock Island Fine Art Guild Competitive Exhibition, Centennial Hall, Rock Island, IL



    2003 

    Two-person Exhibition, Quad City Arts Gallery at the Moline Airport, Moline, IL
    Invitational, Snite Museum of Art, Wood Fired Ceramics, Notre Dame, IN

Faculty Exhibition, Augustana College Art Gallery, Rock Island, IL



    2002
    Invitational, Rock Island Library, Rock Island IL

    Invitational, Curator and Exhibitor, Marvin Cone Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
    
Invitational, Davenport Museum of Art, Ten Artists: 
Contemporary Crafts in the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA 

                                                                                           

  • RECENT AWARDS

    2014           
    Harley, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, Midcoast Arts Group, Quad Cities, Iowa/Ilinois

    2008          
    Outstanding Art Educator, Quad City Arts, Rock Island, IL

    2004            
    Faculty Research Sabbatical Award, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

     

    LECTURES, PUBLICATIONS, INTERVIEWS

    2015         
    Quad City Times, August 4 2015, page 1

    2014             
    Guided tour of the Olsen Brandelle Collection, Fall Symposium Day Augustana College

    Pechakachu presenter,  Quad City Arts MetroArts mosaic project, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa

    Art Talks with Bruce Carter Sept. 11, ’14 WVIK Radio, Rock Island, Il

    Art Talks with Bruce Carter July 17, ’14 WVIK Radio, Rock Island, Il

    2013Sabbatical Report: Inspired by Hieronymous Bosch and Karl Blossfeldt,  Spring Symposium Day, Augustana College

    Quad City Times, September 13, 2014, Quin-tupledpg. C1

    2010            
    Olsen- Brandelle Exhibition Catalog, Essays on Mark Tahbo, Jody Folwell, Robert Tenorio, and LuAnn Tafoya
    Lecture for the Augustana College Board of Directors on the use of the Olsen
    Brandelle Collection in teaching

    2006            
    Figge Museum lecture, Teapot Exhibition, Gallery talk on exhibited work, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

     

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