ArtPrize 2017 is Upon Us!

Tomorrow, ArtPrize 9 opens in Grand Rapids, MI and it's my 4th time participating (!!). I spent the greater part of the last year working on my piece and I'm really excited to show it to everyone who visits The B.O.B. (the same venue who had me in 2015!). It was created with a pencil drawing, a watercolor underpainting, and then a final layer of carbon dust, ink & white chalk. 

Round one voting starts tomorrow and ends on the 30th - it's the most essential time for you to visit, if you want to vote for me. To that end, my voter ID is 64700 (you have to be in GR to vote... or at least to register)

Here are some images from the installation of my piece - Honey Gum Moss & Denim (click the title to view the project's webpage):

Two New Online Exhibitions Contain My Work!

Gallery 25N "Faces of Humanity" Exhibition
Opens Feb. 6, 2017

Huzzah! 5 of my Derby Portraits were chosen for an online "Faces of Humanity" exhibition that opens later this week at gallery25N.com!

Thank you to my roller derby teammates from the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes for their faces!

See all of them (there are 14) here on my website, if you're curious (and haven't heard me talk about this a million times): http://www.meganlovestodraw.com/derbyportraits


FusionArt.com - Watercolor Quarterly Group Exhibition
January 15, 2017 - April 14, 2017

It's also an honor to be chosen for a small group of 8 watercolorists for this Fusion Art exhibition.

They say, "Eight artists were chosen to participate in Fusion Art's first quarterly group exhibition. All the artists who participated in the competition have uniquely creative talents but the winners chosen exemplify a mastery in the use of the watercolor medium."

As someone who was never a natural painter, this is so gratifying. Perseverance pays off, friends. A big thank you to Peggy Macnamara without whom I would've never thought this medium was within my reach. Onward!

I'm in the Running & ARTPRIZE VOTING ENDS TOMORROW @ 11:59PM!

Thank you all for getting me onto the leaderboard in Art Prize's public vote! Round one voting ends TOMORROW NIGHT at 11:59pm; that determines who makes it to the next round and I'd love to be a part of that! I'm asking for one final push for votes, so, if you like my entry, please share this with your friends & head off to Grand Rapids!

Learn how to vote, here: http://www.artprize.org/vote
My artist's page: http://www.artprize.org/62588
You can see the leaderboard, here: http://www.artprize.org/leaderboard

A Perfect Pair: A Detroit Free Press Article & The Top Time-Based 25!!

See my entry at Women's City Club from now until Oct. 9th in Grand Rapids. Voting for the finalists ends on Oct. 1st, this Saturday. You don't have to be IN FRONT OF my piece to vote for it (see a how-to here), but you DO have to be in GR. My voter ID is 62588. I really appreciate your support - you have no idea!

 The Detroit Free Press included my entry in their top 10 Detroiter ArtPrize entries! See the article  HERE .

The Detroit Free Press included my entry in their top 10 Detroiter ArtPrize entries! See the article HERE.

 This is a screenshot of the live leaderboard on the ArtPrize website! My entry is in the Top 25 for my category!! Go watch the leaderboard  HERE !

This is a screenshot of the live leaderboard on the ArtPrize website! My entry is in the Top 25 for my category!! Go watch the leaderboard HERE!

A Slideshow from Hanging My Art Prize 2016 Entry!

My entry, "How to Draw the Human Eye", is up and ready for your eyeballs at Women's City Club's gallery (254 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI - just up the street from the BOB, where I was last year)! It's part of a stunning group of work... it's really worth a look!

Art Prize begins officially on Sept 21st (next Wed) and runs through Oct 9th. First round voting to determine the finalists is only during the first week, so, if you're interested in that, that's my best intel (you have to be IN Grand Rapids to vote, btw). To vote for my entry, my ID# is 62588. It's also displayed by my piece, as you can see.  If you go see my work, comment below! I wanna know! Bonus points for a picture of you with it :D

What I'm Learning & Back to Grand Rapids for the End of ArtPrize Round One :D

 Chatting in front of my piece last weekend, ArtPrize #61400.

Chatting in front of my piece last weekend, ArtPrize #61400.

I want to share a conversation (well, one question, one answer) that I just had with the subject of my ArtPrize entry, Rob. A peek behind the artist veil, but I think it's important.

How many people did you talk to about your art? How many people there might be interested in being art patrons? How much fun did you have just being there and experiencing the art and people experiencing in your art?
— Rob
I have met a lot of people, it’s true. I guess I have to have faith that good things will come from that. Also, I should define what a “good thing” is - is it an award, money, connections? And, I HAVE had a lot of fun, yes. This feels like this might be a point in time where I come face-to-face with my desire for recognition and learn that that’s not all there is when you judge “success”. Maybe that’s going to be the biggest bit of learning I get out of all of this.
— Me

So - This is where I am with the fact that: I created a piece for ArtPrize that I love, I got a HUGE response from the public last weekend, yet... it's not developed into much "formal recognition" (i.e., I didn't make the Juror's short list, nor am I in the running for the public vote - that I know of). 

I'm human, I'm disappointed. This was a ton of work and, like anyone, it'd be nice to have people recognize that. But the fact of the matter is, people ARE recognizing it. Who KNOWS what's next after all of this exposure during ArtPrize 7 @ The B.O.B. I'm immensely grateful to all of the support I have and am working very hard to not get mired down into the race to the top prize. It's tough, but it's important.

'Draw more, care less' is what my tattoo says. How soon I forgot.

xo


Dispatch in the Midst of Art Prize

Important Facts: My piece is titled "Rob", it's 4 x 8' (the biggest piece I've created to date), and it's being shown @ The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids, MI for ArtPrize. It's on the first floor, just inside the door. My voting ID is 61400 if you like my piece and want to give it the ole thumbs up.

So, I have not made the Juror's ShortList. We're smack dab in the middle of the voting phase for the Public Vote and, while I can watch the livestream of the top vote-getters for that award on the ArtPrize website, I'm not among the Top 25 in the 2D category. I DID think I would do better.

Do I want your votes? YES. (go here to do so, if you are registered)
Am I going to go everything possible to maximize this experience? YES.

I've learned far too much, met far too many interesting, funny, caring people, and had far too much FUN to get too down about the outcome not being as I envisioned. Everything is a chance to learn (about people, yourself, your work, your direction), to make new connections, to have experiences that are brand new and super-exciting. 

This is the next step in my art journey. I have had a ton of new opportunities this year - a venue who pursued ME, a 1st floor/right inside the front door space, oodles of press, request for commissions, increased viewership on Twitter/Instagram/here, learning to do timelapse and incorporating video into my piece (see below for the final product - with music composed by myself as well!). It's all still in the right trajectory, even if a huge accolade is not to be.

Thank you ALL for your support... I wouldn't be here without you!

Stay tuned for more updates... 

xo

The B.O.B.'s location:

 


It Has Begun - My 2015 Art Prize Entry

Gulp! Here we go again - I'm excited to announce that I've thrown my artistic hat back into the Art Prize ring with my large carbon dust portrait - "Rob" - which you may have seen glimpses of in my Instagram feed or on YouTube where I've been posting time lapse photos of the creation of this piece. 

Rob - the largest drawing I've ever done - 20 x 80" - carbon dust & white chalk, 2015.

Some details of the piece (which is very close to being complete) are above. Below is the first time lapse video... in my opinion, the most dramatic of the series. Enjoy!

One More Day to Vote for my Self-Portrait!

If you haven't seen it before, this roller derby self-portrait was created with carbon dust/pencil on paper that I had my derby teammates skate over. So, dirt & rink crud is definitely part of thee piece. This was the first attempt at what would be my series for last year's Art Prize. So, if you like it, could you give me a vote? Voting closes tomorrow: https://jerrysartarama.wishpond.com/2015-jerrys-artarama-self-portrait-contest/entries/17456978

Thank you!

Voting Open for my Self-Portrait!

 My roller derby self-portrait, 2014, carbon dust & roller skate dirt.

My roller derby self-portrait, 2014, carbon dust & roller skate dirt.

I almost totally forgot that I entered a self-portrait competition in February... voting opened on April 6th <facepalm>  and closes on the 21st (next week! gah!).

I would love it, if you'd give me a vote: https://jerrysartarama.wishpond.com/2015-jerrys-artarama-self-portrait-contest/entries/17456978  

THANK YOU!! xo