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):

My TED Talk is Available on YouTube!

Hi! I'm so excited to announce that my art/science/life TEDx talk is now online! It was such an honor to be a part of the TED experience, truly.

Please click below or visit www.tinyurl.com/meganstedtalk to watch. If you love it and/or have feedback/thoughts, it'd be awesome to hear - please leave a comment here or on YouTube.

How does a person with an interest in the human eye combine both art and science? Megan Foldenauer became interested in the human eye as a child and has been drawing them ever since. Megan's interest in art and science led to her career as a biomedical Illustrator and multimedia specialist in the University Of Michigan Department Of Neurosurgery, where both skills serve her well.

8 More Eye Portraits for Art Prize 8!

All are about 6x6" on smooth bristol, all are done in pencil. There is some ink in the first three as well. It's a really interesting addition to my drawings and I'm really glad I've been giving myself the space to experiment with it. 

If you're interested in attending Art Prize and seeing my piece (which will also include video) - I'll be showing at Women's City Club near the city center in Grand Rapids. It runs from September 21st to October 9th. My artist number (for voting) is 62588.

All of the artwork has a page of its own HERE.

Switching Gears Toward Art Prize

No rest for the wicked! I have a bear of an Art Prize piece to finish, so, I've hit the ground running with a new eye drawing (upper left, below). I haven't posted many of these to my newsfeed, so, here's a little gallery of all eleven that I have done, so far. I'm hoping to complete 100 when the proverbial fat lady sings:

Ann Arbor Art Fair Wrap-Up!

Welp, my first Ann Arbor Art Fair is complete and all I can say is: "PHEW! Whatta ride!" From the weather (heat, storms, wind) to the people from all walks of life ("My daughter won't stop talking about you after visiting yesterday, so we're back again today!"), it was a life-changing adventure. 

I was part of the original art fair that spans N. University, Washington, and the "Mall" - I was told by several patrons that it was the part of the Art Fair that was "most elite" and "hardest to get into" and that I should feel very honored to have gotten in on my first try. Of course I felt that way! 

I had neighbors from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, Minnesota... everywhere! It quickly became apparent that my being "a local" was rare and maybe... an asset? So, I mentioned it when it made sense to do so.

Did I sell? Yes! Did I sell "a ton"? No? I don't think so? How does one measure that amount... I suspect it's highly individualized. Lemme 'splain: I sell tiny paintings that take me an hour to create* - my overhead was low for this show. I had the entry fee and the tent/table rentals sure, but I didn't travel or stay in hotel... I wasn't selling fragile and challenging-to-transport sculpture or glass... I could carry my work in my backpack (literally). 

I made a little more than my expenses, so, I consider that a success! Also, I really believe this experience helped put my face and work in front of my local audience again... and repetition hopefully breeds memory which will lead to commissions, sales, opportunities, down the line. Someone remembered me from ArtPrize last fall, for example! I think that's huge!

My square Moo business cards were a hit, as was my live demo that I signed up to do for the Fair; I got a (surprise) small honorarium for it as well! I forget how much I love teaching until I do it. This was no exception as I showed a handful of folks how to paint some coffee beans, beneath the shadow of Hill Auditorium (!). Magnus helped me paint up some decorative rocks (see picture in the slideshow) and I put up a small sign saying as much - that got a lot of notice too. I think folks appreciated my approachability? At least I hope so.

I learned so much - the first thing being that I need to up my booth game! I saw some amazing displays and took a million notes/pictures so I can now plan for next time. It was my first time, a learning experience - I hope the A2 folks understand that and give me another go next summer. Lastly, I will edit the pieces I bring - stay on a theme, be more choose-y. Frame more... etc. etc.

There were dance parties amongst the artisans, art swaps, tips and advice, electricity shares, chats, hugs, runs to the A/C'd Michigan League building, Italian Ices, and a shared experience unlike anything I've ever had - I want to do it again! 

PS: There are some new paintings in that slideshow up there! I passed the time (total hours: 40) painting, of course!

*most of the pieces are this way... some are more involved, of course!

My Q&A with YpsiReal!

I'm so happy that I got to talk to Ypsi Real (part of the Ypsilanti Convention and Visitor's Bureau) about my experience as an artist in my town, Ypsilanti, Michigan. How nice was it for them to ask me?? It's quite something to be thought of as worthy to represent where you live! Also, getting my work in front of people is SO important as a fine artist. It's especially gratifying when part of one's work revolves around residents of where you live (i.e., the derby portraits)! Thank you to YR and Michael Moriarty for the opportunity!

Take a read, here (click the image):

Coffee-Stained Goodness with More to Come!

Having fun with these new watercolors created on coffee-stained paper. I have two small pieces left - what will I paint next?? Stay tuned!

Take a Virtual Spin Around My 1st Solo Show!

Click on HERE to view the panorama above in 360 degrees (you may need to click the image to make it rotate)!

BIG thanks to Katrina (the gallery's curator) and my dear friend Rob for all of the help making this a reality - there's no way it would've happened without you! 

Wanna see these in person? The show (A Bout Face) opens tomorrow, 5/6, at 5pm (until ?pm) at Lansing, MI's MICA Gallery in Old Town (visit the FB Event or the gallery's website for more information). The whole thing will be on display until the end of June.

**If you stop in, please sign the guestbook under my self-portrait so I know you came!

PS: Is this a dream??! EXCITE!

The New Derby Portraits are Done! Time to Hang Them!

Dreamy McTranspants, 22 x 30", 2016
Carbon dust, white chalk & roller skate dirt

Dreamy is done! Hooray! 

Now it's off to Lansing tonight to hang 'A Bout Face' at the MICA gallery in Old Town! This is my first solo show and I'm really, really thankful for the opportunity. Hopefully, this will go really well and even more opportunities are right around the corner!  #projectjustanartist