Women to Discuss Art Careers in Upcoming Event

Dr. Jjenna Hupp Andrews and I discuss our careers

Dr. Jjenna Hupp Andrews and I discuss our careers

Here’s part of what I had to say in this interview:

I’ve thought of myself as an artist since my earliest memories — way before I knew there were things called jobs,” said Foldenauer. “Once I knew that people pursued art as their career, it was just obvious to me that I would too.”

But once it came time to start thinking about a career, she ran into resistance from some well-meaning friends and family members. And she admits that it has weighed on her at times.

“I didn’t have concerns early on, but people around me — parents, teachers, other adults — very much did. They were concerned that I couldn’t make a living doing art and that I’d be viewed in a negative light as a ‘weird’ person. They didn’t want me to face that sort of adversity,” Foldenauer said. “So, as is the way of things, their worries transferred to me, and I’ve been fighting to get past the stereotype of the ‘weird starving artist’ ever since.”

She said that attending the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and the John Hopkins School of Medicine for her master’s degree in art as applied to medicine, was very expensive and saddled her with student loan debt.

“That restricts how free I can be in how I make money, and how much I make, because I have to think about managing that (debt) responsibly. It’s very frustrating, and I wish I’d thought more about it when I was younger,” Foldenauer said. “Beyond that, it’s been a challenge to prevent my medical (illustration) work — my day job — from zapping my enthusiasm for my fine artwork. The danger of ‘doing what you love’ becoming something you don’t love so much is very real for some folks.”

She also said that breaking into the arts industry might be tougher for women than for men.

“I do live behind the eight ball, as it were, in this cis(gender), white, male-dominant society. Because of that paradigm, there’s inherent resistance in the system,” Foldenauer said. “For example, there’s always been an over-representation of cis(gender) white males as art jurors, working and thriving artists, gatekeepers of education/museums/galleries, and artists who get press.”

Still, while there have been challenges, she said she wouldn’t trade it for anything.

“It hasn’t been easy or a perfectly linear path; it’s constant work, and an exercise in letting go. But happily, my career isn’t complete or at a point of stasis, so I fully expect it to change and grow in ways I cannot imagine,” Foldenauer said. “I’m always looking for ways to expand what I’m doing and make more of an impact. Opportunities like this speaking gig definitely go a ways toward that goal.

You can read the whole article, including stories from my amazing friends, Kymm Clark & Jjenna Hupp Andrews, HERE.

Watercolor Finalist - Fusion Art Quarterly Exhibition

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.

We received a diverse collection of quality watercolor artwork from artists around the world including the US, Canada, Pakistan, India, Australia and the United Kingdom. Eight artists were chosen to participate in the group exhibition, which will remain open on the Fusion Art website until April 14, 2017.

Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us.

I'm honored to have been chosen as a finalist for this lovely exhibition! They showed me some love, so, please visit their site and show them some too.

Oh Wait! It Gets Better in the Detroit Free Press!!

Nothing turns around a Monday than being in the paper! This is SO incredible. Thank you, Free Press &  Troy Reimink !

Nothing turns around a Monday than being in the paper! This is SO incredible. Thank you, Free Press & Troy Reimink!

(text here, if you can't see the image:  A common knock against ArtPrize is that too many pieces are heavy on process, light on inspiration – but this collection of close-up, hand-drawn eyes, clustered around a video documenting their creation, boldly flaunts its process as inspiration. This Ypsilanti artist is both a School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum and a Wayne State University anatomy PhD, and her entry deploys the breadth of that educational resume. See it: Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street.   More info:  artprize.org/62588 ,  meganlovestodraw.com )

(text here, if you can't see the image:  A common knock against ArtPrize is that too many pieces are heavy on process, light on inspiration – but this collection of close-up, hand-drawn eyes, clustered around a video documenting their creation, boldly flaunts its process as inspiration. This Ypsilanti artist is both a School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum and a Wayne State University anatomy PhD, and her entry deploys the breadth of that educational resume. See it: Women’s City Club, 254 E. Fulton Street. More info: artprize.org/62588meganlovestodraw.com)

Art Prize 2016 - I'm in the Detroit Free Press Gallery!

(Click the screenshot to see the full article)

(Click the screenshot to see the full article)

I'm slide #1! That's pretty cool - thanks Detroit Free Press! 
My venue is Women's City Club, since they omitted that ;)

UPDATE! There's an even larger article with a review of my installation as a "must-see entry" from a Detroiter: https://megan-foldenauer.squarespace.com/press/2016/9/26/oh-wait-it-gets-better-in-the-detroit-free-press

An Appreciation by Aprés La Pub

Je vous remercie, Après La Pub

Google Translate says, "I brought you candy because the flowers is perishable and then candy, it's so good especially when they are chewed by Megan Foldenauer who also painted many other things as candy, like a nut or hush -puppy or Ken head or an old TV or a duck, a bike, a Tiffany lamp since 2014, she decided to make a miniature work a day for all to see, her website here is a pretty good solution..."

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