Meagan Stirling

Meagan Stirling

Assistant Professor of Art
Phone: (805) 565-6282
Email: mstirling@westmont.edu
Office Location: ADM 308A

Office Hours
Fall 2017
M,W: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
T,Th: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
M-F: by appointment

Specialization
Printmaking, Design and Intermedia

Website:
meaganstirling.com

Work

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Artist’s Statement
The paradox of daily life as safe and comfortable, juxtaposed with its
polar opposite – defense against life’s uncertainties – appears to
bully the American Dream itself. My art explores images of post World
War II Americana where energy and resources were often used to advance
comfort and promise safety and wellbeing. In my installations, I
explore the structure of a safe home – streetlights, covenants,
cul-de-sacs, speed bumps, alarms, and fences overlaid onto suburban
neighborhoods and communities. My recent prints examine complexities
and illusions created through the antithetical patterns of daily
suburban life by exploring the extent to which perceived safety is
part of the national psyche.

By combining printmaking, painting and photography, my work evokes an
idealized way of life. Underlying this façade is the reality that
subdivisions of neutrally painted houses with neat lawns are just as
likely to be marked by the unexpected. Despite that carefully formed
sets of rules exist to model how one is expected to function in these
spaces, the over exaggerated idea of safety becomes weakened by
isolation, chance, and violence, to which we are all vulnerable. The
balance of comfort existing within the systems of routine, nature, and
design are prevalent in my work. The repetitive patterning within my
images represents the row after row of identical tract housing built
to accommodate young families in communities such as Levittown, New
York, developed as a model of mass-produced housing. Returning WWII
veterans wishing to start a settled life moved en masse to the suburbs
with the hopes of a future unmarked by the chaos of war.

Often I use household materials within my artwork – the acidic pool of
coffee on paper and the grid of a checkerboard game together with the
spherical spray of punctures produced by a shotgun. The random cloud
of shot pattern reminiscent of backyard stargazing arranged near
gridded lines reinforces the idea that life is both predictable and
can be interrupted by violence. The concept behind each print dictates
its manipulation, sometimes requiring multiple layers of printed
imagery, paint, and hand drawn elements.

Education
• M.F.A. in Printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2007
• M.A. in Printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2006
• B. A. Fine Art, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA, 2002

Selected Professional Positions

• Assistant Professor of Art, Westmont College, 2014-present
• Instructor of Art, University of Colorado Denver, 2010-2014
• Instructor of Art, Beijing International College, 2013
• Art Lecturer and Gallery Director, Whitworth University, 2007-2009

Selected Shows and Exhibitions
• Juried Exhibition: Squared, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Alamosa, CO, 2014
• Juried Exhibition: Americas 2014: Paperworks, Hartnett Hall Gallery,
Minot, SD, 2014
• Group Exhibition: Art Rodeo, RedLine, Denver, CO, 2013
• Group Exhibition: University of Colorado Faculty Exhibit, Anschutz
Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013
• Group Exhibition: Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Emmanuel Gallery,
Denver, CO, 2013
• Curated Exhibition: Exquisite Corpse: Stamped & Mailed, Groundswell
Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013
• Juried Exhibition: 23rd Parkside National Small Print Exhibition,
Kenosha, WI, 2013
• Juried Exhibition: ON EDGE 2, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013
• Group Exhibition: Mindpool, NEXT Gallery, Denver CO, 2012
• Group Exhibition: University of Colorado Denver Faculty Exhibit,
Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO, 2012
• Solo Exhibition: Creative Capitol Exhibit, Colorado State Capitol,
Denver, CO, 2011
• Juried Exhibition: Pirate Anniversary Exhibit, Pirate, Denver, CO, 2011
• Solo Exhibition: grayscapegreen, Muriel Sibell Wolle Art Gallery,
Boulder, CO, 2011
• Juried Exhibition: 33rd Bradley Print & Drawing Exhibition, Heuser
Art Center, Peoria, IL, 2011
• Group Exhibition: University of Colorado Denver Faculty Exhibit,
Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO, 2010
• Group Exhibition: The Print Event, Z Art Dept, Denver, CO, 2010
• Group Exhibition: Member’s Show, NEXT Gallery, Denver,CO, 2010
• Solo Exhibition: Keeping House, Keeping Fables, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO 2010
• Group Exhibition: Member’s Show, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO, 2009
• Group Exhibition: New Member Show, NEXT Gallery, Denver, CO, 2009
• Group Exhibition: What Are You Laughing At? Oliver Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2009
• Group Exhibition: Reflect|Engage|Invest, ALSC Architects, Spokane, WA, 2009
• Two Person Exhibition: Overripe Apple Pie, Saranac Art Projects,
Spokane, WA, 2009
• Group Exhibition: Under the Wire, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA, 2009
• Group Exhibition: Raw Space, Fernwell Building, Spokane, WA, 2009
• Juried Exhibition: Terrain, The Vault Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
• Solo Exhibition: Yellow House, Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture,
Spokane, WA, 2008
• Juried Exhibition: Næstved International Mini Print Exhibit,
Næstved, Denmark, 2008
• Juried Exhibition: National Women’s Juried Exhibit, Idaho State
University, Pocatello, ID, 2008
• Two Person Exhibition: Sticks & Stones, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
• Group Exhibition: In House, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2007
• Solo Exhibition: Locality–Time–Multiplicity, Madison Municipal
Building, Madison, WI, 2007
• Solo Exhibition: Speed Bumps & Newspaper Thumps, Humanities Gallery,
Madison, WI, 2007
• Juried Exhibition: 79th Annual Juried Student Art Show, Porter Butts
Gallery, Madison, WI, 2007
• Group Exhibition: 3rd Year Graduate Review Show, Humanities Gallery,
Madison, WI, 2007

Awards
Faculty Development Grant, University of Colorado Denver, CO, 2012
Accuracy Judge, Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, Colorado
State Finals, 2012
Award of Merit, Spokane Regional Marketing & Communications
Association, Old Bones in a New
   Vernacular: Highlights from the Whitworth Collection, 2009
Second Place, National Women’s Juried Exhibit, Idaho State University,
Pocatello, ID, 2008
13th International Artist Residency, Budapest, Hungary, 2006
Graduate Student Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2006
University Purchase Award, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA 2002

Exhibitions Curated
Guest Curator, Ongoing: Students at Work, Marriott Gallery, Denver, CO, 2013
Panel Chair, Defining New Media Foundations, FATE Conference, Savannah, GA, 2013
Guest Curator, University of Colorado Student Juried Exhibition,
Marriott Gallery, Denver, CO, 2012
Guest Speaker, Washington State Art Education Association, Spokane, WA, 2009
Curator, Mélange Beginnings, Bryan Oliver Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2009
Curator, Recovery (twenty years) by Thomas O’Day, Bryan Oliver
Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2009
Curator, Histories & Histrionics: Lanny DeVuono, Bryan Oliver Gallery
Spokane, WA, 2009
Guest Lecturer Avant-Garde Film, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA, 2008
Curator, New/Like New: Ross Sawyers, Bryan Oliver Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
Curator, Old Bones in a New Vernacular, Bryan Oliver Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
Curator, Hard NOX, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
Curator, Art Zombies, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
Curator, Robert Grimes, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2008
Curator, Black Orpheus: Ruben Trejo, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2007
Curator, In House, Koehler Gallery, Spokane, WA, 2007

Professional Organizations
Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), Los Angeles, CA
The Santa Barbara Printmakers, Santa Barbara, CA
College Art Association (CAA), New York, NY
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE)