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Bio / CV

 

In my artistic expression, I intertwine the threads of my Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry with the vibrant hues of my queer identity, crafting a tapestry that celebrates both tradition and individuality. Drawing from the rich heritage of textile craftsman passed down through generations, I embark on a journey of creativity that honors the past while embracing the future.

 

The kaleidoscope of color that adorns my work, I breathe new life into discarded materials, patterns from my mom’s unfinished projects and transforming loose threads into vibrant compositions that speak to the resilience of the human spirit. My work playfully balances geometric compositions that often relate to traditional quilt imagery.

 

As an advocate for anti-waste practices, I find inspiration in the over looked and forgotten, giving voice to the stories woven into every scrap of fabric. By repurposing materials that might otherwise be discarded, I strive to challenge conventional notions of beauty and value, inviting viewers to reconsider their relationship with the world around them.

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@mcgiggles14art

Education 

2017-2019

MFA American University Washington DC

2012-2016

BA Lycoming College Williamsport PA

Awards 

2019

Catharina Baart Biddle Art Award, American University

2018 & 2019

Mellon Grant, American University

2018

Carol Bird Ravenal Art Award, American University

2016

Roger D. Shipley Award, Lycoming College

Solo Exhibitions

2020

2017

Red & Blue in Craft, Waddell Art  Gallery, Sterling VA

State of the Art , Converge Gallery Williamsport PA

Group Exhibitons

2024

Geometric Gestures, dodomu, Digital Show, Brooklyn, NY

Collectors Night, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC

2023

The Invincible Visible, Transformer, Washington DC

Art Night, Hickok Cole, Washington D.C.

2022

Geometric Gestures, Dodomu Gallery, Digital Show, Brooklyn, NY

Flat File 2022 Exhibition, Ortega Y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2021

NIH, National Institute of Health Winter Exhibition, Bethesda, MD

D.C. Art Now 2021, D.C. Commission of the Arts & Humanities, Washington DC

Flat File 2021 Exhibition, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Controlled Burn, but, also, Washington DC

Devil is in the Details, Chautauqua School of Art Alumni Virtual Exhibition, 

2019

GAY ONLY, Capitol One, Washington DC

Turbulence, American University Museum Washington DC

an idea maybe, Foyer Gallery, Queensland, Australia

2018

Art in the Age of Trump, Center for Contemporary Political Art, Washington DC

Annual Exhibition, Fowler-Kellogg Gallery, Chautauqua, NY

Flight School, BWI Airport, Baltimore MD

2017

Divided House, Howard Community College, Baltimore MD

A Closer Look, Amreican University Museum, Washington DC

Selfie Show, Converge Gallery, Williamsport, PA

Permanent  Collections

2021

Art Bank, Washington DC

Publications

2020

2022

Teaching

2021

Artists Perspective Drawing 1, American University, Washington DC

Contact 

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