Megan Lightell


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Megan Lightell
About the author

BORN 1979, Coshocton, OH EDUCATION 2000 BFA, Illustration, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2014 "From These Roots," SKyPAC, Bowling Green, KY 2014 "Private Landscapes," Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 2013 "Documenting the Landscape," Pomerene Center for the Arts, Coshocton, OH 2012 Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 2012 Gateway Arts Council, Sidney, OH 2010 Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2009 “A Place Within,” River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN 2008 “Sense of Place,” Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 2008 “A Quiet View,” Aliya Linstrum, Atlanta, GA 2007 “Mystic Fields,” Hanson Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2007 “Divided,” Flying Solo, Nashville International Airport 2006 “New Works,” Michael Orr Gallery, Columbus, OH 2005 “Landscapes,” Belle Meade Gallery, Nashville, TN 2004 “New Beginnings,” Michael Orr Gallery, Columbus, OH 2004 “Safe Places,” Bockrath Gallery, Cleveland, OH 2003 “New Paintings,” Michael Orr Gallery, Columbus, OH 2000 solo exhibition at Pomerene Center for the Arts, Coshocton, OH SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2009 “Art in Open Spaces,” Terrazzo/Zeitgeist, Nashville, TN 2009 “Draw!” Linstrum + Matre Artworks, Atlanta, GA 2008 “Dialogues: Painting,” Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN 2007 “New Views,” Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2007 “Altered Vision,” Nashville Public Library 2006 “Small Wonders,” Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2006 “New Works,” Firewalker Gallery, Marshall, NC 2006 “Beauty,” Joanna Burke Consultants at Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA 2006 “Grillin & Chillin,” Aliya Linstrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2005 ARThouse [06] Atlanta, GA 2005 “New Landscapes,” Michael Orr Gallery, Columbus, OH 2004 “Recent Works,” with Brent Oglesbee, Swanson Reed Contemporary, Louisville, KY 2002 “Standing Their Ground,” Gallery of Franklin, Franklin, TN 2002 “Creating Spaces,” Michael Orr Gallery, Columbus, OH 2001 Ohio Art League Annual Exhibition 2000 “Re-Evolution,” Tribeca Arts Club, New York, NY 1999 “The Visual Letter,” Art Director’s Club, New York, NY TEACHING/LECTURE EXPERIENCE 2003, 2007 Watkins College of Art and Design, Community Education Dept. 2002 Ohio University, guest lecturer 2000-2002 Artist-in-Residence, Pomerene Center for the Arts, Coshocton, OH SELECTED COLLECTIONS Vanderbilt University Medical Center Music City Center Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas Martha Ingram Brown-Forman Group The Turner Family Foundation OMS Records Coshocton Public Library PUBLISHING Bestselling open and limited edition fine art prints published by Encore Art Group/ Canadian Art Prints and Winn Devon ARTICLES/ REVIEWS/ FEATURES Featured on Blog Cabin 2009, DIY Network “Flying High,” Southern Living Magazine, June 2007 ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition, four paintings featured in the Hawkins home, October 2006 “Summer Painter Becoming One for All Seasons,” Columbus Dispatch, September 2006, Christopher Yates “Painter’s Landscapes Reflect Versatility,” Columbus Dispatch, March 2004, Christopher Yates “Land Lover,” Cleveland Scene, January 2004, Nadia Michel “Landscapes Reveal Portrayer’s Inner Self,” Columbus Dispatch, April 2003, Christopher Yates CMYK vol. 15 featured artist ARTIST'S STATEMENT: The focus on landscape in my work began after a period of study in New York, surrounded by the urban built environment, far removed from the farmland and forests in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of my youth. When I returned to the rural environment, I related in a new way to the comfort, mystery, and silence embodied in the landscape. I was drawn to the hills, rivers, and valleys and discovered through painting them that there were particular places that invited me to look closely, to be present, to listen and observe. Through this series of paintings in the years since, I have learned to witness not just a physical location, but also the deeper connection formed by spending time alone in a natural space. In the process of making a piece, I alternate time spent on location gathering reference, with time spent in the studio, working from field notes and memory. Rather than painting solely from observation outdoors, working in the studio allows me to recall the resonance of a place, distilling the elements to their essence.