Guitar Man

Guitar Man by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Guitar Man.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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This is finished at the moment. I’ll need to dive back into this in a couple of weeks to make sure everything is looking just the way I’d like it. I’ve found that whenever I work on a piece, I spend so much time hovering over it that I can’t really notice my mistakes that well. Setting this aside will help quite a bit.


LuLu the Dachshund by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Lulu.” Mixed media on paper. 16″x20″
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Here’s a collage from the past–I did this collage a couple years ago. I finally got around to getting a decent picture of it and now it’s hanging in my new apartment.

Blue Coffee Cup

“Blue Coffee Cup”
Coated paper on mat board. 7″x5″

Here’s another piece I’ll add to my Etsy shop sometime today or tomorrow. And now it’s time to get back to collaging so I’ll have something to post tomorrow.


Howl by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Howl.” Collage on mat board. 10″x13″
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January 16th – February 15th, 2009
Nicholas Colasanto Center; Alexandria,Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s “Howl” collage was on display in the Del Ray Artisans’ “Nocturne – from Dusk to Dawn” exhibition. The exhibition was described as focusing on “a reviving theme that emerged in the 1860’s as a literary, musical, and artistic expression of the shimmering effects of light between dusk and dawn.”

The exhibition displayed the works of Del Ray Artisan artists and other local artists.

Papercutting Exhibition

I took a few pictures of the gallery space where my three collages are up in the Papercutting Exhibition.

The exhibition is open from December 12th – January 4th.

Below you can see “Orange Plains,” “Pink Flower,” and “Figure Seated by the Counter.” I’m a fan of the collage that was hanging in between my landscape and flower collages.

2008 Papercutting Show: The World through the Blade of Scissors

Orange Lily by Megan Coyle

December 12, 2008 – January 19, 2009
Nicholas Colasanto Center; Alexandria, Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s collages, “Figure Seated by the Counter,” “Pink Flower,” and “Orange Lily” were on display in the Del Ray Artisan’s Nicholas Colasanto Center. The exhibition featured the artwork of members from the Del Ray Artisans and the Guild of American Papercutters.

Pink Flower by Megan Coyle

The gallery was filled with detailed artwork – including traditional black and white papercuttings as well as mixed media collages. The exhibition not only had two-dimensional work, but three dimensional sculptural pieces.

Small Works

The Curious Kitten by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Curious Kitten.”
Collage on mat board. 7″x5″
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December 12, 2008 – January 19, 2009
Art League Gallery; Alexandria, Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s “The Curious Kitten” was on display in the Art League’s “Small Works” exhibition. During this monthly exhibition, two shows were going on – a large works and a small works one. Megan’s collage was awarded an Honorable Mention by the exhibitions juror, Susan Frank.

538 works of art were submitted to the exhibition, and only 198 were accepted.

The Art League provided a Juror’s Statement hand-out during the exhibition, that explained why the juror selected the pieces that were in the exhibition:

“In a small format, the composition becomes the dominant element.”

Over 500 works of art were submitted to the 2008 “small works” show at The Art League Gallery, giving juror Dr. Susan Frank, Assistant Curator at the Phillips Collection, a challenging task. She was quite pleased by the diversity and quality of the submissions. “I wanted to select a show that represented and reflected what was submitted – in terms of style, medium, and subject matter. It was very difficult to select the pieces for this show, narrow the works down, and select the award winners.”

“In a small format, the composition becomes the dominant element.” In addition to looking for an awareness of composition, Frank wanted to see an inventive use of palette, whether in color or black and white, and a strong command of materials.

“I was looking for something a little different – a fresh take on a traditional subject such as still life, figure, landscape. I have a particular fondness for still life. I am interested to see how an artist can take a traditional subject like still life and make it new and interesting.”

The pieces Frank selected as award winners are reflective of the works seen throughout the show. Frank awarded “Orange Peeled,” by Jill Banks best in show. “This is a fresh take on still life, a different perspective.” Ann Thomson’s photograph, “Arlington Brush,” was awarded an Honorable Mention for it’s wonderful composition and intriguing texture. Frank recognized “Serene Beauty” by Peter Reynolds for it’s strong composition and dramatic value contrast. Patti Vincent’s, “Fisherman” impressed her. “There is a great sense of space in this tiny piece. It is so hard to work with greens but this artist has succeeded,” Frank stated. Frank was also impressed with “Renee,” by Maria Valle-Riestra, for the beautiful handling of the ink, brushwork, and sense of freshness.

“I encourage artists to continue to educate themselves. It’s important to visit galleries and museums, and study and examine the work of other artists to train your mind and your eye.”

Dr. Frank is Assistant Curator at The Phillips Collection. She is a specialist in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century art and received her Ph.D from the University of Iowa. She has curated many exhibits including, “American Impressionism: Paintings from The Phillips Collection on tour through summer 2009 across the U.S.,” and “East Meets West: Hiroshige at The Phillips Collection.” She is also known for a number of important books including, American Impressionists: Painters of Light and the Modern Landscape.