Group Exhibit: Junkyard Jungle

What a Pair (the Otter Sisters) by collage artist Megan Coyle
What a Pair (the Otter Sisters) by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Otter Sisters.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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February 8th – May 26th, 2019
i.d.e.a. Museum; Mesa, Arizona

I’m excited to announce that three of my original collages, “The Curious Penguin,” “The Otter Sisters,” and “Lipstick Lizard,” will be on display at the i.d.e.a. Museum’s Junkyard Jungle exhibit.

“The Curious Penguin.” Collage on paper. 16″x12″
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The show features artists from around the U.S. and U.K., who transform discarded materials into unique works of art. In conjunction with the exhibit, the museum has a number of planned activities for children of all ages.

Lipstick Lizard by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Lipstick Lizard.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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Two Figurative Collages Available at PawCasso Charity Art Auction

Strolling in the Park is a collage by Megan Coyle
“Strolling in the Park.” Collage on paper. 24″x18″

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 6pm – 10pm
National Airport, Historic Terminal A

I’m excited to announce that I’ve donated my “Strolling in the Park” and “Figure Landscape” collages to an upcoming charity art auction called PawCasso. The event is taking place on November 3rd, and raises money for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. You can find out more about what’s up for auction, as well as get tickets to the event, by visiting their website.

Figure Landscape is a collage by Megan Coyle
“Figure Landscape.” Collage on paper. 24″x18″

Group Exhibit: Framing Feminism

Afternoon in the Park by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Afternoon in the Park” Collage on paper. 5″x7″
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April 5th – May 20th, 2018
Dacha Loft; Washington, DC

A dozen of Coyle’s collages will be on display in a group exhibit run by Monochrome Collective and Dacha Beer Garden. The majority of Coyle’s collages featured in the exhibit depict scenes inspired by the DC landscape, as well as a couple of still life and animal pieces. 5% of all artwork sales will be donated to The Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Their mission is to “Mobilize our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they3 need to thrive.”

This is the first time in five years that Coyle is exhibiting her artwork in the area. The show will have three events with limited space for viewing the work, so contact Megan if you’re interested in getting on the guest list for the opening, artist talk, or closing reception. Otherwise viewings can be made by appointment only.

Opening Reception: April 5, 6:30PM to 9:00PM
Artist Talk: May 10
Closing Reception: May 20

Megan Coyle's Artist Talk

Dacha Loft
1600 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Paper Collage Scapes

All in a Row by collage artist Megan Coyle
“All in a Row.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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November 10th, 2013 – January 10th, 2014
Goodwin Gallery; Alexandria, Virginia
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“Paper Collage Scapes” features a variety of Coyle’s landscape, cityscape, as well as natural still life collages that have been completed over the years. The exhibit even includes several collages that were part of her D.C. Collage Scapes series.

The show explores the intricacies of various buildings and houses in the D.C. area, as well as natural landscapes. Coyle has composed each collage using solid colors and fragments of photographs found in magazines.

This is the second exhibit Coyle has had at the Goodwin House – she is excited to share her work again with the residents and their families.

Pieced Together: Animal Collage

Red Ruffed Lemur by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Red Ruffed Lemur.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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October 17th – October 31st, 2013
Mt. Pleasant Library
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Opening Reception: Thursday, October 17th, 2013 at 7:00p.m.

Coyle will display five of her large animal collages at Mt. Pleasant Library’s exhibit space. Each work of art was inspired by the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

When it comes to creating works of art, Coyle enjoys drawing inspiration from familiar scenes and settings of everyday life. Often times she’ll wander around Washington, D.C. looking for inspiration for future works of art. One of her favorite places to visit for inspiration is the National Zoo. The works she selected for the Mt. Pleasant exhibit are from a series where she explored working with a variety of texture to piece together different colorful animals.

The show is funded by Day Eight, a nonprofit that focuses on the delivery of innovative community arts programming in the District of Columbia. In conjunction with the exhibit, Coyle will run two collage workshops:

Collage Making Workshop for Children and Youth
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 11:00am

Artist Megan Coyle Program for Adults and Seniors
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:00pm

Bourgeon Artist Group Show

The Washington Monument at Sunset by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Washington Monument at Sunset.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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May 8th – June 4th, 2013
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Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9th, 2013 from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Coyle recently had her article “Megan Coyle on her Collage Portraiture” and an image of her artwork published in the book Bourgeon: Fifty Artist Write About Their Work. In celebration of the book’s publication, three of the book’s authors are exhibiting their artwork in a group show at Tryst in Adams Morgan. The exhibiting artists include Megan Coyle, Camille Mosley-Pasley, and Michele Banks.

Five of Coyle’s landscape/cityscape collages will be on display. Most of the pieces in the show were created when Coyle was working on a series for her “D.C. Collage Scapes” exhibit at the Arts Club of Washington back in February.

Copies of the Bourgeon book will be available for sale at the opening.

D.C. Collage Scapes

The Botanic Garden by collage artist Megan Coyle
“The Botanic Garden.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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February 1st – 23rd, 2013
Arts Club of Washington
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Opening Reception: Friday, February 1st, 2013 from 6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Coyle’s “D.C. Collage Scapes” solo show will showcase her new series of landscape and cityscape collages that were inspired by D.C. The work includes scenes that depict hidden pockets of natural landscape in the city, as well as images of familiar landmarks, museums, and memorials. This will be the first time collages from the new series will be on display. “D.C. Collage Scapes” will also be Coyle’s first solo show in the District.

The landscape/cityscape series provides unique imagery of the city. Each work of art was handcrafted from magazine strips using Coyle’s “painting with paper” technique – where she manipulates paper in such a way that it resembles the brush strokes in a painting.

The exhibit is one of two concurrent solo shows being held at the Arts Club of Washington in February. The Arts Club of Washington promotes the visual, performing, and literary arts in D.C. The club hosts events in its historic I Street mansion, which was formerly the home of President James Monroe.

Animals in Paper (Part II)

Scarlet Macaw by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Scarlet Macaw.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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September 30th, 2012 – January 5th, 2013
Beatley Alexandria City Gallery; Alexandria, Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s work is on display in a solo show at the Beatley Alexandria City Gallery. The Alexandria City Gallery Program exhibits the artwork of local artists in fifteen city galleries.

As a child, Coyle was always drawn to animals and colorful illustrations. Growing up in the D.C. area made it easy for her to visit the Smithsonian museums. She especially enjoyed visiting the animals at the zoo and seeing the animal exhibits at the Natural History Museum. Coyle continues to visit those places, but now she does it to study and gather inspiration for future works of art.

“Animals in Paper (Part II)” features several of Coyle’s new animal collages alongside a few older works of art. Her newer pieces include several 18″x24″ animal collages depicting species that didn’t appear in her previous work. The artwork explores the colorful diversity of animals in nature – with mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Inspired by color and the unique characteristics of different species, Coyle has created familiar images of animals big and small. All the collages were constructed entirely from magazine strips using a technique she calls “painting with paper.” If you stop by for a visit, you can get a closer look at all the layers used for these paper creations.

Strange Glue No. 1

Morning Coffee by collage artist Megan Coyle

September 7th – November 20th, 2012
Thompson Gallery; Weston, Massachusetts
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Reception: Friday, September 7th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, September 22nd, 1:00 – 2:00p.m.
Assembly Slide Show: Monday, October 15th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

“Morning Coffee” was selected to be in the “Strange Glue” group exhibit at Thompson Gallery in Weston, Massachusetts. “Strange Glue” celebrated the centennial of the appearance of collage in painting. The exhibit aimed to explore collage within contemporary art practices.

Coyle’s collage was part of the first exhibit of the “Collage at 100” three-part exhibition. A little over 100 works of art were in the show.

From Fur to Feathers – Animal Collages

Brown Bear by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Brown Bear.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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August 2nd – 31st, 2012
City Gallery; North Charleston, South Carolina
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Artist Reception: Thursday, August 2nd
from 5:00 – 7:00p.m.

Animals are one of Megan Coyle’s favorite collage subjects. While growing up, she was drawn to nature and liked visiting wildlife parks and the zoo. Now Coyle continues to visit those places, although this time she goes to find inspiration for future works of art.

“From Fur to Feathers” featured several of her animal collages, including a few new collages that were completed in 2012. It showcased a body of work that focused on the diversity of creatures that live in the natural world.

Coyle’s exhibit, “From Fur to Feathers,” was one of two solo exhibits on display for the month of August at the North Charleston City Gallery. (Note: Initially this exhibit was described as a two-person show, although it is actually one of two concurrent solo shows)