Pumpkin by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Pumpkin.” Collage on paper. 9″x12″
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I’ve been quite busy these days. I’m working on the paper work for a jurying process for the possibility of having a solo exhibition as well as getting last minute things squared away for Art on the Avenue. Hopefully I can start working on artwork like crazy in a couple of weeks.

Self-Portrait Exhibition Opening Reception

Megan CoyleI’ve been super busy these past few days. I actually have two jobs at the moment, so I haven’t been able to work on my artwork as much as I’d like to. I’ve also been working on organizing my booth for Art on the Avenue in October, and I’ve been thinking about applying for a solo exhibition at the Art League Gallery. If I do apply for the solo exhibition, that means I’ll be even busier during the next two weeks. And finally, I’m thinking of redoing my portfolio website to make it easier for me to update it in the future as well tweak the layout for a better look. So I will try my best to work on art for blog updates, but if I haven’t posted in a while, you’ll know why 🙂

Below I have a few pictures from the opening reception of the self-portrait exhibition that I went to on Friday. I was surprised to see that I was awarded Best in Show for the portrait piece, “The Artist from a Distance.” The first picture below is of myself and the winning piece.

Picture-Me: The Artistic Self Portrait in the 21st Century

Figure Posed in front of Pink by collage artist Megan Coyle

September 12 – October 4, 2008
Nicholas Colasanto Center; Alexandria, Virginia
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Megan Coyle’s “The Artist from a Distance,” “Self Portrait Posed in Front of Pink,” and “Figure in front of Window” were on display in the Nicholas Colasanto Center for a self-portrait exhibition. The exhibition was a Del Ray Artisans all-member exhibition, featuring the work of several local artists whose work ranged from photography to painting. The artwork showcased many different interpretations of what makes a self portrait a self portrait.

One of Megan’s collages, “The Artist from a Distance,” won Best in Show for the exhibition.

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Picture-Me: The Artistic Self Portrait in the 21st Century

Three of my self portraits were accepted into the Del Ray Artisans exhibition, “Picture Me.” The exhibition will run from September 12th till October 4th. The first collage listed below was actually the last piece I finished during my last semester of college. The second one is a piece I did towards the end, when I was experimenting with the idea of a ‘half-finished’ collage. I also submitted the most recent self portrait I’ve done, Self Posed in front of Pink.

The Artist from a Distance by collage artist Megan Coyle

Figure in front of the Window by collage artist Megan Coyle

Self Posed in front of Pink

Self Portrait Posed in front of Pink by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Self Posed in front of Pink.” Collage on paper. 18″x24″
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So I decided I’m finished with this for now. It looks slightly like me–I’ve realized that I’ve always had trouble doing self-portraits. It’s so much easier to create works of other people. Perhaps this is because I assume I know what I look like, and therefore I have trouble getting the details down right. I might return to this at a later time, but for now, I’ve decided I’m done.