Watchful Lion

Watchful Lion by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Watchful Lion.” Collage on paper. 16″x12″
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Here’s the finished lion – you can see I added a lot of texture to his mane and reshaped his face a bit. He was inspired by another trip to the National Zoo. I’m lucky to live so close to the Smithsonian museums/zoo – I can always find something there that inspires me for future works of art. I should probably swing by some of the museums sometime soon – I have a tendency of spending most of my time at the National Zoo when places like the Natural History Museum also have a variety of exhibits that are useful references for animal collages. Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I’m off to enjoy the sunshine!

Childhood Memories Exhibit

Girl with Glasses by collage artist Megan Coyle

My “Girl with Glasses” collage is currently on display in the Del Ray Artisans’ “Childhood Memories” group exhibit. The show displays artwork inspired by the artist’s childhood. This particular piece is something I made a few years ago and was actually on display at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center back in 2008.

The “Childhood Memories” exhibit opened on April 6th and will run until the 29th.

 

Tranquil Plains

Tranquil Plains by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Tranquil Plains.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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To change things up a bit – since I’ve been working on so many animal collages – I decided to put together a landscape piece. In the next couple of weeks I should probably get started on a new series of landscape pieces. I have a solo show next year where I’d like to exhibit landscape and cityscape collages of various sights around the DC area. And since landscape isn’t an easy subject for me to tackle, because I’m more interested in figures and animals, it will be quite a challenge. Thus I figure it’s better to get started early on that project so I can ensure that all the artwork is a consistent quality for the show.

Subject to Interpretation

Flamingo Dancers by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Flamingo Dancers.” Collage on paper. 12″x16″
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April 13th – July 8th, 2012
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art; Salisbury, Maryland
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Coyle’s “Flamingo Dancers” and “Mallard Duck” collages were recently accepted into the Ward Museum‘s permanent collection. “Subject to Interpretation” was the first group exhibit that the collages were in since they were acquired by the Museum.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is located on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. It promotes wildfowl art and celebrates the Eastern Shore decoy carvers, Lemuel and Stephen Ward – the artists that the Museum is named after.

The exhibit, “Subject to Interpretation,” showcased a wide variety of bird species depicted by different artists. The work explored the movement and form of birds.

Barn Owl

Barn Owl by collage artist Megan Coyle
“Barn Owl.” Collage on paper. 7″x5″
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Above is the finished “Barn Owl” collage. The client gave this piece to her sister (who is expecting) to go in the baby’s room. The color scheme I worked with matches the colors used to decorate the room.

Childhood Memories

Girl with Glasses by collage artist Megan Coyle

April 6th – 29th, 2012
Nicholas Colasanto Center; Alexandria, Virginia
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Opening Reception: Friday, April 6th
from 7:00 – 10:00p.m.

This group exhibit focused on the artists’ childhood. This included artwork inspired by childhood memories like trips, gatherings, experiences, animals, places, or people. The exhibit showcased a variety of artwork by local artists created in all different kinds of materials.

Coyle’s “Girl with Glasses” collage was featured in the exhibit. “Girl with Glasses” was previously exhibited at the Smithsonian Ripley Center as well as the Caton Merchant Family Gallery.

The Curious Penguin

The Curious Penguin
“The Curious Penguin.” Collage on paper. 16″x12″
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It’s been a while since the last time I made a penguin collage. This guy was inspired by the Natural History Museum in D.C. I wasn’t able to find inspiration from the National Zoo (like I usually do) since we don’t have any penguins there. The Natural History Museum has quite a selection of rocks and minerals and of course, taxidermy. And their animal collection has definitely helped me out with quite a few collages. I usually need some sort of point of reference in order to make a work of art. When it comes to exotic animals or even just ordinary animals, their collection helps me out a lot.

My Artwork is Now in a Museum’s Permanent Collection

Mallard Duck by collage artist Megan Coyle
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I’m pleased to announce that two of my collages, “Mallard Duck” and “Flamingo Dancers,” have been accepted into the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art‘s collection. This is the first time my work has become part of a museum’s permanent collection.

Flamingo Dancers by collage artist Megan Coyle
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The Ward Museum is located on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. It promotes wildfowl art and celebrates the Eastern Shore decoy carvers, Lemuel and Stephen Ward – the artists that the Museum is named after.

So what does a permanent collection mean?
This means that the museum owns the accepted collages. A permanent collection doesn’t mean the work will be on display at all times – it means the artwork is part of the collection curators pull from when designing future exhibits. All museums have changing exhibits where they have a chance to rotate and share the artwork they own.

The two collages will also be in an upcoming exhibit at the Ward Museum called “Subject to Interpretation,” which runs from April 13th to July 8th, 2012. And Duck & Fish will be available for sale in their gift shop.