Morgan McGill

Artist | Designer | Collaborator

I make art about the patriarchal prescriptions of "purity" in the world. From listening to my models and podcast participants, I have learned about the widespread concept of being "pure" across race, religion, gender, and sexuality that, a lot of the time, is based on binary thinking, good and evil. But the result of holding space for contradictory thoughts is a kaleidoscope of individuals who, by seeking their own truth, make the world more diverse, beautiful, and real. My art responds to these ideas as an evolving process of collaged paintings and drawings constructed as a visual for the belief systems that hold these structures in place.

McGill was a recipient of the Artist Enrichment grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women which she used to interview people in Kentucky and across the world about "purity culture." She was also a recipient of the 2021 Professional Development grant from the Great Meadows Foundation which she used to travel to California, studio visit with her favorite artists, and participate in a two week residency at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.

Education                                

Hite Art Institute                             University of the Basque Country                             Latin University of Costa Rica   

University of Louisville                          
Louisville, KY                                         Bilbao, Spain                                                                         Heredia, Costa Rica
2014-2018                                               Semester abroad, 2017                                                       Summer Abroad, 2016

BFA Drawing & Painting                   Spanish Contemporary Painting                                    Spanish Language
            
BA Spanish                                           Spanish Historical Drawing                                              Spanish Literature


 

Selected Exhibitions

2022     Hite 75th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Cressman Center, Louisville, KY

2021     Pure to Pieces Solo Show at Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY

             PRHBTN, Lexington Art League, Loudon House, Lexington, KY

             2021 Black & White Show, Kore Gallery, Louisville, KY

             New Grooves Exhibition, New Grooves Gallery, London, England

             48th Annual Showcase, Louisville Artisans Guild, Kore Gallery, Louisville, KY
             Virtual Exhibition Series, New Grooves Gallery, London, England

             The Artemesias, KY Foundation for Women, Virtual Exhibition

2020    Barriers, Lexington Arts Connect, Online Exhibition

             Festival of Lights, Jack O lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville, Kentucky
             Women of Influence, Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY

              Herself, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

              Change Now, PeaceState with Black Lives Matter, Louisville, KY
              Art Makes Home, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Louisville, KY

2019      PRHBTN, Loudoun House, Lexington, KY
              15th Annual Mazin Art Exhibit, Jewish Community Center, Louisville, KY

              Festival of Lights, Jack O lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville, Kentucky
              Kent Mansion Gallery Exhibit, Light in the Darkness: A Study of Hope and Healing, Indianapolis, IN


2018      Festival of Lights, Jack O lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville, KY
               BFA Thesis Exhibition, Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY
               Red Alert Series Collaboration, w/ Ying Kit Chan and Jordyn Oswald, Science Week in Germany & Switzerland


2017       Bellas Artes in Garabia ZAWP, University of the Basque Country's Collective Visual, Bilbao, Spain
 

Grants & Residencies

2022     Art Meets Activism Grant Recipient, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Louisville, KY (press release:

              https://www.kfw.org/feminist-blog/2021-ama-recipients/)

    

2021      Visual Artist in Residence, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Temecula, CA

              Collider Artist in Residence, Louisville Free Public Library, Louisville, KY

              Artist Professional Development Grant, Great Meadows Foundation, Louisville, KY

              Hopscotch House, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Louisville, KY

            
2020     Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Louisville, KY

              Arthritis in a Crisis, Lou Arts Network, Louisville, KY

              Art Makes Home, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Louisville, KY
              Hopscotch House, Kentucky Women's Foundation, Prospect, KY

Murals

2022     Bloom, Bloom Elementary School, Collaboration with 5th graders

             "Be Kind" mural assistant to Liz Richter on HGTV's Hometown Kickstart

2021      Muhammad Ali PBS Documentary Mural, Fund for the Arts, Louisville, KY

              Churchill Downs Live Mural for Downs After Dark, Fund for the Arts, Louisville, KY
              Assistant to Liz Richter on “Cinema” mural on Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY

2020    When Women Come Together, Mural commissioned by Kale & Flax at Jefferson Community & Technical

              College, Louisville, KY