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Morgan McGill Bio

Artist  |  Designer  |  Collaborator

Artist Bio

Morgan McGill is a painter and muralist based in Louisville, KY. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Louisville and studied historical Spanish painting in Spain where she held her first group exhibition in 2017. Paying homage to her city, she created a brilliantly saturated mural for Churchill Downs- where the Kentucky Derby is held each year. She expanded her knowledge of color theory working with HGTV alongside Liz Richter to create the “Be Kind” mural in La Grange, KY. Most recently, she has collaborated with Fund for the Arts and the Muhammad Ali Center to paint a portrait of Ali and participate in an exhibition on the theme of queer female perspectives. McGill has been awarded grants from the Great Meadows Foundation and the Kentucky Foundation for Women to meet her favorite artists, attend residencies around the world, and continue her podcast project on purity culture.
 

Education

Hite Art Institute

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

2014 - 2018

BFA Drawing & Painting

BA Spanish

University of the Basque Country

Bilbao, Spain

Semester abroad 2017

Spanish Contemporary Painting

Spanish Historical Drawing

Latin University of Costa Rica

Heredia, Costa Rica

Semester Abroad, 2016

Spanish Language

Spanish Literature

Murals

2023    A Sister's Pride, Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY

            Flowers of Kentucky, AirBnB on Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY
           Fairy Garden, Private Residence, Louisville, KY

2022  Sunset, Private Resident Ceiling, Paris, KY

           Poppies, Private Resident Garage, Louisville, KY

           Rainbow, Waldorf School, Louisville, KY, collaboration with Art House

           Either or II, Louisville Metro, CycLouvia, Louisville, KY

           Bloom, Bloom Elementary School, Collaboration with 5th graders and LVA, Louisville, KY

           Be Kind, Assistant to Liz Richter on HGTV's Hometown Kickstart mural project, La Grange, KY

2021  We Are the Home of the Greatest, Muhammad Ali PBS Documentary Mural, Fund for the Arts, Louisville, KY

           Andie Riding, Churchill Downs, Live Mural for Downs After Dark, Fund for the Arts, Louisville, KY
           Cinema, Assistant to Liz Richter for private realtor, Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY

2020  When Women Come Together, Kale & Flax at Jefferson Community & Technical College, Louisville, KY

Selected Exhibitions

2023     We Don't Wither, Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, KY

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

             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    Art Makes Home, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY

             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

Media & Presentations

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