Megan Ace A&M AZ

I’m drawn to the drama of the human story and the challenge of creating an image that
conveys the beautiful complexity of it. I see the faces and figures in my work as
archetypal heroes and heroines engaged in the common troubles and triumphs of our
human experience. Whether I’m using a self portrait, a model I’ve photographed, or a
found image, the subject is engaged in a psychological or spiritual question at a
crossroad in their journey. Their backgrounds help color the context of the story, ranging
from enchantment to danger.

Interweaving photography, painting and collage, “Mixed Media” describes both literally
and metaphorically my approach to the creative process. I love engaging in the
unexpected fusion that comes from mixing incongruent materials, ideas and
methodologies to create fresh connections between the physical and metaphysical, and
the viewer and myself. I aspire to create images that encourage the recognition of
ourselves as the heroic protagonists of our own life story.

One Person Exhibitions
Anarchy and Metamorphosis, PushDot Studios, Portland, OR 2015
Invisible Pathways, Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 2001
Journey Without Maps, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA 2000
Psyche and the Symbolic Universe, Veterans’ Memorial Building, Santa Barbara, CA 1997
Data, Chaos and Reverence, Frances Warr Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1996
Mixed Metaphors and Circuitry, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1996
Sticks and Stones, Santa Barbara, CA 1993
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1991
Green Dragon, Santa Barbara, CA 1990

Group Exhibitions and Awards
Small Images, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Best of Show award from juror Meg Linton, 2000
Award from judge Rebecca McGrew, 1998
Award from judge Peter Frank, 1996
The Human Condition, The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, CA 2000
The Millennium Show, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 2000
“Best of the Best” Santa Barbara County Invitational Art Show, Santa Barbara, CA 1999
Seven Artists, Zoma Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1998
Day of the Dead 1998, Fine Art Center En Taos, New Mexico, 1998
Significant Others, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA 1998
Salon du Petit, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA 1998
Synesthesia, The Frameworks, Santa Barbara, CA 1998
Un Ange Passe, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA 1996, 1997
Award from judge Jerrold Slattum, 1997
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA 1991 – 2001
Award from judge John Carlander, 2000
Award from judge Michael Arntz, 1999
Award from judge Martha Donelan, 1999
Award from judge Priscilla Bender Shore, 1998
Award from judge Evanie Lupinek, 1997
Award from judge Marina Walker, 1997
Santa Barbara Art Walk, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Award from judge Jill Vander Hoof, 1998

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