Posts Tagged ‘2D Design’

This feature is continued from yesterday…

From the Harrington College of Design’s classrooms to exhibits across the country, Megan Sterling’s passion and talent for 2D design is evident: check out some of her work below!


Three Billy Goat’s Gruff
Drypoint, Serigraph, Collagraph
22″ x 30″
“In this particular series, I examine three common children’s’ stories, each with a hierarchy of three similar characters and a contrasting antagonist. The intention was to deconstruct the saccharine surface of the stories by using a literal, monochromatic, single-frame narrative derived from the stories against blocks of color and objects that probe for associations and dramatize the violence.”


Tin recipe box, printed tea bags
3.5″ x 5″

Here’s a short video clip from Megan’s 2007 exhibition at the Contemporary Art Workshop:

I followed up with Megan to here what inspires her. Megan shared, “I have to say, I really love creating things that are both realistic and tangible, but enigmatic.  I like to create narratives with open-ended questions, allow it to be interpreted different ways, and not in a sugary saccharine way— the edge of oddness (or sometimes darkness) often makes them do a double-take.  If there are elements people can identify with, whether it is the figure, a small animal or something, that makes it an avenue of access, so when I create something mysterious or enigmatic with that imagery , it pulls them in rather than shuts them out.

I always drew a lot when I was a kid. My family encouraged me, my grandmother got me art classes in grade school, and I took art classes in middle and high school.  When I went to college, I had no idea what to do with myself, so without knowing anything or bothering to do any research, graphic design sounded like a good way to do something artistic and still potentially make money.  But as I started to take my foundations classes, I discovered I loved the art making much more, the conceptual nature of creating, and in an independent way— I realized I would probably not work well with clients.  But even then, I don’t think I had much confidence in myself, and didn’t know what I would do with it.  That’s where important mentors came in.  There were faculty who noticed me, my passion and hard work, and knew that I just needed guidance.  They took me under their wing, pushed me on my work and encouraged me to go to graduate school (which I had never even heard of before that!).  As I figured out what I needed to do, I realized that it doesn’t matter if you are an artist, graphic designer, or an engineer, your success depends on YOU— your work ethic, attitude and the quality of work you do.  So I worked REALLY hard and one thing led to another…”

To see more examples of her work, from very large-scale cut-out charcoal drawings, to medium sized drawings/paintings and prints, visit Megan’s website, www.megansterling.com.

Megan Sterling also has an upcoming Solo Exhibition! 

The Space Between, Solo Exhibition
January 28 – February 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 28, 6 – 8pm – Gallery 1 (LA)

Boise State University – Liberal Arts Gallery
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID

For more information about the gallery, location, parking, etc., go to http://artdept.boisestate.edu/

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You may recognize her name from a few past Harrington blog posts such as her recent contribution to Harrington’s 2010 IMAGINE… what you may not know is just how involved Megan Sterling, full-time instructor at the Harrington College of Design, is within the design community outside of the college as well!

Megan Sterling is an artist and printmaker from Idaho who received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boise State University in Printmaking. She is currently a full-time instructor at the Harrington College of Design where she teaches Beginning & Intermediate Drawing, Color, 2D Design and Screen Printing.

I followed up with Megan to learn about how her passion for art influences her life outside of Harrington. Megan said, “Aside from teaching full time at Harrington and making and showing my work, I work for another local artist one day a week and I volunteer at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative one day a week, where I have a studio and make my printmaking work.”

Keep reading tomorrow when I’ll share more of Megan’s work as well as an upcoming exhibit she will be featured in!

Print courtesy Megan Sterling: Gently Up the Stream, 2009 Screen Print, Wood Cut, Monotype  8″x20″

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As Harrington prepares for the exciting fall semester, I wanted to keep sharing some backgrounds of our outstanding faculty members. Last week, I shared with you Duffy O’Connor, a Harrington College of Design Foundations instructor who has been with us for 10 years. You can check out his feature here and here. Today, I’d like to introduce Ryan Kapp, another Foundations instructor that has been with our college for 8 years.

Ryan teaches Foundations courses at Harrington, including Drawing, 2D Design, Color, Perspective & Rendering and Computer Illustration. Originally from Columbus, OH, Ryan came to Chicago to attend Graduate school at Northwestern University in 2000. There, he studied in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern and received his MFA in 2002. Once he graduated, Ryan learned of Harrington from one of his peers in the graduate program at Northwestern. Knowing that he was interested in teaching, he applied, and soon began instructing part-time in the Fall of 2002.

Speaking of his first years at the Harrington College of Design, Ryan said, “When I first started teaching at Harrington it was located in the Fine Arts Building on S. Michigan Ave. I taught part-time for couple years and then was hired on full-time. After one year as a full-timer, I was promoted to Program Coordinator of Foundations. During that time we revamped the Foundations curriculum to accommodate a broader range of design disciplines. I also won a teacher of the year award from Career Education Company in 2006-07 while serving as the Foundations Coordinator. After two years as the Program Coordinator, I decided to take a step back to focus on my art career. I stepped down as the Coordinator and returned to part-time teaching where I continue to teach two to three classes per semester at Harrington year round. I split my time between teaching and working in my studio just west of downtown in the Fulton Market area.”

Keep reading tomorrow when I will share Ryan’s inspiration behind his work!
Paintings courtesy Ryan Kapp

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