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Artist Returns Home to Exhibit in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library

November 3 – December 28, 2014
Bristol Public Library
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Bristol, VA—Bristol native and Tennessee High School graduate Meghan O’Connor will be exhibiting her intricate prints in the Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery at the Bristol Public Library November 3 through December 28, 2014. The exhibition is entitled “Coming Home” to honor her roots in the Bristol community.

Meghan O’Connor received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from East Tennessee State University in 2003, and a Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University in 2007. Since 2005, Meghan has been an active member of Southern Graphics Council, where she has organized and participated in international exhibitions and portfolio exchanges. She has assisted more than 30 artists at Frogman’s Print & Paper Workshop in Vermillion, S.D. Meghan enjoys spending long hours in the printmaking studio getting her hands dirty, listening to music, teaching workshops, and collaborating with others. Currently, she teaches foundations and printmaking courses at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she has been since 2009.

In her artist’s statement O’Connor says, “The act of making art is me processing my everyday experiences and looking at relationships: how we treat each and ourselves. When approaching daily choices, oftentimes we end up with short-term fulfillment rather than a long-term contribution to a positive well-being. My work is an awareness of these self-destructive tendencies and the inherent struggle that results upon this realization, a fight for self-control.”

In describing her intricate prints, O’Connor explains:” A visually complex format is a “hook” to keep the viewer interested. Animals become a stand-in for the human figure and mechanical forms are a metaphor for harmful systems of power. The level of detail within the forms is a representation of control; whereas, the embossed layers of look mark-making symbolize letting go. This pairing of working methods provides a level of spontaneity within my studio practice. I combine these disparate forms to evoke empathy toward the human condition and show that outside variables are ultimately out of our control.”

The Virgie R. Fleenor Gallery is the only free to the public art gallery in Bristol. Located at 701 Goode Street in Bristol, Virginia, inside the Bristol Public Library it offers award-winning regional artists exhibition space and educated patrons on various forms of 3 dimensional arts.