Megan Young is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator with an arts administration background. Her works have earned critical acclaim, including features in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR). Credits include commissions for the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology, and Open Engagement. Notable projects include the multi-year embodied installations and community dialogue of Longest Walk and interactive political critique of Cloud of Whiteness. She was recently awarded a CEC ArtsLink Residency for socially engaged creative practice in Yerevan, Armenia.

From 2018-2021, Young provided creative oversight and operational management for residency, exhibition, and award programs at SPACES in Cleveland. Previous experience includes managing Solid Ground Studio in the Chicago Arts District and directing interdisciplinary projects through the MegLouise collective.

Young presents workshops, residencies, and coursework for visual and performing arts departments, including: Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), Kent State University, University of Akron, and Baldwin Wallace University. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art & Media from Columbia College Chicago; BFA in Dance Composition from Ohio University.

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Select Exhibitions

2021: Coming Suddenly, Passing Strangely, SPACES

2020: A Public Trust, SPACES

2019: Past Due, Zygote Press

2018: And Me in My Place, Art Souterrain

2018: Longest Walk, Ohio University Gallery

2018: Nuclear Winter, Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology

2017: Scores for Distributed Dancing, Columbus College of Art & Design

2017: Cloud of Whiteness, SPACES

2016: Scores for Distributed Dancing, ISEA

2016: Longest Walk, Glass Curtain Gallery

2015: Breakwall, SiTE:Lab

2015: And Me in My Place, Woman Made Gallery


Select Press

In Response to Rampant Mass Shootings, Artists Offer a Visceral Reality / Sarah Rose Sharp, Hyperallergic

With Regard to Cleveland / Bean Gilsdorf, Open Space, SFMOMA

What is a Feminist Social Practice? / Kerry Cardoza, New City

Reflections on Megan Young’s Cloud of Whiteness / Katherine Cooper, Women & Performance Journal

Art and Body Politics at the Republican National Convention / Diana Sette, Hyperallergic

Returning the Joy to Voting / David Giffels, The Atlantic

Next Level Nostalgia / Tesh Ekman, Pressure Magazine

SPACES Doles Out More Emergency Relief / Shawn Mishak, Cleveland Scene


Select Awards

2021: CEC ArtsLink Residency

2021: Akron Soul Train Residency

2021: SloMoCo Microresidency

2019, 2020: ArtsNEXT, Ohio Arts Council

2016, 2018: Individual Artist Excellence, Ohio Arts Council

2018: Greenhouse Grant, Chicago DanceMakers Forum

2016: Creative Workforce Fellowship, CPAC/Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

2016: Project Grant, Citizen University/Knight Foundation

2013, 2015: Development Grant, City of Chicago DCASE

2015: Seed Grant, Art Prize

2002, 2003: Points of Light Fellowship, United Way & Volunteer Center