About

Megan Young is an arts administrator, curator, and educator with an interdisciplinary arts practice. Since 2018, she has provided creative oversight and operational management for the residency and exhibition programs at SPACES in Cleveland. Previous experience includes managing Solid Ground gallery in the Chicago Arts District and directing projects through the MegLouise collective. 

Young’s works have earned critical acclaim, including features in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR). Credits include new commissions for Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology, City University of Hong Kong / ISEA, 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. Curatorial projects include the exhibition and community engagement of A Public Trust at SPACES and artist works considering reparations in Past Due at Zygote Press.

Young presents workshops, residencies, and coursework for visual and performing arts departments, including: Kent State University, The 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.

Select Exhibitions

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, City University of Hong Kong / ISEA

2016: Longest Walk, Glass Curtain Gallery

2016: Unsuccessful Wrestling, Center for Applied Theater & Active Culture

2015: Breakwall, SiTE:Lab, ArtPrize

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

Awards

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

15, 16, 17: Development Grants, Kent State University

2011 – 2014: Follett Graduate Merit Award, Columbia College Chicago