Megan Young is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and administrator. Her exploration of embodied technologies has earned critical acclaim, including features in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR). Credits include commissions for the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology Biennial, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, and Open Engagement. Recent recognition includes a CEC ArtsLink Residency for socially engaged creative practice in Yerevan, Armenia and a technology capacity grant from the Knight Foundation. Notable projects include the multi-year embodied installations and community dialogue in Cloud of Whiteness and the interactive critique of surveillance technologies through Sign Stealing.

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, Baldwin Wallace University, Kent State University, and the University of Akron. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts & media from Columbia College Chicago; BFA in dance composition from Ohio University.

 

Select Exhibitions

2022: Sign Stealing, Ann Arbor Film Festival: Off the Screen!

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

 

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

2022: Knight Foundation – Tech Capacity

2021: CEC ArtsLink Residency

2021: SloMoCo Microresidency

2019, 2020, 2021: 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