Megan Marlatt

  • Selected Works

    Earth Rabbit, 2017, Gouache and ink on paper, 45 x 36 inches

    Fire: Ache, the Big Head, 2016,Gouache and ink on paper, 45 x 36 inches


    Big Head Dreams in the Night Sky,Gouache and ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches

    Bear and Bird in the Woods, Gouache and watercolor paper, 8.5 x 12.5 inches

    At Sea,Gouache and watercolor paper, 8.5 x 12.5 inches

    4 Birds, Gouache and ink on paper, 12 x 8 inches

    Wyoming Sagebrush Mountain,Gouache on paper, 11 x 15 inches

    Roberta Smith “The Critics at Large”, Cast papier-mache

    Jerry Saltz “The Critics At Large”, Cast papier-mache


  • Past Exhibitions
  • Biography

    Megan Marlatt received a Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts (1995.)  In addition, she has received two individual artist grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2006 and 2013), the Virginia Commission on the Arts (1996), and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts (1985).  Some of her solo exhibitions include shows at the Barton College of Art Museum, Wilson, NC, (2015), The Athenaeum in Alexandria, VA, (2010), and the Anthony Giordano Gallery of Dowling College in Long Island (2005.)  Marlatt’s public art works have encompassed a monumental digital banner for the City of Rockville, MD (2008), a fresco mural completed for Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rapidan, VA (1996), site-specific works for Hillwood Museum, NY (1993) and more.

    Marlatt is the Founder and Director of The Big Head Brigade, LLC, an artist collective that makes, exhibits and performs in “capgrossos”; papier-mache’ big head masks traditionally designed for Spanish and Catalonian festivals. Her group of professional artists and students have participated in performances and arts events, including Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland, TRIBES Exhibition, Prague Quadrennial 2015 in Prague, Cz, Art in Odd Places-RACE, 2016 and Art-in-Odd Places-FREE, 2014 in New York City, Dumbo Arts Festival, 2014 in Brooklyn, SkowheganPERFORMS 2013 at Socrates Park, NY and Art in Odd Places-NUMBER, 2013 in Greensboro, NC.

    Megan Marlatt received her B.F.A. from the Memphis College of Art in 1981 and during the summer of 1985, she studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  She received her M.F.A. at The Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University, NJ in 1986.  She has been a professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville since 1988. 


  • Curriculum Vita


    2017 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to Belgium for spring semester, 2018

    2015 Semifinalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. for video: “My Big Head” with co-creator, Richard Knox Robinson. 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Individual Artists Fellowship in Painting

    2006 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, Individual Artists Fellowship in Painting

    1996 Virginia Commission on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting

    1995 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting

    1990 UVa Rome Fellowship Exchange Program, to study frescoes, Rome, Italy

    1987 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting

    1985 New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting

    Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Full Tuition Scholarship, Skowhegan, ME

    Artist Residency Awards

    2015 Museu Del Joguet De Catalunya, (Toy Museum of Catalonia), Figueres, Spain 2012 Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Saratoga, WY

    Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain, with support stipend award

    2011 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monaghan, Ireland, (also 2010)

    2010 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA, (also 2008, 2000) 2009 Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming

    2004 Art Space, Big Tancook Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

    1992 Cite’ Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    2015 “The Toy Museum, Reinterpreted”, Galeria Art Lola Ventos, Figueres, Spain, in collaboration with the artist residency at Museu Del Joguet De Catalunya

    “Reckless Fun”, Barton Art Galleries, Barton College, Wilson, NC

    2014 VMFA Fellowship Exhibition, “The Next Play,” Amuse @ Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

    2013 “Substitutions for a Game Never Played,” True F. Luck Gallery, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA

    2011 “Molded from Complicated Mixtures,” Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA, (also 2008, 2005)

    2010  “Molded from Complicated Mixtures,” Athenaeum, NVFAA, Alexandria, VA

    2009 “Paintings and Works on Paper,” Babcock Fine Arts Center Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Amherst, VA

    2005  “Cultural Vertigo,” The Anthony Giordano Gallery, Dowling College, Long Island, NY

    “Cultural Vertigo,” Dupree’ Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2004 “Of Two Minds,” Woodberry-Forest School, Orange, VA


    2003 “Specimens and Artifacts: Reflections on Lewis and Clark,” Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY 1993 Art Nürnberg 8, Festival of the Arts, Nuremberg, Germany

    1992 “Houseworks,” District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC

    1991 University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    1985 Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL

    1983 Clough-Hansom Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN


    Art Festivals, Performances & Events

    Since 2013: Founder and Director of the artist collective, The Big Head Brigade, LLC. 2016 Oct 6 – 9, Art in Odd Places – RACE, 14th Street, New York, NY

    June 9, guest appearance as the Queen, “Rivera Imbiss” by artist John Arnold, Manifesta 11, Zurich 2015 June 18 – 28, “TRIBES Exhibition”, The Prague Quadrennial 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

    May 22 – 25, “Mysteryland; The Electronic Music Culture and Arts Festival”, Bethel Woods, NY 2014 Oct 8 – 12, Art in Odd Places – FREE, 14th Street, New York, NY

    Sept 27 – 28, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY

    2013 Nov 1 – 2, Art in Odd Places – NUMBER, Greensboro, NC

    Sept 28, SkowheganPERFORMS, Socrates Park, Long Island City, NY

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2017 “15th Annual Exhibition of AOH” Art Center, Daegu, South Korea

    “Big Heads and Small Giants” Two person exhibition with Margaret McCann and Big Head Brigade

    mini Mardi-Gras parade, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

    2016  “The Historical Exhibition, Sites Under Construction” MANIFESTA 11, Zurich, Switzerland,

    curator Christian Jankowski, with catalog.

    2014  “Sight Specific: A Selection of American Perceptual Paintings”, curated by George Nick,

    Concord Art Association, Concord, MA “Untitled,” Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg, VA

    2013  “Crossroads at Brush Creek,” ArtSpace Collective, Inc, Oshkosh, WI, curated by Gail Panske “Frienemies,” Fralin Museum, UVa, Charlottesville, VA

    2012  “A Toy Story and Other Delights,” Elisa Contemporary Art, Riverdale, NY

    “Likeness,” Athenaeum, NVFAA, Alexandria, VA

    “Alumni Summer Exhibition,” Memphis College of Art, TN, curated by Beth Edwards “Alumni Invitational Exhibition,” Memphis College of Art, TN, curated by Beth Edwards

    2011  “Occupy the Wall,” AC Institute, New York, NY

    2010 “Drawing in the Expanded Field,” The Hatton Gallery, Colorado State University,

    curated by Deanna Petherbridge and Howard Riley

    “Child’s Play,” CCBC Catonsville Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD

    “A Muse Among Us” Linden Row in association with 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

    2009  “I Don’t Want to Grow Old & Bitter Alone, I Want to Grow Old & Bitter with You,”

    LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE Art Basel Miami/Aqua with Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesviile, VA

    2008 Art Basel Miami/Aqua with Littlejohn/Accola Contemporary, New York, NY

    “The Inaugural Exhibition,” Accola Contemporary, New York, NY

    “An Exchange Exhibition between Two Art Departments,” New Asian College, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    2007  “Inner Child; Good and Evil in the Garden of Memories,” Hunterdon Museum, Clinton, NJ

    2006 “Bethesda Painting Awards/Finalists Exhibition,” Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD

    2004 “Al Fresco, Contemporary Art in Plaster and Pigment,” curated by Robert Bunkin,

    Schiavone/Edward Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD

    “Lucky 13,” Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA

    2002  “Holiday Show,” Erin Devine Gallery, Louisville, KY

    “2002 Viterbo Student/Faculty Exhibition,” Monserrat College of Arts of Arts, Boston, MA

    2001  “Danko-Marlatt-Schaffer,” Murray State University, Murray, KY

    “Fresco/Fresh,” Educational Alliance Art Gallery, New York, NY

    “Three Ring Circus,” Rockville Arts Place, MD

    2000 Group Exhibition, curated by Sam Messer, The Painting Center, New York, NY

    1999 “Spirit & Earth,” Bernard Maisner Fine Art Gallery, Bay Head, NJ

    1998 “All Media Group Show,” The Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, ME

    1997 “A New Naturalism,” Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY

    “The Whereabouts of Beauty,” The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

    “Larry and Co.,” The University of Memphis Art Museum, TN

    The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair, Snyder Fine Art, New York, NY

    1996 Frescoes in collaboration with artist, Italo Scanga, University of California, San Diego, CA Annual Invitational Exhibition, Spark Gallery, Denver, CO

    “Picture This; artists interpret text,” A.C.,T. Gallery, Detroit, MI

    1995 “Fresco,” Elan Vital Gallery, Boston, MA

    1994 “Fresco, A Contemporary Perspective,” Boston College Museum of Art, Boston, MA

    “Interior Essence,” Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

    1993 “Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective,” Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York & Parson’s School of Design Exhibition Center, NY, NY

    “Recycled Ideas,” Craven Arts Council and Art Gallery, New Bern. NC

    “Touch,” Traveling Exhibition touring the Mid Atlantic Region in affiliation with The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Hand Workshop, Richmond,VA

    1992  “10 Steps,” Muranushi Lederman Inc and Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, NY

    “Annual Cite’ Artists’ Show,” Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

    1990 “3 Women in the South,” Robinson/Willis Gallery, Nashville, TN

    “The Street, The Slogan, The Artist,” District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC “Objects D’Art,” A Touring Exhibit of the Commonwealth of Virginia in affiliation with The Hand

    Workshop and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

    1989 “Mythic Moderns,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

    “Embracing Mysteries,” Souyun Yi Gallery, New York, NY

    1988 “New Forces,” Ceres Gallery, New York, NY

    marlatt1987 “Emerging Artists” Princeton Fine Arts Gallery, Princeton, NJ

    “NJSCA Fellowship Show,” The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

    Murals and Public Art Works

    2012 Site-Specific asphalt drawing, “Hello Pluto, Good-bye Kitty,” RT 29 Parking Lot, Charlottesville, VA. Marlatt/Robinson and The Cardboard Collective. Can be seen from Google Maps, Rt 29 & Westfield Rd

    2008 Public Art Commission, The Hatter of Rockville, a temporary 5 story digital banner that

    depicts the history of Rockville, Maryland and its demographics with hats

    2005 Finalist, Rockville’s Town Square Public Art Project, Rockville, MD

    2000 Site-Specific window drawings and asphalt paintings, “Hindsight/Fore-site; Art for the New

    Millennium,” group site-specific exhibition, The University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA First Alternate/Finalist, New York City Percent for the Arts, proposal for stained glass

    window at P.S. 66, Canarsie, Brooklyn Finalist Award, Arts Council of Montgomery County, for proposal of Crescent Trail Tunnel temporary art installation, MD

    1996 Fresco Mural, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rapidan, VA

    1993 Site-Specific asphalt drawing, Hillwood Museum, C.W. Post Campus, L.I. University, NY 1991 Site-Specific asphalt drawing and grass painting, Atlanta Arts Festival, Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA

    Fresco Mural, Charlottesville City Hall Annex Building, Charlottesville, VA

    Site-Specific asphalt and grass painting, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

    1990 Site-Specific asphalt drawing in conjunction with “The Street, The Slogan, The Artist,” District of Columbia Arts Center, DC

    1987 Fresco Mural, St. Michael’s Chapel, Piscataway, NJ

    Community Mural, Washington House of East Harlem, Cityarts Workshop, New York, NY Mural, The Memphis Pink Palace Museum of Natural History, Memphis, TN

    Community Mural, Casa P.R.A.C. of Vineland, NJ, organized through the Walt Whitman Cultural Center of Camden, NJ

    1986 Fresco Mural, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

    Site-Specific asphalt drawing, Trenton Art Museum, Trenton, NJ

    Community Mural, C.P.E.#2 of East Harlem, Cityarts Workshop, New York, NY

    Visiting Juror, Artist and Lectures

    2016 Juror, Bethesda Painting Awards, MD, (along with Dorothy Moss and Dr. David Park Curry) Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Art Education Conference, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

    2015 Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Endicott College, Beverly, MA.

    2012 Visiting Artist/Critic, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY 2008 Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA

    Visiting Artist/Lecturer, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    1999 Visiting Artist, Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, VA

    1995 Juror, “All Mixed Up,” group exhibition, Associated Artists of Winston-Salem, NC

    1994 Panelist, “National Recognition: An Elusive Concept for the Artist-Educator,”, C.A.A., New York, NY 1993 Visiting Artist/Juror, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

    Visiting Artist, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Affiliate Program, Richmond, VA 1990 Visiting Artist, Hampton University, Hampton, VA.


    Since 1988 Professor of Art, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

    2002 – 2005 Visiting Artist, Montserrat College of Art, Summer Program, Italy, fresco workshop


    1986 M.F.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

    1985 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME 1981 B.F.A., Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

    Selected Public and Corporate Collections

    Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Richmond, VA

    Museu Del Joguet De Catalunya, (Toy Museum of Catalonia), Figueres, Spain SunTx Capital Partners, Dallas, TX

    The Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN

    Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

    Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA



  • Articles & Reviews

    Selected Publications

    2017 “A Review of Art in Odd Places 2016: Race” by Corey Dzenko, ASAP Journal, (hosted by John Hopkins University), March 2, 2017

    Review “Heady themes; Les Yeux du Monde show plays with whimsy and darkness” by CM Gorey, Cville Weekly, March 8 – 14, 2017, Charlottesville, VA

    2016 Cover Image “Kunstler als Kuratoren: Manifesta 11 und 9. Berlin Biennale,” Kunstforum International Magazine, August 2016 issue, Cologne, Germany

    “Pope L. performs in a gorilla suit plus more Basel gossip; Tracey Emin’s thoughts on Brexit, t Big Head Brigade takes on Hans Ulrich Obrist and so much more” by Tracey Emin, The Art Newspaper, June 14, 2016

    “Wake up and smell the Manifesta: piles of poo and a look inside Houellebecq’s head” by Adrian Searle, The Guardian, June 17, 2016


    2015 “Collision of Art and Life” by Sabrina Notarfrancisco, Theatre Design and Technology Magazine, featuring the Big Head Brigade, Fall 2015, page 42 – 53.

    “Reinterpretant els joguets Catalans en paper” by Juan Arenas, Emporda Newspaper, Figueres, Spain, July 14, 2015

    “Megan Marlatt pinta les peces del Museu del Joguet” by Ariadna Ventura, Hora Nova Newspaper, Catalinia, Spain, July 21, 2015

    2014 “The Figure: Painting, Drawing and Sculpture”, by Donald Kuspit, Irving Sandler, Margaret McCann (Editor), David Kratz & Bob Colacello, Skira Rizzoli Publisher, September 30, 2014

    and Beyond “Dumbo Arts Festival” The New Yorker Magazine, Sept 22, 2014, NY, NY “Horrifying Giant Heads Take DUMBO Arts Festival This Weekend”, by John Sherman,

    Brooklyn Magazine, Sept 24, 2014, Brooklyn, NY

    “Giant Papier-Mache’ Heads Depicting Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz to Roam Dumbo” by

    Ashton Cooper, Blouin Art Info Blog, In The Air, Aug 19, 2014, NY, NY “8 Must-See NYC Art Shows Opening This Fall”, by Jamie Maleszka, Paper Magazine, Sept 10, 2014, NY, NY

    2013 Article “Taking Art to Downtown Streets”, by Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane, News & Record Newspaper, Greensboro, NC, Nov 2, 2013

    Article “ArtLab at Mountain Lake Biological Field Station,” SYMBASA: Symbiosis Art + Science Alliance, blog post, Aug 8, 2013

    Catalog “Substitutions for a Game Never Played,” solo exhibition, True F. Luck Gallery, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA, curated and written by Caroline C. Wright

    Interview “Conversation with Megan Marlatt,” by Margaret McCann, The Painter’s Table, blog post, Mar 16, 2013

    Review “Toys are Us, Megan Marlatt’s ‘Substitutions’ brings plastic to life at the Visual Arts Center,” by Megan Zalecki, Richmond Style Weekly, Feb. 26, 2013

    Article “Small Truths and Big Heads,” by Harry Kolaltz, Jr., Richmond Magazine blog, Jan 30,

    TV Article “Virginia This Morning: Artist Megan Marlatt,” WTVR, Richmond, VA, Jan 24, 2013 2012 Review “Whimsical new exhibit at Riverdale gallery evokes nostalgia while aiming to help Sandy victims,” by Tanyanika Samuels, The New York Daily News, Dec 6, 2012

    Review “No kidding! Toys can be art” by Adam Wisnieski, The Riverdale Press, NY, Dec 8, 2012

    Review “Eight Alumni illuminate MCA Exhibition” by Fredric Koeppel, Go Memphis,

    The Commercial Appeal, TN., Oct 25, 2012

    Review “Each portrait tells a story of its own” by Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post, Group Show “Likeness” at Athenaeum, Aug 24, 2012

    Article Up Front feature “Fabulist Thinking” by Sarah Sargent, Virginia Living Magazine, Jun

    Article “Artist and UVa Students Connect Dots in Google Earth Project,” C’ville, May 15, 2012

    Article “Students to Create Painting Visible on Google Earth,” front page,, Apr 4, 2012

    TV Article “Charlottesville Parking Lot gets Cat Makeover,” NBC29, WVIR, Apr 6, 2012

    2011 Sidebar Image & Caption “FOCUS: Artists Unite,” Artillery Magazine, L.A., Nov/Dec 2011 Book “Abiding Word; Sunday Reflections for Year B,” by Barbara Reid, Liturgical Press, 2011

    2010 Catalog “Book O’ Tondos” poetry by Frank Giampietro, solo exhibitions “Molded from Complicated Mixtures” at Athenaeum and Les Yeux du Monde

    CD Cover T and the Maggies, Dublin, Ireland

    2008 Article “A Dwelling Place for God” by Barbara E. Reid, America, the National Catholic Weekly, Dec.15, 2008

    2007 Review “Embracing the Imagery of Childhood” by Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times, Hunterdon Museum show, Dec 23, 2007

    Review “Childish things: Hunterdon exhibit remembers innocence ” by Dan Bischoff,

    The Star-Ledger, New Jersey, Oct 14, 2007

    2005 Review “Megan Marlatt, Cultural Vertigo” by Helen Harrison, The New York Times, Mar 6, 2005

    2003 Book “Siting Jefferson; Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy,”

    by Jill Hartz, University of Virginia Press

    2002 Book Cover “Beyond Babel; A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages,”

    edited by John Kaltner and Steven L. McKenzie, Society of Biblical Literature

    Article Adbusters, anti-consumerist magazine, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Jun/Jul 2002

    Review Group Exhibition, Sarah Sargent, Art Papers, Jun/Jul 2002

    2000 Book “Exhibitionism, Art in an Era of Intolerance,” by Lynn Munson, Ivan R. Dee Publisher 1998 Article “The New Gouache,” by Donna Dorian Wall, Southern Accents, July/Aug ’98 Catalog “The Whereabouts of Beauty,” The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

    1997 Article “Recovering Sacred Spaces; the Art of Megan Marlatt,” by Sharon Leiter,

    Albemarle Magazine, Apr/May ‘1997

    1996 Article “The Rainbow After the Flood,” by Dana Hull, The Washington Post, Jul 13, 1996 1994 Catalog “Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective,” The Snug Harbor Cultural Center

    1993 Catalog Art Nürnberg 8, Nürnberg, Germany

    Review “Art Nurnberg 8,” Michael Becker, Nurnberger Nachrichten, Apri 24, Germany Catalog 1992 “Houseworks,” solo exhibition at District of Columbia Arts Center, DC

    1991 Catalog The Atlanta Arts Festival, GA

    Review “Objets d’Art,” Ann Glenn Crowe, Art Papers, Feb 1991