Education

2010 MFA, Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA

2004 BFA, Painting, University of Denver, Denver CO, Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Awards

2014

Artist Residency and partial fellowship, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Colony, Woodstock, NY

Artist Residency and partial fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2012

Juror's Prize. Politicizing Aesthetics, University of South Dakota Art Galleries, Vermillion, SD

2009

Nominee. Dedalus Foundation award. New York, NY

2006

Honorable Mention. Rocky Mountain Biennial 2006, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO

2004

Best In Show. New Kids On The Block, The Assembly, Denver, CO

MacDonald Foundation Outstanding Senior Studio Art Major, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Bachelor of Fine Arts 2004 Exhibit Award, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Selected Exhibitions (* indicates solo)

2017

*Laurel McMechan, Art @ The Twitchell, Salida, CO

Heated, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

2016

*Laurel McMechan Folded Mountain, Arts Research Collaborative, Lowell, MA

Our Voices, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

Support and Defend, Vets Gallery, Providence, RI

Boston Biennial 4, Atlantic Works Gallery, Boston MA

2015

Pattern Recognition, Mahoney Gallery, UMass Lowell, MA

Accumulation, Student Life Gallery, Mass. College of Art + Design, Boston (Juror Lavaughn Jenkins)

*Laurel McMechan: Recent Work, The Space, Jamaica Plain, MA

2014

*Folded Mountain, Ohio University Eastern Art Gallery, St. Clairsville, OH

All That and a Bag of Chips, Dead Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013

Across Sections: A Cross Section, Art Faculty Biennial, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Layered: Forced Unity Hidden Subjects IS Gallery, Cambridge School of Weston, MA

2012

Politicizing Aesthetics University Art Galleries, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Borders and Boundaries Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Besties/Faves Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY

2011

Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper Bakalar & Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

painting (re)considered Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

2010

*Territories Sellars Project Space, Denver, CO

New at the Hartnett Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, VA

New Prints 2010/Spring: Selected by Philip Pearlstein International Print Center New York

Collective Galatea Fine Arts, Boston. Juror: Dina Deitsch

Juried Alumni Exhibition Victoria Myhren Gallery, University of Denver

MFA Thesis Exhibition Paine and Bakalar Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

2009

Boston Young Contemporaries 808 Gallery, Boston, MA

Midway Show Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Stable Sellars Project Space, Santa Fe, NM

2008

MFA Entrance Show Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art

Juried Student/Alumni Exhibition Victoria Myhren Gallery, University of Denver

2007

*The Space Between Sellars Project Space

2006

*Alright for now Pirate - Contemporary Art

Rocky Mountain Biennial 2006 Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO (Juror: William Wylie)

2005

*Two Trains of Thought Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis

Embody Space Gallery, Denver, CO (Invitational, Curator: Michael Burnett)

2004

*Here On Out Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis

Selected Public and Private Collections (*public)

Département des Estampes et de la Photographie, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris*

Special Collections, Godine Library, Massachusetts College of Art and Design*

Special Collections Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA

John Thompson, Weston, MA

Elizabeth Kellogg, Pittsburgh, PA

Amy McKnight and Eric Matelski, Denver, CO

Elizabeth Wrenn-Estes and Mark Estes, San Jose, CA

Private Commissions

Marilynn Kreft, Seattle, WA

Jeff and Paula Roth, McMinnville, OR

Artist Presentations

November 6, 2010. Gallery Talk for Territories Exhibition. Sellars Project Space, Denver

April 20, 2007. ARTS 3155 Senior Project Painting class. University of Denver, School of Art and Art History, Denver

Professional Teaching Experience

2014 - present

Adjunct Instructor, Printmaking, University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA (fall)
Adjunct Instructor, Visual Language, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (fall)

2013 - 2014

Adjunct Instructor, Printmaking, Drawing I, Drawing II, University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA (fall + spring)
Adjunct Instructor, Visual Language, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (fall)

2012 - 2013

Adjunct Instructor, Printmaking, Monotypes, University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA, (fall + spring)
Adjunct Instructor, Visual Language, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (fall)

2011 - 2012

Adjunct Instructor, Drawing, University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA (spring)
Adjunct Instructor, Life Drawing I+II, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA (fall + spring)
Adjunct Instructor, Visual Language, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston (fall)
Visiting Adjunct Instructor, Painting II+III, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell MA (fall)

2009 - 2010

Teacher’s Assistant, Junior/Senior Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (spring)
Instructor of Record, Introduction to Painting, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (fall)

2008 - 2009

Teacher's Assistant, Drawing II, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (spring)
Teacher's Assistant, Visual Language I, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (fall)

2005

High School Drawing Instructor, Denver Waldorf High School, Denver, CO

2001 – 2002

Teacher's Assistant, Drawing for People Who Think They Can't Draw, University of Denver

Professional Experience

2010 - present (seasonal)

Research Assistant, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA

2009 - 2010

Visiting Artist Coordinator, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

2008 - 2010

Office Assistant to Graduate Program, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

9/2007 - 8/2008

Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

7/2006-6/2007

Full Cooperative Member, Pirate - Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

7/2005-7/2007

Coordinator of the Academic Program, School of Art & Art History, University of Denver, Denver, CO

6/2004-7/2006

Associate Cooperative Member, Pirate: A Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO

6/2004 - 7/2005

Weekend Programs Assistant; Maintenance of family activities throughout museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

2001 - 2007

Activity Fabricator; Japanese Shell Game activity in "Just For Fun Center," Family Backpack activity construction, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Publications

2015

Paint Pulse Magazine, Issue 3, September 30 2015, Boston, MA (Juror Rosa JH Berland)

2011

Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper. Exhibition catalogue. Published by Massachusetts College of Art + Design, Boston

2009

Hold Everything Dear. Artist book of intaglio etchings. Edition published by Center Street Studio, Milton, MA

Press

Kyle MacMillan. "McMechan's Diverse World." The Denver Post. November 26, 2010

Michael Paglia. "Artbeat." Westword. August 28, 2005

Michael Paglia. "Artbeat." Westword. November 24, 2005

References

References available upon request