Elizabeth Meggs

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Visiting Assistant Professor History of Art and Design emeggs@pratt.edu 718.636.3598 p Brooklyn Campus, East Hall 4TH FL

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MFA in Painting, Pratt Institute

BFA in Communication Arts and Design, Illustration, Summa Cum Laude, Virginia Commonwealth University


Elizabeth Meggs is a Brooklyn-based artist, illustrator, writer, and designer, whose ongoing work includes paintings, photography, imagery for children, and hand-bound artist books. She graduated summa cum laude with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and received her MFA in painting from Pratt Institute. She has worked as a graphic designer at Hearst's Victoria Magazine, as a writer at The Los Angeles Daily News, at Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, and now as a faculty member at Pratt Institute and New York City College of Technology. Exhibitions include Sweet Lorraine Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Mariner's Museum, Firehouse Art Collective, Anderson Gallery, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Galapagos Art Space, Edward Hopper House, Pratt Institute Dean's Gallery, "Go Brooklyn!" with the Brooklyn Museum, Gravity Racers at Pierogi Gallery, and more.

Her essay about life with her father, graphic design historian Philip B. Meggs, titled "Life By Design: From Ephemeral to Historical," was published in the book "Meggs: Making Graphic Design History." Recent publications include essay contributions to the Designers & Books website about "The Library of Philip B. Meggs and Libby Phillips Meggs" in which 16 books were profiled; "Practice Makes Perfect: A Graphic Design Student's Guide to Freelance;"and writing and photography for "TRUEQUE," a collaborative artists' book project between artists in Copenhagen, Mexico City, Berlin, London, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

Awards and honors include being selected to attend the NYC Center for Book Arts' Letterpress Printing & Fine Press Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers; recipient of a Mellon Grant; recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for Drawing in the State of Virginia; serving on the Leadership Council of the Pratt Artists'League; and as president of the Virginia Commonwealth University Illustrator's Club. Memberships include SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), The Daguerreian Society, The Typophiles, College Art Association, and The Visual Lunacy Society. She is on the Advisory Board At Large for Black Gotham, which celebrates the underrepresented history of the African Diaspora in New York City, through walking tours, graphic novels, teen programs, and more.

"Troco Rio," a sound installation, including her piece titled "Stand Clear," was recently played in the street markets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

As part of the New York City Sing for Hope public pianos program, a piano she designed, painted, and named "Octavia Upright," was placed outdoors in Manhattan in Hudson River Park in Chelsea and Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, for the public to play.

Courses taught at Pratt include History of Communication Design, Visual Studies, and Design History, for Pratt's History of Art and Design Department, Communication Design Department, and Associate Degree Program.

Meggs's pedagogical style includes promoting learning through a synthesis of relevant activity involving lectures, museum visits, writing assignments, class discussions, student presentations, and exams. It is very important for students to understand the historical context of art and design in order to find their own places within our present cultural zeitgeist. As a practitioner, Meggs finds that her understanding of media, techniques, and Adobe Creative Suite are invaluable to interacting with the students.

Twitter and Instagram: @elizabethmeggs