Megan Hinds 

Portrait by: Michelle Peel 

Follow her @peelmeesh 

Artist Statement   

       My art draws inspiration from the interaction between insects and animals and their ecosystems. This inspiration often comes from talking with friends, swimming in the ocean, hiking in local parks, and doing online research. With the knowledge gained from these sources, I create my view of their worlds. Such as becoming a bee in their hive, I see both the inner workings of the community, all the spaces in between, and how they interact with that habitat.

     With these complex visualizations in my mind, my fascination with three dimensional print pieces has inspired my current creativity. As I continue to study the complexities of the ecosystems of my subject matter, I have been compelled to have my art reflect those details by utilizing layering. The 3-D effect provides the viewer with an opportunity for exploration and discovery. The outer layers invoke camouflage and chaotic movement. As the layers recede, the focal point of the piece becomes more organized and focused. These pieces are offering a picture of line, movement, and texture integrated in such a way as to display both uniformity and chaos, continuity and community.

    The process of printmaking connects closely with how I enjoy working. Each precise step needed for preparing a print parallels my desire to create patterns and texture. Being intimately involved in each step of the printmaking process allows me to give complete attention to detail. I take advantage of the variable print and truly stretch the usage of each matrix. Changing the color, paper, and orientation, I create a large number of works to use to physically assemble homogeneous three dimensional pieces.




ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY,  Normal, IL                                                                                                2013- 2016

Bachelor in Fine Arts: Printmaking/Studio Design                                                                               

Minor: Art History

Cumulative GPA: 3.8/4.0

Maga-Cum Laude                                                                                                                                          December 2016


PARKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Champaign, IL                                                                               2011-2013

Fine Arts



Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL                                                                                                    August 2017 -Present

Visitor Services Executive, ensuring guest are happy, welcomed and informed at the museum

Bright Prairies, LLC, Peoria, IL                                                                                                                         August 2016-2017

Project Manager 

Create logo design and brand manual 

Refresh website and all social media pages 

Design packaging that is affordable while lasting 

JAN BRANDT FINE ARTS GALLERY, Bloomington, IL                                                                                                January 2016-2017

Assistant Gallery Manager/ Artist Assistant  

Including artist studios                                                     

Arrange and manage monthly gallery shows to include meet show artists, help install artwork, take sale transactions 

In charge of advertising show openings 

Curating showrooms, studio spaces, and merchandise displays  

Creative project manager to Jan Brandt for fiber installation artwork

HAMMERHEAD COFFEE, Champaign, IL                                                                                                   March- September 2016

Mural Artist 

Designed mural to tell Hammerhead Coffee Story



ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY, Normal, IL                                                                                                      August-December 2016

Intern/ Student Teaching Intaglio 1- Main assistant                                                                                                                                        

Introduced the entire processes of printmaking

Lead weekly artwork demonstrations  

Monitored studio maintenance,safety,and cleanliness

COMETOGETHER STUDIOS, Bloomington, IL                                                                                                               January - May  2015

Artist Assistant/ Studio Supervisor

Artist Studio space, with printing press, letterpress wood shop, sculpture, and ceramic studio  

Prepared art exhibitions; showcard, labels, installing artwork 

Assisted printmaker Lis Lofgan produce large printed works 

Used recycled material to create new art materials


Fine Art Scholarship                                                                                                                                                   April 2015

Normal Editions Scholarship for excellence in Printmaking                                                                                    April 2015

Donald Dodds, Jr. Scholarship                                                                                                                                   May 2011


Friends of the Arts Illinois State University Grant: Large Print Installation                                                              March 2015


Intaglio, Lithography, Woodblock, Monotype,  Drawing, Sculpture, Paper Sculpture, Glass Blowing, Glass Sculpture, Painting, Textile Design,  Needle work, Installation, Installation Design, Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom  




       Carle Fields Administration Building: Champaign, IL

       6 commissioned collection pieces 



        Multiple Scatterings, Solo Exhibition 

        Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 


        Mini Slices, Mini Solo Exhibition

        Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL  


        Insect Speculation, Solo Exhibition, 

        CoffeeHound, Normal, IL 

        A collection of artwork studying the complexities of insect gatherings


       The Fourth Wall, Solo Show, 

        Transpace Galleries, Normal, IL  

        Bachelors of Fine Arts graduating solo show, studying and creating swarms of insect environments 





        40 North Gallery, Champaign, IL 


         Ink GIRLZ of CPC

         An exhibition of print works by seven women printmakers from the  Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

         Budlong Woods Branch, Chicago Public Library
         In celebration of Women’s History Month


         A Cross town Exchange and Exhibition 

         Spudnik Press Cooperative's Annex Gallery, Chicago, IL


2017 Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Group Show 

         The Art Center, Highland Park, IL 


        Nexus Exhibition

        Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL  and Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, OH


        Winter/Spring Show at McGarryBowen, Chicago, IL 

        State of the Art, Chicago, IL 


        Chicago Printmakers Collaborative International small Print Exhibition 

        Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Chicago, IL 



         Kindred: ISU Alumini Exhibition

        Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL


        Connections Exhibitions: Chicago CWCA: Women's Causus for Art

        Historic Mayslake Peabody Estate exhibition space, Oakbrook, IL     



        Rachel Cooper Gallery, Bloomington, IL


        Temporary Proportions 

        CV Loyde Building, Champaign, IL 

        Group artist installations 


        Spring Fever, Group Exhibitions 

        Meridian Street Gallery, Indianapolis, IN 

        Three artworks installed in the lobby of Chamber of Commerce building



        On Point Art Show: Bachelor of Fine Arts

        Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 

        BFA student show showcasing a firefly environment piece 



         Friend’s of the Arts’ Seventh Annual PostCard Art Exhibition

         Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

         Postcard art exhibitions, President of Illinois State University bought my artwork 



        Standing Room Only, Boneyard Arts Festival

         Parkland College, Champaign, IL 

         Installation of handmade chairs 



2016   Parkland College 50th: Art and Design Alumini Exhibition

           Giertz Gallery at Parkland College 

           Juror: Berry Blinderman 


           Beyond the Norm: International Printmaking Exhibition 

           University Galleries, Normal, IL 

           Juror: Susan Tallman 


         Paper Trail: A juried exhibition of works on, in or about paper

         40 Point One, Champaign, IL

         Juror: Kelly White  


        After the Ground, 40 Point

         40 Point , Champaign,IL 

         Jurors: Kelly White 


        Student Annual, Illinois State University Galleries 

        Illinois State University, Normal, IL 

        Jurors: Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger

        Award: Normal Editions Workshop Best Undergraduate Award 

        Competitive student exhibition, awards and scholarship given to outstanding artist 



         Student Annual, Illinois State University Galleries

        Illinois State University, Normal, IL

        Juror: Jim Lutes 

        Competitive Student exhibition 


        The 87th Annual Mclean County Amateur Art Competition/ Exhibition 

        Mclean County Art Center, Normal, IL 

        Juror: Gerard Erley 

        Emerging artist competitive exhibition 



         Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition

        Giertz Gallery, Champaign, IL 

        Juror: Parkland Faulty 

        Award: Parkland Art and Faulty Award

        Competitive student exhibition, awards and scholarship given to outstanding artist



         Parkland College Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition 

        Giertz Gallery, Champaign, IL

        Juror: Parkland Faulty 

        Award: Parkland Art and Design Faculty Award 

        Competitive student exhibition, awards and scholarship given to outstanding artist


Curating Experience 

          Flower Paintings by Danny Epstein 

          Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL 


Visiting Artist


            Mahomet, Illinois 

            Mahomet Art Celebration

            Artist Demonstrations/artist talk


           Parkland Community College

           Presentation on transferring and life as an artists after graduation


           Mahomet, Illinois 

           Mahomet Art Celebration

           Artist Demonstrations/artist talk



        Winner of Sky Gallery 

        40 North

        Participant in CPS 

        40 North

Juried Art Festivals


        Urbana Art Expo 

        Evanston World Art and Music Festival 

        Deer Park Amdur Productions Art Festival

Conferences Attended as a non-presenter:

2014       Print City, Mid America Print Council Conference, Wayne State University, 

               Detroit, MI


2015        SPHERE, Southern graphics international conference, University of 

                Tennessee, Knoxville


Professional Affiliations

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative 

Mid America Print Council

Southern Graphics International

Matrix: Printmaking at Illinois State University