MAEGAN KIRSCHNER - Artist, Director, Curator

Maegan Kirschner

Maegan Kirschner


Maegan Kirschner - Artist, Director, Curator

Maegan Kirschner

Maegan Kirschner created The Artist's Circle Online Art Gallery as a platform for both emerging and established artists to share their work publicly. Unique themed calls for art will open opportunities for all mediums of work to be shared with collectors, galleries, and art admirers around the world.

Maegan is a mixed media artist whose work continues to inspire and amaze as she challenges herself to explore art as a bridge across the gaps in our society (gender, race, sexuality, economic inequality, and other social issues) in addition to the expression of emotion through the use of organic shapes and vibrant colors. Maegan's work has been featured in more than 55 art exhibits between March 2017 and January 2020.

Two of those shows (2017 and 2018) have been with the AASH - Arcadia Art Show in Tyler Texas.

The third international art show that Maegan's work has been featured in is The Biennial Project Biennial 2019 at the Venice Biennale. The Project website describes this juried show as a "Biennial Project presents an open call to artists worldwide for The Biennial Project Biennial 2019 - an online juried biennial, with accepted work to be displayed on our website. In addition, all accepted work will be shown via a large screen digital presentation at a champagne reception to be held at the CENTRO CULTURALE DON ORIONE ARTIGIANELLI in Venice during the Opening Press Week of The Venice Biennale 58".

While exhibiting her work regionally and around the world Maegan also manages her own art studio, AMK Studio, and The Artist's Story Gallery.

Maegan had the distinct honor of serving as the Gallery Director of the TVAA (Texas Visual Arts Association) Art Gallery during 2018 and 2019. During that time she was responsible for leading the transition of the gallery out of an outdated office space into a remodeled gallery space featuring an industrial theme designed by Maegan personally. During this time the monthly juried art exhibits experienced tremendous growth, swelling from fewer than a dozen monthly submissions to more than 100 monthly submissions!

I am an artist that uses industrial and recyclable materials to create artwork that is considered mixed media. Paints, papers, and metal become expressive parts of the overall project. My work is of the abstract genre and becomes fluid as it is conceived. The work focuses on canvas being the base, but I branch out to sculpture pieces as well. I have multiple sclerosis (MS) which can create a challenge physically creating the work. The process of thinking out a project to physically creating allows an outlet for physical, mental, and cognitive therapy in living with MS.

The works that represent the circle express a beginning, ending, and completion of all things in life. Love, heartache, memories, and faith all come full circle to make us who we are. The soul is a circle that either grows outward or inward based on life experiences. The artworks invite the viewer into the world of the wife of a disabled veteran raising six children while living with MS, maintaining their faith and life circle throughout the journey. Depth and texture in the works pull the observer into the painting creating a wave of emotions as they explore the depth and textures that stir memories and connections in their own life circle experiences. Organic shapes help with the depth and flow of my work. We cannot be circumspect in this rawness of feelings but must embrace the pieces and let the tears flow or the laughter burst from our bliss.

Secret messages to my husband also create interesting adventures for the viewer as they try to understand a complicated and faithful love story. The entire collection ties together circles, but moods and feelings change with each piece due to colors, sizes of canvas, and materials involved in the artistic process.

The Grief project is 12 separate 12 inch by 12 inch canvases each painted and constructed with unique materials such as safety pins, nails, chicken wire, paper, lace, floral wire, yarn, pom poms, beads and salt. They are not named but come with 12 vocabulary words that come from the grief process. The viewer then matches the words to the painting that represents that to them. The grief process is different for everyone, so I did not want to impose my feelings on the viewer but wanted them to convey their own emotions to connect with the piece. The words are: dysthymia, repudiation, credence, amelioration, aggro, perturbation, tribulation, vexation, hope, love, woe, and void.

The second large piece is 100 4inch by 4inch photos framed in black frames. They are called “The Car Wash Meditations” because when I needed a mental break, I would go to the car wash for ten minutes of quiet time, thus I saw the art within the scope of the carwash cycles. I have been taking photos in different car washes and thus evolved the project.