Megan (Mae) Elizabeth Read

Megan Elizabeth Read (b. 1982) is an American figurative artist living and working in Charlottesville, Virginia. Largely self-taught, she now works almost exclusively in oil with pieces ranging from small still life to large scale paintings mostly focusing on the female form. Mae grew up in rural Virginia where she spent most of her time exploring the fields and farmland around her home or drawing for hours on end, both of which were clearly formative. After living in Los Angeles in her early 20’s she returned to Virginia and after many years working in the tech field she finally began making space for drawing and painting again and this has since become her life’s work.

Since Mae began focusing on painting in 2017 she has exhibited internationally in both group and solo shows including the Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Salmagundi Club in NYC, and Abend Gallery in Denver. Her work is held in a number of private collections, including the Bennett Collection of Women Realists, has been included in various publications, and won the first place award for Imaginative Realism at the 2019 International Art Renewal Center Salon.


Exhibitions

2022
  • LA Art Show, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. USA
  • The New Romantics, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY. USA
2021   
  • Studio Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Studio 211, Charlottesville, VA. USA
  • Painting the Figure Now, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI. USA
  • LA Art Show, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. USA
  • ICONIC, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. USA 
  • ModPortrait, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain & Bantierra Palace, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Give me Some Skin, Sugarlift, New York City, NY. USA
  • Women Painting, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain
  • International Guild of Realism Spring Salon, International (Online)
  • Grand Opening Exhibition, Arcadia Contemporary, New York City, NY. USA
2020   
  • WOMAN, James Baird Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada 
  • 5×5 Project, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO. USA
  • Painting the Figure Now, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI. USA 
  • 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY. USA 
  • Fast and Slow, Solo Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO. USA
  • 15th Annual IGOR Juried Exhibition, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC. USA 
  • Allied Artists 107th Annual Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY. USA*
  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Sotheby’s, New York, NY. USA*
  • American Women Artists Juried Online Show, USA. (Online)
  • The Creator and The Muse, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. USA*
  • The Razor’s Edge, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. USA. (Online)
  • Woman Artists Group Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, New York, NY. USA*
  • Figuratively Speaking, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY. USA
  • New City Arts and Haven Art Auction, Commonhouse, Charlottesville, VA. USA.
2019   
  • The Art of the Nude, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL. USA
  • 29th Annual Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO. USA
  • Annual Juried Exhibition, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, WI. USA
  • Painting the Figure Now 2019, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL. USA
  • Painting Today, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain
  • OBJECTify, Duo Exhibition, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA. USA
2018   
  • Out of Season, Solo Exhibition, Angelo, Charlottesville, VA. USA
  • Recent Works In Oil, Solo Exhibition, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA. USA
  • New Members Show, McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA. USA

* Moved Online due to COVID19


Awards/Achievements

2021
  • Semi-Finalist, Figurativas Competition
  • Finalist, ModPortrait Competition
  • Finalist in “Figurative”, International Guild of Realism Spring Salon
  • Finalist in “Figurative” and “Imaginative Realism”, Art Renewal Center Salon
2020   
  • Directors Choice Award, International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition
  • Ambassador of the Week, Realism Today
2019   
  • Honorable Mention, ANJE at Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art
  • First place in “Imaginative Realism”, International Art Renewal Center Salon
  • Honorable Mention in “Figurative”, International Art Renewal Center Salon

Publications + Press

  • Cover and Featured artist, The Guide Artists, Issue 50, December 2021
  • 10 Contemporary Realists, American Art Collector, December 2021
  • A Created Reality: an Interview with Megan Elizabeth Read, BoldBrush, November 2021
  • Guia de Arte Leonardo, 2021
  • Cover and Featured artist, Artwalk Magazine, Fall/Winter 2021
  • Spotlight July, The Guide Artists, Issue 47, Summer 2021
  • Portraits of the Artists, 434, Spring 2021
  • Three to Watch, Fine Arts Connoisseur, February 2021
  • Artelibre, Arte y Libertad XV, 2020
  • Artist Feature, Revista Ophelia, Issue 7, September 2020
  • Floral & Gardens Competition Finalist, International Artist, Issue #133 June / July 2020
  • PoetsArtists ‘Razor’s Edge’ Online Exclusive, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, April 2020
  • Emerging Artists, American Art Collector, Issue 174, April 2020
  • 20 Artists for 2020, Medium, December 2019
  • International Realism, 14th International ARC Salon Book, 2019
  • The Beauty of the Figure, American Art Collector, Issue 169, November 2019
  • Collector Focus, Poets and Artists, October 2019
  • GOSS183, Issue 107, October  2019
  • Poetsartists Abend Gallery 29th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, October  2019
  • Fine Arts Connoisseur, Volume 16, Issue 5, October 2019
  • Personal Effects, C-ville Weekly, April 2019
  • Painting Today Catalog, MEAM, March 2019
  • Poetsartists Celebrates International Women’s Day With A New Exhibition, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, February 2019
  • #100 Figurative Realism, Poets and Artists, Issue 100, November 2018
  • Real Connection: The extraordinary works of Megan Elizabeth Read, C-ville Weekly, May 2018
  • 50 Great Figurative Works, Poets and Artists, Issue 89, November 2017