Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance

Meghan Moe Beitiks

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – performance
Region: Grand Rapids, MI
MacDowell Fellowships: 2015

Meghan Moe Beitiks works with associations and disassociations of culture/nature/structure. She analyzes perceptions of ecology though the lenses of site, history, emotions, and her own body in order to produce work that examines relationships with the non-human. The work emerges as video, performance, installation, writing or photography depending on what arises from her process of research and improvisation.

She received her B.A. in theater arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied playwriting, acting, movement, and scenic design. She has an M.F.A. in performance art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied bio art, social practice, environmental chemistry, and performance methodologies.

Moe's process has involved working with anaerobic bacteria in Australia, experimental physicists at Fermi National Accellerator Laboratory, and her own houseplants in order to create spaces within art for shared process and empathy.

She has presented work in California, Chicago, Brooklyn, Wales, London, Latvia, Australia and Russia. She was a Fulbright Student Fellow in Theater to Latvia, an Ox Bow LeRoy Neiman Fellow, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's 2013 recipient for the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. Her work at MacDowell was supported by the Leon Levy Foundation. She's currently an interdiscliplinary studio art lecturer at the University of Florida.

Portrait by Alex Preist



Meghan Moe Beitiks worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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