Chair #7 - Meghan Darcy, Local Artist
Meghan Darcy is beginning her freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University this fall. She is double majoring in Digital Media Design and Illustration and plans to use her passion for art in a career in digital art/animation after graduation. Meghan enjoys working with a wide variety of more traditional art media including pencil, colored pencil, chalk, watercolor, acrylic and oil paints, and pottery. However, she has also developed an interest in special effects make-up in the past several years. During the 2017-18 school year, she created the special effects make-up for both the Morton High School fall play and spring musical.
During her high school career, Meghan's art has been entered into various local art competitions. At the 2017 Morton Pumpkin Festival Art Show, two of Meghan's pieces of art earned Best in Show and first place, in the junior division. She won an honorable mention in the 2017 Mid Illini Conference Art Show. Other pieces of her artwork have been selected for display in previous years' Mid Illini Conference Art Shows and the Congressional Art Competition hosted by Representative Ray LaHood.
Meghan was honored to be asked to paint a chair for the Morton Community Foundation's Chair-ity Auction. It was a fun way to use her passion for art to give back to her community. Painting a piece of furniture was a new test of her abilities, which she found she greatly enjoyed. Coming up with a theme for her chair was both exciting and challenging, but her vision came to life throughout the process. Her chair was designed to imitate a cartoonish style, as if the three-dimensional chair were actually a two-dimensional illustration. The creation process certainly came with some unique challenges but has resulted in a whimsical piece to be enjoyed by the young and the young-at-heart.