Meg Brown Payson received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting at Boston University School for the Arts and her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art at Vermont College of the Union Institute and University. She most recently exhibited at the DeCordova Museum outside Boston in an acclaimed show titled “Big Bang! Abstract Art for the 21st Century.” She has also exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine and the Hillwood Art Museum in Brookville, NY. She currently teaches at Maine College of Art.Payson’s recent work features acrylic on panel at both large and small scales. She creates each piece through an additive and subtractive process where both the viscosity of the applied paint as well as the previously painted surface are manipulated to reveal treasured moments in time. Payson creates visual complexity as a parallel to our own infinitely layered existence. At the same time, she balances her palette and her forms to capture the collective or unifying aspects of understanding. She also masterfully embeds the line as a representation of life’s opposing forces. Payson is eager to express the mystical connections we have with the wild of nature and she invites us to fall into her paintings, swim around, and explore the amorphous world between the known and the unknown.
Payson views the world as a living body and is tantalized by the translation of common experience into individual perception. Her work is luminous and enveloping. Forms evolve and dissolve, commingle and pull-apart, bubble and pop, in a shared transitory existence. Payson’s exquisite sense of composition highlights a key component of her work, which is to seek “the rightness of the fit.” This, of course, is a fundamental goal of many artists, but with Payson’s work, it is a natural extension of her desire to find moments of order within that which is fluid and dynamic.
commissioned & site specific works are available from each artist; please call the gallery for details.
Vermont College of the Union Institute and University, MFA, Montpelier, Vermont
Boston University School for the Arts, BFA, Boston, Massachusetts
2010 Hydrostatic Pressure, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2010 Paper Works, Walker Contemporary, Boston, Massachusetts
2009 Horizon, Walker Contemporary, Boston, Massachusetts
2008 Liquid Space, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2007 Prints from Anderson Ranch, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine
2004 Felt, Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College, Beverly, Massachusetts
2004 To Sing the World, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine
2002 To Sing the World, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine
2001 Dana Hall School, Wellesley, Massachusetts
1989- Judith Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine
2012 Navigating Currents Exchange Portfolio, invitational, 2012 Southern Graphics Council Conference, Printed at Pickwick Independent Press, New Orleans, Louisiana
2011 Contemporaries: Artists of La Napoule Art Foundation, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine
2011 Synesthesia, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2010 The Ties That Bind, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2010 Mirare, ChapelArtCenter, St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
2010 Art Hamptons, with eo art lab, Bridgehampton, New York
2010 Mirare, Chapel Art Center, St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire
2010 Shared Response, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2010 Give & Take, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2009 Push & Pull, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2009 Archeology Above Ground, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine Colllege of Art, Portland, Maine
2009 Abstract New England: Six Perspectives, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine.
2009 Art Hamptons, with eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2009 In the Middle, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2008 Red Dot Miami, with eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2008 Group Experiment, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2008 Group Dynamics, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2008 Group Therapy, eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2008 Red Dot New York, with eo art lab, Chester, Connecticut
2007 Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts
2007 2007 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
2007 Graphite, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
2006 Biennial Juried Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2006 Cooler Gallery, White River Junction, Vermont
2006 Abstraction, The Clown, Portland, Maine
2005 Accord VI, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine
2005 Water, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2004 A Natural Response: Artists from the Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery, Peterborough, New Hampshire
2003 Accord IV, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, Maine
2003 Drawing, Contemporary Artist’s Center, North Adams, Massachusetts
2003 Abstract Landscape, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2003- Icons and Altars, New Art Center, Newton, Massachusetts
2002 9/11: Prelude to an Apocalypse, Art Gallery at University of New England, Portland, Maine
2001 Beyond Our Vision, Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota
2001 A Sense of Place, The Chewonki Foundation, Wiscasset, Maine
2000 Land, Sea, Sky, Artworks at Dover Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts
2000 Winter, O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, Maine
2000 Unbridled Eclecticism: Works from the Collection of Woody Dana, Art Gallery at University of New England, Portland, Maine
1999 Inner Landscapes, Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly, Massachusetts
1998 Celebrating Diversity, Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, New York
1998 Sanctuary, Maine Audubon Center, Falmouth, Maine
1998 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine
1997 Summer Salon ’97, Robert Clements Gallery, Portland, Maine
1997 Maine House, Nagoya, Japan
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
Hotel Bel Air
Numerous private collections
2009 artist residency, Chateau de La Napoule, Mandelieu-La Napoule, France
2009 artist-in-residence, Monte Azul, Costa Rica
2008 one month residency, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
2007 winter residency, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado
2004 Good Ideas Grant, Maine Arts Commission
2002 MECA Faculty Development Grant, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999 Residency, fellowship award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnston, Vermont
1995 Residency, commendation award, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, Massachusetts
publications & reviews
100 Artists of New England, Schiffer Books
Beem, Edgar Allen, Chromatic Cosmology in Connecticut: Meg Brown Payson at eo art lab, Yankee, September 2010
Archaeology Above Ground, Catalog, ICA, Portland, Maine
Nature Genetics, cover art, Volume 41, Number 11, November 2009
Kady, Daniel, In the Realm of Ideals: Mirare at Saint Anselm, art review, Edgar, Maine Sunday Telegram, November 29, 2009
Beem, Edgar Allen, Sacred and Profane Portsmouth: Who knew there was a Portsmouth Museum of
Fine Art, Yankee Magazine Online, February 4, 2010.
Beem, Edgar Allen, Biennial: Photography is the New Painting. The Forecaster, April 12, 2007.
Capasso, Nicholas. Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum and
Sculpture Park, 2007.
Cook, Greg, Ah, Painting! At the DeCordova, Abstraction is New Again, The Boston Phoenix,
January 24, 2007.
Gold, Donna, Balancing Acts by Eight Maine Women, Maine Times, September 25, 1997.
Gold, Donna, Artists are All Women, But Color’s the Key to the Show, Maine Sunday Telegram,
June 7, 1992.
Gray, Katie, Polyptyphs and Polymorphism on First Friday, Scholar of the Dark Armchair,
gratiek.blogspot.com, June 2. 2007,
Hudson, Sharon, Art is Free, Chug Magazine, May 2, 1995.
Isaacson, Philip, Payson’s Narratives of the Landscape Burst Through Geometrics, Maine Sunday Telegram, April 3, 1994.
Johnson, Ken, Seeing a Pattern: From Cosmology to Geology, Science Inspires Abstract Art at
DeCordova, Boston Globe, February 2, 2007.
Kany, Daniel, Pleasingly Blurring the Line Between Fine Art and Craft, Maine Sunday Telegram,
November 29, 2009.
Larmon, Annie, Hot for Teacher: Meca Faculty Re-imagine the Natural World and Play with Nostalgia,The Portland Phoenix, December 2, 2009.
McAvoy, Suzette, Created Worlds: Sara Crisp, Meg Brown Payson & Penelope Jones, Maine Home +Design, April 2010.
McWilliams, Margo, Meg Brown Payson Gets Taken Over by the Process of Painting, Casco Bay
Weekly, October 17, 1991.
Nash, Matthew, 2007 Biennial @ the Portland Museum of Art, Big RED and Shiny, April 23, 2007.
Nature and Genetics, Magazine Cover. Volume 41, Number 11, November 2009.
Portland Museum of Art Biennial Exhibition Catalog, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 2007.
Portland Museum of Art 2007 Biennial pod cast. www.portlandmuseum.org/Content/2004.shtml
Tate, Haines Sprunt, Leighton Gallery Honors the Imagination’s Whim, Maine Times, June, 1995.
Whitman, Arthur, Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century @ the DeCordova, Big RED & Shiny, April 8, 2007