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Megan Scheffer Exhibition at Frontispace Gallery

Megan Scheffer, Visiting Assistant Professor in Foundations in the School of Art & Design has an exhibition entitled in the absence of treatment at Frontispace, Gallery at the Art and Music Library at the University of Rochester. The exhibition is on view through November 8.


Megan Scheffer, Visiting Assistant Professor in Foundations in the School of Art & Design has an exhibition entitled in the absence of treatment at Frontispace, Gallery at the Art and Music Library at the University of Rochester. The exhibition is on view through November 8.

The exhibition includes intricate drawings, sculptures, and photographs that investigate, question, and attempt to translate systems and definitions of mental health. Works in the exhibition visually abstract mental illness, asylums, and the clinical and subjective language within the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

In the absence of treatment looks at mental illness through the lens of absence, trauma, loss, and the innate human desire to catalogue, diagnose, and fill in the gaps.

Megan Scheffer is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living in Rochester, NY. She earned her BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Beloit College in 2010 and an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015. She attended the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency and received the Fellowship Award for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist Residency. Her work has received several awards including Best in Show and the People's Choice Award from the State of the Art Gallery (Ithaca, NY), Director’s Choice Award from Main Street Arts (Clifton Springs, NY), and the Edge Award from the Rochester Contemporary Art Center (Rochester, NY). Her work has recently been exhibited at RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver, CO), Katherine E Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Big Orbit Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Embark Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Exhibit A Gallery (Corning, NY), Mercer Gallery (Rochester, NY), and the Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY).