Magical Things, the artist’s ongoing series of watercolors, venerate the easily overlooked objects of everyday life: paperback novels, a thermos, a pencil sharpener. Mundane objects become totems, Milagros—charms of mindfulness, imbued with a power greater than the sum of their parts. The Magical Things included in this exhibition were painted in Italy when McNeal was a Visiting Artist at The American Academy in Rome.
Meridith McNeal is a Brooklyn-based artist, educator, curator, arts administrator and hula hooper. Meridith has been a frequent Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her work is represented by Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Meridith’s recent solo exhibitions include Portrait of My Mother at Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, Grand Windows at 705 Driggs in Brooklyn, Inside/Outside Windowphilia, Figureworks, Brooklyn, NY, The View from Here at FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and In Reflection, Torre Truglia, Sperlonga, Italy. Currently on view are two site-specific exhibition Buonappetito and Fenêtres Françaises both in Port Chester, NY. Also in 2017 Meridith represented Sperlonga Italy in the renown Fabriano Paper Festival. Her recent curatorial efforts include Transformers, St. Joseph’s College Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, In Our Nature, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Natural Causes, 107 Bowers Gallery & Art Space, Jersey City, NJ. She is on the artist advisory board of Kentler International Drawing Space and has served on the Artist Committee of Coney Island Museum; and the Curatorial Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library.
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