About

Megan M. Rivera

Hello! I'm a Chicago-based illustrator and I make art with traditional materials. Although I specialize in colored pencil illustrations, I also love using acrylics, inks, watercolors, microns, and gel pens on any blank surface I can get my hands on. Nature fuels me to create and is a constant inspiration that shows up in my work. I'm interested in comics and silent storytelling through surreal imagery. I try to capture a sense of place and translate my experiences to convey to others the beauty of where I've been and wish to be. 

Exhibitions & Conventions

  • DECAHEDRON, Artists on the Lam, 2021

  • Fourth Annual Juried Exhibition, Line Dot, 2020

  • Illustrate the Vote! , Virtual Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, 2020

  • World Roulette , Virtual Exhibition, Light Grey Art Lab, 2020 

  • Senior Show 2020 , Virtual Exhibition, Light Grey Art Lab, 2020

  • The Art of Megan Rivera, Solo Virtual Exhibition, ShopColumbia, 2020

  • Around the Campfire, Virtual Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, 2020

  • March of Miniatures, ShopColumbia, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

  • Holiday Market, ShopColumbia, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • INK Fest Chicago, 754 S. Wabash, 2019

  • Maps: An Exhibit, 623 S. Wabash, 2019

  • Praxis: A Sketchbook Show, C33 Gallery, 2019

  • RE:Solutions, Hairpin Arts Center, 2019

  • What's Next?, Ice House Gallery, 2019

  • Millennium Park Art Market, Millennium Park, 2018 and 2019

  • Holidazed, Hairpin Arts Center, 2018

  • Art Harvest, HAUS at 623 S. Wabash, 2018

  • 2018 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, 2018

  • Autoptic 2018, Aria Event Center, 2018

  • Illinois at 200, Giertz Gallery, 2018

  • Illustration Portrait Show, Glass Curtain Gallery, 2018

  • World Enigma, Columbia College Chicago, 2018

  • IC3 Annual Release, Casa Calle 20, 2017

  • Evoke: An Environmental Inspiration Exhibit, Arcade Gallery, 2016

Awards & Recognition

  • Hollis Siegler Prize Recipient, 2020

  • ILLO Awards, Best Traditional Illustrator, 2018, 2019

  • Paula F. Pfeffer & Cheryl Johnson-Odim Politcal Cartoon Contest, Second Place Winner, 2019

  • 2018 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial, Cash Prize Recipient, 2018

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