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Meg Duguid

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Lives in

Works in


video-art, performance, modern, sculpture


My work is about relationships—relationships between me and the viewer, a viewer and a video, a photograph of the viewer and the video. I am not a painter, a photographer, a sculptor, or a performance artist; however, any of these handles might serve to describe my practice when necessary. I strive to reinterpret the nature of performative practice and its relationship to more traditional media such as drawing, video, and photography. I have a love for the fleeting, the ephemeral, and the comic. I craft objects and moments that are rooted in my own sense of humor and stylized around what I find funny. My physicality calls for props like high-heeled clown shoes, and my sensibility calls for the use of stylized props such as a cartoon ladder, a fake stove, or a large mustache. Like a joke, my work is meant to live beyond its first telling, and each retelling is different. My work is imbued with the performative and crafted to be documented. The method used to record the work is tailored for the work’s next iteration. Each iteration cannot be treated merely as documentation, but as the next telling of the work.


Exhibitions, Screenings, and Performances


Sounds like Mustache, Polish Triangle, organized by DfbrL8r and Walk About Theater, Chicago, IL

Is this thing on?, Colbalt Studio, Chicago, IL

The toy formerly known as..., Slow Gallery, Chicago, IL

Box, screened at Call of the Spiderbug, Chicago, IL

Doc 6 group exhibition, Doc 6 Chicago, IL


Ahem, DfbrL8r, Chicago

The Birthday Song, F & P, a performance with Catie Olson, Chicago, IL

Smashing Pumpkins, in conjunction with Mischief Night at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Screen Test: Shoes, State Street Macy's, Chicago, IL

Everyone is a Bathing Beauty, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Amuse Bouche, F & P, a performance with Catie Olson, Chicago, IL

It has come to our attention that we do not own a pair of BLACK Stilettos, a performance with Catie Olson, Chicago

Art on the move = Mapping Pizza, Version Fest, a performance with Catie Olson, Chicago, IL


(Untitled) Carnival, FLAT Space, Chicago, IL

It has come to our attention that we do not own a pair of RED HIGH HEELS, a performance with Catie Olson, Chicago, IL

The Last Supper, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

Treatment for Three Volumes, Shrill Show, Hyde Park Art Center

Her Toast is Butter Side Down, screened at Hyde Park Art Center


The Last Supper, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

Episode 100, Battery Park, New York, NY

Jump, Jump, Pie, Pie a performance with Catie Olson at The Last Supper Fundraiser, Oulu, Brooklyn

The World’s Largest Mud Pie Made of Street Trash, a performance with Catie Olson, Deitch Art Parade, New York

Dinner: A lesson in Preparation, screened at the Spiderbug Film Festival, Chicago, IL


Carrots: A lesson in global warming, screened at the Spiderbug Film Festival, Chicago, IL

Bacon: A lesson in global politics, screened at Synthetic Zero, Brooklyn, NY

Dear Children, a collaboration with Mierle Laderman Ukeles, show in Weather Report, curated by

Lucy Lipard, Boulder Contemporary Art Museum, Boulder Colorado

Pieing, BBQ, Backyard Screening, a virtual pieing event with Catie Olson, Chicago IL

Piograms, a double pie-component balancing act, a performance with Catie Olson as a part ofPseudoscience, HQ Gallery, Brooklyn NY

VS. participated in the Chicago Ex-pat performance evening put together by Creative Time,New York, NY

Split, Splat, Splot, a performance with Catie Olson, Central Park, New York, NY

No pies were harmed during the making of this film, screened at Synthetic Zero, New York, NY

I can toss. Can you smash? What a splat! A Pie Research Project, a performance with Catie Olson,

Fifty50 Gallery, Chicago, IL


A Night at the Races: Racecar is Racecar Backwards, but Piecar Forward is a Challenge, a one night pie race, a performance with Catie Olson, The Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago, IL

Get Presents and Get Involved: A Pageant of Christmas and Politics, organized & hosted a varietyshow, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Smile, an hour-long smiling performance with ten people at the Federal Building on Wall Street, New York, NY

Down the Street and Around the Corner, Flux Factory, Queens, NY

Laugh Seriously, 2-person exhibition with Catie Olson, Butcher Shop Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, IL

Laughing Out Loud, performed at the Gilded Pony Performance Festival, Troy, NY

It’s called clown, stripperface, untitled, or whatever, I haven’t decided yet, screened at synthetic zero, Bronx and New York, NY

Easter Pageant & Tax Day Workshop, organized & hosted a variety show, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Fluxbox, a 10-person collaboration to build a walk-in music box, Flux Factory, Queens, NY

The Cocktail Party, a live Laugh-in style cocktail party performance held in conjunction with the National Psyche exhibition held at the Lab, Michelle O’Connor Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Holiday Pageant, organized and hosted a holiday variety show, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

Lick It, screened at synthetic zero, Bronx, NY

Bard MFA Thesis Show, UBS, Red Hook, NY

Six Projects at Suburban, Pittsburgh, PA

Better Recognize: Bronx Artists 2005, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx, NY

HA, 667 Shotwell, San Francisco, CA


Dueling DJ’s, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

Episode 1916, Art on the Water, DUMBO arts festival, Brooklyn, NY

House Keys, a part of Miracle, curated by Gabe Fowler, online and at Stray Show, Chicago, IL

Episode 150, Build Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Undercovers, Las Vegas, NV


La Superette, Deitch Projects and Participant Inc, New York, NY

Spaghetti Dinner, In conjunction with the BON APPETITE! Exhibition, CCA Graduate Student Gallery, San Francisco, CA

FAST TRACK: RACEDAY 2003, 1/Quarterly Space, Chicago, IL

99 bottles, Build Gallery, San Francisco, California

Sardines, a performance in conjunction with DSLR West, San Francisco, California

Cake Walk, Build Gallery, San Francisco, California

Thrill III, Chicago, IL

Dueling DJ's, opening night performance for Thomas Struth show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Artboat, participated in a group exhibition on a yacht in downtown Chicago

Work by Recent Alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: 9th Annual University Art Exhibit, William J. Bachman Gallery, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Munster, IN


Family Portrait, Bridge Magazine Space, Chicago, IL

Canadian Thanksgiving, Robert Decaprio Gallery, Morainne Valley College

Good Ideas of Summer, Part 2, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

The Triumvirate Presents Dogmatic, Dogmatic, Chicago, IL

Fort Quarterly, collaborative fort building initiative, 1/Quarterly, Chicago, IL

Thrill II, Chicago, IL

Dance with me..., Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, collaboration with Diego Bobby, Joymore, Chicago, IL

Funny, Joymore, Chicago, IL

Meet me in St. Louie, Crowe T. Brooks, St Louis , MO

Retro, Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL


Stray Show, participated in the screenings, Chicago, IL

Found, a group show at ASAP Gallery, Chicago, IL

Staged the Great Guffaw, Starbucks, Union Station, Bridge Magazine party, & Chicago Transit Authority's Blue line

BRAT, a group show at Vox Populi, Philadelphia. PA

Fought 2000, ARC Gallery, Chicago IL

My Secret Valentine, a group show at Dogmatic, Chicago, IL

Apparatuses and Accessories, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL


Staged Fight 2000 Series: Snowball Fight 2000, Thanksgiving Fight 2000, Pumpkin Fight 2000, Whipped Cream Fight 2000, Pillow Fight 2000, Cake Fight 2000, in various public locations

Exotica 2000, Right on Futon, Chicago, IL

Doily Duguid Weds the Gorilla, a photo spread in Goodlookin' Magazine

First National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Show, Columbia College Center for Book and

Paper Arts, Chicago, Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, SUNY College, Buffalo, Robert C. Williams American Museum of Paper Making, Atlanta, GA


Multiples Show, Body Builder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL

HOWL Exhibition and Performances, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, 847 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL

Paper Doll Auction, The Hot House, Chicago


The Multiples Show, Body Builder and Sportsman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Don't Mess your Dress, A Performance with the Bathing Snatches in conjunction with the Radical Faeries in the Summer Solstice Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Art Park, Exhibition in Navy Pier Parking Lot, Chicago, IL

Bath, A performance with the Bathing Snatches, part of the Day of Beauty and Ritual, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

SOFA: Silica, Oxide, Fritt, Ash, Student Union Galleries: Chicago IL

Heavy Petting, a performance, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Petting Zoo, Halloween Howl, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL


Windows 97.5, permanent installation, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Wrapped, a group show at GP Gallery, Chicago, IL

First Year Program Show, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

Curations and Juries

Clutch, a gallery located in my purse, 2009-2011

Blueblood/Blue Collar, Heaven Gallery, Chicago IL, 2002

Pigs are better than cows, Chicago, IL, 1999

Juror for School of the Art Exhibition in Corner Bakery, 1999

Night of 1000 Old Styles, Chicago, IL 1998

Exhibition and Events Committee Representative, Juried work to be showed in The

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleries, 1997


Brio Award, Bronx Council on the Arts, 2005

Bard MFA program Fellowship, 2003- 2005

The Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist Award, 2003

CAPP Grant, given by the Chicago division of cultural affairs, 2002

Leadership Award, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1999


Panelist for Shows from the Insider: A Discussion With Artists Who Curate, Art Chicago, 2011

12-1PVisiting Artist Lecturer, Judith Brotman’s class, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011

Visiting Artist Lecturer, Alisha Kerlin’s class, MassArt, 2011

Visiting Artist Lecturer, Loraiine Peltz’s class, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010 and 2011

Juice, a lecture in conjunction with Threewalls' Latent Tendencies for the Cabinet of Curiosities, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2010

Visiting Artist Lecturer, Trevor Martin’s class in the Performance Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2007

Lecturer at the “Performing Invisibility” conference, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2007

Performance and Ceramics class, guest lecturer, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA, 2003

Moderated “All that Slips, falls, and oozes,” A panel discussion on safety and security in art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2003

“Matter and Meaning,” panel discussion on food & art, MCAA Conference, Lincoln, NB, 2002


MFA 2005, Bard College

BFA, 1999, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Recent Exhibits

Meg Duguid participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2014 Production of atomic credits
Sep, 2014 Burn It Down
Heaven Gallery
Jun, 2014 Meg Duguid + Tom Denlinger
Terrain Exhibitions
Feb, 2014 Paul's Not Gay
Oct, 2013 Little Man Pee Pool Party: The Whiz Paddler's Lament
Sep, 2013 Being a Woman in an All Women Show
Heaven Gallery
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