Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Raised in the great state of Oklahoma, Meg Callahan went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design where she discovered her interest in the value of the handmade in contemporary life as well as the importance of a freshly sharpened pencil. Meg Callahan founded M.Callahan Studio in 2011, a studio centered on creating functional objects that focus on the beauty and complexity of construction. Now a Seattle resident, she has shown at galleries nationally and internationally and was named as one of Forbe's 2016 “30 under 30.” 

Meg received GAP 2016 funding for Made to be Used, which explores the relationship of the creation of work and the life of the work with use. Callahan’s intention is to create three quilts, each connected with an element that she fears as a professional quilter: dirt, water, and human interaction. Upon completion of the quilts, each one will be exposed to their element in various forms. These acts of exposure will be documented (in collaboration with photographer, Megumi Shauna Arai, At the end of this process, her goal is to have a show that would pair the photographs with the display of the quilts, in their states of use.

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From the Artist

The GAP Grant not only provides monetary support for this project but is the catalyst and motivation for a project outside of my routine. So often am I consumed with the business side of the studio, that conceptual work gets pushed aside. With this grant, I am able to focus solely on creating and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to do so. 

With this project, I hope to re-connect with the craft of quilting and to make a routine of proactively growing as an artist/craftswoman. I hope to establish myself as a dimensional maker: to be seen not only as one thing, but as a composition of artist, craftswoman, producer, and business woman. The GAP Grant is making this possible. 

Outside of my personal gratitude, The GAP Grant establishes and encourages an environment that fosters innovation and cultural depth within the community.

Meg Callahan