Megan Rye


2005  Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

2003  MFA, Painting, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1998  BFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1998  Art History Concentration, Rhode Island School of Design

Solo Exhibitions

2022  Foundling: 100 Days, Weisman Museum, Minneapolis, MN

2019  Foundling: Portraits of Citizenship, Spencer Museum, Lawrence, KS

2011  I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Forum Gallery, New York City, NY

2008  Long Night’s Journey into Day, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2007  I Will Follow You Into the Dark, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Selected Group Exhibitions


Artists By Artists, Forum Gallery, New York City, NY.


The American Dream, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany.


American Views, Forum Gallery, New York City, NY.


Cartography of a Collection, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN.


Man’s Best Friend, Sommerville Manning Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware.

Unforgetting Iraq: In Search of Recovery, New Century Art Guild, Kimballton, IA.


Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX.

Aquatic: A Day at the Beach, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia.


Five Decades of Art and Artists at Forum Gallery, New York City, NY.

Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX.

Wounded City, Regis Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.


artMrkt Hamptons, Bridgehampton Historical Society, Bridgehampton, NY.

Fresh, curated by Jennifer Phelps, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

ROJO/RED, Galeria Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Peace on Earth: Art Against War, Forum Gallery, New York City, NY.

Navigating the Aftermath, Regis Center, Minneapolis, MN.


Pig Paintings, Galeria Omar Alonsa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The Art of Conflict, Tarnish and Gold Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.


Selections, Forum Gallery at Four Seasons Hotel, New York City, NY.

McKnight Foundation Fellows, MCAD, Minneapolis, MN.

2007  An Eye for Detail, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.


New Faces, Forum Gallery, New York City, NY.

Art Chicago, Butler Field, Chicago, IL.


Jerome Foundation Fellows, MCAD, Minneapolis, MN.

The Figurative Impulse, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Art of the 20th Century, Seventh Regent Armory, New York City, NY.

Selected Bibliography


Yoo, Sharon, "Found and claimed," Kare11, March 29, 2022

Thurston-Hamerski, Susan, "Foundling Exhibit Focuses on International Adoption,"

CLA, Celebrating Woman's History Month, March 10, 2022.

Eler, Alicia "Leave the house and see some art: 4 Minneapolis gallery shows worth checking out," Star Tribune, February 3, 2022.

Brault, Shannon "Weisman Art Museum Reopens with Two Exhibits," Mpls St Paul Magazine, January 26, 2022.

Regan, Sheila "The Stories Behind Foundling: 100 Days,",

January 12, 2022.


Kaufmann, Gina “Foundling on Central Standard,” NPR/KCUR, October 15, 2019.

Chisholm, Nan, “Megan Rye Foundling,” KCStudio, August 30, 2019.


Gross, Daniel, “Art on Paper Folds Together Elegance and Unruliness,” Hyperallergic, 

March 9, 2018.


“First for Friday,” PBS/WHYY, November, 7, 2014.


McElroy, Steven, “New Art Fair to Mix Charity and Contemporary Works,” The New York Times, 

July 8, 2011.

Bindley, Katherine, “Megan Rye Paints Scenes From Iraq,” The Huffington Post,

June 2011.


Clayton, Chris, “We Like You. Here’s 25,000,” Twin Cities Metro Magazine, June 2009.

Blocker, Jane, “Megan Rye McKnight Artists catalogue essay,” August, 2009.


Combs, Marianne, “Painting the beauty and ambiguity of the Iraq war,” Minnesota Public Radio, November 25, 2008.

Marsh, Steve, “Megan Rye’s Long Night’s Journey Into Day @ Burnett Art Gallery,”, November 15, 2008.

Hornbacher, Marya, “Essay: Seeing War Through Borrowed Eyes,”,

November 13, 2008.


Abbe, Mary, “Art Review : War at a Distance,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, September 21, 2007.

Klefstad, Ann, "I Will Follow You Into the Dark," The Rake, September 2007.

Abbe, Mary, “See-Worthy : War Mediated,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 30, 2007.

Handelman, Marc, “Essay: One Way Mirror, On the Paintings of Megan Rye,” August, 2007.

Perlman, Tamatha Sopinski, “The Terrible, Beautiful Images of War,” Minneapolis Institute of Arts Magazine, July/Aug 2007.


Abbe, Mary, “See-Worthy Jerome Winners,” Star-Tribune, October 13, 2006.

Makholm, Kristin, “Jerome Artists 2005-06,”, October 4, 2006.


Hornbacher, Marya, “A Cacophony of Color,” Mpls St Paul Magazine, October 2005.  

Public Collection

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN


2022  Minnesota State Arts Board, Creative Support for Individuals Grant

2021  Minnesota State Arts Board, Creative Support for Individuals Grant

2019  Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant

2010  Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship

2009  PVArt Studio Residency, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

2008  McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship

2007  Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant

2005  Jerome Foundation Artist Fellowship

2004  Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant

2002  University of Minnesota, Graduate Research Grant

2000  University of Minnesota, Graduate School Fellowship