Meg Murch is a Seattle based sculptor creating portrait busts and mid scale figurative sculptures. Her early experience with wood carving, sculpting and painting were self taught. She graduated from The Evergreen State College after studying art, economics and labor history. Preferring not to be poverty bound, she enrolled in vocational training as a machinist and then worked for 30 years at Boeing as a model maker. This was a blue-collar trade and involved building with metal, wood and plastics, and with instrumentation and wind tunnel testing work on commercial airplane models. This work was with a team of 30 to 75 people and each model took three to six months to build.
While employed at Boeing Meg engaged in art making and skill building at Pratt Fine Arts Center (bronze casting and welding), Gage Academy of Art (painting and sculpting) and at Pottery Northwest. She now works making art full time in her studio as well as at Pottery Northwest (sculpture, surface finishes and atmospheric firings) and at Gage (portrait sculpting from life).
Training, experience and skill underly Meg's work. She has taught classes at Pottery Northwest ( hand-built sculpture and portrait sculpture) and at Gage Academy of Art (cold finishes for clay sculptures). She has shown locally and nationally and has received a number of prizes for her work.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.