Chris McLeans' artworks are visual exemplifications of Neuro-diverse experiences. I make paintings, prints, and installations for viewers to witness and connect with the visual aspects of my personal Autism Spectrum experience: An invitation to communicate and affirm what living on the Autism Spectrum is like. By creating this visibility, I aim to bridge comprehensive understandings of variables in human experience and contribution. Both in personal effect and cultural impact.
Awards, Honors, Residencies and Teachings
Watercolor Artist Magazine
Eyes on the Prize - Best of 2022 ( In Watercolor ).
Watercolor USA Honor Society Member
Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Lillian Orlowsky / William Freed Grant.
Exhibition in June 2023
Springfield Art Museum.
Kenneth M. Shuck Memorial Award
Watercolor USA - National Juried Exhibition.
Chiaro Award Finalist.
Headlands Center for the Arts.
New Mexico Arts - Art in Public Selection
Vermont Studio Center Residency. January - February 2016.
New Mexico Arts State Purchase Finalist
New Mexico Art Commission / Creative Santa FE Grant.
Guest Artist. Nor Cal Vocational Octavia Art Gallery. San Francisco.
Guest Artist. Graphics = Power. SFAI City Outreach Program – Mission Grafica. San Francisco.
Levi’s Community Printing Workshop. 16th and Mission. San Francisco.
2010 Honors recipient in Teaching Practicum - San Francisco Art Institute.
Robert Howe Fletcher Cup
San Francisco Art Institute
Anne Bremer Memorial Library 27th Annual Bookmaking Contest.
San Francisco Art Institute
Lilian Orlowsky / William Freed Grant Show. Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Watercolor USA - National Juried Exhibition. Springfield Art Museum.
“ How to Have Fun – The Minimum Wage Edition.” Small Engine Gallery. Albuquerque NM.
“Carte Blanche” Central Features. Albuquerque NM.
“Barking Sycamores” Online Arts Publication.
“ Fanta Se - DeVargas Park”. New Mexico Art Commission Grant. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“ AMoA Biennial 600: Printmaking.” Amarillo Museum of Art. Amarillo, Texas.
“ Bike to Work Week” Santa Fe City Arts Coalition. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Lucky 13” Center for Contemporary Art. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tony Eason’s New Belgium Fat Tire AIDS Ride Fund Raiser Benefit. San Francisco
“Mission on Minna” 111 Minna Gallery San Francisco.
Guest Artist – Octavia Art Gallery – Chalk Drawing Installation. San Francisco
“Kitten Chalk Fever” Café Sofie. San Francisco.
“Haiti Relief – Silent Auction.” San Francisco Art Institute.
“Performanization and Actualization.” Swell Gallery. San Francisco Art Institute.
“ Rebel Design..” Diego Rivers Gallery. San Francisco Art Institute.
"Pedals and Prints.” Crewest Gallery. Los Angeles.
“ Vernissage – MFA Exhibition”. Fort Mason – Herbst Pavilion.
“Camera 1. Camera 2.” Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Publications and News
SpringField Art Museum : Santa Fe Artist Chris McLean takes top award in Watercolor USA 2022
Barking Sycamores. Online Art Exhibit
Pasatiempo – Opening for Devargas Skate Park. Santa Fe New Mexico.
“ In Transit “ Allison Blomerth. MA Thesis Project. San Francisco Art Institute.
“ Tales of the Modern Day Flaneur.” Ellen Kieth. Callifornia College of the Arts.
“ Behaving Badly.” Instant City Press. San Francisco.
MFA. Printmaking. San Francisco Art Institute.
Post - Baccalaureate Certificate. San Francisco Art Institute.
BFA Painting. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.
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