Megan Berner

Megan Berner graduated with her MFA in Intermedia from the University of Iowa. Originally from the high desert, she lived in Iowa for three cold winters before moving back to the west.

Megan is currently a lecturer at the University of Nevada Reno where she teaches photography and video classes. Her work is greatly influenced by the landscape of her native Nevada home as well as the vast prairies of the Midwest, being a twin, mapping and exploration, and countless hours of daydreaming. She creates site-specific installations that incorporate video and sound and constructs performative scenes that ultimately exist as photographs. Other forms her artwork takes include artist's books, collaborative interactions, textile projects, and narrative videos.

contact: meganberner(at)gmail.com



May 2008     MFA — Intermedia, University of Iowa
May 2007     MA — Intermedia, University of Iowa
May 2003     BA — Dual Major in Photography/Spanish, University of Nevada Reno


2014     Of This World Not In It, St. Mary's Art Center, Virginia City, NV
Desert Garden, video projection, Reno Philharmonic, Pioneer Center, Reno, NV
Surrender, St. Mary's Art Center, Virginia City, NV
Bathed in Sunshine, Covered in Dust, Curated by Jen Graham and Sarah Lillegard, Holland Project Gallery, Reno, NV
Ossuary, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

2013     Ossuary, University of Tennessee Downtown Gallery, Knoxville, TN
AZ Bill 2010, A. E. England Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
BRIC Art 4, Capital City Arts Initiative, Carson City, NV
Forage: A Roaming Gallery, Holland Project, Lost City Farm, Reno, NV
The Aeolian Marsh, with Jared Stanley, as part of the Conference on Ecopoetics, UC Berkeley, Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland, CA
1-2-3, Collaborate!, print portfolio, as part of SGC, UWM PSOA Kenilworth Square East, Madison, WI

2012     Now & Never: The Torpedo Series, NeverEnder, Reno, NV
For Your Eyes Only, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Prologue, curated by Rachel Armstrong, Sheppard gallery, Reno, NV
Modern Art Makes Me Want to Rock Out, curated by Jen Graham, Bibo 3 Gallery, Reno, NV

2011     Border Project: Soundscapes, Landscapes & Lifescapes, University of Arizona Museum, Tucson, AZ
In a Shifting Landscape, collaboration with Nat Evans, Chapel Performance Space, Seattle, WA
For Nevada With Love, Holland Project Gallery, Reno, NV
MYSELF, Sheppard Gallery, curated by Marji Vecchio, University of Nevada Reno
Tompkins Projects West: Works on Paper, Dan Graham, Los Angeles, CA

2010     The Explorers, collaboration with Melanie Berner, Bibo 3 Gallery, Reno, NV
Culturing Community, The Moving Crew, The Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, IA
Ideal X, The Moving Crew, Molekula, Rijeka, Croatia
The Illustrated Accordion, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Museum Studies, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV
Reinventing History, invited by Jen Graham, GASA House, Reno, NV

2009     Umwelt, Silverland Art Gallery, Virginia City, NV
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, Delavski dom (DDT), Trbovlje, Slovenia
Echotrope New Media Festival, Bancroft Street Market, Omaha, NE
E.L. Cord Museum School Instructor Exhibition, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Sierra Arts Foundation Endowment Fund Grant Recipient's Exhibition, Sierra Arts Foundation, Reno, NV
Polymer, Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2008     The Art of Wallowing, Thiel College, Greenville, PA
Woolworth Windows Exhibition, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WA
Down to Earth, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, IA
Paths of Desire, Catich Gallery, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA
On Procession, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Bloom, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
Plus 3 Ferris Wheels, Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


2011–to present: Lecturer, University of Nevada Reno, Art Department

Art 141: Introduction to Digital Photography
Art 235: Intermediate Photography Artificial Lighting
Art 237: Intermediate Photography Color
Art 251: Beginning Videography
Art 338: Advanced Photography I
Art 438: Advanced Photography II
Art 440: Problems in Photography
Art 492: Individual Studies
Art 698: Seminar in the Visual Arts
Art 710: Graduate Studio Practices

2008–to 2011: Adjunct Faculty (LOA), University of Nevada Reno, Art Department

Art 141: Introduction to Digital Photography
Art 237: Intermediate Photography Artificial Lighting
Art 338: Advanced Photography I
Art 438: Advanced Photography II
Art 440: Problems in Photography

2011: Adjunct Faculty (LOA), Truckee Meadows Community College, Art Department

Art 135: Introduction to Darkroom Techniques

2007–2008: Instructor of Record (GTA), University of Iowa, Department of Art

01J:090: Intermedia I


Bynum, Brad, "Daydream Believer," Reno News and Review, September 3, 2009
Uchill, Rebecca, "Johnny Appleseed Color Guard," On Procession exhibition catalog, 2009
Wainwright, Nonie, "Faces Show Character and Culture," Nevada Today, January 6, 2011
Warne, Whitney, "Outside the Gallery," The Daily Iowan, May 13, 2008


"The Aeolian Marsh," excursion, Conference on Ecopoetics, University of California Berkeley, 2013
"Refiguring the Book," Artist's Books, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, October 2012
"In A Shifting Landscape," College Book Arts Association Conference, San Francisco, January 2012
"Daydreams," College Book Arts Association Biennial Conference, Iowa City, January 2009
"Daydreams," Jacobsen Graduate Conference, University of Iowa, March 2008
"Introductions," UI Intermedia Talks Series, University of Iowa, September 2007


Frida Kahlo: Her Photographs, performance and lecture, Nevada Museum of Art, September 2013
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV, March 2013
Advanced Photography classes, artist talk, University of Nevada Reno, November 2012
Fine Art Academy, Ljubljana, Slovenia, November 2006
Fine Art Academy Rijeka, Croatia, October 2006


7/2015 St. Mary's Art Center, Virginia City, NV (upcoming)
6/2015 The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway (upcoming)
8/2009 Silverland, Virginia City, NV
10/2006 — 12/06 The University of Rijeka Academy of Applied Arts, Rijeka, Croatia


University of Arizona Art Museum
Southern Graphics Council
Center for Art & Environment, Nevada Museum of Art