Manda McKay is a medical and veterinary illustrator turned painter living in Athens, Georgia. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She then worked for two years as the illustrator at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine before returning to Athens to freelance in veterinary illustration. Manda is new to the fine art world, but her paintings have been displayed in numerous museums and solo and juried exhibitions. In 2013, she won Best in Show in the Southworks juried exhibition. Her artwork has appeared on album covers for local bands, which is practically a requirement for an Athens artist. A love of nature is evident in her subject matter. Feathers, shells, bones, fruit, and flowers are arranged in bold, simple compositions. The influence of her former profession can be seen in her realistic technique, but unlike medical illustrations, her paintings are meant to persuade rather than inform. "I paint with an ulterior motive," she says. "My still lifes highlight humanitarian concerns by combining natural objects into suggestive new forms. Various items become shorthand for provocative concepts. I hope that raw and honest beauty can challenge ugly beliefs. To inspire change is exciting to me."
Manda's ArtPrize Entries
These are Manda's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.