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Ted Meyer to Visit Eau Claire

| Amanda Bulger

Ted Meyer will be visiting Eau Claire and offering a workshop and two artist talks as part of the “Health + the Arts” exhibition at UW-Eau Claire’s Foster Gallery.  All Foster Gallery events are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Feb 27, 12:00pm: Artist Talk by Ted Meyer, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Haas Fine Arts Center, 121 Water St.

Thursday, Feb 28, 11am - 2pm:  Ted Meyer’s Scar Printing Workshop, Are you interested in having your own scar printed or just curious about the process and would like to watch? Stop by the gallery anytime between 11am - 2pm to observe or participate in the workshop. Privacy can be accommodated. Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Haas Fine Arts Center, 121 Water St.

Thursday, Feb 28, 5:00pm: Artist Talk by Ted Meyer, Mayo Clinic Health System; Eau Claire Luther Campus; Auditorium, Luther Building; Park in free, attached parking ramp at 1221 Whipple St.


"Ted Meyer loves bodies.

He loves to paint them, photograph them, even print off them.

He loves healthy bodies, but also bodies in states of trauma and healing. He creates puzzles of bodies that celebrate sexuality and survival.

Through his artmaking, photography, design, curation and publishing projects, Ted portrays the beauty and humor of physicality while exploring narratives of the human condition.

Much of Ted’s work has been influenced by his health problems and subsequent interaction with the health care system. He was born with Gaucher’s disease, a rare enzyme deficiency that leads to degeneration of the bones. The series entitled “Structural Abnormalities” was created before his hip replacements. The contorted, pained and highly designed skeletal images reflect the physical distress he was experiencing. 

Along with his desire to find beauty in stylized bodies through painting and highly crafted photos, his art functions as a healing document for those affected by trauma. Ted uses his artwork to teach the medical community how treatments affect patients long term.

In recent years, the focus of Ted’s work has become less personal, highlighting instead other people’s health problems. “Scarred for Life, Mono Prints of Human Scars” is a series which chronicles events that suddenly changed his subjects’ lives. 

Also a freelance designer, writer, photographer and illustrator, Ted has written and illustrated many books: “Shrink Yourself: The Complete Do-It-Yourself Book of Freudian Psychoanalysis”, “The Butt Hello - and Other Reasons My Cats Drive Me Crazy”, “Cats Around the World”, “50 States of Cats”, “Women Napping with Animals”, “Good Things You Can Learn from A Bad Relationship”, and “Scarred for Life”. 

Ted is a Visiting Scholar at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC, Artist in Residence at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a graduate of the Aspen Seminars. He has held teaching positions at Brooks College in Long Beach, CA and California State University at Northridge. He is the owner of Art Your World, a full-service design studio. Ted is TED Mainstage speaker as well as a frequent speaker to patient and doctor groups, addressing the effects of health on art." • * #TedMeyerArt


Foster Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact the Foster Gallery at 715-836-2328 or, or visit the Foster Gallery Facebook page.