Megan Dalke is a visual artist pursuing a BFA with a concentration in Art Therapy at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She is a free spirited artist, pushing the boundaries, often jumping headfirst into a new project in search of learning something new. Originally from Connecticut, Dalke was born completely deaf but received a cochlear implant at age 3, and as a result she was actively engaged with acquiring an ability to not only speak and fully integrate in a hearing world, but also to embrace leadership, actively pursuing social issues in and outside of her artwork. In both her paintings and her photography, Dalke seeks to use contrast in the values and colors, as well as powerful subjectivity to represent her being an oral deaf artist in a hearing world. In 2016, she spent a semester abroad in Ireland, studying, painting and traveling. Dalke will be doing a full-time internship at Essex County Prison in the fall of 2017.