About Bronwyn Merritt

Bronwyn Merritt Artist’s Biography

 

Bronwyn Merritt was born in Florida and grew up in North Carolina after her family fled city life for a small farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her early influences came from the traditional paintings and ceramics of her mother, and the book illustrations in her father’s large collection of classic novels. Her love of books and illustration led to forays into book and paper arts, then to collage, and finally to a mature style that combines many techniques in colorful, large-scale mixed media paintings. From an early career as a relief printmaker with an art-deco style, she switched to contemporary narrative paintings, and then to mixed media compositions. These works contain layers of traditional printmaking and painting techniques to create large scale works on canvas. Her subjects are  both narrative and abstract, and always feature richly layered surface texture and pattern. Her prints are in private collections around the world and in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery and the Weatherspoon Museum. She has exhibited in galleries around her home state of North Carolina for 25 years, and taught workshops, classes and college courses in studio art and art history. She is currently working on a collection exploring memory and identity through handcrafts left by her mother, a multi-media artist who died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2013. She has shown in many galleries around North Carolina and maintained her own studio and gallery since 2000. She is now exhibiting several new collections all around the US.

Bronwyn Merritt

(www.BronwynMerritt.com)

 

Education

1990       M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1988       B.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

1987        B.A. Duke University, Durham, NC (Psychology and Design)

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017   Joyful Jewel, Pittsboro, NC, April 1 (ongoing)

2016      Visitor’s Bureau, Chapel Hill NC. Still Summer: September 2016

2015      Perch Studios, March 1-31, New Works

Chapel Hill Art Gallery, Featured Artist Exhibition, Large Paintings, January 1-31

2014      (ongoing) Chapel Hill Art Gallery, Selected Works

2014      August 1-31 Open Eye Gallery, Carrboro, NC,  Medicine Horse Series

2013      Open Studio Tour November 1-30, Bronwyn Merritt Studio & Gallery

2012      Ongoing Exhibitions, Bronwyn Merritt Studio & Gallery

2011       Studio Show to Benefit the ArtsCenter Scholarship Programs, September-November

2010      New Works, New Directions, September – November, Bronwyn Merritt Gallery

2009     Ongoing Exhibitions, Bronwyn Merritt Studio & Gallery

2008     August 3-September 9 Community Gallery Carrboro, NC Selected Prints

2007     Bleecker Street Gallery and Studio, New Paintings, October 15-November 30

2007     Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC and Penland School of Crafts, September, “A

Perfect Storm” Print and Letterpress Collaboration

2006     Bleecker Street Gallery Open Studio Tours, Monthly May-November

2006     April 1-30 Century Center Gallery New Paintings

2005     October 15-November 15, Town Hall Gallery, Carrboro, NC Linoleum Block Prints

2004     Sizl Gallery, Carrboro, NC, Ongoing Exhibition 2004

2004     Bleecker Street Gallery, New Works On Paper, September 14-October 17

2004     Bleecker Street Gallery Open Studios, Print and Book Arts Holiday Show,

November 1-30

2003     Sizl Gallery, Carrboro, NC, Ongoing Exhibition 2003

2003     Durham Arts Guild Allenton Gallery, Mixed Media Paintings, May 3-June 2

2002     Sizl Gallery, Carrboro, NC, Ongoing Exhibition 2002

2002     Chapel Hill Public Library, Mixed Media Paintings, April 12-May 10

2001     Bronwyn Merritt Gallery, Carrboro, NC ongoing exhibit March 2000- March 2002

2000    ArtsCenter Gallery, October 5-November 7, Figurative Paintings

1999     Durham Arts Guild Allenton Gallery, Night Scenes (linoleum block prints)

1998     Blackwood Station Gallery Invitational, November 1-30

1998     Le Monde Gallery, Cary, NC Large Paintings, July 1-August 2

1997     Blackwood Station Gallery, Hillsborough, NC, Prints and Paintings, April 12- May 20

1997      Artscenter Gallery, New Relief Prints, May 1-June 1

1996      Artscenter Gallery Juried Group Show, September 8- October 7

1995      Bookshop Gallery, Prints and Paintings, April 3-May1

1994      Artspace Gallery,  Raleigh, NC Spring Invitational (Purchase Award) Linoleum Block

Prints

1994      Greenhill Center, Greensboro, NC Print Invitational, September

1993      Womancraft Gallery, Chapel Hill, Gallery artist 1993-1997, ongoing exhibits

1993      Artspace Gallery, Raleigh, NC Juried Exhibition, September 3- October 18

1992      Artspace Gallery, Raleigh, NC New Member Show, May 15- June 15

1992      Regional Juried Invitational, Goldsboro, NC, Honorable Mention February 3-

March 15

1991       Ward-Nasse Gallery Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, March 1-30

1991       The Artery Gallery, Prints and Paintings, June 1-30

1990      Weatherspoon Museum, “Not In Fine Print”  Woodcuts, Summer Show

1990      Weatherspoon Museum MFA Show December- January

1990      BōTA Arts Group Show, Hamburger Square Gallery, July/August Show

1989      BōTA Arts Group Show, September/October Show

1989      UNC Greensboro Student Arts Guild Show November 1-30, Student Center Gallery

1989      The Artery Gallery, Black and White Photographs, October 1-November 1

1988      UNC Greensboro Student Arts Guild Show, Arts Lobby Gallery, Sept 15-Oct 20

1988      Student Art Auction, McIver Gallery, UNC-Greensboro, April 18-21

1988      UNC Greensboro Student Arts Guild Show, Arts Lobby Gallery, February10- March 11

1987      UNC Greensboro Student Art Show and Sale, McIver Gallery, November 8-

December 12

 

Teaching Experience

 

2000          (to present) printmaking and painting techniques and workshops offered at my

Carrboro studio and commercial gallery

1996-1998  Papermaking, book arts and papercraft at Hand-to-Eye Studio in Durham

1992-1994  Workshops in polymer clay, book binding and papermaking, Artspace in Raleigh

1990-1992  Guilford Tech, Greensboro, NC- taught college courses in Art History Survey, Contemporary and Studio Art Drawing and Painting.

 

 

Selected Post-Graduate Education

 

2014      Working Artist with Crista Cloutier, November 1- Present

2014      Flora Bowley Artist’s Online Workshop, September 1-28

2014      Jeanne Bessette Intensive Painting Workshop August 20-23

2013      Abstract Acrylic Painting with Mary Walker, April 3-May 12 (weekly)

 

2012       Silkscreen Printing with Jason Bige Burnett, Penland School of Crafts, Oct 28- Nov 3

2007      Printmaking Techniques with Georgia Deal, Penland School of Crafts, June 1-13

2006      Certified as a Creativity Coach by Eric Maisel

1998       Book Arts with Keith Smith, Penland School, August 5-19

1995       Monoprints on Handmade Paper with Georgia Deal, Penland School, July 2-16

 

Relevant Work Experience

 

2000     (to present) Art Business Consultant: assisting artists through business and creative

coaching since 2000

2000      (to present) Bronwyn Merritt Studio & Gallery, Carrboro, NC, Print and painting

studios, classroom and gallery showing works by the artist and others.

2000      (to present) Member, Orange County Arts Commission

2002      (to 2004) Arts Writer, The Independent, 2002-2004: wrote art reviews and critical

pieces for the visual arts shown all over the greater Triangle area

2000      (to 2004) Bronwyn Merritt Gallery, Carrboro NC, Director of a commercial gallery

specializing in local and emerging artists from North Carolina.

1997       (to 2000) Co-Founder and Teacher, Hand-to-Eye Studio in Durham, NC, a

nonprofit founded to teach paper and book arts and promote the arts for

underserved children in an urban setting.

1997        (to present) Art Direction: Launched several business in the Chapel Hill area with

unique ad campaigns.

1995        (to 1999) The Print Shop, Chapel Hill, NC: Custom frame design.

1994        (to 1995) Somerhill Gallery: Salesperson, largest commercial gallery in the

mid-Atlantic region, 1994-1995

1990        (to 1991) Art preparator: The Artery Gallery, Greensboro, NC: custom framing,

matting and mounting of fine art and posters.

1987        (to 1990) Weatherspoon Museum, UNC-Greensboro:  As a Graduate Gallery

Assistant, participated in hanging, preparing, and cataloguing major artworks of

the 20th century.