Divergent Consistencies: The Studio and Community Art of Hugh Merrill, 1969-2009
Presented by Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, September 4-October 30, 2009
Divergent Consistencies charts the studio and community artwork of Hugh Merrill 1970 to 2009. Merrill’s early prints were informed by his interest in social justice and environmental issues. These underlying perceptions have been consistent in his studio work for over 40 years. Merrill has worked for over 15 years on collaborative, socially engaged, interdisciplinary community art actions. He has led and developed Chameleon Arts and Youth Development, a not for profit company, that has brought over 1 million dollars worth of arts and educational projects to disenfranchised communities in Kansas City. Divergent Consistencies demonstrates Merrill’s deep belief in the enriching relationship between studio and community artistic practice.