Artworkers: Creativity and America
Hugh Merrill was invited by Spiva Center for the Arts to exhibit Divergent Consistencies: Forty Years of Studio and Community Art. Acting as exhibiting artist, curator, and ringleader for the Joplin community arts actions, Merrill exhibited his own work in concert with pieces by Joplin area artists.
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Shared Visions: Thoughts and Experiences in Social Arts Practice
A practical guide to teaching socially engaged art. Although many educators have an interest in community art, there are few publications that provide effective methods of teaching it. A basic history of the genre as well as specific exercises and assignments help “Shared Visions” to bridge this gap.
Birds, Lincoln, Monuments
This booklet is a preview of the studio work done by Hugh Merrill in preparation for the Artworkers project at the Spiva Center. The work feature is based on Birds, Lincoln, and Monument prompts.
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Made in China
Hugh Merrill's six-week residency at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in Shenzhen, China, resulted in his Made in Chinaexhibition presented in January and February 2013, at the Todd Weiner Galleryin Kansas City, MO. This body of work explores the relationship between commercialism and culture, and considers how form influences perception.
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Camera Dance is a photo/essay booklet, in which Hugh Merrill explores the relationship between ritual and technology. In the summer of 2012, Merrill observed a Native American dance performance while visiting the Grand Canyon. He quickly noticed that the other attendees were watching the dance through their cell phones, video cameras, or tablets. Although the dance troupe was exceptional, it wasn’t enough to pull the audience’s attention away from their devices.
Portrait of Self
Portrait of Self deals exclusively with Merrill’s archiving process, where people collect everyday items and ephemera throughout their day, to form content for collaborative community works. This method has been used to produce small, personal pieces as well as large public art works.
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Divergent Consistencies: The Studio and Community Art of Hugh Merrill, 1969-2011
Divergent Consistenciescharts the work of Hugh Merrill from 1968 through the present day. The book is divided into two parts: studio work and community work. Merrill began his career as an artist as a printmaker, but moved into the social practice arts world in the late 1980’s.