Sean Merchant was raised in Lanark, Illinois and currently works and resides in Brunswick, Ohio. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University in 2017. Merchant graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University in 2005. In 2007, Sean became art director at the architectural art glass firm Jacksonville Art Glass, in Jacksonville, IL. Sean has been featured in Sculpture Magazine (OCt'17). His sculpture Salt Box House, has been shown at Belger Crane Yard in Kansas City, MO, as part of the International Sculpture Center's annual Outstanding Achievement in Student Sculpture awardee exhibition. Sean has recently shown work in Rochester, NY and Washington, D.C. where he participated in the American Glass Guild’s “American Glass Now: 2017” exhibition and subsequent publication. Sean’s work was also featured in the Bullseye Glass biennial exhibition and catalog Emerge/Evolve 2016.
"I am continually returning to symbols of rural mid-western vernacular architecture, work habit, and methods of building restoration. This is a means of reconciling waning memories of my upbringing and concerns that my childhood environment may be, like those memories, fading. These symbols manifest through illustrative acts in dialogue with qualities inherent in a material. It's really about care-about how I want to save the things I love from changing and finding love in how things change." - Sean R Merchant