About

BIO

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 is featured in NEW GLASS NOW | New Glass Review 40 (May ‘19), and Sculpture Magazine (OCt'17). Sean has recently exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass, as part of NEW GLASS NOW; the Belger Crane Yard in Kansas City, MO, as part of the International Sculpture Center's annual Outstanding Achievement in Student Sculpture awardee exhibition; 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.

STATEMENT

I am interested in finding ways of expressing the relative experience of forces such as ephemerality, permanance, the sublime, the mundane, the sacred, and the worldly. I’m drawn to how seemingly disparate senses of these forces converge and interact to both oppose and reinforce each other, and offer contrast to our awareness. Really, it’s about care-about how I want to save the things I love from changing and find love in how things change.

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Sean R. Merchant

664 Maplewood Ave

Brunswick, OH 44212

815-238-2817

www.seanrmerchant.com

EDUCATION

2017        Master of Fine Arts (Glass), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2005        Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing), Illinois State University, Normal, IL

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018        Lecturer, Cleveland Institute of Art, (Imagery on/with Glass)

2017        Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, (Glass Topics, The Stained Glass Studio)

2016        Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, (Drawing Foundations)

Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, (Glass Topics, The Stained Glass Studio)

2015        Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, (2-D Foundations)

                  Instructor of Record, The Ohio State University, (Glass Methods, Painted Glass)

2014        Teacher’s Assistant, The Ohio State University, (2-D Foundations)

 

PROFFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018 - Current        Art Services Independent Contractor, Ohio

2017 - Current        Exhibition Technician, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

                                    (Assisted Installation of “Infinity Rooms, Yayoi Kusama”)

2017 - Current        Exhibition Technician, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

2014 - 2016             Exhibition Preparator, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH

                               (Assisted Installation of “Open This End: Contemporary Art Form the Collection of Blake Byrne”)

2007 - 2014             Art Director & Lead Artist, Jacksonville Art Glass Jacksonville, IL

2005 - 2007             Artist's Assistant, Artist Cynthia Kukla, Bloomington, IL

2005 - 2007             House Painter, Barr Painting, Normal, IL

2004 - 2005             Photography Dept. Photo Lab / Dark Room Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL                               2004 - 2005           Painting Dept. Wood Shop Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

 

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

2015        Drawing Through Depth, Engraving Workshop with Matteo Seguso, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2013        Laminating with Bohle America, SGAA Conference, Indianapolis, IN

2010        Master Glass Painting 1 & 2, The Antrim School at Millard Studios, Antrim, NH

2008        Glass Painting 101, 302, Studios at Ed Hoy’s International, Warrensville, IL

 

RESIDENCIES

2016        Sedona Arts Center, Summer Artist Colony  - Artist in Residence

 

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2018        Tender, Pearl Conard Art Gallery, Ohio State University, Mansfield, OH

2015        Extension, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2007        Reverie, Noir Art Emporium, Jacksonville, Il

2005        My Hat's Off to You and So Long, Summer, University Galleries, Gallery 3, Illinois State University Center for the Visual Arts, Normal, Il

                  The Vitality of Modern Life, (with Kelly Naschert), Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

 

JURIED AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019        (Forthcoming) New Glass Now, Corning Museum of Glass, Coring, New York

2018        Swing States: Recent Perspectives in Glass Sculpture from the Middle West, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH

                  Collective Arts Network (CAN) Triennial, Cleveland, OH

2017        Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO

                  State of Glass Art, Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

                  American Glass Now: 2017, Rochester, NY / National Cathedral, Washington D.C. (Curated by Susie Silbert, Lindsay Parrott, Diane Write)

                  Momentum, River House Arts, Toledo, OH

2016        Emerge/ Evolve: 2016, Bullseye Projects, Seattle, WA

                  American Glass Now: 2016, The Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago IL / National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

                  Ohio Art League Spring Juries Exhibit, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH

                  Memory Palace, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

                  This Leads to That, Glass Axis, Columbus, OH

                  Thumb Box, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH

                  Collaborate, Curate: Columbus, Wild Goose Collective, Columbus, OH

2015        American Glass Now: 2015, National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

                  Everywhere Is Here, Chadwick Arboretum North, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

                  Suburban Neon Wasteland, The Shed, Columbus, OH

                  24th Annual Ohio State Staff Arts and Crafts Show, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

                  You Are Here, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH

                  Autoshow, Temporary Collective, Columbus, OH

2014        American Glass Now: 2014, American Glass Guild Annual Conference Exhibition, Glencairn Museum

                  Bryn Athyn, PA (Juried by Judith Schaechter and Virginia Chieffo Raguin)

                  125th Anniversary Awarded Works, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, Kokomo, IN

2013        125th Anniversary of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Stained Glass Association of America's Annual Conference Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN

2008        …and I am blue… , McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington IL

                  Unnamed Invitational, Noir Art Emporium, Jacksonville, IL

2007        Alumni Show, University Galleries, Gallery 3, Illinois State University Center for the Visual Arts, Normal, Il

                  My Secret Garden, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2006        The Aquatic Show 1, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

                  The Aquatic Show 2, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

                  Local Artists, Outpost Books, Bloomington, IL

                  The Bird Show, The Perch, Bloomington, IL

2005        Student Annual 05, University Galleries, Illinois State University Center for the Visual Arts, Normal, IL

B.F.A. Group Exhibition, University Galleries, Galleries 2 and 3, Illinois State University Center for the Visual Arts, Normal, IL

                  78th Annual Mclean County Amateur Arts Competition and Exhibition, Mclean County Arts Center,        Bloomington, IL

2004        B.F.A. Group Exhibition, Transpace Gallery, Normal, IL

                  Spit Shine, The Coffee House, Normal, IL

                  The Election Show, University Galleries, Galleries 2 and 3, Illinois State University Center for the Visual Arts, Normal, IL

                  Student Annual 04, University Galleries, Illinois State University Center for the visual Arts, Normal, IL

 

COLLECTIONS

2019 Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church, North Royalton, OH

2018 Steamboat Springs Methodist Church, Steamboat Springs, CO

2017        Collection of Anthony Glander, Rockville, MD

2016        Collection of Debbie Heuer, Cincinnati, OH

2014        Private Collection, New Berlin, WI

2013        The Exchange, Delavan, IL

2011        Tower Classic Tattoo, Saint Louis, MO

2008        Corporate Office, Philadelphia, PA

 

PERMANENT INSTALLATIONS (new commissions through Jacksonville art glass)

2016        St Kateri Tekawitha, Ridgway, IL

2015       Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Manito, IL

2014        Crossroads United Methodist Church, Washington, IL

2013        Notre Dame de LaSalette, Georgetown, IL

                  Private Residence, Winchester, IL

                  St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cottleville, MO

                  Bianchi’s Pizza, Ottawa, IL

2012        Olivet Christian Church, Columbia, MO

                  Notre Dame de LaSalette, Georgetown, IL

                  United Methodist Church, Cuba, IL

2011        Notre Dame de LaSalette, Georgetown, IL

2010        Morgan County Courthouse, Jacksonville, IL

                  Faith Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, IL

                  Notre Dame de LaSalette, Georgetown, IL

2009        St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Thomasboro, IL

                  Private Residence, Petersburg, IL

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2017        Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, The International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

                  Alumni Grant for Graduate Research and Scholarship, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

2015       Career Development Grant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

                  Hill-climber's Scholarship, Lanark UMC, Lanark, IL

2013        2nd Place, 125th Anniversary of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Stained Glass Association of America's Annual Conference Exhibition, Indianapolis, IN

2013        Dorothy L. Maddy Scholarship, Stained Glass Association of America

2004        Copy Shop Photography Award, Copy Shop, Bloomington, IL

2003        School of Art Tuition Waiver, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

                                   

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

2019        New Glass NOW | New Glass Review 40 (MAY)

2018        “Tender: An Installation by Sean Merchant”, The Rib (November)

                  Toledo City Paper (August)

2017        Sculpture Magazine (October)

                  American Glass Now : 2017

2016       Emerge/Evolve: 2016 – Exhibition Catalog, Bullseye Publications, Seattle, WA

                  “Interactive Works a Highlight at Spring Juried Show”, Columbus Dispatch (June)

                  American Glass Now : 2016

                  ONE:TWELVE (Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University)

2015       American Glass Now : 2015

                  MFA Students’ Work Displayed Outside the Gallery, The Lantern (Sept)

2014        American Glass Now : 2014

2013        Stained Glass Quarterly (fall edition)

2012        “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, Columbia Daily Tribune (June)

2011        “Jacksonville Art Glass”, Illinois Stories PBS Documentary, (Video, March)

2010        “A Touch of Glass”, Jacksonville Journal Courier (October)

 

LECTURES AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2018        “Tender”, Mansfield, OH

2017        “Drawing is a Noun: Drawing is a Verb”, Columbus, OH

                  “All That Glitters”, Columbus, OH

2012        “Stained Glass at Olivet Christian Church”, Columbia, MO

2005 “BFA Exhibition Lecture”, Illinois State University, Normal, IL