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The list of Eleanor Merritt’s one-woman, group, corporate and juried shows spans the eastern seaboard and westward. It includes colleges and universities, corporate offices, museums, galleries, libraries and art centers.
On the list are the University of Florida; the University of Connecticut Cultural Center; American International College; the Atlanta Life Insurance Company; the Carnegie Endowment Institute in NYC; the Contemporary Art Museum in Jacksonville, FL; as well as the Polk Museum in Lakeland to name only a few. During the past 45 years she has had over 25 one-woman shows and her works have traveled to California, Colorado, Texas and Shimoneski, Japan
A native New Yorker, Ms. Merritt graduated from the High School of Music & Art, receiving her BA and MA degrees in Fine Arts and Education from Brooklyn College CUNY.
She acknowledges the influences of her training with her instructors at Brooklyn College; Mark Rothko; Ad Rhinehart; James Ernst; Kurt Seligmann and Mark Dillion.
As a retired chairperson of the art department in the Westbury NY school system, she has used her teaching and administrative skills through her community work in Sarasota, FL. She is a charter member of the National Museum of the Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.. Ms. Merritt founded and is a member of Women Contemporary Artists. She has served on the Board of the John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL; and Women’s Caucus for Art. Ms. Merritt also acted as President of the Venice Art Center. She continues to participate in art centers and organizations in Sarasota including the Florida Artists Group.
Ms. Merritt has participated in many group shows and exhibitions, including invitational exhibitions. Several of note: Shimoneski; Japan, San Antonio, Texas; and New York, New York.