ELEANOR MERRITT

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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.

  • 2010 Ringling College of Art+Design Creative Community
  • 2006 Sarasota Arts Council Arts Leadership Award
  • 2005 Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2003 Who's Who in America
  • 1997 Women of Impact Award, Sarasota County Commission
  • 1997 Education Foundation Sarasota, Edge of Excellence Award
  • 1996 Women's Caucus for Art National President's Award
  • 1994 Sarasota Artist of the Year, Sarasota Visual Arts Center
  • 2013 HMAAC, Houston,TX
  • 2011 Ageless Creativity, LongBoat Key, FL
  • 2008 State College Florida, Color Matters, Bradenton, FL
  • 2007 Ringling School of Art & Design Selby Gallery, Sarasota, FL
  • 2006 Jacaranda Library, North Port, FL
  • 2005 Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
  • 2005 Florida Museum of Art ( formerly: Deland Museum of Art) 10 year retrospective, Deland, FL
  • 2004 Manatee Community College South, Venice, FL
  • 2003 North Port Library, North Port, FL
  • 2002 Venice Art Center, Venice, FL
  • 2001 Unity Gallery, Sarasota, FL
  • 2001 Polk Community College; Cloth Paintings, Tampa, FL
  • 1998 Palm Harbour, Sarasota, FL
  • 1997 Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
  • 1995 Unity Gallery, Sarasota, FL
  • 1995 Sarasota Art Center 20 year Retrospective, Sarasota, FL
  • 1995 Barrier Island Group for the Arts, Sanibel, FL
  • 1994 Fine Arts Gallery Central Library, Tampa, FL
  • 1993 Zora Neale Hurston Museum, Eatonville, FL
  • 1992 Women's Resource Center, Sarasota, FL
  • 1991 Central National Bank, Sarasota, FL
  • 1988 University of Florida, St .Petersburg, FL
  • 1988 Manatee Community College, Venice, FL
  • 1987 Women's Resource Center, Sarasota, FL
  • 1987 The Craftery Gallery, Hartford, CT
  • 1975 American International College, Springfield, MA
  • 1974 Nassau County Cultural Museum Hempstead, NY
  • 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.

    Eleanor Merritt