“I paint and draw my immediate surroundings; taking note of the commonplace and celebrating it,” said Merchant. “It’s through the painting’s internal light and environment that I hope to find a certain emotional climate. I fix a subject in mind and set the light in the painting first. During the process the work is in constant flux until it finds resolution with surprise.”
Born in Chicago, Merchant grew up in Tennessee. He earned his BFA in painting and drawing from Middle Tennessee State University. An active visiting artist and arts organizer, he also is the owner of Moxie Art Supply in downtown Murfreesboro, where one also finds his studio, the Academy Street Studio.
Free and open to the public, the exhibit is on view weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September 8. The Ingram Studio Arts Center is located at 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue on the Vanderbilt campus. On street parking is available along Garland Avenue and in the nearby parking lots.
For more information, please contact the Department of Art at 615-343-7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.