Resume

 Merritt Kraft Fletcher  merrittfletcher@gmail.com 813.644.0032  www.merrittfletcher.wordpress.com

EDUCATION

MFA 2016   University of South Florida, (USF) Tampa, FL

BFA 2010 Summa Cum Laude, Massachusetts College of Arts,  North Adams, MA

5th Year Degree 2005 Fine Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, (SMFA) Boston, MA

4 Year Studio Degree 2004 Fine Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, (SMFA) Boston, MA

Studied abroad in Eastern Europe (Czech, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia)–U of Montevallo

 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-14 GA Art History Instructor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

2012-13 

Graduate Art Professor on register, Intermediate Painting, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Artmill–Resident Artist and Assistant to Barbara Benish for United Nations Safe Planet Campaign in conjunction with Art Dialogue, Kampa Museum in Prague, 5 Gyres Institute in California, Respect World Music Festival, U.S. and Norwegian embassies, Prague/Horadovice, Czech Republic

Artist Assistant and Collaborator with Stuart Frost Professor of art for Telemark University, Norway– projects to include site specific installation at Burghley House Sculpture Gardens, UK

2011-12

Graduate Teaching Assistant to Elisabeth Condon, Advanced Painting, University of South Florida, Tampa,FL

Graduate Teaching assistant to Julie Weitz, Intermediate Painting, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

2011

Art Instructor, (CATA) Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington, MA

Artist & Assistant, Down Street Art, Mass Moca, North Adams, MA

Assistant to Director, Gallery 51, Mass MoCA North Adams, MA

2010

Art instructor, (CATA) Community Access to the Arts, Great Barrington, MA,

Studio Art Assistant, Steve Hannock Studios, North Adams, MA, and New York, NY

Teaching Assistant to Gregory Scheckler, Advanced Painting—Mass College of Art, North  Adams, MA 

Assistant to Director, Gallery 51, Mass MoCA North Adams, MA

Artist & Assistant, Down Street Art, Mass Moca, North Adams, MA

2009

Artist and Assistant, Down Street Art, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams, MA

Assistant to Director, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA

2007 Painting Instructor, Northern Berkshire Creative Arts Association, North Adams, MA

2006 Scenic Artist, Lights Operator, Main Street Stage, North Adams, MA

2005 Exhibitions Assistant to SMFA Curator Joanna Soltan, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,MA

2004-07 Co Owner/ Painters Painting, Greenfield, North Adams, MA

2000-02 SMFA Fine Arts Slide Librarian Assistant, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1998       Assistant to Amy Gary of Pixar, Children’s book publisher and sole agent to the Margaret Wise Brown estate, publishing company sold to Disney to become Hyperion Books for children

AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS

2014 Resident Artist Stipend, Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain

2012 USF Artist Grant for NKA International Land Art Project, Accra and Sang Arts Village, Ghana

Resident artist Stipend, NKA International Land Art Project, Accra and Sang Arts Village, Ghana

2010

Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Award, Pittsfield, MA

Lorraine Lauzon Art Fellowship Award, Pittsfield, MA

Andrew S Flagg Art Award

Berkshire Taconic Grant, Sheffield, MA

2009

Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Award, Pittsfield, MA

MCLA Artist Research Grant, North Adams, MA

MCLA Venice Biennale Travel Award, Venice, Italy

2000-04

School of the Museum of Fine Arts Merit Scholar, Boston, MA

Mary G. Clough Art Award SMFA, Boston, MA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014 Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain

2013 The Founding Phant, Ormston House Gallery, www.ormstonhousegallery.com  Limerick, Ireland

2012

FashionScapes: Land + City + Body + Future, Fashion Week, Fashion Art Toronto, www.fashionarttoronto.caToronto, Canada

Animal LOVE, Kraine Gallery @ KGB, www.krainegallery.com 85 East 45th Street, New York, NY

Beneath, Gallery Calafia, Prague/Horadovice, Czech Republic

Ajoy!, Kampa Museum Prague,  Art Dialogue/Respect World Music Festival www.museumkampa.com (sponsered by Norwegian and US Embassies), Kampa Museum, Vltava River, Štvanice Island, Prague, Czech Republic

NKA Foundation International Land Art Project, Accra, Sang Arts Village, Ghana

2011

Pulchritudinous, Gallery 209, West Tampa Center For the Arts, Tampa, FL

Neighborhood Watch: Projection Walk Tampa Edition, Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL, Oslo, Norway, Seattle,WA, Chicago, IL, El Paso TX, Thimphu, Bhutan, Austin TX, San Antonio TX, Melbourne, Australia, Colorado, USA

2010

Solo Exhibition, Real, Fantasy, Pink, Down Street Art, North Adams, MA

2010

Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Exhibit, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA

COPLAC Research Conference Exhibition, Ballet Center Gallery, North Adams, MA

DownStreetArt, www.DownStreetArt.com, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

2009

Summer Salon, Harvard University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA

New Artists Show, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA

Berkshire Art Association Fellowship Exhibit, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA

NEST—collaborative installation with Ryder Cooley, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA

Elements, Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

From Meadows to Meaning, curator: Merritt Fletcher, Elf Parlor Gallery, North Adams, MA

DownStreetArt, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

2008

BLUE, National Prize Show, Harvard University Place Gallery, Curator:  Jen Mergel, Institute of Contemporary   Art, Boston, MA

Woodshed II: The Next Hundred Hours, Curator: Danny O, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA

DownStreetArt,Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

Proof of Purchase, Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA

2006

Solo Exhibition, The Legend of Water Lily, Performance Art Piece of Original Story, Main Street Stage, North

Adams, MA

2006

Two Person Exhibition, Real/Fantasy/Pink installation, Marafanyi Drums, Eclipse Mill Gallery,North Adams, MA

2006

Here’s Looking at You, Gallery 51, North Adams, MA

 Open Studios Exhibition, Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams, MA

2005 Real/Fantasy/Pink installation, Grossman Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2004 Serious, Bag Gallery, Boston, MA

2002 Area Printmaking Show, 2001 Area Printmaking Show, 2000 Area Printmaking Show, SMFA, Boston, MA

COMMISSIONS

Salem’s Cross Inn: Design and execution of eighteenth century style herbal cooking paintings, Salem, MA

 A Barker’s Dozen: Design and execution of dog biscuit bakery store motifs and murals, Birmingham, AL 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

*Print Media

2013 Destin Log, Feature article with photos

2012 Fashion Week Toronto (FAT), Photos, statements, review of exhibition and works projected during runway shows www.fashionarttoronto.ca/artists-designers-2012/

2010 Berkshire Fine Arts: Feature Article with photos, May issue by Charles Giuliano

2009 North Adams Transcript, Jan 19

2006 The Artful Mind, Feature Article with photos, December Issue

2005 The Boston Dig/Dig Boston, Gallery Guide Issue Feature with Photos, May Issue, Page 32

2005 The Greenfield Recorder, Feature Article with Photos, April, 7, Page 8

*Website Publications

 2013 DestinLog.com with photos

 2012 Artmap.cz

 2012 NY Daily News.com

 2012 NYAA.com

 2012 Animal Love, KraineGallery.com NY

 2010 Charles Giuliano, In Berkshires Berkshire Fine Arts.com Feature Article with photos MA

 2010 BerkshireVisualArts.org

 2010 culturalpittsfield.blogspot.com/…/lorraine-lauzon-retrospective-one.htm

 2009 BerkshireArtAssociation.org

 2008 CambridgeArt.com

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Fine Arts Medici Society, Boston, MA

William and Nancy Osgood SMFA collection, Boston, MA

Gallery Califia, Horadovice, Czech Republic

Sang Arts Village, Ghana

MCLA collection, North Adams, MA

National/International Private Collections

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2014 Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain

2012 Kampa Museum/Artmill/Art Dialogue/5 Gyres Institute, Prague, Horazdovice, Czech Republic

2013 NKA Foundation International Land Art Project, Sang Arts Village, Accra, Ghana

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

2013 Originated and organized a beach clean-up happening with the Planeteers of Ghana in Accra The gathered plastic materials were used to create art pieces that related to the plastic pollution caught in our world’s 5 Gyres

2012 United Nations Safe Planet Campaign—Worked with the US and Norwegian Embassies/Art Dialogue/Five Gyres Institute of California/ Artmill to construct a raft made of recycled plastic bottles which was sailed back and forth On the Vltava River in Prague from the Respect World Music Festival to the Kampa Museum     

EXHIBITIONS CURATED

2009 From Meadows to Meaning, curator: Merritt Kraft Fletcher, Elf Parlor Gallery, North Adams, MA

TRAVEL

2014 Artist Research—Lake Simcoe, Mont Serrat, El Bruc, Caves of Collbato, Barcelona, Menorca, Madrid,  Segovia, Toledo, Rome, Toronto

2013 Artist Research—Accra, Tamale, Sang, Ghana

2012 Artist Research—Prague, Horadevice, Hori Ma Panenko! Fireman’s Ball, Nice, Antibes, Juan Les Pins, Amsterdam, Tilburg, Antwerp, Breda

I lived in Amsterdam for a year.

I lived in London for a year.

I traveled throughout Eastern Europe right after the close of the Velvet Revolution.

GALLERY AFFILIATIONS

Kathryn Schultz Gallery Cambridge

Harvard University Place Gallery