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The artwork of Craig Merchant

my story

Artist Craig Merchant currently works and resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2010. He primarily studied printmaking and drawing, however recent works include paintings, sculptures, and installations. Craig mainly exhibits in various galleries throughout the state of Michigan. In addition, he currently has work on display in the United States Embassy in Botswana, Africa.

About Craig Merchant

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Artist Statement

Exhibition and Gallery Shows

Growing up in a secluded wooded environment, I learned early on in my life that all creatures play an important role. It is no surprise that these early encounters would be reflected in my artwork through large scale depictions of insects, frogs, and fish. I continued to expand on this idea by representing the relationships that are shared between man and the environment. I often use subjective colors and distortion of scale to present an ordinary object in a unique way. It is my goal to connect with the viewer and create a kind of internal disturbance so that they are no longer viewing the art, they are experiencing the art.

ArtPrize - Grand Rapids, MI

                     2012 – 50 Monroe
                     2013 – Harris Building
                     2014 – The B.O.B.
                     2015 – Grand Rapids Public Museum - 5th Place Time-Based Art

                     2016 – The Waters Building

                     2017 – Grand Rapids Public Museum - Top 25 Installation

United States Embassy, Botswanna, Africa.  May 2015 – May 2018

The Fed Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design. 17 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. May 30 - June 23, 2018.

​Strathnairn Arts Gallery, 90 Stockdill Dr, Holt ACT 2615, Australia. April 5-29, 2018

​Taymour Grahne Gallery (BWYL), 157 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013. Nov 16, 2017

Scarab Club Plein Air Exhibition, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, Mi 48202.  August 26-September 16, 2017.

Fenton Fine Art Exhibition, Fenton’s Open Book; 105 W Shiawassee Ave, Fenton, MI 48430; July 15th, 2017 and July 14th 2018

Avenue for the Arts Gallery Space; 307 South Division, Grand Rapids, Mi 49503; Aug 4-23, 2017

The Artshouse, April 1-19, 2017, 14 Rother St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU, United Kingdom

Lyles & King Gallery, 106 Forsythe Street, New York, NY 11211, February 13, 2017

Fall 2016 Collectors Show, Sept 21-Oct 9, 2016, The Harris Building, 111 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

"Tall Ships" at Studio 23, 901 North Water St, Bay City, Mi 48708, July 14-August 26, 2016

Fenton Fine Art Exhibition, Community & Cultural Center, 105 S Leroy St, Fenton, Mi 48430,  July 8 - July 9, 2016

"Blooms, Bugs, and Beasts" at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, Mi 48202, May 18 - June 25, 2016

"Festival of Regional Arts Exhibition" at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, 2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, Mi 49503, June 1 - June 26, 2016

Buckham Gallery - Flint, Mi, "ArtPrize 2014-2015 Revisited at Buckham Gallery”, February 12 – March 3, 2016

The Harris Building – Grand Rapids, Mi 2014

Michigan Institute of Contemporary Art - Lansing, Mi. April 2011

“Natural Impressions” – MCC Visual Arts & Design Center Gallery, Flint, Mi - Solar plate and reduction woodcut printmaking exhibition.  June 16 – July 7, 2010

Greater Flint Arts Council Exhibition.  Flint, Mi. May14 – June 4, 2010

“Figure Prints” – UCEN Fine Art Gallery.  Flint, Mi.   April 5 – April 18, 2010

“What’s New in 3D” – UCEN Fine Art Gallery – Flint, Mi January 8 – January 22, 2010

“What’s New in 2D” – UCEN Fine Art Gallery – Flint, Mi February 5 – February 19, 2010

“Dreamscapes” – UCEN Fine Art Gallery – Flint, Mi. December 7 – January 4, 2010

“Revisionists” - Buckham Gallery – Flint, Mi - June, 2009

Mott Community College Annual Juried Show – MCC Visual Arts & Design Center, Flint, Mi. 2005-2009

3D piece chosen for display in Chancellor's office at UM-Flint; 2010.

Printmaking piece on permanent display in Mott Community College; 2009. 

Collaborative Mural (16’ x 16’) on display in the University Center of UM-Flint. Spring 2009

"Art at the Inn", Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn, People's Choice Award, March 2004

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