Hugh Merrill Show Kicks Off First of Three Local Artist Exhibitions at the Kansas City Public Library

Wed, 01/12/2011
Suzanne Monahan
Hugh Merrill Show Kicks Off First of Three Local Artist Exhibitions at the Kansas City Public Library

(Kansas City, Missouri) – Kansas City artist Hugh Merrill brings his unique approach to abstract art in the exhibit Divergent Consistencies II, which opened January 8, 2011, and runs through February 27, 2011, in the Guldner Gallery at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Merrill’s drawings are an ensemble of social and personal concerns, architectural abstractions, and disconnected cultural representations. His work often features depictions of specific and conceptual locations.

The artist will give two presentations at the Library. The first will be an interactive children’s art program that celebrates the work of notable African-American artist Romare Bearden at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. The second will be a lecture on Divergent Consistencies II at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Central Library. The exhibit’s consulting curator, Sean Kelley, will also be on hand for the discussion.

Merrill earned an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and Architecture, and has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute since 1975. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as galleries in Chicago, Poland, South Korea, and Ireland.

Upcoming Guldner Gallery exhibits will feature other local artists including Anne Pearce, director of Rockhurst University’s Greenlease Gallery, in a show that will feature works of ink, acrylic and pencil on paper, which opens March 12, 2011. In addition, area artist Lynus Young will also display his mixed media works on paper, opening May 7, 2011.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.