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Artist: Didem Mert


Artist: Didem Mert
Didem Mert, CALIFORNIA
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In my work I am attempting to make connections between the object and its counterpart. Using pinch marks juxtaposed between smooth and defined lines creates different textural surfaces that relate to the food/drink to be used in the utilitarian object. I use color and geometry to heighten the formal design elements of the pots that can also be related to food presentation. My work strives to bring forth a sense of tranquility that can be seen as timeless.

EDUCATION:
Estimated 2017
MFA, Ceramics Candidate, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA.
2014
BFA, Ceramics, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.

SOLO / TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
2016
• Featured Artist, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
2015
• [CANDID]acy: Works by Didem Mert, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA.
• Counter Regimen: Works by Ashley Bevington and Didem Mert, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA.
2014
• Research & Development: Works by Jenny Reed and Didem Mert, 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
• inter[re]actions, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.

INVITATIONAL SHOWS:
2016
• Lillstreet Gallery Expo at 50th NCECA, Kansas City, MO.
• Planes, AKAR, Iowa City, IA .
• Earth, Water, Fire, The Art of the Mug, The Phoenix Gallery, Lawrence, KS.
• Shippensburg University Ceramics Invitational, Shippensburg, PA.

NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS
2016
• Last Call, Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN, juried by Matthew Schiemann.
2015
• CHIMERA 2015, The Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
• Cup: The Intimate Object XI, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL, juried by Charlie Cummings.
• Edinboro University, Clay Place at Standard Ceramics, Carnegie, PA, juried by Lee Rexrode.
• Strictly Functional Pottery National 2015, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA, juried by Matt Long.
• The Clay Studio 2015 MBK Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA, juried by Marge Brown Kalodner, Jennifer Zwilling, and Stanley Shapiro.
• The Hudgens 1st National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition, Duluth, GA, juried by Carr McCuiston.
• Artists Under 30, Gallery One One, Cincinnati, OH, juried by Chelsea Borgman.
• Digital Debut, Red Star Studios/Belger Crane Yard Studios, Kansas City, MO.
• AKAR Yunomi Invitational 2015, AKAR, Iowa City, IA .
• Constella Exhibition, Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH.
• Spring Show 2015, The Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
• Keystone Collegiate Exhibition, Brockway Center for the Arts and Technology, Brockway, PA, juried by Bill Strickland.
2014
• Clarion County Arts Council Cup Show, Clarion, PA.
• 7th Annual Cup Show: Form and Function, Amelia Center Gallery, Panama City, FL, juried by Chandra DeBuse.
• CHIMERA 2014, The Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA.
• Daily Ritual: The Ceramic Cup, Saxonburg Area Artists Co=op, Saxonburg, PA.
• Biennial Cup Show, Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL, juried by Matthew Schiemann.
• 5th Street Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
• Emoji Show, Rock Paper Scissors, Cincinnati, OH.
2013
• Constella Exhibition, Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH.
• Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Wood-fired Ceramics,Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD, juror Jack Troy.
• The Battle of the Bowls, The Academy of Fine Arts, Amherst, VA, juror Mike Jabber.
• All is Chaos, Artisan Enterprise Center, Covington, KY, juror Dustin Pike.
• Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, jurors Lynn Conaway and Carole Staples.
• Northern Kentucky University’s 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipient Show, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• Emerging Voices, Gallery One One, Cincinnati, OH, juror Martin Meersman.
• Northern Exposure, Passages Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, juror Kevin Muente.
• Summerfair ’s Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition, Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.
2012
• MULTIPLICITY, Gallery One One, Cincinnati, OH.
• The Fantastic Eleven, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• MUG Shots: National Juried Cup Exhibition 2012, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE, juror Gail Kendall.
• 119th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Cincinnati Women’s Art Club, Cincinnati, OH, jurors Francine Reiley and Lawrence Rudolech.
• Coffee, Tea, or...?, Terra Incognito, Oak Park, Illinois, juror David Toan.
• Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2012, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, juror Katie Rentzke.
2011
• MULTIPLICITY, Gallery One One, Cincinnati, OH.
• Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2011, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, juror Maureen Bloomfield.
• Lady Parts, The Southgate House, Newport, KY, juror Sarah Relojo.
2010
• Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition 2010, Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, KY, juror A.C. Frabetti.
• 117th Annual Juried Exhibition, The Cincinnati Women’s Art Club, Cincinnati, OH.
• Ceramic Show, The Southgate House, Newport, KY, juror Rick DeForrest.
2009
• Cincinnati Overture Awards Finalists of 2009 Show, Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH.

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
2015-PRESENT
• Edinboro University’s Club President, Edinboro, PA.
2015
• Assistant to Jerilyn Virden in her home studio, Greensboro, VT.
2014-present
• Graduate Assistant at Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA.
- Ceramics
- Art Education (2014-2015)
2011-2014
• Wood kiln firing leader, Ceramics Department, Northern Kentucky
University, Highland Heights, KY.
2012
• Built wood kiln, Gil Stengel and Yuki Muroe’s property, Burlington, KY.
2010-2013
• Work-Study Student Intern, Ceramics Department, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
2011-2013
• Studio Assistant to ceramic artist and professor Ana England, Cincinnati, OH.
2011
• Assistant, African Art Institute, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
2009-present
• Studio Technician and Teacher, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Upcoming 2016
• Workshop presenter, Mayco/Buckeye Ceramic Supply, Hilliard, OH.
2016
• Workshop presenter, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH.
2015
• Workshop presenter, Cornell Studios, Dayton, OH.
• Workshop presenter, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
• Workshop presenter, Brockway Center for the Arts and Technology,
Brockway, PA.
2014
• Workshop presenter, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
2013
• Teacher, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
- Hand building I
- Basic Molds
- Wheel I
- Alternative Firing
2012
• Workshop presenter/instructor, Finneytown Secondary School, Cincinnati,
OH.
• Teaching Assistant for Professor Ana England, Raku and Primitive Firing
course, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• Teacher, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
- Hand building I
- Barrel firing/Wheel II & III
- Naked raku/Wheel II & III
• Teaching Assistant, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
- Wheel I
2011
• Guest instructor, Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
- Raku firing
2009
• Teaching Assistant for John Lanzador, Art Class Grades K-2, Maddux Elementary School, Cincinnati, OH.

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES:
2015
• Cincinnati Art Underground, Cincinnati, OH.
• GASP, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA.
• Brockway Center for the Arts and Technology, Brockway, PA.
2013
• Finneytown Secondary School, Art Department, Cincinnati, OH.
2010
• Anderson High School, Art Department, Cincinnati, OH.

PUBLICATIONS:
2016
• cFile’s list of Potters to Watch in 2016, https://cfileonline.org/contemporary-pottery-to-watch-in-2016/
• Featured artist in an AMACO ad in March issue of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated, Westerville, OH.
• Hand-Crafted Cuisine: by Didem Mert, Pottery Making Illustrated, page 10-12, Westerville, OH.
2015
• Soapbox Media: New contemporary art gallery opens in Over-the-Rhine, http://www.soapboxmedia.com/devnews/111715-cincinnati-artunderground.aspx
• AEQAI: Under 30: A Showcase of Millennial Talent at C-LINK Gallery, http://aeqai.com/main/2015/09/under-30-a-showcase-of-millennial- talentat-c-link-gallery/
2014
• Ceramics Monthly’s Undergraduate Showcase 2014, page 50, Westerville, OH.
• Art Appreciation: Custom Textbook for Northern Kentucky University, back cover, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• Inside NKU, http://www.nku.edu/features/2014/august/mert.html, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• The Northerner, Page 6, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
2013
• Cincinnati Enquirer: Finding Order in a World Full of Chaos,
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20131013/ENT07/310130022/Art-review-Finding-order-world-full-chaos?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CArts%20&%20Theater&nclick_check=1, Cincinnati, OH.
• Art Ascent: Mother Earth, Page 32 and 33, http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/603703, www.artascent.com.
• Loch Norse Magazine, Page 51, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/202265, Cincinnati, OH.
• Her Magazine, http://hercincinnati.com/articles/2012/12/19/natural_industrialist, Cincinnati, OH.
2012
• Loch Norse Magazine, Page 34, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights KY.
2011
• City Beat, http://citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-23393-art-lady-parts.html, Cincinnati, OH.
• The Northerner, Page 9, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.

RESIDENCIES:
2015
• Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (two week residency), Newcastle, ME.

AWARDS, GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS:
2015
• Best Handbuild ($200), Strictly Functional Pottery National 2015, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA, juried by Matt Long
• Purchase Award, The Hudgens 1st National Juried & Invitational Cup Exhibition, Duluth, GA, juried by Carr McCuiston.
• Kiln God Scholarship ($500), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME.
• Summer General Work Study Scholarship ($870), Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC.
• 2nd place ($40), Clarion County Arts Council Cup Show, Clarion, PA.
• Three Arts Scholarship ($8,300), Three Arts Scholarship Fund, Cincinnati, OH.
2014
• 2nd place ($40), Clarion County Arts Council Cup Show, Clarion, PA.
• Three Arts Scholarship ($8,300), Three Arts Scholarship Fund, Cincinnati, OH.
• John L. Magro Foundation Scholarship ($1,000), John L. Magro Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.
2013
• Full in-state tuition scholarship for the fall semester of 2013 (merit based), Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• Three Arts Scholarship ($1,500), Three Arts Scholarship Fund, Cincinnati, OH.
2012
• Hyde Park Art Show Scholarship ($1,500), Hyde Park Art Show, Cincinnati, OH.
• Full in-state tuition scholarship for the year 2012-2013 (merit based), Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• Merit Award ($50), Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, juror Katie Rentzke.
• John L. Magro Foundation Scholarship ($1,000), John L. Magro Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.
2011
• Full in-state tuition scholarship for the year 2011-2012 (merit based), Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• John L. Magro Foundation Scholarship ($400), John L. Magro Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.
2010
• Full in-state tuition scholarship for the year 2010-2011 (merit based), Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
• Best in Show ($100), Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY. juror A.C. Frabetti.
• Best Ceramic Piece ($50), Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, juror A.C. Frabetti.
• Best Mixed Media Piece ($50), Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, juror A.C. Frabetti.

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
• Lillstreet, Chicago, IL.
• Studio KotoKoto, San Diego, CA.
• Eutectic Gallery, Portland OR.
• Belger Crane Yard, Kansas City, MO.
• Plough Gallery, Tifton, GA.
• James May Gallery, Algoma, WI.
• Cincinnati Art Underground, Cincinnati, OH.
• Queen City Clay, Cincinnati, OH.
• AKAR Architecture and Design, Iowa City, IA .upcoming 2015
• Companion Gallery, Humboldt, TN.
• Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
• Taos Clay, Taos, NM.
• (KoT) Contemporary Functional Craft, Ellsworth, ME.

VIRTUAL REPRESENTATION:
• Art Axis, www. http://artaxis.org, anonymous jurors.

COLLECTIONS:
• The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA.
• Judy Stein, Cincinnati, OH.
• Kelly O’Donnell (assistant director at the Weston Arts Center), Cincinnati, OH

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