Postcolonial Artist Eleanor Merritt Exhibits at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 6, 2007) - A "Colormatters" exhibit by award-winning, postcolonial artist Eleanor Merritt will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, in the fine art gallery, building 9A, MCC Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The reception is free and open to the public.

The daughter of Jamaican immigrants and a native of Harlem, N.Y., Merritt uses the human figure as a symbolic reference in her work and to affirm her heritage and strength as a woman and mother. Her works combine acrylics, inks, fabrics and collage, and she continues to explore various media. In the past 35 years, Merritt has had more than 20 one-woman shows, and her works have been exhibited throughout the eastern seaboard and in California, Colorado, Texas and Shimoneski, Japan. She earned a master's degree in fine arts and education from Brooklyn College CUNY and is a charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In Florida, she has served on Ringling Museum of Art and Women's Caucus for Art boards and is a member of the Florida Artists Group, Pen Women and Women Contemporary Artists.

Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The exhibit continues through Feb. 21. For more information, contact Joe Loccisano, gallery manager, by calling (941) 752-5225 or e-mailing For directions, visit the MCC Web site at

Click here to read commentary about the artwork of Eleanor Merritt by Dr. Nikki Mitchell, assistant professor, political science.

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