Geanna Merola

Photography

Window Works

Photographs in the portfolio Window Works record the montage of imagery that appears on the window glass that separates the interior and exterior spaces of storefronts, most frequently lighting stores on the Bowery, in New York City. The transparent glass becomes a clear picture plane where the still, arranged interiors and the active street exteriors merge and share a common surface. I observe images reflected on the glass as they overlay cinematically onto images seen through the glass and record isolated moments of that fluidity. The end result is a poetic blend of multiple subject sources, colors, textures and life on the street.

 


Contact Information

e-mail: Geanna Merola
www.geannamerola.com
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Artist Bio

Geanna Merola is an artist and educator whose use of photography spans a period of over thirty-five years. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions in New York City at Lieberman & Saul Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, Christinerose Gallery, and Karen McCready Gallery. She has also exhibited in Europe and South America. She has received multiple fellowship grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and an NEA/Mid-Atlantic Regional Fellowship in 1995. In 1999-2000 she completed a Mid-Career Fellowship at Princeton University where she studied with Emmet Gowin and Peter C. Bunnell.

Merola’s work is included in private, public and major corporate collections. Her work has also appeared on CD covers for Deutsche Grammophon records as well as book covers for works of fiction and poetry.

Merola currently teaches photography and the history of photography at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. She divides her time between New York City and Ocean Grove, New Jersey, where she keeps a studio near her home.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2008
Luminance & Order, McKay Gallery, Red Bank, NJ

2003
La Pianura Padana e la Moravia Del Sud i Centri Minori, Palazzo Ducale, Sabbioneta, IT

2002
Galileo Cattabriga: Geanna Merola hand altered photographs, Pinacoteca Civica, Bondeno, IT

Luminance & Order, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2001
Museo Del Risorgimento E Della Resistenza, Ferrara, IT

Galleria Sweet Home, Bologna, IT

Poetic Transmissions, Exhibit 231, Philadelphia, PA

1996
University of Connecticut at Hartford, Hartford, CT

1994
Vulnerabilidades, Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia

1993
Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery, University of Cincinnati, OH

1992
Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1991
Coup De Grace Gallery, New York, NY

1988
Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1987
Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Coup De Grace Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

1985
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ

1984
The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY

Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

Nicholas Roerich Museum, New York, NY

1983
Photocenter Gallery, New York University, New York, NY

Group
2010
Exposed: Photography and the Classical Nude, Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Curator: Michael Turner

2009
What I Did On My Summer Vacation: Brookdale Community College Faculty Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2003
The Auroral Light: Photographs by Women from the Grolier Club Member Collections, The Grolier Club, New York, NY
2001
Corpi & Corpi, Ferrara/Bondeno, IT

1999
Artificial Nature: Survey of Vintage and Contemporary Photograms, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1997
Oceans and Galaxies, Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY

The Painted Photograph: Hand-colored Photography, 1839 to the Present, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
Curators: Lee Marks and Gerald Lang
Traveling Exhibition

1996
Out -Takes, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1995
Entropy, Raritan Community College, Raritan, NJ

Bloom, Christinerose Gallery, New York, NY

1994
Chasing Angels, Christinerose Gallery, New York, NY

Small Works II, Swanstock Gallery, Tuscon, AZ

Private Art / Public Art: Exhibition from the collections of Johnson & Johnson / Citibank, Circulated by the Gallery Association of New York State, Inc.

Brookdale Faculty Show, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

Summer Exhibition, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Master Prints From the Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, The Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ

Ohne Rosen Geht es Nicht, Wewerka Galerie Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Ellis Island, Palazzo Cini Centro Culturale di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

About Nature, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Curator: David S. Rubin

Selections from the Permanent Collection, The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

Contacts/Proofs, The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

1992
Last Rose of Summer, Wanda Reiff Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Master Prints, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

Printmaking Fellowship Recipients, Mason Gross Gallery, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Surroundings, The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ

Works from Corporate Collections, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

1991
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

The Rutgers Innovative Center for Printmaking Fellows, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

Personal-Mechanical, Photographs as Support, Graham Modern, New York, NY
Curator: Mary Panzer

The Ellis Island Artifact Collaborative Project, The Montclair Museum, Montclair, NJ

1990
The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

The National Museum of Immigration Augustus Sherman Gallery, Ellis Island, NY

1989
Coup De Grace Gallery, New York, NY

At the Waters Edge: 19th & 20th Century American Beach Scenes, The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

Addison/Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC

Fellowship Exhibition, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

1988
Joan Whitney Payson Gallery, Portland, MA

1987
AEtna Institute Gallery, Hartford, CT

New Jersey Arts Annual, The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

1986
The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ

1985
The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

Myers Art Gallery, SUNY, Plattsburg, NY

1984
Painted Photographs, Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, New York, NY

Miliken Gallery, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

Nabisco Brands Gallery, East Hanover, NJ

Catskill Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY

1981
Images, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

International Artists’ Book Show, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1980
Photonational, Erie Art Center, Erie, PA

Small Works, New York University, New York, NY

Publications

2003
Merola, Geanna La Pianura Padana e la Moravia Del Sud -i Centri Minori – Pomponesco Sabbioneta Bucovice Kromeriz Covevit liber, catalog of work

2001
Merola, Geanna Fotografie 1994-2000 catalog of work, Osservatorio sulla Fotografia, editoriale Sometti

1995
“A serious and Playful Imaging Tool,” Ilford Photo Instructor, Fall 1995

1989
Ellis Island, Echoes from a Nations Past, Aperture Publications

Bibliography

2002
Maber, Marie, Art Matters, February

1997
Pedersen, Martin, Graphis Fine Art Photo 2, pages 198-201

1991
Kenny, Kay “Review,” Cover Magazine, May 1991

Coco, Larry “Exposure: Ellis Island,” Gateway Cable, Newark, NJ, April-May

Alletti, Vince “Choices”, The Village Voice, April 9

Pavlou, Effie, The Gold Coast, March 29

1990
Moodie, Ellen, The Gold Coast, September 6

1990
Coco, Larry “Exposure” TV interview, Gateway Cable, Newark, NJ, May

1989
Appel, Allen “The Best Picture Shows”, Museum and Arts Washington, May

1988
Sturman, John Art News, November

Alletti, Vince “Choices”, The Village Voice, September 27

Greenstien, Jane , The Star-Ledger and Gold Coast, July 7-14

“State of the Arts”, New Jersey Network News, January 10
1987
Seidel, Mitchell The Star-Ledger, April 26

“State of the Arts”, New Jersey Network News, TV profile, April 5

Simon, Harold “Moving Beyond a Specific Time and Place”, Arts New Jersey, Spring Issue

1986
Zimmer, William, The New York Times, January 11, (NJ)

Piperato, Susan “Hands-on Color”, Popular Photography, November p.62

Zimmer, William, The New York Times, September 29 (NJ)

1985
Millard, Howard “Show Your Colors”, Modern Photography, November p. 58

Zimmer, William, The New York Times, September 29 (NJ)

1984
Sturman, John “Painted Photographs”, Art News, December p.161

Raynor, Vivien, The New York Times, April 29 (NJ)

1981
Murray, Joan “New Photographic – An Esthetic Barometer”, Artweek, April 18

Collections

Permanent
The Tampa Museum
The New Jersey State Museum
The Newark Museum
The Morris Museum
The Zimmerli Museum
The Erie Art Center
The Montclair Museum
Reader’s Digest
Johnson & Johnson
Coopers & Lybrand
Home Box Office
Prudential
NYNEX
Progessive Corporation
Polaroid Corporation
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Awards and Honors

2000
Materials Grant, Polaroid Corporation

1999
Mid-Career Fellowship, Princeton University

1995
NEA / Regional Fellowship, Mid-Atlantic Region – Photography

1990
The Center for Innovative Printmaking Fellowship

1987 – 1988
Distinguished Artist Award, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

1983 – 1984
Artists’ Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Professional Experience

2002
Visiting Artist, photographer for cultural exchange project between Italy and Czech Republic involving the towns of Sabbioneta, Pomponesco, Kromeriz, and Bucovice

2000
Guest Artist, Mixed Media Photography Class, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

1996
Gallery Talk, University of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

1995
Art Forum, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

1990 – present
Professor, Photography, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

1989
Adjunct Instructor, Photography, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

1987 – 1989
Adjunct Instructor, Photography, Montclair University, Montclair, NJ

1986 – 1990
Adjunct Instructor, Photography, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

1986
Visiting Artist, University of Texas, Arlington, TX

1985, 1986, 1989, 1991
Grant Review Panel, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

1985
Visiting Artist, S.U.N.Y. Plattsburg, NY

Juror, Hunterdon Art Center, Hunterdon, NJ

1984
Visiting Artist, Photography Class, New York University, New York, NY

Visiting Artist, Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

1983
Visiting Artist, Ellis Island Project, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ

Visiting Artist, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Lectures and Talks

2005
Guest Speaker, Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY

2002
Paradigm Lecture Series, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1989
Artist Talk on Art “The Photographic Artist”, Soho 20 Gallery, NYC

1988
Visiting Artist Lecture, 1988 College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

Education

1999 – 2000
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

1977
Ohio University, Athens, OH
MFA

1974
Barry University, Miami, FL
BFA

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