Jennifer Renée Caden Merdjan is a working artist and designer. She also brings great enthusiasm as an educator in these disciplines.
Jennifer and her artistic shoe sculptures were featured on Univision’s Control TV show. Ms. Merdjan has also created a line of hand-painted silk scarves, which sold in boutiques throughout New York City and at the gift shop of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Art and Design), Henri Bendel, and at a benefit auction at the Argentine consulate. Select works in other mediums have also been on exhibit at Barnes and Noble, The Plaxall Gallery, The Urban Center, Lever House, and the Joyce Robins Gallery.
Her graphics have been published in the magazine Bridal Guide and the Wall Street Transcript, and she has done design work for Simon and Schuster.
Jennifer teaches at Bard High School Early College Queens where she developed and implemented the school’s visual arts curriculum as a founding faculty member. She fosters award winning students (Scholastic Art & Writing Award, the PS Art Award, Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Award). Merdjan enjoys researching and creating opportunities for her students’ works to gain exposure in museums and galleries. As a result, her students’ artwork have been on display at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Big Screen Plaza during the National Art Education Association Annual Convention in NYC. Her design students’ Green Project were exhibited at The Museum of Arts and Design.
She has been awarded academic grants for study at Harvard, Stanford, New York University, Yale University, Accademia di Firenze in Italy, and summer-study tours in China, Germany and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.