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Selected Art Exhibitions_________________________________________________________________
Solo Exhibitions
Projected for April 2021
Instituto Cultural Argentino Norteamericano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
How Can I Love You More? In this exhibit Jennifer reflects on different people, cultures and places that have impacted and inspired her. All of Merdjan’s pieces will be newly made and site specific. Her large scale artwork intermixes several methods of artistry, including hand painting, drawing, photography, collage, and digital printing onto textile and metal. She will also display her signature shoe sculptures.
2016 LIC Arts Open, The Atrium Building Lobby, Long Island City, NY
“Running Machine” on exhibit as part of the LIC Arts Festival.
2012 Go Brooklyn Open Studios in affiliation with the Brooklyn Museum, NYC
On display fifty shoe sculptures and the book release of Capturing Footsteps & Leaving Imprints. Visitors vote and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum.
2001Henri Bendel, NYC
Trunk show displaying Hand-Painted Silk Scarves: Art Scarves (a form of wearable art).
1998 Starbucks Coffee, Cedarhurst Long Island, NY
Solo exhibition comprised of eleven pieces. Artwork interpreted personal ad writers and those who would respond.
Barnes & Noble in the Citicorp Building, NYC
Artist of the Month, Solo exhibition comprised of 15 pieces. Artwork on display consisting of Intaglio Prints and Surrealistic collages.
Group Exhibitions
Planned for January 2020
Edison Price Lighting Gallery
The exhibit will feature artists who have worked with materials collected from Edison Price Lighting’s Long Island City factory.  Artists explored the factory to meet the craftspeople who first cut, bent, spun, burnished these raw metals. Each artist left the factory with metal remanents and surplus materials to create art of their own.
2019
The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
The Sculptors Guild in partnership with LIC ARTS came together with Barbara O’Brien to curate Crashing The Party. This exhibition offered an opportunity for sculptors to question and expand their use of materials, forms, concepts and experiences to interpret responses to the idea and ideals of gender equity, from breaking the “glass ceiling” to political , social, physical, and conceptual ideas.
The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
Urban Dance Visual Rhythm of Cities–An exhibition focusing on images from international
photographers interpreting today’s urban experience around the globe.
United Nations, NYC
Jennifer’s metal print was exhibited at the North East Visitors Lobby General Assembly. Artwork was donated and sold to raise money for children in vulnerable situations around he world. This was a collaborative effort with the United Nations Women’s Guild.
The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
“Running Machine” on exhibit from May to June along with art from other LIC Arts members.
2018 The Plaxall Gallery, NYC 
“Dreams of Capadocia” and “Landscape Escape” are two mixed media pieces exhibited in this group show.
2016 MFTA Gallery, Material For The Arts, LIC, NY
Shoe sculptures on display as part of a group show titled Materials in Our Neighborhood.
2014 Artisan Gallery, San Diego, CA
As part of the If Shoes Could Talk project, apparel with imagery of the shoe-sculptures on auctioned to raise funds for art education and the National Art Education Association.
2012 Casita Maria Gallery, Home Exhibit, NYC 
A community project and group exhibit reflecting on building a home. Sculpture on display comments on how shoes always make their way home and reflects on the cultural importance of food and home life through the passage of time taken in ones shoes.
2011 Museum of Chinese in America, MOCA Young Professionals Expo: YPX 2011, NYC
Photograph of lotus flowers taken at Shaoshan Hunan Province raffled at a fundraising event.
2011 Culturefix, Greetings, NYC
Group exhibit displaying prints of artistic shoe-sculptures.
2011 Museum of Art and Design, NYC
Belt designed during MAD’s Professional Development Seminar on display.
2010 92Y Tribeca Feria Artistica, Duality, NYC
Book release of If Shoes Could Talk with installation of artistic shoe-sculptures and an interactive component where visitors were invited to leave their imprint by taking off their own shoes and tracing an outline on
canvas or by using an ink pad.
2010 Bayside Historical Society, NY
Group show displaying two sculptures.
2009 Joyce Robins Gallery, New Mexico
Group show and sale organized to raise funds for the New Mexico’s Women Foundation.
2006 Local Project, Framing Aids, NYC
Group show organized to inform, build an understanding, inspire action, and reflect on the Aids Epidemic. All artwork was auctioned.
2006 Makor, Feria Artistica Latina, NYC
On exhibit signature shoe-sculptures transformed into faces and animals. These mixed media sculptures capture a journey in life, preserving the steps of the past and transforming a visionary future.
2006 Makor, NYC
On exhibit linoleum prints and Ketubbahs made with artwork. Each print represents themes of individual identity, spirituality, and an exploration of the artist’s roots. These prints then connect to create a larger picture symbolizing the unity of two people in Marriage, Genesis and Life.
2005 Consulate General of Argentina, NY
Hand-Painted Silk Scarf auctioned in the 3rd Annual ProyecteArte Silent Auction. ProyectArte’s is a
nonprofit organization aimed to develop and sustain unique art programs for children in the United States and Latin America.
2002 The Urban Center, NYC
Proposal for World Trade Center Memorial on exhibit. Selected from 18,000 ideas gathered through Imagine New York. Design piece on display was also shown on News Hour with Jim Lehrer.
2002 Gallery at Pathways Women’s Health, NY
Selected from a contest to display a mixed media painting and intaglio print in the waiting area of a medical building.
2001 Museum of Art & Design (formerly the American Craft Museum), NYC
Art Scarves for sale in the gift shop of the museum.
1997 The Queens College Student Gallery, Flushing, NY
Group Exhibit with three other students. Five Mixed-media Pieces on display.
Queens Borough Library, NY
Semi-Finalist in the 1996-97 Individual Artist Showcase.
1983 Lever House on Park Avenue, NY
Painting on display called: New York in the Winter.
Bibliography _____________________________________________________________________________
Publications__________________________________________________________________________
Books:    If Shoes Could Talk (ISBN #978-0-615-37416-1).
                Sold at Pylones and online.
                Capturing Footsteps & Leaving Imprints  (ISBN # 978-0-9852188-05)
Articles: Applying Strategies from Choice Based Art Education, New York  Teacher, October 2012
Designs: Graphic Design work published in Bridal Guide magazine, The Wall Street Transcript,and Simon & Schuster.
Press Reviews of my Artwork________________________________________________________
• National TV coverage on Univision’s Control show included an interview and segment on artwork
• Designed proposal for WTC Memorial was covered on TV’s New Hour with Jim Lehrer.
• Jewish Week • Bridal Guide Magazine• Newsday• The Westsider • The Long Island Voice
• The Queens Tribune• The Courier • The Bayside Times • Barnes & Noble Newsletter
Press Reviews related to Art Education_____________________________________________
• Interviewed/written in the The New York Times regarding pedagogy, artwork with found and recycled
materials, and student involvement with Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
• Boro Magazine (article on the Visual Arts Curriculum I created and implemented for Bard)
• El Correo de Queens (featured article on my classes multicultural art education
• .Edu–– the Queens College Division of Education Magazine (story covered student exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum and the visual arts curriculum created for Bard High School Early College Queens)
Grants & Awards_________________________________________________________________________
2019 Award in Recognition of Ten Years of Dedicated Service
Received from Bard High School Early College Queens on it’s tenth anniversary for founding their visual arts program and curriculum
2014 2014 NY Art Educator of the Year Award 
Received from the New York City Art Teachers Association
2013 Nominated for the 2013 Big Apple Awards recognizing teacher excellence
2013 Yale University, Connecticut
Awarded a grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a summer workshop at the University
2013 National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Selected for participation in the summer Teacher Institute program on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
2011-2012 Fulbright Distinguished Teachers Award, Argentina Awarded alternate status.
2010 China Institute Summer Study Tour-History, Culture, and Sustainable Development, China
Selected for a funded three-week study tour to create and implement curriculum  after exploring Chinese culture, education, history and environmental movements.
2009 Germany Close Up, Berlin, Germany
Selected to participate in a subsidized program for teachers  to partake in  academic lectures and go to Berlin. This program is in cooperation with the Holocaust Centre in Toronto and works together closely with the German Embassy in Washington D.C. and its General Consulates, the Humboldt University in Berlin and other American and German institutes.
2008 Harvard University, Massachusetts
Awarded a grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a summer workshop at the University.
2008 Accademia Europea di Firenze,Florence, Italy
Awarded a Grant through The Italian Cultural Institute of New York to study in Florence.
2006 Makor Artist and Residence Program, New York
Selected and awarded a scholarship for the Makor Artist-in-Residence Program which provides
institutional support to develop new works in partnership with the Makor/Steinhardt Center.
2005 Stanford University, California
Awarded a grant through the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a summer workshop at the University.
2004 Peters Valley Craft Center, New Jersey 
Awarded a scholarship for a Fine Metals: Jewelry Making Residency
1998 New York University, New York
Awarded a scholarship for the Masters in Publishing program.
Professional Presentations_______________________________________________________________
2014 NYCATA/UFT 33rd Annual City Wide Art Education Conference
How To Make An Eco-Friendly Art Project Applying Choice Based Education Methods
Teaching Experience_____________________________________________________________________
Visual Arts Professor, Founding Faculty Member, Bard High School Early College Queens,
Develop and implement the school’s visual arts curriculum
Work Experience in Art _________________________________________________________________
The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
Marion Art/Art Consultants
Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College
Education________________________________________________________________________________
Queens College of the City University of New York, Master of Science in Art Education
Parsons the New School for Design, Certificate in Graphic Design and Advertising
Queens College of the City University of New York, Bachelor of Arts
Additional Coursework______________________________________________________________
The New School, Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, The Art Student League of New York, Urban Glass, NYU, The Center For Book Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology