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Merle A. Temkin
New York, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: For the past several years, trees have been the focus of my paintings. Because of my sculpture background, I perceive negative space three dimensionally. By carving away this space with paint, the tree is revealed, a process of working from the outside to depict the inside. The paintings evolve as I repaint areas over to find the exact color combinations in keeping with my vision. The edges of the under layers of colors are purposely left visible to establish a history of the painting.

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New York, New York 10007
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Selected listings, current to 1996

2013 Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, RI
2012 Racine Art Museum, WI
David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie IN
2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
Museum of Arts & Design, New York NY
2006 Jersey City Museum, NJ
2003 Vermont Studio Center, VSC Award, residency fellowship
Vermont Studio Center, Geraldine Dodge Foundation Award, residency fellowship
New York Foundation For the Arts
2001 Richard Florsheim Art Fund, Museum Purchase Award
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
1996 Curator’s Choice Award, Artists Talk on Art
1995 Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1991 Committee for the Visual Arts, Artists Space, New York NY

2009 She, Public Art Commission, Park Hagalil, permanent outdoor sculpture
2007 Merle Temkin: Fingerprints, Chicago Cultural Center, IL
2006 I.M. Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners, New York NY, commission (not realized)
Personal Markings, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York NY/
Livingroom Gallery, Saint Peter’s Church, New York NY, catalogue
1999 Pepsodent Smiles, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY
Personal Markings, Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York NY
1997 Two Left Feet, Site Specifics, Carriage House Project, Islip Art Museum, East Islip
NY, catalogue
1996 Diamonds and Zig-Zag, Between Fences, National Building Museum, Wash. DC

2014 Art in Brooklyn, Art in New York, featured artist, online
2013 Castleton Summer Show, Castleton NY
2012 Plain, International Notebook Exhibition, Gymnasia, Hertzliya, Israel
2011 Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Italy
Castleton Selects, Project Event Space, Castleton NY
Celebrating Pioneer Artists of Tribeca, Salomon Arts, New York NY
2010 Artpark 1974-1984, UB Art Gallery, SUNY Buffalo, New York, catalogue
Cut Ups, Islip Art Museum, East Islip NY
2009 Exuberant Pattern, Towson University, Towson MD
Brighten Life, Get Ahead, Hana Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Cutters, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton NJ, catalogue
Scientific, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey
2008 BareWalls, Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute, Chicago IL
2007 Punchbowl, Metaphor Contemporary Art Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, Apexart, New York NY
2006 Surveillance, Jersey City Museum, New Jersey, brochure
RISD Biennial NYC, Exit Art, New York NY, catalogue
2005 Scratching the Surface: Abstraction Now, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts,
Wilmington DE
2004 Trace Elements, Kristen Frederickson Contemporary Art, New York NY
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at
Greensboro, NC, brochure
2003-04 Corporal Identity – Body Language, 9th Triennial for Form and Content, Museum of
Arts & Design, New York NY; museum fur angewandte kunst, Frankfurt;
Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany, book
Pins and Needles, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI
2002 Body Language, Islip Art Museum, East Islip NY, catalogue
Imprints, Punctures & Other Pointed Maneuverings, Fine Arts Galleries, University of
Rhode Island, Kingston RI, brochure
2001 Body Work, The Work Space, New York NY
2000 Blurred Boundaries, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY, brochure
Messages From Earth, exhibition and project: Third Symposium on Realistic Near –
Term Advanced Scientific Space Missions, Cappella di San Grato, Aosta, Italy
Pieces Four, Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York NY
1999 Common Threads, The Gallery on the Hudson, Irvington NY
Pieces Three, Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York NY
1998 Little, Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art Ltd. New York NY
Women in the Visual Arts, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven CT
1998-91 Making Waves, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, Queens NY, catalogue
1997 Suture, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn NY
Kiss and Tell, MBM Gallery, New York NY
1996 Paper in Disguise, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York NY

1974 M.F.A. Sculpture, San Francisco Art Institute
1959 B.F.A. Painting, Art Institute of Chicago
1954-56 Rhode Island School of Design

Adamson, Glenn, Piche Jr., Tom, Blurred Boundaries, The Arts Center of the Capital Region,
Troy NY 2001, brochure
Auer, James, Cue, Sheboygan Center Draws Accolades on Own Terms, Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel, November 25, 2003, p.1E
Birmingham, Mary, Cutters, Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College/ Hunterdon Art Museum,
February 8 - June 7, 2009, p.35, catalogue
Bischoff, Dan, Psst… somebody’s watching you, The Sunday Star Ledger, Jersey City, NJ,
Feb. 12, 2006
City Arts, Art With a View, Socrates Sculpture Park, PBS Television, channel 13, New York
NY, 1997
DiNoto, Andrea, Corporal Identity, American Craft, April/ May 2004, vol. 64, no. 2,
Dinunzio, Miriam, Weekend Section, Chicago Sun-Times, 2007, p. 15
Gould, Claudia/ Smith Valerie, 5000 Artists Return to Artists Space: 25 Years, New York NY,
1999, p. 252, book
Grass Roots Art Energy, Socrates Sculpture Park, April 28, 1991- April 26, 1992,
catalogue, my work featured on cover
Good, Liz, Fiberarts, Summer 2006, vol.33, no.1, News and Notes, Prime Time, p.12
Harrison, Helen A., Site Specifics, The New York Times, Long Island edition,
June 8, 1997, p.26
Heller, Lesley, Body Language, Islip Art Museum, East Islip NY, April 2002, brochure
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula/ McFadden, David Revere, Corporal Identity - Body Language, 9th
Triennial for Form and Content - USA and Germany, Museum of Arts & Design, New York,
museum fur angewandte kunst, Frankfurt, Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany, June
2003, pp. 298-299, book
Jablonski, Lynn Cornelius, Books, Fiberarts, April/ May 2006, vol. 32, no. 5, p. 18
Johnson, Martin L., Art: Transcending Decorative, Baltimore City Paper 11/4/2009,
Koke, Kathleen, Building Fences, National Building Museum, Washington DC, CNN Television,
October 26, 1996
Landi, Ann, Art, Taking Shape-Site Specifics, Newsday, part 2N, B21, May 2, 1997
Law & Order:Criminal Intent, NBC Universal Network Television, episode 11, “Slither,” January
15, 2006, my paintings featured
Leimbach, Dulcie, Socrates Sculpture Park, The New York Times, July 3, 1992
Lubell, Ellen, Art: Common Threads: A Show To Leave You In Stitches, The Star Ledger,
New Jersey, February 2, 1997
Martin, Lois, Extreme Scrutiny, Surface Design, Winter 2003, vol. 27, no. 2, pp.22-25,
MacAdam, Barbara A., Reviews, Corporal Identity- Body Language, Museum of Arts &
Design, Art News, April 2004, vol. 103, no. 4, p.112
Merle Temkin, Volume 36, Portfolio Collection, essays by Lois Martin and Dominique Nahas,
Telos Art Publishing, England, 2005, 48 pgs. monograph
Merle Temkin Personal Markings, A.R.T. Press, New York NY, September 2000, solo exhibition
Modjesko, Kinga, Merle Temkin: Fingerprints, Polish Public TV Network, channel 607, Chicago,
New York, Europe, Piotr Latalo, Producer, January 12, 2007, artist interview
Nance, Kevin, Art exhibit redefines handmade, Merle Temkin’s Fingerprints at Cultural Center,
Chicago Sun-Times, January 17, 2007, p. 41, solo review
Norris, Doug, Arts & Living Editor, Five Artists Make Their Points Known, Review, Arts and
Living, C Section, South County Independent, Kingston RI, Feb. 28, 2002, p.1
Page, Judith, The Forceful Gesture, East Campus Galleries, Valencia Community College,
Orlando FL, 1993, catalogue
Pantalone, John, Regional Reviews, Main Gallery, University of Rhode Island/Kingston, Art
New England, vol. 23, no. 4, June/ July 2002, p.38
Platt, Ron, Art on Paper 2004, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, p.12,
RISD Biennial NYC 2006, Exit Art, catalogue
RISD/NY Newsletter, Winter 1997, BIOS: Merle Temkin
RISDxyz, Fall/Winter 2013/14, Changing Times, p.03, solo review
Rosensaft, Jean Bloch, Living in the Moment: Contemporary Artists Celebrate Jewish Time,
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Brookdale Center, New York NY, 2000,
Salomon Gigi, Salomon Rodrigo, Tribeca: Looking at Gentrification from the Artists’ Perspective,
April 7, 2011, artist interview
Schwalb, Susan/ Sherman, Mary, Books, Art New England, vol. 22, no.6, October/ November
2001, p.8
Sozanski, Edward, Art, Healthy Abstraction, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6, 2005, W27
Tolnick, Judith, Imprints, Punctures and Other Pointed Maneuverings, Main Gallery, Fine Arts
Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI, January 2002, brochure, work
featured on poster
Van Siclen, Bill, Art, Scene, Art, Beneath surface at URI, Live, The Providence Journal,
February 21-24, 2002, p.12
Valenza, Catherine, The Carriage House, Site Specifics ’97, Islip Art Museum, East Islip NY,
May 1997, brochure


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