Professor Clayton Merrell‘s work is included in the exhibition “Shared Concerns” on view at the Verostko Center for the Arts at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, Janaury 25 through April 5. The exhibition pairs the work of Associated Artists of Pittsburgh members with selections from the Saint Vincent Art & Heritage Collections intended to illuminate the affinities of creatives working across continents and centuries.
Pairing selections culled from Saint Vincent’s holdings with recently completed works is intended to forge new resonances between the motivations of artists working across time; reminding us that artists have long communicated to viewers what is sacred, overlooked, under threat, and is possible. The exhibition also illuminates similarities and divergences between historical forms of artmaking. Taken collectively, these pieces animate tradition, push the boundaries of abstraction, foreground the experiences of women and girls, and stress the mounting ecological crisis.