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Merrilyn Duzy is an artist first and foremost; she is also a teacher, lecturer, curator and art collector. Her formal art education culminated with her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Los Angeles Otis Art Institute. Her informal education includes extensive traveling, and her on-going arts advocacy. In addition Ms. Duzy's education is enhanced by her extensive research for her lectures: "Walking Through History: Women Artists Past & Present," "Symbols, Signs & Space: A Personal Journey, " and "Sex in History: A Pictorial View," her most recent lecture, which encompasses 5000 years of erotic art.

Ms. Duzy has an extensive exhibition record that includes the museums in Florida, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Thailand, Armenia and Taiwan. Her solo Shows include work based on portraits, women artists, erotica, landscapes and cosmic imagery. She continues to participate in exhibitions worldwide. As a curator, Merrilyn has organized and presented exhibitions on "Erotic Art," "Quarks to Quasars" and "Angels, Ancestors & Spirit Guides," among others. Ms. Duzy is listed in the "Who's Who In American Art," "Who's Who In The West," and the recently published book, Barbara J. Love, "Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975," as well as many catalogues and publications.

 

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EDUCATION
1988
Master of Fine Arts Degree, Otis/Parsons School of Design Los Angeles, California
1975
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy.
1974
Bachelor of Art Degree, California State University, Northridge
   
EXHIBITIONS HIGHLIGHTS
  "Women Artists in History", Solo Show, Northridge United Methodist Church, Northridge, California.
  "Merrilyn Duzy: Twenty Five Years Retrospective," Mt. San Jacinto College, California.
  "Connected I & II," North Gallery, Copenhagen, Humlebaek Art Library, Denmark.
  "Women In Space," three person exhibit, Platt/Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University,
Los Angeles, California.
  "Symbols, Signs & Space: A Personal Journey," Theosophical Center Gallery, Altadena, California.
  "Women Artists in History," Gallery 825, and, the Platt Gallery Los Angeles, California.
  "Women Artists in History," Tampa Museum of Art; Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa,
Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center, Manila the Philippines.
  "Creation Series," North Gallery, Otis/Parsons, Los Angeles, California.
  "Cosmic Dreams," Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.
  "Romancing the Universe," Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California.
  "Artists Awards Exhibitions," juror, Margaret Neilson, Otis Art Gallery, Los Angeles.
  "Contemporary Expressions from Los Angeles - Taipei," Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung.
  "The Goddess Rediscoveres," Antea Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  "Women's Caucus for Art 1984 National Juried Exhibition," Lehigh University, Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania. First Place Winner.
  "Dirty Dozen," David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
  Exhibited at the International Museum of Erotic Art, San Francisco, California.
   
 
Selected Group Exhibitions
 
2016 "Group Nine - Visual Fusion", Canoga Park Arts Center, California
  "American West; Its People, Its History, and Its Landscapes", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA
2015 "The Love You Give", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
  "The Blue Show", Linus Gallery, Pasadena, Long Beach, (online exhibit), CA
  "A Matter of Taste", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
  "From Her", Pico House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  "Red", Colors of Humanity Art Gallery (online)
  "Earth, Air, Fire, Water", Mc Groarty Arts Center, Tujunga, CA
  "Pulse of LA", SCWC, LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  "Figuring on Saturday", LA Cultural Affaires Dep., Satelite Gallery, Canoga Park, CA
2014 "Chemistry of Perspective(s): Reaction to art under fire", Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery
  "The Seasons", Linus Galleries, Long Beach / Pasadena
2013 "Glorious California", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
  "From the Surreal to Steampunk", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
  "The Femail Project", curator Emma Leppington, The Article Gallery, Birmingham, UK
  "Plenty", curators Niku Kashef & Karen Schifman, CSUN, Northridge, CA.
  "Visual Evidence", Seaver Art Gallery Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CA
  "The Spirit of Place:Memorable Interior Spaces", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
2012 "From Abstraction to the Sublime", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
  "Purely Physical: Finessing the Figure", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
  "Red" Danielak Art and The Women's City Club of Pasadena, Pasadena, CA.
  "Man as Object - Reversing the Gaze", The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  "2012 Open Juried Show" Westlake Village Art Guild, Newberry Park, CA.
2011 "Five Elements / One World", LA Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall, Los Angeles, California.
  "Man as Object - Reversing the Gaze", SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, California.
  "Gifts for the Table: California Amazing Bounty", La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, California.
  "Spring Forward", DanielakArt and The Women's City Club of Pasadena, Pasadena, California.
2010 "Deconstructed Applications," City Hall Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
  "Goddesses Then and Now," Galeria Gitana San Fernando, California.
  "Unseen," MOSI Museum, Tampa, FL
  "Peace," Nagasaki Museum, Japan.
2009 "Sacred Art/All Things Spiritual," Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, California.
"Connected I & II," North Gallery, Copenhagen, Humlebaek Art Library, Humlebaek, Denmark.
"Fringes: The Hills & Canyons of the San Fernando Valley," Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, CA.
 
2008 "Women In Space," three person exhibit, Platt/Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, California.
 
2007 "Simultaneous Multiplicity," ASTO Museum of Art, Long Beach, California.
  GIAF (Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival), Sejong Art Center, South Korea.
LELA (Lantern of the East Los Angeles) International Art Exhibit, "Pyoung Taek, South Korea,"
"Wind," International Art Exhibit, Osaka, Japan.
"Peace," International Art Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan.
"Circle of Care: Dreams on Canvas." Sherman Oaks, California.
  "Secrets & Confessions," Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, California.
  "Endangered Species Endangered Planet," International Exhibit of Linocuts, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada
2006 15th Lantern of the East International Exhibit, Modern Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
  "Artists of the Valley," Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, California.
2005 14th Lantern of the East International Art Festival," Brapha Museum, Chonburi, Thailand.
  LELA 3rd Annual Art Exhibit, ASTO Museum, Los Angeles, California.
  LELA Ensenada, Museo Historico Regional De Ensenada, Mexico.
2004 "Digital Dazzle," Tang Gallery, Arizona.
  "Group Nine: Mixing Media," Finegood Gallery, West Hills, California.
2003 "Group Nine: Uncommon Ground," Mt. San Jacinto College, California.
  "Seeing Red...in and around us," with "Group Nine," Angels Gate Cultural Center, California.
  "The Painted Landscape," the Atelier, Chatsworth, California.
2002 "The Chai Show (To Life)," University of Judaism, Los Angeles, California.
2001 "Romancing the Universe," Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California.
  "Group 9: Shifting Positions," Orlando Gallery, Tarzana, California.
  "Space Odyssey," Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, UC Santa Cruz, California.
1998 "40 Years Anniversary," Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California.
  "Landscapes of the Mind," Mt. San Jacinto College, Mt. San Jacinto, California.
  "Group 9: Power in Collaboration," California State University, Northridge.
1997 "Quarks to Quasars," Century Gallery, Sylmar, California.
1996 "Deus Ex Machina," California State University, Pomona, California.
  "Earth, Air, Fire, Water: Environmental Images," Century Gallery, Sylmar, California.
1995 "Landscape: The Continuum," Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, California.
  "Global Focus: Women In Art And Culture," Beijing, China.
  "Erotica '95," Orlando Gallery, Sherman Oaks, California.
1994 "Angels, Ancestors & Spirit Guides," Mythos Gallery, Burbank, California.
  "The Magic Wand, Lasso & Marquee," Conejo Valley Art Museum, California.
  "Face To Face: Portraiture of the 90's," LA Artcore's Brewery Annex, California.
1993 "Erotic Art Exhibition," Galerie Galerie, Hollywood, California.
  "Censored," Lite Rail Gallery, Sacramento, California.
1992 "Cool Stuff," Tatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
  "Readymades, Anonymous Art," R.Mutt Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
1991 "Elements of Creation: The First Six Days," Finegood Art Gallery, California.
  "A Face In The Crowd: Contemporary Portraits," Artspace Gallery, California.
1990 Two Person Exhibit, Gallery at the Plaza, Los Angeles, California.
  "Shades of Intimacy: Erotic Images," Christopher John Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
  "Elements," Artspace Gallery, Woodland Hills, California.
  "Of Nature & Nation: Yellowstone Summer of Fire," Security Pacific Corp., Los Angeles, California.
1989 "Contemporary Expressions From Los Angeles - Taipei," Taiwan Museum of Art.
1988 "Artists Awards Exhibitions," juror, Margaret Neilson, Otis Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
  "Master of Fine Artists Exhibition," Otis Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
1986 "The Goddess Rediscovered," Antea Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
  "Autobiographies: Fantasy, Fact or Fiction," F.C.C.A., Tampa, Florida.
  "A Little Erotica," Pinnacle Gallery, Rochester, New York.
1984 "Women's Caucus For Art 1984 National Juried Exhibition," Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. First Place Winner.
 
1977 "Dirty Dozen," David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
1975 "Erotica," Yvonne Gallery, San Rafael, California.
1974 Exhibited at the International Museum of Erotic Art, San Francisco, California.
 
CURATOR
2010 Juror for "Chaos and Order" , Women Painters West, Santa Monica, California.
1997 "Quarks to Quasars," Century Gallery, Sylmar, California.
1994 "Angels, Ancestors & Spirit Guides," Mythos Gallery, Burbank, California.
1994 "Artspace Gallery Closure Invitational," Woodland Hills, California.
1988 "Erotica '88," Gorman Fine Arts, Santa Monica, California.
1985 "Three Up-Stairs," A-1 Gallery, Clearwater, Florida.
1977 "Autobiographies," Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, California.
  "Erotic Visions," George Sand Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
 
LECTURES
2012 "Collaborative Art: Nine Soloists in Search of a Chorus," San Fernando, California
2010-1983 "Walking Through History: Women Artists Past and Present," presented: Los Angeles, New York, Florida, Manila, the Philippines, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, Israel and Nice, France.
 
2005 "Symbols, Signs & Space: A Personal Journey," Theosophical Center, Altadena, California.
2010-2004 "Sex In History: A Pictorial View," the Atelier, Chatsworth, Encino, San Fernando, California.
1996 Panelist "Galaxies, Black Holes, Dark Matter," CAA Conference, Boston.
1991 Panelist, "Feisty Women II," Women's Caucus for art, Washington D.C.
1989 Moderator, "Feisty Women" Panel, Women's Caucus for Art, San Francisco, California.
 
MEDIA
 
2012 "Collaborative Art: Nine Soloists in Search of a Chorus", Power Point presentation
  La Galeria Gitana, San Fernando, California
2011 Video Documentary: "Group Nine - Artists in Collaboration"Produced by: USC Students:
  Megan La Grow, Samantha Coxe, Sarah Aquilar, Riley Scott.
2011 Video Documentary: Merrilyn Duzy - An Erotic Art Feminist, USC Students: Marlayana Demco,
Jan Lewis, Trisha Mitra, Hemalatha Bhamid, Mark Harrick.
 
2003 Video Documentary: Group 9: In Collaboration, Lucinda Luvaas, Editor/Director
1990 "Women In Contemporary Art," host Cecelia Davidson, Continental Cable, Los Angeles.
1986 Tampa Bay Today, host, Judy Conn, Women Artists
  "People & Places," host Terri Cobb, Florida
  "Women Artists Past & Present," Vision Cable TV host: Lori Howlett
1985 "Autobiographies..." discussion "Tampa Bay Today" host Bill Henry;
  Vision Cable's "Artwaves," and WVTN Radio, "Art In Your Ear."
  "Image vs. Content," WTAN Radio, Clearwater, Florida, with J.Johnson
1982 "Women Artists In History," Storer Cable TV, Florida. "Art & Feminism."
 
PUBLICATIONS/CATALOGUES
  "Identity" Gallery Nine, 2014, Women's Caucus for Art, pg40
  International Biographical Centre, Art Catalogue 2013, Cambridge, England
  Xanadu Gallery, Art Catalogue 2012, pg.60
  "Momentum", 2012 National Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition, pg.46 ("Sylvia Sleigh")
  "Men as Object", Reversing the Gaze, pg.82, ("Bound" and "Repose")
  Art Renewal Center 2012 Catalogue ARC Salon, pg.31, ("Ada Eijkieme")
  LELA -Lantern of the East, Los Angeles - 19th Annual International Art Festival - "Five Elements / One World", pg. 64 ("Louise Bourgeois and Merrilyn Duzy")
  Listed in Who's Who In American Art, and Who's Who In The West.
  Rutgers University National Archive on Feminist Artists, 2011
  Archive on Feminist Artists in Southerb California, USC, 2011
  International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women,
  International Leaders in Achievement, Cambridge, England.
  Catalogue, "Group Nine," with essay by Joan Hugo
  Catalogue, "Marrilyn Duzy: Twenty Five Years," from exhibition,
  Mt. San Jacinto Community Collage Art Gallery, California
  Catalogue, "10th International Art Festival, Apex in LA" 2002, Biography
  Catalogue, "14 -11" Lantern of the East International Art Festival,
  Catalogue, CAA. Abstracts essay "Quarks to Quasars"
  Catalogue Landscape: "The Continuum," Los Angeles Art Gallery.
  Erotic Visions, Catalog art by women 1977
  Erotic Visions, Catalog art by women 1977
  Love, Barbara, editor "Feminists Who Changed America, 1963 - 1975"
 
AWARDS
 
2012 Westlake Village Art Guild Annual Open Juried Show -Winner of the Painting Award
2012 Winner of the first annual WCA, "Best of 2012' online exhibition"
1994 Painting Award, Thousand Oaks Art Association, Juried Competition, juror: Scott Canty.
1988 Artists Awards Exhibition, juror: Margaret Neilsen, Otis Art Gallery
1984 First Place: "Women's Caucus for Art 1984 National Juries Exhibition,"
  jurors: Audrey Flack, Joyce Koslof, Joan Marter.
 
MEMBERSHIPS
  International Encaustic Artists, www.international-encaustic-artists.org, www.laxwaxart.com
  Southern California Women's Caucus for Art
  California Art Club
  SFV Arts Council
  Group Nine, Los Angeles, California
  Lantern of the East, Los Angeles (LELA International)
  College Art Association - Member CAA Committee on Women in the Arts.
  National Women's Caucus for Art - Vice-President, New Chapter Development, 1986 -1989.
  Advisory Board Member, 1984 - 1987.
  Florida West Coast, Women's Caucus for Art, Founder, Past President, 1983 -1984.
  Southern California / WCA - Past President,1980 - 1982.