Bio: Mercedes Jelinek is an artist working in both NYC and NC, and has recently completed a residency at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She holds a BFA in visual arts from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Louisiana State University. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana; the Hinson Art Museum, Gaston County Museum, Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Asheville Art Museum 2016 Gala and the Cassilhaus Gallery in North Carolina; SoHo Photo Gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery, Littlefield Gallery and Gallery MC in New York; Page Bond Gallery in Virginia; the Satellite Art Show (Berlin Collective Booth) at Art Basal Miami; 30-under-30 Exhibition at Vermont Center for Photography; the Arena 1 Gallery and the Lyceum Theatre Gallery in California; MPLS Photo Center in Minnesota; Midwest Center for Photography Exhibition at the Center Gallery in Kentucky; and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China, among others. She received both Best in Show and Third Place in the 2015 Juried Art Show at the Gaston County Museum in North Carolina, was a finalist for the 2015 Alternative Process Competition at the SoHo Photo Gallery, as well as the 7th Edition Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Woman Photographers. Mercedes’ first book These Americans was launched this past July -published by Kris Grave Projects in New York City.

Photo Credit: David Emitt Adams