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Merryll Saylan

b. 1936, New York, New York

 

Selected Collections

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

4B Bachman, Hochdorf, Bern, Switzerland

Barrow-in-Furness Town Council, Cumbria, England

Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesborough, England

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

 

Selected Exhibitions

2010 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2010 The Art of Wood: Outside the Box, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

2007-09 Craft In America: Expanding Traditions, Traveling Exhibition

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2008 Far From the Tree, AAW Gallery of Wood Art, Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN

2007 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

Japanese Bowls: A Western Perspective, AAW Symposium, Portland, OR; AAW Gallery of Wood Art,
St.Paul, MN

2004-07 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2006-07 Step Up To The Plate, Touring

Louisville Slugger Museum, Louisville, KY
AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN
Grove Arcade Arts & Heritage Gallery, Asheville, NC
2006 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2004 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Beneath The Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT

2003-04 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003 A Tribute to Rude Osolnik: An Exhibition of Contemporary Turned Wood, Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design, Louisville, KY

Nature of Craft, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2001-03 Challenge VI- Roots: Insights & Inspirations in Contemporary Turned Objects, Touring

Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

2002 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Objects for Use, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Collectors' Choice, Collectors of Wood Art Forum, SOFA, Chicago, IL
Baulines Craft Guild Anniversary, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA

2001-02 Wood Turning in North America since 1930, Touring

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2001 Permanent Collections on View, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Turning Wood into Art: The Jane & Arthur Mason Collection, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Collaborations, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Horizons 2000: Artist Woodturners, Brookfield Art Center, Brookfield, CT

1999 Holz in Kunstlerhand, LIGNA, Hannover, Germany

1998 Turned Wood - Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997 Curator's Focus, Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Redefining the Lathe Turned Object, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Working Beyond Tradition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

1996 6 Turning 7, Boarman Arts Center, Martinsburg, WV

Invitational, Piedmont Craftsmen, Winston-Salem, NC

1994 Local Media, Contemporary Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA

1993 Summer Show, Contemporary Applied Arts, London, England

Wooden Bowls, Galerie fur Angewandte Kunst, Munich, Germany
Art from the Lathe, Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
Craft Alliance, Contemporary Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA

1991 Colour across Colour, Cleveland Crafts Centre, Middlesborough, England

1988-91 International Turned Object Show, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA

1990 Made on the Lathe, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire, England

New Craft Forms, Abbot Hall, Cumbria, England

1987-89 Works off the Lathe, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

 

Selected Publications

2004 500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin.

Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

Beneath The Bark: Twenty-Five Years of Woodturning. Christensen, Kip & Nish, Dale. Utah Woodturning Symposium, Inc,
Provo, UT.

2003 Wood Art Today: Furniture, Vessels, Sculpture. Meilach, Dona. Schiffer Publications, Westchester, PA.

2001 Challenge VI Roots: Insights & Inspirations In Contemporary Turned Objects. Holzapfel, Michelle; Rice, Robin & Tyler Christopher. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Wood Turning in North America Since 1930. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA and Yale University Art Gallery,
New Haven, CT.

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection. Fike, Bonita. Abbeville Press, New York, NY.

1999 Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin.

Hand Books Press, Madison, WI.

 

About The Artist

Merryll Saylan lives and maintains a studio in San Rafael, California. Educated with a BA in Design from UCLA and an MA in Art from California State University Northridge, her work has been exhibited in many museums and galleries, including the Renwick Gallery, the American Craft Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. Her pieces have been included in numerous shows åUniversity Museum, and Objects for Use at the American Craft Museum. A leader in the use of color and texture on wood and a valued authority in wood turning method, Saylan's writings on art, techniques, and the woodturning field have been published in books and magazines.

Saylan’s influence in the wood and craft communities is also felt through her teaching practice and her involvement in numerous arts organizations, serving on the boards of both The Wood Turning Center and the American Association of Woodturners and as a Master Member in the Baulines Guild. Saylan participated in Artist-in-Residence programs in the United States and England including Grizedale Sculpture Park, Cumbria, England; International Turning Exchange sponsored by The Wood Turning Center; and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado. She recently was a Visiting Artist and taught at CCA in San Francisco. In 2004,

The US Department of State’s ART in Embassies Program, sent her to Fiji to hold a series of public lectures and workshops where her work is on display at the US Embassy.

“Form, contrast, pattern, texture and color are primary themes in my work. Bowls and platters serve as my canvas on which to investigate and explore surface manipulation and visual images. The nature of wood – with its inherent differences in color, grain, texture and density – offers the ground for experimentation with pigments and texture. The recent multiples and installations allow for more complex studies by the juxtaposition of one piece to another. Environment has always affected my work and living next to a salt marsh with its movement and patterns from tidal action is reflected on my surfaces. I have been influenced and attracted to the work and themes of artists such as Morandi, Wayne Thiebaud, Agnes Martin, and Hans Coper.

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