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Fiber Arts and Weaving Head, Associate Professor
mertenrj@jmu.edu
Contact Info
Website: http://robertmertensartist.com/home.html

mertens-action.pngR. Mertens is an artist and educator originally from Wisconsin.  His work revolves around the intersections between technology, religion, science and myth. These pieces combine new media with traditional fibers craft and culminate in performances, installations and powered sculptures. Mertens has previously been the director and founder of the Modular Project Space artist residency in Virginia, the 543 Artist Residency and Le Toilette Gallery in Oregon and the Weaving Room Recording Studio in Chicago IL.

 

Education
  • M.F.A. (Fiber Art), The University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
  • B.F.A. (Sound Art) The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • Certificate (Audio Engineering) NE Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, Wis.
  • Apulaya Center for Andean Culture, Backstrap Weaving. Calca, Peru
  • Burren College of Art, Studio Art. Newton Castle, Ireland

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