Known for her surrealistic and whimsical collage compositions, Ginny Merett has been a long-standing artist in the Columbia community for over thirty years. She has used various media to create art but for the last decade has chosen to represent everyday events and people using collage techniques and processes.
Ginny’s work has won several awards and accolades. She is the cover and featured artist in The Jasper Magazine, Spring 2019 edition; and received First Place and Second Place Awards at the Rosewood Art and Music Festival, Best in Show at Time for Art sponsored by the Jasper Project; and participated in Women Speak Art Gallery at SC State Library 2017, ArtFields 2019, and numerous other exhibits.
Ginny was born and raised in Denver, and has lived in South Carolina since 1987. Art has sustained Ginny throughout her life and is the cause for her every success. She constantly sewed, created, and treasured drawing as a child and sought out every art opportunity in school.
Because art was such a passion of Ginny’s youth, she pursued a BS in Art Education from the University of Georgia. She later went on to earn an MA in Art Education and MEd in Educational Administration from The University of South Carolina, where she also served as adjunct for several years. Among some of her greatest accomplishments, Ginny taught elementary art in Lexington School District One for twenty-five years and taught secondary art for five years in North Carolina.
Her influences include David Hockney’s joiners, Robert Rauschenberg’s combines, Hannah Hoch’s timeless collages, and the beautiful execution of John Singer Sargent’s portraits.
Ginny is a member of FigurativeArtists.org, the SC Arts Alliance, and South Carolina Artists groups. Please connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at ginnymerett.com.