Curriculum Vitae

Merlin L. Cohen

5221 N. Salida Del Sol Drive
Tucson, Arizona, USA 85718-5411

1-520-615-1905
1-520-615-1902
1-520-615-1904
merlin@merlincohen.com
www.merlincohen.com

Art Education

  • 1994–2010 Marble Institute of Colorado, Marble/marble Symposium, 21 days each year of onsite instruction and exercises in stone carving.
  • 1993 Montoya/ Mas Famous Sculptors Seminar
  • 1989–1992 Personal instruction by Ralph Hurst, then Artist in Residence, University of Tennessee- Martin.

SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITS AND AWARDS

  • 2012 Installed his sculpture 'Berceuse' in the New Mexico Museum of Art
  • 2012 Invited presenter at Artist's Seminar, Sculpture in the Park Show, Loveland, CO
  • 2012 Featured artist, Tucson Lifestyle magazine
  • 2010 - 2011 Juried exhibitor, Tucson Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden
  • 2009 Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ - Please Touch exhibit for the visually impaired
  • 2007–2011Group Show, Redstone Art Center, Redstone, CO
  • 2007 Elected an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
  • 2007–2014 Invited artist, Sculpture in the Park – Loveland, Colorado, High Plains Art Council
  • 2007 Industry Award, Sculpture Only Competition, Sculptural Pursuit magazine
  • 2006 Art Scottsdale, Arizona, juried show invited participant
  • 2005 & 2006 Sculpture in the Park juried show – Loveland, Colorado, High Plains Art Council
  • 2005 Featured artist, Tucson Home and Garden magazine
  • 2005 Emerging Artist - art & antiques magazine
  • 2003 Sculpture Internationale juried exhibit – Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2002 Featured Artist – Sculpture Journal
  • 2002 Featured Artist – Tubac, Arizona Center for the Arts juried show
  • 2001 & 2002 Arts Partnership Phantom Gallery solo show, Tucson, Arizona
  • 2000, 01, 02 Santa Cruz Valley, Arizona juried shows
  • 2000 Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, Arizona Carved in Stone juried show
  • 1999 Tubac, Arizona Center for the Arts, juried show special merit award
  • 1999 Tucson, Arizona Museum of Art Designers Showcase House invited exhibitor
  • 1997 Tennessee All-State Art Exhibit, juried show, sculpture award
  • 1996 & 1997 Arts in the Park, juried Fine Art division, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1996 MidSouth Fair, Fine Arts juried show, 1st place, sculpture division
  • 1995, 96, 97 Art League juried shows, Memphis/Germantown, Tennessee

Work in Collections of

  • New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM 
  • Miraval Resorts, Life in Balance Spa, Tucson, AZ
  • Jackson National Life Insurance, Franklin, TN
  • Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Keeling Neighborhood Park, Tucson, Arizona
  • GlaxoSmithKline - Environment, Health and Safety Excellence Award
  • Children’s Clinics Honorarium Garden, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tallahassee Community College, Florida, The Ralph Hurst Gallery
  • Temple Emanu-El, Tucson, Arizona
  • Paul Ash Management Co., Tucson, Arizona
  • Hacienda Del Sol Resort, Tucson, Arizona
  • RBC Dain Rauscher Inc, Tucson, Arizona
  • Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky
  • Numerous private collections

Represented By

  • Jane Hamilton Fine Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK
  • Marshall Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ

 

Significant Life Events

  • 1937 Born, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1961 Graduated Dental School, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1961 Joined United States Army
  • 1969 Separated from active duty – Started solo General Dentistry practice, Union City, Tennessee
  • 1972–1988 Elected School Board Official, Union City, Tennessee
  • 1976–1988 Chairman of the School Board
  • 1980–1988 Board of Directors of Tennessee School Boards Association
  • 1984–1988 Elected Board of Directors of National School Boards Association
  • 1985–1986 Elected President of Tennessee School Boards Association
  • 1990 First sculpting lesson from Ralph Hurst, Artist in Residence, University of Tennessee - Martin
  • 1992 Sold Dental Practice to devote full time to stone sculpting
  • 1997 Retired from the United States Army as senior ranking Dental Corps officer of the Army Reserve
  • 1998 First gallery representation, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2005 Identified as an “Emerging Artist” by arts & antiques magazine
  • 2007 Juried into the Royal British Society of Sculptors
  • 2009 Elected to the Tucson Museum of Art Board of Trustees
  • 2010 Elected to the College of Fine Arts Board, University of Arizona
  • 2012 Elected President, Tucson Museum of Art Board of Trustees
  • 2012 Installed sculpture, Berceuse, into the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
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