HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 29, 2013 – The Sechrest Art Gallery at High Point University will honor the life of a beloved regional and national artist with the exhibit, “Merry Moor Winnett: Photographic Personal Perspective.” The exhibit, which opens Nov. 11, will remain in the gallery until Dec. 4.
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Sechrest Art Gallery. The late artist’s husband, Tom Winnett, who donated 18 of his wife’s original works to HPU in her honor, will speak at 4:30 p.m. during the reception. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibit is a retrospective of Merry Moor Winnett’s lifetime of work. Featured works include 45 vintage surreal photographs from a variety of series and collections, with themes of mythology, fantasy and popular culture.
“It is an exceptional honor for the Sechrest Art Gallery to host such an iconic and ground-breaking memoir in the field of photography as Merry Moor Winnett,” says Maxine Campbell, gallery director and curator. “While all of her work is photographic, Merry approached photography in diverse ways, incorporating hand stitching and other hybrid techniques that she invented to make a very personal statement in her artwork.”
Winnett moved to North Carolina in the late 1970’s and quickly became known for her signature techniques of infrared, hand-painted, toned, stitched and composite-printed photography. She studied at Michigan State University and University of South Florida where her career as an award-winning photographer began with accolades from Jerry Uelsmann and Clarence John Laughlin.
Cherl Harrison, associate professor of art at HPU, was a personal friend of Winnett, and says she was able to witness first-hand the positive impact Winnett had on North Carolina photographers.
“Merry Moor Winnett was the most imaginative photographer I have ever known,” says Harrison. “Widely published in American Photographer and other magazines, her work influenced many emerging artists, and with regular exhibitions such as this one at HPU, Merry’s innovative ideas will continue to inspire creative thought.”
Winnett’s work is in the permanent collection of Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and is also represented at Guilford College, University of South Florida, Reynolds Collection, Greenhill Center for Art, New York’s Floating Foundation of Photography and other institutions.