Merle Axelrad Fabric Art Portfolio


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Public Commissions

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, San Francisco, CA
Arcadia Mental Health Clinic, County of Los Angeles, Arcadia, CA
Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento, CA
Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco, CA
California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Sacramento, CA

Corporate Commissions
NuStar Energy, San Antonio, TX
Ritz-Carlton Highlands Hotel, Lake Tahoe, CA
California Rice Commission, Sacramento, CA
Runyon, Saltzman and Einhorn, Sacramento, CA
Wareham Development, Emeryville, CA
Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE), Sacramento, CA
University of California at Davis Medical Facilities
Kaiser Permanente, Modesto, CA
St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Selected Collections
Los Angeles County, CA
City of Sacramento, CA
California State Museum, Sacramento, CA
City of San Francisco, CA
El Camino Hospital, San Jose, CA
Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, Antioch and Walnut Creek, among others, CA
Sutter Health, Sacramento, CA
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

Solo Exhibitions
"Merle Axelrad," ParaVi, Camino, CA 2010
"City of Collages," Art Foundry Studio, Sacramento, CA 2005
"California Treasures," Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2000
"Artist in Residence," Shriners' Hospital, Sacramento, CA 1999
"A New Leaf," WEAVEworks Gallery, Sacramento, CA 1999
"Fabrications," SMUD Art Gallery, Sacramento, CA 1999

Group Exhibitions
"Small Works", ARTHOUSE, Sacramento, CA 2016
"Delta Forever", Shimo Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2015
"Collage", Arthouse", Sacramento, CA 2015
“Featured Artist”, Lodi Arts Festival, Lodi, CA 2014
“Painting with Fabric”, Hanford Street Gallery, Sutter Creek, CA 2013
“Design Elements”, ARTHOUSE, Sacramento, CA 2013
"The Land - Fiber and Forged", 48 Natoma Gallery, Folsom, CA 2012
"12 Voices", Dennos Art Museum, Traverse City, MI. International juried show curated by Penny McMorris 2008
"Center for Contemporary Art Studio Artists," SMUD Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2007
"Women Artists," California State Museum, Sacramento, CA 2006
"Working Women Artists," Center for Contemporary Art Open Studios, Sacramento, CA 2006
"Miniatures & Masterpieces," Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA 2004
"Small Work," Art Foundry Gallery Sacramento, CA 2000
"Art Furniture Salon," Center for Contemporary Art , Sacramento, CA 2000
"The Gift of Art," Art Foundry Gallery Sacramento, CA 2002
"Prayers for the Millennium," Passages, Sutter Creek,CA 1999
"The Spirit of it All," Passages, Sutter Creek, CA 1999
"Layers," New Artworks Fine Arts Gallery, Fair Oaks, CA 1999
"Art Furniture Salon," Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA 1998
"Entrée Libre," a Gallery for Contemporary Functional Art, New York, NY 1998
"Profair 98," Constructions Specifications Institute San Francisco, CA 1998
Pacific International Quilt Festival, National juried show, Santa Clara, CA 1998

Awards and Honors
Best of Show, Infinity Art Gallery, International Juried Art Competition 2002
Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum Fellowship, City and County of Sacramento 2009-Present
Honored, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Review 2000
Grant, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission 1999
Best in Show: Fiber Arts, International Juried Show, Infinity Art Gallery 2014

Dennis Spear, "Artist Profile, Merle Axelrad" N Magazine August 2016
Susan Hurley, "Designer Edge" Homespun (Austrailia) Issue 7, 2014
Nancy Flagg, “The Collaboration of Commissions”, Kolaj October 2013
James R. Petersen, “Full-On Fabric”, Cowboys and Indians James Cameron, Fiber Arts Summer 2010
Jan Ferris Heenan, "City Sketch: Merle Axelrad Serlin," Sacramento Magazine May 2010
James Cameron, "No, Really, Look Again," Artworks Summer 2009
Vanessa McCray, "12 Voices Exhibition," Record-Eagle Sept. 12, 2008
"12 Voices: An In-Depth Look at 12 Artists Working in the Quilt Medium," SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) 2008
Cathleen Ferraro, "Creating Nature's Quilt," LuxLife March/April 2008
"Featured Artist," SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Journal Spring 2008
Cathleen Ferraro, "Artfully Sewn," Inside the City June 2007
Melanie Light, "Merle Axelrad Serlin, Art and its Many Faces," New Land Park Monthly May 2004
Cecily Hastings, "Architectural Collage," Inside the City January 2004
"Best Reason to Visit the New Cal/EPA Building - Collection of Serlin Quilts," Sacramento News & Review Sept. 20, 2001
"Sacramento Public Art Gets National Recognition," The Greater Sacramento Arts Reporter Sept/Oct 2001
Daniel Hurtado, "Public Art Dedication Draws a Collage of Artists," Downtown Happenings Sept. 2001
Louise Thompson Schiele, "A California Treasure: Merle Axelrad Serlin," Studio Art Quilt Associates Summer 2001
Judie Panneton, "Local Artist Paints with Fabric," Valley Community Newspapers March 8, 2001
Patricia Beach Smith, "Fragile Locales Hang in Stitches," Sacramento Bee Dec. 24, 2000
Tim White, "California on a Thread," Sacramento News and Review Nov. 30, 2000
Maureen Allen, "A Stitch in Time," Inside the City November, 2000
J.T. Long, "A Natural - Art is at the Center of the New Cal-EPA Building," Comstock's Business October, 2000
Stephen O'Mara, "Quilts as Art," Inside the City June, 2000
Patricia Beach Smith, "Textile Shows Share a Few Common Threads," Sacramento Bee July 25, 1999

“Merle Axelrad - Butterfly Art,” Insight Capital Public Radio CapRadio.orgJune 2015
"Merle Axelrad, Fabric Collage,"Lodi Arts Commission2014
"California Ricelands," California Rice Commission2010
"Arts Alive - Second Saturday," KVIE, PBS SacramentoAugust 2009
"Artrepreneur," The Rebel Woman ShowJuly 2009
"Viewpoint," KVIE, PBS SacramentoJuly 2005

Education 1983-present
Licensed Architect, State of California #C14758 1979
University of California, Berkeley, Master of Architecture 1978-79
Architectural Association, London, England, Extension Graduate Studies 1976
University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 1972-75
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Dual Degree Program: Government and Fine Arts 1978

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