MERCEDES JELINEK

BETH SCHIFFER ARTISTS + CLIENTS

Born in the Northeast and transplanted to the South, this project began with a goal: to try and make a new home more inviting by meeting and photographing all those that live in my neighborhood. My tools of choice consist of multiple film based cameras, a homemade photo booth, and a sign that reads “Free Photographs for Neighborhood Picture Project,” announcing the project to everyone who passes by. In return for helping me build my sense of community, I give a filmstrip print to every one of my neighbors in person or by mail. I recently moved back to the Northeast to work and photograph. Over the next six months I am continuing to use my photo booth to create the secondary part of the project in Brooklyn, NY and will seek exhibition for both parts of the project to be shown together in a single venue.

mercedesjelinekphotography.com

Education
Louisiana State University, Master of Fine Arts, 2012
State University of New York at Purchase, Bachelor of Fine Arts,
2007

Selected Exhibitions
2012
10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton Gallery, WA
Louisiana Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, LA
Art Melt, Shaw Center for Performing Arts Gallery, LA
North to South (Solo), Glassel Gallery, LA
Faculty Invitational Exhibition, Nicholls State University, LA
2011
The Art of Photography Show, Lyceum Theatre Gallery, CA
Project 30 Exhibition January 2011, www.project30.com Gallery
LSU Graduate Show, Louisiana State University Gallery, LA
Midwest Center for Photography Exhibition, Center Gallery, KA
2010
Perception of Character, Littlefield Gallery, NY
STARE (solo exhibition), Wink Gallery, CT
2008
Ipso Facto, Gallery MC, NY
2006
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Gallery, China

Artist Talks & Recent Publications
2013
Belle Literary Journal. Volume 1. Winter 2013. Cover, Photography.
Neal Rantoul shares the work of Mercedes Jelinek. LENSCRATCH,
January 26, 2013.

http://www.lenscratch.com/2013/01/neal-rantoul-shares-work-of-mercedes.html

2012
Roedel, Jeff. The Eye’s Have It. 225 Magazine, Nov. 30, 2012.
Roedel, Jeff. There goes the neighborhood: Mercedes Jelinek builds
community one photo at a time. 225 Magazine, Aug. 31, 2012.
Guest Artist Lecturer, Penland School of Crafts, NC
Guest Artist Lecturer at Jubilee Arts Festival, Nicholls State
University, LA
Guest Artist Lecturer, SNAP Organization, LA
2011
Guest Artist Lecturer, Penland School of Crafts, NC
Guest Artist, LSU and LDOA Artist Communication Workshop, LA

Other Experience
2013
Instructor, PhotoManhattan Photo School, NY
2012
Studio Manager/ Digital Retoucher, Lane Coder Photography, NY
Instructor/ Graduate Assistantship, Louisiana State University
(2009-2012), LA
2011
Art Cleaning/ Minor Restoration, Andre Laplace, LA
2010
Campaign Photographer, Hiller Moore District Attorney, LA
Photographer, The Advocate Newspaper, LA
2009
Architectural Photographer, Wm. Plunkett and Assoc., CT
Fashion Photographer, Modern Trousseau, CT
2007
Photography Lab Assistant, State University of New York at Purchase, NY
Medical Facility Photographer, (Private Employer) Republic of Palau.
Intern/ Assistant, Patricia McMahon Photography Agency, NY