Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Merrilyn Duzy

5 Feb

Now Be Here: Merrilyn Duzy #58

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Merrilyn Duzy

Cynthia Schubert as Suzanne Valadon from Women Artists in History Series Oil on canvas 28″ x 24 “


Merrilyn Duzy is an artist first and foremost. She is also a teacher, lecturer, curator and art collector. Her formal art education culminated with an MFA from Otis Art Institute. Her informal education includes extensive travel, ongoing arts advocacy and research for her lectures: “Walking Through History: Women Artists Past and Present,” “Symbols, Signs and Space: A Personal Journey,” and “Sex in History: A Pictorial View” (her most recent lecture, which encompasses 5,000 years of erotic art).

Duzy has a wide-ranging exhibition record that includes galleries and museums in the cities of Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her artworks have also been exhibited in Armenia, China, Israel, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Solo shows include paintings based on cosmic imagery, erotica, landscapes, portraits and women artists.

As a curator, she has organized and presented Autobiographies, Erotic Visions and Three Up-Stairs. She has co-curated Erotica ’88, Quarks to Quasars and Angels, Ancestors and Spirit Guides.

Duzy served as president of Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art from 1980-82 and was founder and past president of the Florida West Coast chapter. She also served on the national Women’s Caucus for Art board from 1984-89 and was a board member of the College Art Association (CAA) committee on Women in the Arts.

Duzy was creator and moderator for the national Women’s Caucus for Art’s “Feisty Women” panel and panelist for “Feisty Women II.” She was also a speaker on the “Galaxies, Black Holes, Dark Matter” panel for the 1996 CAA conference in Boston.

She is listed in Who’s Who In American Art, International Leaders in Achievement and the recently published book by Barbara J. Love, Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, in addition to many other publications.

Merrilyn Duzy

Autumn Feast from Works on Paper: Collages
Collage on paper
12″ x 15.5 “

Group Nine- Artists in Collaboration


Keystone Art Space

Alyce Lee Cooper as Edmonia Lewis from Women Artists in History Series
Pastel on paper
24″ x 18″

OCCCA Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

Linus Gallery

Haley-Henman Contemporary Art

Queen Ada from Portraits Series
Pastel on paper
37″ x 20

La Galeria Gitana

AJU American Jewish University

SCWCA Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art

Nicole in Blue Blouse from Drawings Series
Pastel on paper
23″ x 15 “

American Gallery


WCA Women’s Caucus for Art

Lynette with Drapery from Drawings Series
Pastel on paper
22.5″ x 18 “

The Manhunt Project

LA Times

Artillery Magazine

Lynette Davis from Portraits Series
Oil on canvas
18″ x 13 “


Gallery Without Walls


Google Books

Susan Huskey as Paula Modersohn-Becker from Women Artists in History Series
Oil on canvas
28″ x 24 “

Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for Now Be Here came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Merrilyn Duzy – Now Be Here LA artist #58

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