Deborah Mersky, a Blanco County, Texas artist, is both a studio artist and a designer in the field of public art.
Her creations in both realms, are born from the overlap of nature and human habitation, which she views as a "delicate, and off kilter moment."
In the studio, in addition to drawing and painting, Mersky uses a clay printing technique where she carves the surface of a clay slab, then prints it with oil based inks. Her work has been shown nationally in galleries and is in collections as diverse as MICROSOFT and the Fundacion Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic. In public spaces, she has created pieces for libraries, hospitals, parks, light rail and public utility facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, Minnesota and Texas.
Mersky was awarded the Jentel Residency, Sheriden, Wyoming, and she is the Founder/Teacher of Art Test, San Antonio, Texas, where she was awarded for her work as 2016 Art Educator of the Year, by the McNay Art Museum San Antonio.
Cycad Wall, Mersky, Evergreen State College
The Metro Transit Public Art Collection consists of approximately 70 works by 27 different artists. Here are some facts about the collection.
Artist Janet Zweig has work at the most light-rail stations (seven). Her Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting interactive audio and video boxes, can be found at Nicollet Mall, Government Plaza, US Bank Stadium, Franklin Avenue, Lake Street/Midtown, 46th Street and Fort Snelling stations.
Deborah Mersky has created public art at the second most light-rail stations. Her laser-cut fences and images can be found at Mall of America, American Boulevard, V.A. Medical Center, 50th Street/Minnehaha Park and 38th Street stations.
Mall of America Station
American Boulevard Station
VA Medical Center Station
50th Street Station
38th Street Station
There are only two artists with work on both the Blue Line and Green Line: Janet Lofquist and JoAnn Verburg.
You can find Lofquist's public art on the Blue Line at:
VA Medical Center Station (Blue Line)
10th Street Station (Green Line)
Robert Street Station (Green Line)
Prospect Park Station (Green Line)
You can find JoAnn Verburg's glass art on the Blue Line at:
28th Avenue Station (Blue Line)
Bloomington Central Station (Blue Line)
46th Street Station (Blue Line)
Lake Street/Midtown Station (Blue Line)
Central Station (Green Line)