Current Student Jeffrey Meris Wins $2,500 Bahamas Art Competition Scholarship
October 26, 2018
Current Visual Arts student Jeffrey Meris is one of the winners in the Open Category of the 35th Annual Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition. Meris was awarded a $2,500 scholarship for his piece Now You See Me; Now You Don’t.
The piece utilizes sculpture, video, installation, performance and intervention tactics in order to “subvert one’s understanding of the interdependent relationship between space, place, individual and social,” according to his artist statement. Meris goes on to describe how he makes “specific reference to Ralph Ellison’s epic novel Invisible Man. Concerned with ideas of the schism between being invisible and hypervisible simultaneously, the work aims to both physically and conceptually erase itself over time challenging ideas around real estate, migration, ownership and ephemerality among other ideas.”
Since 1984, The annual art competition and exhibition uncovers and showcases emerging Bahamian talent in the visual arts and has assisted many young Bahamian artists further their educational pursuits and further develop their skills.
According to his website, Meris is “a Bahamian artist of Haitian native-ness, an oscillation that sets the axis for Meris’ research interest. Meris received an Associates of Art in Arts and Crafts from the College of The Bahamas and a B.F.A in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in May 2015 after being awarded the prestigious Harry C Moore Lyford Cay Foundation Art Scholarship in 2012 and subsequently in 2017. Meris is the recipient of 2010 Popopstudios Junior Residency Award, Temple University 2012 Scholar Award, winner of 2013 Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Competition, TEDx Nassau Presenter 2014, Guttenberg Arts Artist in Residence (2016) and Visual Arts Centre of New Jersey A.I.R (2017) among other accomplishments. Meris has shown locally and internationally in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Vienna, Leipzig and Port au Prince.”