Dr. Caroline Mercier has taught, designed and exhibited her work for almost 20 years. She has studied and created around the concept of the body, its envelope, its gesture and expression from the world of Fine Arts, Fashion, to theatre design and makeup artistry.
She originally started in fashion design and after opening her own boutique and creating lines, moved on to performance art. As a costume designer, she is the recipient of Les Masques award, the Quebecois equivalent to the Tony. She has collaborated for shows and directors such as Les Miserables in New York, Le Cirque du Soleil, Robert Lepage, Douglas Campbell and McGill Opera. She has also dressed many famous personalities through the years such as Carol Channing, Rosanne Barr, Dennis Leary and Drew Carey. As a make-up artist, she has worked on sets in Hollywood and Las Vegas, you can see her work in the movie Death and Cremation starring Brad Dourif and Jeremy Sumpter. She also worked as a makeup artist on Iris, the new Cirque du Soleil show at the Kodak theatre in LA, and just competed in the World Bodypainting Competition in Austria.
She spent 5 years in the British Isles, studying and creating new work. Her PhD Fine Arts, specialized in Costume and Textile Design is the first one of its kind in the Western World. She has been invited as a guest artist in residence in Art Centers in England, Ireland, France and Thailand where she had a costume and painting exhibit in PCC National gallery Bangkok. She has been exhibited in Los Angeles through galleries such as LACDA and Lark, and had a solo exhibit in Fresno at City Hall. In 2009, she published work on her solo textile exhibit in Paris at the Talmart Gallery entitled Soie Soyeuse. Being granted a sabbatical last fall, she studied masks, puppets and weaving in Bali with Alit Ida Bagus, and now she’s back from a master class in Florence Italy, sketching and painting the Renaissance.
As an educator, she was granted early tenure at CSU Stanislaus for her high commitment to students and the community. She is an active member of USITT, APASQ, the Fashion Network, as well as on the Governing Board of KC ACTF, an organization sponsored by the Kennedy Center and several judging panels at Delta College and Woodbury University and Cal Arts in Los Angeles. She is a chief consultant for the CCA, and IPExperts helping on a legal case for Victoria Secret in NY.
She has had a long history of getting projects funded. Starting in 1997, she was awarded a prestigious academic Excellence Grant from the FCAR, and was given thereafter several stipends and excellence grants during her graduate studies both in Canada and in England. Since her full-time employment in education in 2004, she has received 2 considerable research grants to create a digital costume library and 3 smaller outreach grants to work with the community, as well as several teaching initiative and travel allocations. She is presently the project director for a $300 000 NEA Our Town grant planned for the next year.
To see some of Dr. Mercier’s Theatre Designs, please visit web site.
To see some of Dr. Mercier’s Fine Art work, please visit web site.