International artist Hugh Merrill to visit FHSU to discuss community art

Hugh Merrill, professor of art at the Kansas City Art Institute and community art director for the Chameleon Art and Youth Development Center in Kansas City, Mo., is visiting Fort Hays State University on Nov. 12-13 to lead a discussion about community needs, creative projects and art in Hays.

Merrill has worked in Kansas City and abroad to implement community art projects including directing an art workshop with a children's homeless shelter in Kansas City.

Amy Schmierbach, associate professor of art and design at FHSU, will host the discussion with Merrill to brainstorm potential community art projects in Hays. All interested individuals are invited to attend.

"The goal of the creative workshop is to create many interesting ideas for projects but also to unite people who believe that the arts can bring people together to create a community," said Schmierbach.

Merrill will talk about his artwork and community projects at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Stouffer Lounge in the Memorial Union. His works have been exhibited internationally. He will also talk about his work at the Chameleon Art and Youth Development Center in Kansas City.

At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Merrill will lead a discussion with FHSU art students, staff and faculty members and community members about possible community art projects that can be implemented in Hays.

For more information on Merrill's creative workshop contact Schmierbach at (785) 628-4272 or email

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