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Tammy Mercure, assistant professor of photography at King College, has been named
to Oxford American Magazine's 100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art.
The Oxford American is a national magazine dedicated to featuring the very best in
Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.
The magazine is also noted for its impressive art and photography.
Tammy Mercure is rising, said Diana Stoll, senior editor of Aperture Magazine. Though
her subjects may seem familiar—from NASCAR races to amusement parks to hunters and
their coonhounds—Mercure's photographs balance absurdity and humanity, kitsch and
compassion. She is working to bring us a new, and much needed, take on America's
fascinating and endless visual vernacular.
Mercure, originally from Sioux City, Iowa, has exhibited internationally, including
solo shows at Chicago Cultural Center in Illinois, the Sioux City Art Center in Iowa,
and a group show at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. She has received numerous
awards and grants, including a Polaroid Art Support Grant and several Community Arts
Assistance Program (CAAP) grants from the City of Chicago. Mercure is also a member
and founder of the Appalachian Photographers Project.
I am so excited to be part of this talented and hard working group, said Mercure.
I have had a great time viewing the other artists' work on this list and have found
many amazing painters, artists, and photographers. I love seeing similar themes and
how each individual deals with them visually. The southeast is a hub of talent, from
writing to visual arts to music. I love being here.
Mercures' photography reflects a love of the area's history. She is currently working
on an ongoing project titled Cavaliers, which will include photographs of men who
are passionate about a hobby or leisure activity. The subjects have ranged from Amtgard
role players performing Medieval-based combat scenarios in the park to gun enthusiasts
gathered for the world's largest civilian-owned weapons festival.
Mercure received her Bachelor of Arts in photography from Columbia College Chicago
and her Master of Fine Arts in photography from East Tennessee State University.
For more information on the 100 under 100: New Superstars of Southern Art, visit http://oxfordamerican.org/articles/2012/feb/29/100-under-100/#mercure.