Christine Merchent Artist Milestones
March – “Our Town” group show Nickel Plate Arts. One of Christine's pieces was the image selected for promotion to represent the show. She also had 3 additional images that formed a cornerstone for the show.
April - September, Augusta Regional Airport, home of the Masters Golf Tournament, individual show including 8 pieces from the Ballerinas on the Green body of work.
May - Nickel Plate Arts - Individual Artist Showcase
April - Indiana Landmarks - “A DAY IN THE LIFE// GLASS + STICKS” group show
June - Conner Prairie Museum group show. Christine was recruited by Connor Prairie Museum to participate in Portal to the Public: Diversifying the Framework, Expanding the Network. It is part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant that expands the existing Connor Prairie Museum program Portal to the Public Guiding Framework to non-science based informal education; training science, art and humanities professionals and museum staff in communication best practices and developing innovative cross-disciplinary public programs that combine topics from science, art, and the humanities.
August – Roberts Camera First Friday Group show
September - Artist of the Year Nickel Plate Arts
July - group show Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) and the Indiana Landmarks.
July - one-woman show Nickel Plate Arts, Noblesville Indiana
January - one-woman show at Purgatory Golf Club Ballerinas on the Green. The show featured large format images primarily 60” x 40” of self-reflective art. It featured traditional golf stories juxtaposed with ballerinas.
Cover and all interior art for the book The Smart Woman’s Guide to Style & Clothing: A Step-by-Step Process for Creating the Perfect Wardrobe.
Two images in the book 2017 Photographer’s Market: How and Where to Sell Your Photography published September 2016.
Three images merited at Professional Photographers of America (PPA) North Central District Competition and International Photographic Competition (IPC) all three images went into the General Collection. Four images received ribbon from the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild, one in each of the following: Professional Open Color, Commercial Color, Black and White Commercial and Bicentennial Celebration.
Cover art for the book From Photographer to Gallery Artist: The Complete Guide to Finding Gallery Representation.
August - Third place in Professional Color Open, Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild.
July - Professional Photographers of America (PPA) International Photographic Competition (IPC), two of which went into the General Collection, one image went into the Loan Collection. This was the first year Merchent entered IPC.
March - PPA’s District Competition, two images merited. This was the first year Merchent entered the district competition.
Accepted into School of Visual Arts Graduate Photography program but was unable to attend due to residency requirements.
January – Both golf photography books made it onto iTunes What’s Hot list.
August - Top Ten Photographer State of Indiana awarded by Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild for overall print case score. Honorable Mention Professional Color Open, Honorable Mention Professional Black and White Open.
October cover image Isleworth Golf and Country Club magazine.
October - Second Place Overall Print Case Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild convention. Honorable Mention Amateur Color Landscape by IPPG.
March - Author and publisher golf photography book available on the iTunes store: More Heaven than Hell
, ISBN: 978-1-933697-03-1
May - Author and publisher golf photography book available on the iTunes store: Purgatory Golf Club Coffee Table Book, This book was on iTunes What’s Hot list.
Two-page photo spread PGA Golf Magazine October and November.
August - Second Place Amateur, Experimental, Color Indiana State Fair.
October - Began photography career by completing first online photography class.
Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild
Professional Photographers of Indiana
Professional Photographers of America
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
Nickel Plate Arts
National Golf Course Owner’s Association
Noblesville Chamber of Commerce
B.A. Economics 1983
Co-owner Purgatory Golf Club 2014
Oversight of the website, personally responsible for 99% of golf course photography, oversee finances. In the spring of 2014, we hired Billy Casper Golf management company to manage the day to day efforts of the club.
General Manager & Co-owner Purgatory Golf Club 1997- April 2014
Developed and managed website from 1997 – 2014. Responsible for all social media, public relations and advertising efforts.
Instrumental in the club being ranked in the “Top 50 Courses for Women” by national magazines every year since 2010.
Influential in the course winning the following awards:
PGA.com, A Quick 9: Best Public Courses in Indiana, Purgatory Golf Club is named #2
Golf Digest: Best in State Rankings list, 2012
America’s Top 50 Courses for Women by Golf Digest/Golf Digest Woman, March 2010, 2011, 2012
America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest Magazine
Top 50 Public Courses, Readers’ Choice Awards 2009 by Golf World Magazine
Top 50 Courses for Women by Golf for Women Magazine 2003 - 2013
#1 course in the state by Golf Week Magazine
Host course to the 2007 Indiana State Open Championship
Best place to take out-of-towners by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
Top 10 courses in the state of Indiana by Golf Digest 2001 – 2012
Best new golf course by Indianapolis Business Journal
Best of the Best, Best Value (under $70) by Golf for Women Magazine
Indiana’s Best Golf, readers pick Purgatory as one of their favorite 18 courses by Indiana Business
Top 25 courses in the Midwest by Great Lakes Golf Magazine
ADDY award, 1999 American Advertising Awards, Visual/Audio Elements Logo/Trademark Design
Golden Rule Insurance Company 1994-1998
Media Services Director
Oversight of all company:
Advertising including concepts, campaign and art direction, purchasing and placement of advertising.
Creative team including photographers, artists, writers, proofreaders, and a videographer.
Printing & paper purchasing.
Magazine publications including editorial content, layout and design, proofreading and printing.
Research library and archives.
Golden Rule Insurance Company 1983-1992
Assistant Vice President Sponsored Marketing
Responsible for national brokerage accounts. Included contract negotiation, oversight of inbound client services phone center of 25 customer service agents, extensive travel to local brokers for group training, public speaking and industry and trade shows.
Brokerage Marketing Director, Chicago region
Oversight of support staff and facilities of three company regional offices in the Chicago area, one downtown in the loop, and two in the suburbs. Supervised nine brokerage managers who called on insurance brokers to train and motivate them.
Quality Assurance Manager
Developed an internal quality assurance program to evaluate the effectiveness of our brokerage marketing division.
Client Services Manager
Managed the inbound customer service call center, starting with a staff of 10 that grew to a staff of 50 by the time I was promoted. Responsible for: staff member training, redesign of the call center including supporting technology, restructuring the staff so internal brokerage offices had their own special representatives and working with other company supervisors and managers to answer questions more quickly and accurately.