April - June, Augusta Regional Airport, home of the Masters Golf Tournament, group show including 8 pieces from the Ballerinas on the Green body of work.
November - group show Nickel Plate Arts "All Our Best"
October - group show Indiana University East 39th Annual Whitewater Valley Art Exhibit in Tom Thomas Gallery and Meijer Artway
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 art at Purgatory Golf Club titled Ballerinas on the Green. The show featured large format images primarily 60” x 40” of self-reflective art that featured traditional golf stories juxtaposed with ballerinas to add mystery and interest.
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 Photographer’s 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 Photographer’s of America (PPA) International Photographic Competition (IPC), two went into the General Collection, one 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 – Two golf photography books made it onto iTunes What’s Hot list.
August - Top Ten Photographer State of Indiana awarded by Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s 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
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.
Society for Photographic Education
Center Santa Fe
The Center for Photography at Woodstock
Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild
Professional Photographers of Indiana
Professional Photographer’s of America
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International
Nickel Plate Arts
National Golf Course Owner’s Association
Noblesville Chamber of Commerce