Christine is a self-taught commercial golf photographer currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has a background in business and studied economics at DePauw University.
In 2017, Christine was one of 100 photographers selected for the CENTER Santa Fe Reviews. This was the same year she was named Artist of the Year at Nickel Plate Arts. In 2014 She was name one of the Top Ten Photographers in the State of Indiana by the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild.
- Augusta Regional Airport, home of the Masters Golf Tournament, individual show including five pieces from the Ballerinas on the Green body of work that were on display for six months. The show was originally scheduled for three months, but they extended it to six.
- Nickel Plate Arts - Artist Showcase. This showcase was primarily encaustic art. Christine prepares her encaustics by printing the images on Japanese paper, either bamboo or rice depending on the image, then seals it in beeswax. The final product is translucent, and she hangs it from the top with a magnetic wooden hanger. Christine used encaustic to showcase a new body of work, Virtual Worlds, which focuses on teenagers playing virtual reality games. She also introduced a new mixed media series, Timeless Blooms, where she prepared small versions of local landmark images, and created 3-d pieces of artwork including dried flowers and plants, dried butterflies and pearls, then framed the works. She also presented images from previous bodies of work including her golf course work and Ballerinas on the Green.
- Nickel Plate Arts, Noblesville Indiana artist showcase presenting large format images 60” x 40” of the Ballerinas on the Green.
- Purgatory Golf Club Ballerinas on the Green. The show featured large format images primarily 60” x 40” of self-reflective art.
Group Exhibitions and Awards
- 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.
- Indiana Landmarks - A Day in the Life// Glass + Sticks group show
- Conner Prairie, Christine was recruited by the 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.
- Roberts Camera First Friday show
- Hamilton County Artists’ Association, Open Lens, awarded Best of Show, November.
- Nickel Plate Arts, Prized Possessions exhibit, November
- Nickel Plate Arts, Heart Art Cultural Activation campaign juried member, December
- Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) and the Indiana Landmarks.
- I.U. East Whitewater Valley Art Competition
- 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 ribbons from the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild, one in each of the following: Professional Open Color, Commercial Color, Black and White Commercial and Bicentennial Celebration.
- Third place in Professional Color Open, Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild.
- 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.
- 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.
- Honorable Mention Professional Color Open, Honorable Mention Professional Black and White Open.