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artist , educator

Eleanor Lynette Merritt, American artist, educator. Certified secondary art teacher New York City. Recipient Woman of Impact award County Commission on the Status of Women, Sarasota, 1997; named Sarasota Artist of the Year, Sarasota Visual Arts Center, 1994.


Merritt, Eleanor Lynette was born on August 17, 1933 in New York City. Daughter of Wilbert Alexander and Lynette Hyacinth Lipsett.


Bachelor, Brooklyn College, 1955. Master of Arts, Brooklyn College, 1958.


Art teacher New York City School Systems, 1955-1959. Secondary school art teacher Westbury Schools, Long Island, New York, 1960-1970, district chairperson, 1971-1982. Lecturer Commonwealth Post College, New York, 1978-1982, Nassau Community College, New York, 1978-1982, Art League Manatee County, Bradenton, Florida, since 1997.

Lecturer, docent Ringling Museum Art, Sarasota, Florida, since 1989.


  • Certified secondary art teacher New York City.


  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include Nassau County Cultural Museum, Hempstead, New York, 1974, American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1975, 81, The Craftery Gallery, Hartford, Connecticut, 1976, Women's Resource Center, Sarasota, 1987, 92, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Cultural Center, Houston, 1988, University Florida, St. Petersburg, 1988, Manatee Community College, Venice, 1988, Central National Bank, Sarasota, 1991, Zora Neale Hurston Museum, Eatonville, Florida, 1993, Fine Arts Gallery Central Library., Tampa, 1994, Barrier Island Group for the Arts, Sanibel, Florida, 1995, Unit Gallery, Sarasota, 1995, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, 1997, Palm Harbor, Sarasota, 1998. Exhibited in group shows at Salt Creek Art Works, St. Petersburg, Carver Cultural Center, San Antonio, Florida State Capital Gallery, Tallahassee, Hillsborough Community College Library.

      , Tampa, Artists Unlimited: The Channel District, Tampa, Women's Caucus for Art, Miami, Michael Gold Gallery, New York City, Daytona (Florida) Beach Community College, City University, Shimonoseki, Japan, 1996, Steinbaum Gallery, New York City, 1997, Self Gallery, Hilton Head, South Carolina, 1998, Jacksonville Museum Contemporary Art, 1998, Diverse Origins, Colorado, 1998, African American Museum, Tampa, 1997, Venice Biennel, 1999, many others. Exhibited in corporation exhibitions Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Isphording, Payne, Korp., Incorporated, Venice, Holiday Inn Crown Plaza, Tampa, Florida, Automatic Data Processing Corporation, Roseland, New Jersey.


Vice president Sarasota Arts Council Board, since 1996. Chairperson Sarasota County Commission Art in Public Places, since 1997. President Venice (Florida) Art Center Board, since 1998.

Member Women's Museum Art (charter), Women's Caucus for Art (president Sarasota chapter 1988-1993, vice president national organization 1990-1996, National President award 1996), Pen Women American (Sarasota chapter), Florida Artist Group (area III), Petticoat Painters.


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, travel, lecturing.


Married Lorenzo Merritt, June 26, 1954 (divorced October 1975). Married W.H. Chris Darlington, July 26, 1980. Children: Lori Ellen, Lisa Annual.

Wilbert Alexander

Lynette Hyacinth Lipsett

Lorenzo Merritt

W.H. Chris Darlington

Lori Ellen Merritt

Lisa Annual Merritt