Dr. Caroline Mercier has taught, designed and exhibited her work for more than 12 years. She originally started in fashion design and after opening her own boutique and creating lines, moved on to performance art. As a costume designer, she is the recipient of a "Masque" award, the Quebecois equivalent to a "Tony". She has collaborated for shows and directors such as Les Miserables in New York, Le cirque du Soleil, Robert Lepage, Douglas Campbell and McGill Opera. She has also dressed many famous personalities through the years such as Carol Channing, Rosanne Barr, Dennis Leary and Drew Carey. As a make-up artist, she has also worked on sets in Hollywood and Las Vegas. She spent 5 years in the England and Ireland, studying and creating new work. Her PhD Fine Arts at Newcastle University, specialized in Costume and Textile Design is the first one of its kind in the Western World. She has been invited as a guest artist in residence in Art Centers in England, Ireland, France and Thailand. This year, she was asked to publish work on her last solo exhibit in Paris at the Talmart Gallery. As an educator, she was granted early tenure at CSU Stanislaus for her high commitment to students and the community. She is presently the Vice-Chair of Design and Technology for the KC ACTF, an organization sponsored by the Kennedy Center, and has been asked to sit on judging panels in fashion institutions such as Delta College and Cal Arts. This year, she is on professional leave as a visiting lecturer in Fashion design at the Arts Departement of Cal State Los Angeles, and is loving it!

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