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PASSINGS: Patrick Merrill

Patrick Merrill

Mixed-media artist and printmaker

Patrick Merrill, 61, a mixed-media artist and printmaker who was curator of Cal Poly Pomona's art gallery from 1997 to 2009, died Tuesday in Diamond Bar after battling

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cancer, the university announced.

Merrill had a studio in Covina where he made etchings, woodcuts, collographs and monoprints. Besides directing and curating the

at Cal Poly

Pomona

, he also was publicity and exhibition director for the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art from 1990 to 2000.

He was on the founding board of the

in

Diamond Bar

and from 2001 until this year curated exhibitions about the

Merrill was born in Toronto on Dec. 6, 1948, and moved with his family to California in 1958. He served in the

U.S. Air Force

during the

Vietnam War

and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Cal State

Long Beach

and a master's of fine arts from Cal State Fullerton.

According to art historian Debra Winters, whom he married in 1996, Merrill dealt in his work with "psychology and politics, and often developed the intersection between the two."

news.obits@latimes.com

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