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Merelyn Davis '64 and Dan CiCicco

Merelyn Davis ’64 with Dan DiCicco when she returned to IUP in 2006 to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award. “Dr. DiCicco was a professor of mine (oboe, Wind Ensemble) when I attended IUP way back when!”

A photograph by Merelyn Davis ’64 was chosen to appear in a show at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, Calif. The exhibition, “Beginnings,” runs from September 19 through October 23, 2009.

The piece, called “Inside Out,” is an image of an abandoned sofa that she saw beneath a nearby freeway bridge. “It sounds like an odd subject, but the juxtaposition of the sofa’s shape and the gritty background, not to mention the combination of colors and textures, grabbed my attention,” Davis said. “And the picture also seems to have grabbed the attention of the curator, because I am one of seventy-five artists—selected from seven hundred national entries—whose work will be exhibited in the show!”

"Inside Out" by Merelyn Davis

Up until two years ago, Davis owned a small (four-person) music editorial company called Merelyn Davis Music, doing music editing for Dream On, Friends, Drew Carey, George Lopez, and other shows. “After I closed the company, I had time to start developing a new/old love for photography, and I spend much of my time these days shooting and playing on Photoshop.” Davis said. “Although I have won a few awards over the past couple of years, they were mostly in amateur competitions. This is my first inclusion into a juried show at a proper gallery.”

Her home town is Barnesboro, Pa., “—now called Northern Cambria, pity... Since then, I have lived in York, Pa.; San Francisco; Glasgow, Scotland; Pittsburgh; and now I live in Burbank, Calif.”

Photo by Merelyn Davis

After receiving a B.M. in Music Ed from IUP in 1964, Davis went on to earn an M.M. in Music Theory from IU in Bloomington, Ind. “I have always been in the business of music until recently, although I still compose and arrange—mostly for a capella voices.

“I am a Mac girl, and love my iPhone!” she added. “My other passion is travelling.”

Photo by Merelyn Davis