Mercedes Jelinek is an American artist and photographer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MFA from Louisiana State University. Mercedes has served as a professor, lecturer, visiting artist, and artist resident throughout the U.S. and Italy, including East Carolina University in Certaldo, Italy, Penland School of Craft, The New School Parsons, and Yale University School of Art. She is a board member of Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR) and Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC) Her work and publications have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. They are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Library of Congress, Aperture Foundation, and the Getty Institute.