Award-winning Noblesville artist -- and Purgatory Golf Club co-owner -- Christine Merchent’s body of work, Ballerinas on the Green, will be featured at the Augusta Regional Airport during the 2018 Masters Tournament.
The Airport’s Art Committee selected Ballerinas on the Green – a fine art photography series that combines classical ballet themes on a golf course backdrop – to be featured April – June. The 2018 Masters Tournament will be hosted at Augusta National Golf Club April 2 – 8.
Merchent’s passion for sports, particularly golf, comes from spending countless hours watching and photographing her son who plays golf for Noblesville High School. Merchent and her husband own Purgatory Golf Club that is managed by Billy Casper Golf, its namesake having won the 1970 Masters Tournament.
“The golf course is my studio. Replacing golfers with ballerinas makes it a fantasy. But because every other element in the art is so true to the game, it feels like it could happen. The project as a whole also highlighted two very different junior sports,” Merchent said.
Merchent is the first to approach fine art photography pairing ballerinas and golfers together on a golf course. She studied over 21,000 junior golf images to develop the stories that she brought to life with the project. The body of work features Noblesville High School golfers and local ballerinas all shot at Purgatory Golf Club.
Merchent was named the 2017 Nickel Plate Arts Artist of the Year and was also juried into the prestigious 2017 Center Santa Fe Review. In 2014, Merchent was recognized as a Top Ten Photographer in the state of Indiana that was awarded by the Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild, and the Indiana State Fair for overall print case score. In 2015, she was recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) International Photographic Competition (IPC).