Welcome to my world
Hey there! I'm Marq, a creative and educator based in Jacksonville, FL. Here's a few more tidbits of info about me in hyphenated form:
- TEDx Speaker
- I'm a competitive gamer
- I love bookstores and open mic nights
- Cooking is my secret talent
Marq Mervin is a multifaceted artist, author, educator, writer, and lover of cartoons and video games. The Florida native trained in animation at Jacksonville University. Marq's 'single-player campaign', or career, led him to design and animate for news broadcast and local startups. Marq's tenure in broadcast led to an Emmy Award-winning documentary.
Currently, Marq teaches digital media at Florida State College at Jacksonville. He's also an advocate of art and design education for marginalized and underrepresented youth. Some of his work includes: serving as a Public Education Ambassador for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, speaking about equitable representation in arts education at TEDxFSCJ, and leading the Education & Community Committee for AIGA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.
Marq's passion for art and design led to recognition from Revision Path's 28 Days of the Web. Additionally, his advocacy in Jacksonville led him to moderate VyStar's International Artist Lecture Series Q&A with Disney legend Floyd Norman. Marq is also the author of "One Day, I Hope That...", a collection of prose and poetry which is available for download. When he's not traveling for game tournaments or speaking opportunities, he's catching up on his favorite anime or performing poetry at open mic nights.
A Little More About Me
Below are links to appearances and talks I've been fortunate to participate in. Click the thumbnails to take a peek at what I'm up to. Use the three circles at the bottom of each icon for a brief description. Using the icons themselves will open the associated link in the same browser window.
TEDxFSCJ - Represent! Diversity & Equity in Arts Education
At TEDxFSCJ, I discussed the importance of diverse and equitable representation in higher education for Art and Design.
AIGA Nebraska The SHOW 2018
Along with Rich Hollant and Sadie Red Wing, I was invited as both a judge and keynote speaker for AIGA Nebraska's SHOW. The SHOW is a celebration of the best and brightest visual design of the year hosted in Omaha, NE.
"10 Questions with Marq Mervin" Interview
In preparation to moderate a Q&A with Disney legend Floyd Norman, I was interviewed by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to chat about my creative process, my advocacy work, and my thoughts on education and the importance of art in the cultural sector.
2016 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award Winner List
While at WJXT-TV Channel 4, I worked on the Suncoast Regional Emmy Award winning documentary (page 11), "Challenger: A Rush to Launch" . The documentary is available for viewing on Youtube.
Norman Studios Recaps a night w/ Disney legend Floyd Norman
Norman Studios recaps the lecture series and Q&A panel I conducted with Disney legend Floyd Norman.
"Mind Body Soul" Exhibition Photos
Mind, Body, Soul is the exploration of Black Masculinity through three aspects: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Affection. Manhood is a broad and complicated construct to navigate. The additional layer of Blackness adds onto this complexity. Mind, Body, Soul is intended to explore these complexities in order to find answers to existing questions and develop new inquiries. It is not meant to be a complete understanding of Black Masculinity. Rather, it is an exploration to further understand the depth of masculinity. Each of these areas allow black boys and black men to ask questions, find answers, and develop more inquiries on our journeys in life. Exploring these areas also allow the boys, girls, men, and women we interact with to gain a better understanding of ourselves and, possibly, alleviate the toxicity that is deeply embedded in masculinity.
Community Thread Episode 4 - The Politics of Arts Education
I was invited to speak with other Jacksonville-based creatives and advocates about the importance of arts education.
ECPN - Purple Crayon Interview
I was invited to chat with Purple Crayon's Allison Galloway-Gonzalez about art education, the influence video games have had on my career, my advocacy work with diversity and inclusion, and the importance of creative expression.