The Stone Institute

Advisory Board

In the past, artists who were living in the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries lived Spartan lives. They produced their work and sold it wherever and whenever they could. The Church was a great benefactor to many of the now famous artists and commissioned thousands of paintings and sculptures to decorate Holy grounds.

If an artist was lucky, he or she would have wealthy backer to take them under their wing so to speak. These rich men and women provided studio space and gallery connections that benefited both the artist and the sponsor. It probably still occurs today, but much less often. Some wealthy gallery owners promote work they like which can lead to amazing success, depending on the position of the gallery owner and their access to the news media.

After my opening two weeks ago, I have been pondering how I could contribute more effectively to the art world in Memphis, as well as regionally, then nationally. I have had discussions with Michigan State University about connecting to their School of Art or another School within the University dedicated to educating people who have multiple talents, perhaps helping them to integrate their creative side with their scientific or analytical side. There is a need.

I recognize that many of my patients and their relatives have amazing talents in all areas of business, finance, ministry, public works, visual arts, culinary arts, marketing, law, home building, automotive sales, meat packing, car racing, professors, teachers, welders, farmers, accountants, hair designers, restaurateurs, and a whole host of other areas pertinent to the normal life in general. The patient population at the Stone Institute has a diverse breadth of experience, and each patient brings technical expertise different than my own. I have learned much from those who come to the office; it's always a two way street.

I am contemplating creating an advisory group that cares about me as an artist as I care about them as a patient. This group of people would be loyal and act in the best interest of Merigian Studios rather than in their own best interest. They would advocate for Merigian Studios within their broader communities. And most importantly, they would obey legal and ethical standards in executing the Merigian Studio's mission.

I suspect that the first group of those who wish to be a part of the organization will help Merigian Studios grow organically. We will have to learn how to hustle, be mindful of the lessons in failure, and how to grow from our disappointments.

Over time, a sense of confidence will emerge. I will become more comfortable with my work being seen, knowing that it's okay not to be appreciated at times. There are many life lessons to be learned in viability. This group of advisors must be comfortable at nudging me along the path of unfoldment as an artist, much the same way that I was nudged by mentors in the practice of medicine. I took the lessons I learned from my mentors and created an entire new way to practice medicine. I want to experience the same in the art world.

I have several avenues that are creative outlets for me. Visual art, poetry, and literature are all a part of my skill sets. I am open to suggestions, and I want to grow Merigian Studios as I have the Stone Institute - one person at a time.

If you are interested in being a part of Merigian Studios as a member of the advisory board, please send me a request or send it to Roxanne Evans at I believe that if the proper team is assembled, I can grow quickly and efficiently as an artist, I can be of service to the art community in general, people will begin to recognize the Merigian brand, and we will all be proud of those works I have created in any genre.

At the very least, I appreciate your consideration.

Kevin S. "Kiki" Merigian
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