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Dana Schmerzler grew up making artwork alongside her father. She was influenced by Wassily Kandinsky, Louise Nevelson and Edward Steichen from an early age, which set the tone for the multimedia work that she currently creates. Schmerzler received her BFA in Photography from SUNY New Paltz in May 2015 and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 

Check out Break Thru Radio's postcast Art Uncovered to learn more about Dana Schmerzler's work.

Her photographs have been featured in various group exhibitions, including VideoFreex: The Art of Guerrilla Television at The Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art, The Annual Photography Exhibition at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and Art through the Lens at Yeiser Art Center in 2015. In 2014, Schmerzler solo curated The Tipping Point at the Center for Photography in Woodstock and organized Exit at ARTBAR Gallery in Kingston NY in 2015. Dana Schmerzler has work included in The Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection and won an honorable mention at Greenpoint Gallery's Annual Photography Exhibition.

Schmerzler uses photography as a tool to recreate the past and contemplate the present. Schmerzler’s work explores Judaism in context to her family’s experience in the Holocaust and to her own upbringing. As the model of her own work, Schmerzler explores the role religion plays in life - the bond, obedience and aversion one may feel towards it.