Merry Norris Contemporary Art is a professional art advisory firm based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1978, Merry Norris Contemporary Art has provided curatorial services to private collectors, public institutions, developers, boutique hotels and law firms including Los Angeles World Airports, UCLA, Los Angeles Center Studios, Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles Convention Center, Cedars Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ernst & Young, LLP and CB Richard Ellis Investors, LLC.

Collaborating closely with the client, Merry Norris Contemporary Art offers expertise in building and maintaining corporate and private art collections through specialized acquisition and sales services. With years of experience and knowledge of the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles, the firm provides comprehensive services for public art programs.


As an arts advocate, consultant, curator, executive, and public servant Merry Norris has dedicated her career to the cultural and civic life of Los Angeles. She has championed public art awareness and design excellence through her role in numerous major activities, including being instrumental in the founding and funding of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) 1979-84, serving as the President and Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Los Angeles 1984-90 and as Executive Director of Gateway to L.A. PBID 1998-2001.

In addition to being named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA/LA) in 1990, Norris is the first person in the Chapter’s history to be elected as a Public Member to the Board of Directors of AIA/LA in 1995 where she has recently concluded 14 years of service.
In October 2011, Norris was awarded the Presidential Award as the first “Design Advocate”.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and as a Founding Trustee for the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA).  She recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design and The Industry, presenting new and experimental productions that merge music, visual arts, and performance in order to expand the traditional definition of opera. Past Board of Directors participation includes LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Associates, Project Restore (Los Angeles City Hall), Los Angeles Conservancy, and Collage Dance Theatre.


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