Colleen Merrill obtained her MFA from the University of Kentucky in Textiles and BFA from the University of Cincinnati in Sculpture. Through the reconfiguration of domestic textiles, Merrill’s art practice examines the dynamic nature of relationships, sexuality and identity. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally including Institute 193 in Lexington, KY, Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, KY, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, Pittsburg Center for the Arts and at the International Textile Biennial in Haact, Belgium.

She has been awarded fellowships for attending a variety of artist residencies such as the Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in New York and the Pentaculum Textiles Residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee. Her work is featured in numerous publications, most recently in the Australian book, The Craft Companion by Ramona Barry and in Textiel Plus Magazine printed in The Netherlands. She currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she is an art professor at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.