Colleen Merrill’s practice examines notions of maternity, intimacy, and sexuality through the reconfiguration of domestic textiles.
Merrill obtained her MFA from the University of Kentucky and BFA from the University of Cincinnati. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Institute 193 in Lexington, Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, The Pittsburg Center for the Arts and at the International Textile Biennial in Haact, Belgium.
Merrill is currently an artist resident with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York from May through July, thanks to a grant from the Great Meadows Foundation. She also was recently awarded an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Federation for Women. In the past, she has received fellowships for attending the Byrdcliffe Artist Residency in New York and the Pentaculum Textiles Residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Tennessee.
Her work has been published in the Australian book, “The Craft Companion” by Ramona Barry and in “Textiel Plus Magazine” printed in The Netherlands.
Merrill is an Assistant Professor of Art Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Part-Time Instructor in Fiber at the University of Kentucky.