Colleen Merrill’s current 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. Select exhibitions of her work have been held at Institute 193 in Lexington, Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the International Textile Biennial in Haact, Belgium.
Thanks to a recent grant from the Great Meadows Foundation, Merrill is currently an artist resident with Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York through July 2019. She also recently received an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Federation for Women. In the past, she has been awarded 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 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College and part-time Instructor in Fiber at the University of Kentucky.