Hugh Merrill’s art is a conversation with his art form, printmaking. His work is about process and change; a call and response activity where variation is the intention, not the by-product. He creates sequential narratives in his studio practice, resulting in work that is diverse, expansive, evolving and conversational with itself, the artist and the print medium. “Variation is a means to come closer to articulating the essence of truth,” he says, and you can witness this in Merrill’s print work.
Hugh Merrill has taught and lectured on printmaking at over 75 universities, colleges, and schools worldwide. He has spoken at numerous conferences including SGCI and the College Art Association, and in 2007 he received the distinguished education award from Southern Graphics Council. His work has been exhibited and collected by major museums including, MOMA, The Daum Museum, The Harvard Art Museum, Minneapolis Museum of Art, and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. He continues to work for many community and arts organizations, has an active studio practice and teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.
His most recent book is called Preaching to the Choir: a collection of essays and writings on Hugh’s art and his life as a printmaker.