Michael Merry

Instructor (part-time)
(205) 348-1986
Office Location:
Woods 119
(205) 348-0287

Michael Merry teaches drawing at UA. He works mainly in drawing, printmaking and photography. His focus is more and more toward developing opportunities for artists and experiences for viewers in the community where he lives. He is a one of the founders of Birmingham’s first publicly accessible printmaking facility and artists’ co-operative, PaperWorkers Local. Merry is also interested in art theory, curating and writing about art and has curated multiple exhibitions in Birmingham; Newark, Delaware; and Philadelphia.

Merry is the principal instructor of art at Snead State Community College and has taught courses in The University of Alabama System. He received the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Delaware. He received the Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in printmaking and the Bachelor of Arts in anthropology with a minor in philosophy from The University of Alabama. An Alabama native, he lives in Irondale with his wife Linda, also an artist.

Artist’s statement:

Wittgenstein wrote about the temptation to think of pictures being as clearly definable as words. They often come with an epistemic feeling that the world is the way the image shows it to us. However, we also interpret images via the values and meanings of a learned culture and personal histories.
 I’m interested in working between these two ideas. As I remake these photographs in graphite I focus on details in an effort to be faithful to the original. At the same time I am working according to a self imposed rule that makes literal reproduction impossible.
 Between the pseudo-objectivity of the photograph and my subjective choices, the making the work becomes a reflexive study of both myself and the culture I grew up in.

News and Exhibitions


New Work (solo exhibition), Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL


Combine and Conquer. Mountain Valley Arts Council, Guntersville, AL
Co-Inspire. Wesley College, Dover DE
Paper Thick. Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL
PaperWorkers Local Fall Salon. Co-curator and organizer. Birmingham, AL


Organized Labor. The University of Montevallo. Montevallo, AL
Collaborative Image. Hoover Public Library, Hoover, AL
PaperWorkers Local Fall Salon. Co-curator and organizer. Birmingham, AL


Interchange. The Edge of Chaos Gallery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Birmingham, AL
Source/Process. Birmingham Public Library. Birmingham, AL
Beth Young. Instigator and organizer. Snead State Community College. Boaz, AL
PaperWorkers Local Fall Salon. Co-curator and organizer. Birmingham, AL
PaperWorkers Local at Lowe Mill. Huntsville, AL
PaperWorkers Local Annual Members’ Portfolio, Birmingham, AL


M.F.A., University of Delaware (2012)
B.F.A., The University of Alabama (2008)
B.A., The University of Alabama (2001)