Merrill Shatzman

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies

Education

  • M.F.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1981

Overview

Merrill Shatzman received her B.F.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work as an abstract printmaker includes images in relief, silkscreen, lithography, bookmaking and digital media. Over the past fifteen years her prints have been exhibited in ninety solo, invitational, group and juried shows throughout the United States and internationally, including a solo exhibitions at the Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (April 2009), Roanoke College (2008). Shatzman's award winning prints are found in numerous museum and corporate collections in the United States including: the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, The Fogg Museum, UCLA's Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Art, California State University Long Beach, Museum of Art, Texas Tech University, National Museum of American Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Her abundantly detailed woodcuts explore the "universal language" created by signs, writing systems, symbols and pre-imagined images (such as maps, charts, photographs, texts and written language). Inspired by her passion for written forms from multiple cultures, including Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Mesoamerican, her black-and-white relief images are rich with calligraphic marks, camouflage, patterning and symbols, which allude to signs and letters, condensed and illegible. Her symbolic interpretations of the visual letterforms respond to the rich cultural history of the civilizations from which they are inspired, contemplating ideas of relics and interweaving the domains of philosophy, religion, mysticism, linguistics and humanistic inquiry. Her most recent prints combine digital imaging and silkscreen printing, uniquely highlighting the similarities between these different media through her abstract, highly patterned written forms.

Expertise

Printmaking, book art, typography, drawing, graphic design, digital imaging, infographics, mapping, calligraphy

Projects

Seven prints by Merrill Shatzman are included in the Biennale Internationale d’estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivieres from June 21- September 6, 2015.  The International... read more »
The International Print Triennial in Krakow is a tradition that spans almost half a century that has continually developed, evolving according to the newest trends in... read more »
I usually dedicate several years to creating a body of work using either silkscreen or relief printing methods, rarely combining the two. I have often thought of these... read more »

Merril Shatzman: Exhibitions, 2002. Visual artist. (2002)

Merril Shatzman: Exhibitions, 2001. Visual artist. (2001)

Merril Shatzman: Exhibitions, 2000. Visual artist. (2000)

Pages

Alphabetic Excursions. Creator. Alphabetic Excursions (2010)

Abstract

Inspired by my interest in the decoration and patterning surrounding written forms (Medieval illuminated manuscripts, Japanese prints, Persian paintings) mapping and signage, these complex and highly detailed silkscreen prints exclusively use digital tec

Art Poem Digital Prints. Visual artist. Digital Prints (2009)

Inaugural Address. Creator. Inaugural Address (2009)

Abstract

Expanding upon my different letter forms this series of prints explores the same compositional format throughout the series, with different marks and patternings differentiating the images from one another.

Calligraffiti and Letter Recognition. Creator. Calligraffiti and Letter Recognition (2007)

Abstract

Through my passion for writing systems and ancient scripts I created a body of prints focusing on semi-readable, abstracted symbolic and undecipherable letter forms that reveal a matrix of patterns, words and hidden messages. In my Letter Recognition ser

Mayaglyphs and Zapotec. Creator. Mayaglyphs and Zapotec (2007)

Abstract

Capitalizing on my working practice of recycling, dissecting, reworking and layering my working drawings, I have reconfigured earlier prints resulting in the Mayaglyph series. Inspired by Mayan hieroglyphic writing, the structure of each image mimics the

Cryptiffiti and Graffiti Glyphs. Visual artist. Cryptiffiti and Graffiti Glyphs (2006)

Abstract

This series of woodblock prints fuses signage, symbols and written forms. Through the use of my unique language/text and pictograms, these prints investigate different structural divisions and matrices that define my compositional space revealing a synth

Pages

Spring 2017

Relief Print/chinese Culture (ARTSVIS 225K.01)
DKU Conf 2002, MW 08:30 AM-11:00 AM

Fall 2016

Printmaking: Silkscreen (ARTSVIS 224.01)
Smith Wrhs 125, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Book Art: Typography As Image (ARTSVIS 237.01)
Smith Wrhs 228, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Printmaking: Silkscreen (VMS 221.01)
Smith Wrhs 125, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Book Art: Typography As Image (VMS 243.01)
Smith Wrhs 228, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2016

Figure Drawing (ARTSVIS 202.01)
Smith Wrhs 200, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Senior Capstone in Visual Prac (ARTSVIS 498S.01)
Smith Wrhs 228, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2015

Book Art: Form and Function (ARTSVIS 201.01)
Smith Wrhs 228, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Printmak:relief/monotype (ARTSVIS 226.01)
Smith Wrhs 125, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Book Art: Form and Function (VMS 201.01)
Smith Wrhs 228, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2014

Printmaking: Silkscreen (ARTSVIS 224.01)
Smith 125, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Book Art: Typography As Image (ARTSVIS 237.01)
Smith 228, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Printmaking: Silkscreen (VMS 221.01)
Smith 125, M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Book Art: Typography As Image (VMS 243.01)
Smith 228, Th 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2014

Senior Capstone in Visual Prac (ARTSVIS 498S.01)
Smith 228, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Digital Printmaking (ARTSVIS 238.01)
Smith 228, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM