EDUCATION

2011:  Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA Photography, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2007:  Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA Photography, Richmond, VA

SOLO | TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019:  We All Live Downwind, The Photography Gallery at Riley Hall, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN 

2018:  Oil + Water, Terhune Gallery, Owens College, Perrysburg, OH 

2018:  We All Live Downwind, Joachim Schumacher Gallery, Westover School, Middlebury, CT

2017:  Another Country, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, MI

2016:  Shock and Neglect, The Gallery at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

2015:  Piece it Together; Art and Protest, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, Toledo, OH

2008:  Tell Me Where You’re Marching, Tell Me Where You’re Bound, Valentine History Center, Richmond, VA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018:  ICONIC Black Panther, Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago, IL (curated by Sepia Collective)

2018:  Unexpected, International Photography Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2018:  Alteration, International Photography Exhibition, Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy

2018:  Call and Response: Art as Resistance, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA (Strange Fire Collective)

2018:  CMCA Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME

2018:  New Acquisitions Show, Second Story Gallery, New Haven, CT

2018:  This is Not Normal, Riopelle Studio Artist Collective, Detroit, MI

2017:  Artist Statement #2, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si, Korea

2017:  Radical Resistance to Xenophobia, Grady Alexis Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Art United)

2017:  Call and Response: Art as Resistance, Month of Photography Denver, Denver, CO (Strange Fire Collective)

2017:  Biennial 29, South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN

2017:  Group Show 52 Alternative Facts: Humble Arts Foundation, New York, NY

2017:  30 Day Guarantee, Slayer Gallery, Online Exhibition

2017:  Round in Circles, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

2016:  Coagulants, AC Institute, New York, NY

2016:  Re: Formation, Gallery Project, Toledo, OH | Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI               

2016:  What We're Made Of: The CCS Faculty Exhibition, Valade Gallery, Detroit, MI

2016:  #photo, Hatch Gallery, Hamtramck, MI

2015:  Essay'd III, 9338campau, Hamtramck, MI

2015:  This House is a (____), Cass Corridor Commons, Detroit, MI

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2017:  Midwest Environmental Justice Network Media Campaigns, Detroit Homeland Security, MN, IL, MI

2016:  Detroit Resists is Occupying the U.S. Pavilion, Detroit Resists, Venice, Italy

2015:  Don’t Ignore the Messenger, Detroit Homeland Security, Porous Borders Festival, Detroit, MI

RESIDENCIES | AWARDS | GRANTS

2019:  Society for Photographic Education 2019 Imagemaker Award, SPE Awards & Recognition Fund

2018:  Artist in Residence, Lacawac Residency and Environmental Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, PA

2018:  Artist in Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute, Equal Justice Residency, Santa Fe, NM (declined)

2017:  Artist in Residence, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2016:  Midwest Environmental Justice Network Media Grant (DHS)

2010:  Richmond Defenders Fighting Fund and Community Awards

2009:  Cranbrook Academy of Art Merit Scholarship

2008:  Golden Hammer Award, Alliance to Conserve Old Richmond Neighborhoods

2007:  Undergraduate Fellowship Photography, Virginia Museum of Fine Art

2006:  Undergraduate Fellowship Sculpture, Virginia Museum of Fine Art

LECTURES | SYMPOSIUMS

2019: Oil and Water; Photography in the Age of Disaster Economies, SPE National Conference, Cleveland, OH

2018: Without Boundaries; Sculpture X Social Practice Symposium, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH

2018: We All Live Downwind Exhibition Artist Lecture, Westover School, Middlebury, CT

2017: Archives in Real Time, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, MI

2017: Can I Get A Witness?, Open Engagement National Conference 2017 – Justice, Chicago, IL

2017: Water Rights & Art As Resistance, Justice Studies Association National Conference, WSU, Detroit, MI

2017: Expect Resistance, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Ann Arbor, MI

2017: Bearing Witness: Art as Activism, Stanford Arts Institute & Detroit Arts Immersion, Detroit, MI

2017: The Art of Detroit’s Resistance, 19th Annual Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI

2017: Water Is Life: Standing Rock Panel, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI

2017: Can I Get A Witness?, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

2016: Occupy Discourse; Detroit Homeland Security, The College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

2016: Reclaim the Commons, Take Back the Tap!, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

2016: Testify; Stay Woke Lecture Series, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

2016: Radical Lawyers & Legal Workers In Radical Movements, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH

2015: Brick by Brick, Wall by Wall, CoCA, University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, Toledo, OH

2014: Bearing Witness: Art as Activism, Fall Lecture Series, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2013: Black Day in July, Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2008: Former Sites of the Richmond Slave Trade, Valentine History Center, Richmond, VA

COLLECTIONS | LIBRARIES

2018: Artspace Flatfile Collection, New Haven, CT

2018: Joachim Schumacher Gallery Collection, Westover School, Middlebury, CT

2017: Eugene Coleman Savidge Library, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2015: Toledo Museum of Art Library, Toledo, OH

2008: The Richmond Valentine History Center, Richmond, VA

Private Collections in New York, Connecticut, Virginia

PRESS | PUBLICATIONS | REVIEWS

2019:  Detroit Research: Volume 3 (forthcoming)

2019: A People’s Atlas of Detroit | Wayne State University Press (forthcoming) 

2018: Dear Dave Magazine | Shanna Merola in Conversation with Steven Frailey

2018: The Creative Independent | Kate Levy + Shanna Merola in Conversation w Daniel Sharp

2018: LensCulture | Shanna Merola

2017: Aint Bad Magazine | Shanna Merola

2017: CICA Press | Artist Statement #2

2017: Drain Magazine | Art Projects Shanna Merola

2017: Riverwise Magazine | 67 Rebellion Edition

2017: Living Writers Podcast | Conversation with Shanna Merola

2017: Detroit Art Review | Group Exhibition @ N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

2016: Nat.Brut | Art and Protest: Piece it Together

2016: Barbed Magazine Issue 4 | Detroit Bread

2016: Interview Magazine | The New Activists

2016: Hyperallergic | After Flint Water Crisis, Police Murders, and More..

2015: Essay'd: Short Essays on Detroit Artists | 26 Shanna Merola

2015: Critical Moment: Detroit by Detroiters | Featured Artist Shanna Merola

2014: Art 21 Magazine | The Feast of Detroit

2014: infinite mile a journal of art and culture(s) in Detroit | Black Day in July

2010: Black Workers for Justice | Struggle Heats Up to Reclaim Richmond’s African Burial Ground

2008: RVA News | You Are Parking Your Car in a Lot That Was Built Over a Historic Cemetery

2008: Church Hill News | ACORN Announces 2008 Golden Hammer Special Award Winners

2008: New Views of History | The Richmond Times Dispatch

ARTICLES AUTHORED

2016: infinite mile | #freethewater; Conversation with Anonio Cosme | Artwork by William Lucka

2016: infinite mile | The Systems Not Broken, It Was Built This Way

2016: Guild Notes | Flint Inmates Forced to Drink Contaminated Water

2015: Guild Notes | NLG Legal Observers Monitor Toledo Nazi Counter Protest

TEACHING APPOINTMENTS

2018: Visiting Faculty (Fall 2018), Cranbrook Academy of Art, Photography Department, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2013 – 2018:  Part-Time Faculty, College for Creative Studies, Foundation Department, Detroit, MI

2012 – 2013:  Part-Time Faculty, Wayne State University, Photography Department, Detroit, MI

2014: Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summer Arts Intensive, Richmond, VA

2014: Instructor, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Youthview Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, MI

RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018:  Visiting Artist, Graduate Critiques, Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2018:  Visiting Artist, AP Photography Critiques, Westover School, Middlebury, CT

2017:  Visiting Lecturer + Workshop Instructor, Stanford Arts Institute and Detroit Arts Immersion, Detroit, MI

2017:  Visiting Artist, Undergraduate Photo Critiques, University of Richmond Department of Art, Richmond, VA

2016:  Visiting Artist, Department of Digital + Media Critiques, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1014:  Visiting Lecturer + Workshop Instructor, Department of Art and Design, Lawrence Tech, Southfield MI

2011 – 2013:  Studio Assistant to Liz Cohen, Photography AIR, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

WORKSHOPS + TRAININGS FACILITATED

LEGAL OBSERVER TRAININGS

Notre Dame University Law School, Notre Dame, IN 

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Brown University, Providence, RI

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Marygrove College Department of Visual Arts, Detroit, MI

Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI

University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan State University College of Law, Lansing, MI

University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Detroit, MI

Flint Rising, St. Michael’s Church, Flint, MI

Collective Against White Supremacy, Ann Arbor, MI

Attica Film Screening + Legal Observer Training, 1515 Broadway, Detroit, MI

2016 RNC Jail Support + Legal Observer Training, Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland, Ohio

2016 RNC Jail Support + Legal Observer Training, The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio

2016 RNC Jail Support + Legal Observer Training, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WORKSHOPS

Know Your Rights for Photography: Defending The 1st Amendment in Public Space, Darkroom Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights: If an Agent Knocks, Lansing Public Library, Lansing, MI

Know Your 1stAmendment Rights to Protest, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Know Your 1stAmendment Rights to Protest, Michigan State University College of Law, Lansing, MI

Know Your 1stAmendment Rights to Protest, Wayne State University Department of Sociology, Detroit, MI

Know Your 1stAmendment Rights to Protest, Michigan People’s Defense Network, Detroit, MI

Know Your 1stAmendment Rights to Protest, Michigan Youth Summit, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights: Protests, Direct Action + Civil Disobedience, Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights: Protests, Direct Action + Civil Disobedience, MICATS Action Camp, MI

Know Your Rights: Protests, Direct Action + Civil Disobedience, Occupy ICE, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights: Protests, Direct Action + Civil Disobedience, Poor People’s Campaign, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights: Protests, Direct Action + Civil Disobedience, Michigan United, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights for Immigration + Legal Observer Training, Rapid Response Detroit, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights for Protests + Legal Observer Training with the ACLU of Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI