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

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


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

2017:  The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH


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


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:  ICONIC Black Panther, Avalon Regal Theater, Chicago, IL (curated by Sepia 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

2014:  Water, 555 Gallery and Studios, Detroit, MI

2014:  Trans, Studio Couture, Detroit, MI

2013:  Pre-Launch of NAVEL Magazine, North End Studios, Detroit, MI

2013:  The Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, Hamtramck, MI

2013:  Re: Day Job (Don’t Quit Your?), Work Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

2013:  Woman Image Hot, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

2012:  Change of Pace, The Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI

2012:  Language and The City, Studio Couture, Detroit, MI

2011:  Here Here: Graduate Degree Exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2011:  Sequence Video Festival, Cranbrook Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2011:  Scholarship Awards Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

2010:  Body [of] Work, Cranbrook Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

2010:  Balloon Boy Blues and Other Photographically Enforced Disruptions, Capitol, Richmond, VA

2010:  Lost, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA


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

2016:  Midwest Environmental Justice Network Media Campaigns, Detroit Homeland Security, MN, IL, MI

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


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


2017: Santa Fe Art Institute, Equal Justice Residency, Santa Fe, NM (declined)

2016: Midwest Environmental Justice Network Small Grants (Detroit Homeland Security)

2010: Defenders Fighting Fund and Community Award

2009: Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art

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


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


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


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


2013 – 2017:  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



Darkroom Detroit 


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


Wayne State University Department of Sociology, Detroit, MI

Michigan State University College of Law, Lansing, MI

Michigan People’s Defense Network, Detroit, MI

St. Peters Episcopal Church, Detroit, MI

MICATS Action Camp with Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands, Detroit, MI

YWCA Kalamazoo with ACLU of Michigan + Movimiento Cosecha, Kalamazoo, MI


Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland, Ohio

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Cleveland, Ohio

Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI