Education

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

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

Residencies | Fellowships

2018:  Santa Fe Art Institute, Equal Justice Residency, Santa Fe, NM

2017:  The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

Solo | Two-Person Exhibitions

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

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

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

2017:  Group Show 52 Alternative Facts, Humble Arts Foundation, Online Exhibition

2017:  Call and Response: Art as Resistance, Strange Fire Collective, Denver, CO

2017:  Detroit 1967 Exhibition, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI  

2017:  Outlawed! The Tenth Annual Vagina Show, The Trumbullplex, Detroit, MI

2017:  Nasty Women; Binders of Them, CAVE Gallery, Detroit, MI

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

2016:  Coagulants, AC Institute, New York, NY

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:  The Facebook Show, MONA, Pontiac, MI

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

2010:  Lost, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA

Collaborative Projects

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

Lectures | Symposiums

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

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

Awards | Grants

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

2010: Richmond Defenders Fighting Fund and Community Awards

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

Collections | Libraries 

2015: Toledo Museum of Art Library, Toledo, OH

2008: The Richmond Valentine History Center, Richmond, VA

Press | Publications

2016: Beryl Satter, Art and Protest: Piece It Together, Nat.Brut

2016: Barbed Magazine Issue #04, Detroit Bread, Barbed Magazine

2016: Interview Magazine, The New Activists, Interview Magazine

2016: Sarah Rose Sharp, After Flint Water Crisis, Police Murders, and More, Hyperallergic

2015: Clara DeGalan, 26 Shanna Merola, Essay’d: Short Essays on Detroit Artists

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

2014: Erin Sweeny, The Feast of Detroit, Art 21 Magazine

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

2010: Ana Edwards, Struggle Heats Up To Reclaim Richmond’s African Burial Ground, Black Workers For Justice

2008: Shockoe News, You Are Parking Your Car In A Lot That Was Built Over A Historic Cemetery, RVA News

2008: John Murden, ACORN Announces 2008 Golden Hammer Special Award Winners, Church Hill News

2008: Daniel Neman, New Views of History, The Richmond Times Dispatch

Publications Authored

2016: #freethewater; Conversation with Antonio Cosme, Artwork by William Lucka,

              infinite mile a journal of art and culture(s) in Detroit

2016: The System’s Not Broken, It Was Built This Way, infinite mile in collaboration with the

            University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, 2016 Art & Race Series

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

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

Teaching Appointments

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

Workshops | Trainings Facilitated

Legal Observer “Train the Trainers” Workshop, UDC School of Law, National Conference, Washington, DC 

Legal Observer Training, Notre Dame University Law School, Notre Dame, IN

Legal Observer Training, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Legal Observer Training, Brown University, Providence, RI 

Legal Observer Training, St. Michael’s Church, Flint, MI

Legal Observer Training, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI

Legal Observer Training, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI

Legal Observer Training, Michigan State University College of Law, Lansing, MI

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

Legal Observing & Know Your Rights for Community Safety, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Legal Observing & Know Your Rights for Community Safety, Marygrove College, Detroit, MI

Jail Support & Legal Observer Training for the RNC, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI

Jail Support & Legal Observer Training for the RNC, Case Western Reserve Law School, Cleveland, OH

Jail Support & Legal Observer Training for the RNC, ACLU of Ohio, Cleveland, OH

Know Your Rights, Michigan State University College of Law, Lansing, MI

Know Your Rights, Wayne State University Department of Sociology, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights for Protests, St. Peters Episcopal Church, Detroit, MI 

Know Your Rights for Protests, Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands, Detroit, MI

Know Your Rights for Direct Action, MICATS Action Camp, MI