Mia Merlin is an Atlanta native and a Lecturer in Foundations at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.  She recently completed a three year Visiting Lecturer position at Georgia State University and has also been an instructor at Spelman College, Emory University, Georgia Gwinnett College and Kennesaw State University.  Merlin studied Psychology and Comparative religion as an undergraduate at Hampshire College and did not take her art making seriously until long after graduation.   This happened in no small part through finding her mentor, Ralph Gilbert, who believed in her and saw her potential long before she or anyone else did.  And so  Here is a link to a recent interview about Merlin and her current work.

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Merlin will have two solo exhibitions in 2014, one at the River Gallery in Chattanooga, and the other at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta.  In 2012 her work was selected for volume 20 of Studio Visit Magazine.   She has had solo exhibitions at the University of West Georgia, Emory University, Georgia State University and Fay Gold Gallery.   Collections she has work in include King & Spalding law firm and the Estate of artist Fairfield Porter.  Her solo exhibition “Birthday Party” was rated among the top 10 art shows of the year by Atlanta’s art magazine, Creative Loafing.  Other exhibition highlights include the home of the Ambassador to Vatican City, Fiat Lux, a nationally juried show sponsored by the Phillips Collection, Art at Play at The Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama and the Rosenthal International Juried Exhibition where she won Best in Show.  Recently, her work was published in the “Menninger Perspective,” an international journal for the Menninger psychiatric clinic.