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UT Tyler Department of Art and Art History

 Merrie Wright

Merrie Wright

Title: Associate Professor and Chair
Department: Department of Art & Art History
Building: ARC 135
Phone: 903.566.7423


B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute
M.F.A., Louisiana State University
Area: Ceramics, Design, Introduction to Art


Wright received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, spent one year as a post-baccalaureate student at Southern Methodist University, and received her MFA from Louisiana State University. After teaching at several universities, Wright has settled into her studio in east Texas. Today her work focuses on ceramic sculpture, installation, and photographs of site-specific works. She exhibits her works nationally, has curated many ceramic-based exhibitions, and does workshops and lectures for universities, art centers, and galleries.

Summary of Current Research

Wright’s current work continues to explore ideas of camouflage, including both natural phenomena and man-made versions such as those used in warfare. Life-like ceramic sculptures of animals don a myriad of patterns and colors- some meant to allow the sculpture to merge seamlessly into the environment, others meant to disorient or confuse. The work is influenced by patterns used by ancient cultures, work of the Optical Art movement, and military camouflage both past and present. Ultimately, the work explores the ability for camouflaged surfaces to transform our perception of space.

Merrie Wright's Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae Merrie Wright