m e r z k t @ g m a i l . c o m 

Cooper Union BFA 1984
Saint Ann's School 1978

Grew up in Brooklyn
Parents = Architects


2015 Fiendish Plots Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska
2014 Egg Collective, New York Cuty
2014 Wendy Mcdaris Gallery, Hudson New York
2012 Ferro-Strouse Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2012 Grid-Space, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Alpana Bawa New York City.
2010 Rabbithole Studios Brooklyn New York
2005 Tenderloin Culture Lab, San Francisco California
2002 Pierogi 2000 Brooklyn NY
2000 Martinez Gallery New York City
1999 Velocity Gallery Brooklyn NY
1993 Jack Tilton NewYork City
1992 Mitchell Algus Gallery NewYork City


2013 Pierogi 25th Anniversary Show, Brooklyn, New York
2012 Gowanus Studio Space, Dot Dash, Brooklyn, New York
2010 Ferro-Strouse Gallery, Art Basel Miami, Florida
2009 The Barn “ Shadows and Light” Lovestad, Sweden
2007 509 Ellis Cultural Center Luggage Store Gallery San Francisco, California
2007 Metaphor Gallery Radius Show Brooklyn, New York
2007 Pierogi 2000 Group Show Brooklyn, New York
2005 Davis Deutsch “Window Project” Hudson, New York.
2005 Jack Tilton Gallery “The HistoryShow’ New York City
2003 Headlands Center for the Arts “Close Calls”, S F, California.
2002 Metaphor Gallery “Word Play” Brooklyn, New York
2001 Hunter College “Photasm” New York City.
1999 Geoff Young Gallery “ Mix “ Great Barrington, Mass..
1997 Brooklyn Museum “Current Undercurrent” Brooklyn, New York.
1996 Pierogi 2000, “Editions” Brooklyn, New York.
1996 Postmasters Gallery “Digit” New York City.
1996 Guggenheim Gallery “Take Off” Orange County, California
1995 Three Rivers Arts Festival “Like Young” Pittsburgh, PA.
1995 Exit Art “Way Cool” NYC.
1995 Adam Baumgold Gallery “Sex” New York City
1994 Philippe Briet Gallery “The Time of Drawing” New York City
1993 Jack Tilton Gallery “Pure Pop for Now People” New York City
1993 Drawing Center “ Cadavre Exquis” New York City
1993 White Columns “Splat Figures” New York City
1993 Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York City

photo collage

photo collage


1984 The Cooper Union School of Fine Art, BFA
1980 SUNY Purchase, Fine Art, Semester
1978 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy
1978 St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, New York


Brooklyn Rail "Katie Merz" 2015
New York Times “Brooklyn Haven for Art Heats Up” Roberta Smith 1999.
Art In America Solo Exhibition Review Calvin Reid 1999.
Le Veneme de Juedi “New York Explose” 1998.
New York Times, “Women in Comics” Roberta Smith 1994.
Art in America “A Year in The Life of Painting” Jerry Saltz 1994.
Art in America “Solo Exhibit Review” Ingrid Schaffner 1994.
Art News “On the Edge” Edith Newhall 1999.
New York Times “Katie Merz, Cartoons, Sort Of” Roberta Smith 1998
New York Times “Shades of Rebirth in Painting” Roberta Smith 1998.
New York Times "Art in Review" Roberta Smith 1993


2015 Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant
2013 Gowanus Print Residency, Gowanus Print Studio Brooklyn, NY
2012 Oberman Center Collaborative Grant w John D’Agata Iowa City, Iowa
2011 Deadalus Fellowship Painting Grant, Macdowell Colony
2010 Macdowell Colony Residency
2009 Macdowell Colony Residency
2002 Yaddo Colony Residency
2002 Chinati Foundation, Judd Fellowship, Marfa, Texas
2000 Macdowell Colony Residency
1999 Macdowell Colony Residency
1998 Macdowell Colony Residency
1997 Ucross Wyoming Residency
1996 Macdowell Colony Residency
1995 Macdowell Colony Residency


The Mobile Truck Show in collaboration with Rabbitmovers
May 2012, Locations change throughout New York City

Outdoor Wall Art Project
Drawings mounted on the street of New York City.
June 2013 – Ongoing.

Avenue B and 3rd  nyc

Avenue B and 3rd  nyc

Third Street and Avenue B, New York City.
26’x 18’ vinyl photo-collage, mounted as a billboard on building.
In collaboration with Developer, Michael Andoloro, 2002 - 2010


Burger Bobs Restaurant, NYC                                      
Levine Residence, Private Gym, NYC
Kidsown, Kids Store, NYC


Massachusetts College of Art, Boston MA. Dec 2013
Mills College of Art San Francisco CA 2012
CCA San Francisco CA 2013





My course is designed to explore the phenomena of drawing as basic to the visual language of all disciplines. The fundamental notion of observation and analysis in drawing is investigated. As preparation for work in an advanced level, the course involves further development of drawing skills and techniques, as well as an emphasis on individual aesthetic development.



The school-less school was founded in a reaction to the Cooper Unions’ decision to charge admission. There are bi monthly classes offered, that take place on the streets of New York . The students are asked to examine an aspect of the city, and to make visual interventions that respond to the streets of New York. Artists, musicians and writers also contribute to the classes as guest teachers and observers. This is a social experiment that opens the possibility of creating beyond the confines of a school.