Richard Merritt

Richard has been a Professor of Art at Luther College since 1998. He teaches Drawing, Critical Theory, and Art and Technology courses.

Richard is a trans-disciplinary artist whose work sits at the cross roads of aesthetic object, social practice arts, and scholarship. He has exhibited, published, and presented his research in a wide variety of disciplines, most recently at Oxford University, U.K. and Kyoto, Japan. His scholarly work has appeared in numerous publications, among them Leonardo Journal of Arts and Sciences of the MIT Press, as well as the proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Selected Recent Scholarship

  • Absence of Bravery: African American Masculinity and the Construction of the Hero Narrative During the World Wars, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK 2015
  • The Computational Body, Composite Bodies and Post Human Prototypes In Contemporary Performing Arts, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium 2015
  • Invisible Geographies: Violence and Oppression in the Prison-Industrial Complex and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, National Conference of the American Association of Geographers, Tampa, Florida 2014
  • Black Samurai Hip-Hop Blues JBSA Conference Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan 2014
  • A New Home: Memory, reminiscences and The End of Nostalgia Conference on Rethinking Diaspora, COMPAS, International Migration Institute Oxford University, Oxford, UK 2013
  • Spectacle, A Theater of Influence: Magic, Misdirection and New Art, Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary 2013
  • Combat Sport and Resistance: Documenting Resistance in North American Slave Narratives. International Sport and Society Conference, Cambridge University, UK 2012