Associate Professor of Art Rachel Merrill-Schwaller Selected for Elite Iowa Artist Fellowship Program

August 9, 2019

Rachel Merrill-Schwaller,  Associate Professor of Art, has been selected for the Elite Iowa Artist Fellowship Program. The Iowa Arts Council is committed to recognizing the impact individual artists have on the vitality of the arts in Iowa. The Artist Fellowship Program provides support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and the capacity for continued contributions to the excellence and innovation of the arts in the state. The Artist Fellowship Program seeks to elevate the arts in Iowa by advancing the artistic careers of Iowa artists through funding and professional development. Fellowship recipients exemplify the following program priorities:

  • Excellence & Innovation – Artist capitalizes on new, emerging methods or trends in their field, achieving artistic vision through unique and highly creative means in concept and form
  • Career Readiness – Artist is at a pivotal stage in artistic career and is committed to advancing to the next level
  • Public Value – Artist contributes to the vitality of arts in Iowa by actively creating and presenting new work that is accessible to Iowans

 Each fellow receives a one-time grant of $10,000. Funding for the Artist Fellowship Program is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Applicants must adhere to the funding policies of the Iowa Arts Council.

Rachel Merrill is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes of spectacle, American sports and competition. Merrill received a BS from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN, and earned her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She has exhibited her work nationally and is active in her local art community, sharing a passion for art and education within the central Iowa area. She currently works as an Associate Professor of Art at Grand View University in Des Moines, teaching all levels of students in drawing, design, sculpture, art history and critical thinking.