Clayton Merrell grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. He studied painting and printmaking at Brigham Young University and the Yale School of Art, where he earned an MFA in 1995. His work is exhibited widely, with recent exhibitions at: The American Embassy in Belmopan, Belize; The Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM; Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; and the Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY. He was awarded “Artist of the Year” at The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in 2005. Clayton Merrell is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.