Meris Drew

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Meris Drew (b. 1995, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) holds an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. Her work is an inquiry into how the earth appears, the potential that lies within it, what it means and what we will make of it. The paintings, like the swampy Floridian landscape where she grew up, are places where volatile organic systems intersect, and are full of science, storytelling and magical thinking. Through nested cycles of painting and unpainting, each canvas is a reenactment of the structures of nature flourishing and decaying from micro- to macrocosm.

Drew’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Bottom Feeder Books in Pittsburgh, PA, Racecar Factory in Indianapolis, IN and Grunwald Gallery of Art in Bloomington, IN. Group presentations include those with Platform x David Zwirner; John Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, IN; The Lodge, Los Angeles, CA; Schwitzer Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX; University of Texas, Tyler, TX; University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC; Betty Isermann Gallery, Sarasota, FL; Artspace 111, Fort Worth, TX; and, Project Moné, New York, NY. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, residencies and grants, among them a Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship nomination, the Bloomington Emerging Artist Grant, a grant from the Ringholz Foundation, a residency through the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement, and multiple awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters. Drew previously taught painting and drawing at Indiana University, and is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work was recently published in Warm Milk #3 and Saw Palm #15.

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