Merrill Krabill

Professor of Art

Merrill Krabill


  • BA, Goshen College, 1979
  • MFA, Claremont Graduate University, 1986
The Artistic World: Holy Art
Exploration of perspectives, processes and ideas from the Arts and how they fit into a broader understanding of experience. The course emphasizes the visual arts, but looks for overlap and contrast with other arts and other disciplines. The focus is on ways of experiencing and thinking about the holy.
An introduction to working with handbuilding, throwing on the wheel, glazes, firing kilns, and other processes used in Ceramics. Students will also explore the way clay behaves and looks and how that can be used to express thought and feelings. 
Advanced Ceramics
Further development in each of the ideas and understandings from previous classes. The advanced classes, which can be repeated, rely more on students’ personal interests and initiative. 
Humanities: Art and Theater
Exploration of perspectives, processes, and ideas from Theater, Visual Arts, and the Arts generally. Ideas are designed to complement other ideas from other disciplines.
An introduction to the ways of creating and refining digital images. Different approaches to photography will be used to see how images communicate thought and feelings.
An introduction to using photos to communicate an understanding of events happening in the world. Students will primarily shoot on-campus, but will go beyond as that is possible. The Photo-Communication course is a pre-requisite for this. 
Art Senior Exhibit
Art majors develop their work through critiques every other week with art faculty and other seniors in the exhibit. Preparations for the Senior show are  coordinated through this course. 
Historic Courses
Senior Seminar
Advanced Photography

Merrill Krabill teaches Ceramics and Photography classes as well as others. His studio work focuses on how the holy and the everyday overlap with great respect for what Stephen De Staebler calls the beauty of events that were not foretold.

He is a member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship’s Education Commission and teaches a children’s Sunday School class.

Exhibits, Lectures, and Collections with Krabill’s work

One-person exhibit and slide lecture, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, 2012.

Northern Indiana Clay Artists group exhibit, The Clay Place (Standard Ceramics), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012.

Mennonite Church USA collection, Elkhart, Indiana, acquired 2012.

Celebrating Christmas in Art lecture,  Afternoon Sabbatical, Goshen College, 2011.

For Roland group exhibit, Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, California, 2010.

Goshen College Faculty exhibit, Andrews Univ, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 2010

Goshen College Faculty exhibit, Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, IA, 2010.

Goshen College Faculty exhibit, EyeDart Gallery, Goshen, Indiana, 2009.

An Image and a Touch one-person exhibit, concurrent with Microsphere symposium (cancer research), Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, 2008.

Clay at Goshen College exhibit, concurrent with National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2008.

Claremont Graduate University Alumni digital Exhibit, Asian Fusion Gallery, Asian Cultural Center, New York City, 2007.

Carnegie Center for the Arts 2007 Juried Regional exhibit, Three Rivers, Michigan, 2007.

Earth and Sky one-person exhibit, Hershberger Gallery, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, 2007

Extended Hands group exhibit supporting Dick Lehman, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2006.

Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibition, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana, 2006.

Goshen College Art Department 50th Anniversary Faculty Exhibit, Goshen College,

Goshen, Indiana, 2006.

Raku workshop taught, Bunsei University of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan, 2005.

Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park collection, Shigaraki, Japan, acquired 2005.

60th Scripps Ceramics Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, California, 2004.

reviewed (w/image) in Kerameiki Techni,a Greek magazine

Paul’s Fire acquired by Marer Ceramics Collection, Scripps College, Claremont, California, 2004.

Professor of Art

Department Chair

Goshen College

July 2005

Togei no mori (Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park), Shigaraki, Japan.

Professor of Art

Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas

Summ 1991,90
Visiting Professor

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Adjunct Lecturer

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Summ 1985
Studio Assistant

Paul Soldner, Aspen, Colorado.

Current Committee Assignments

Space Planning Committee