Professor of Art
- Art and the Sacred (an Artistic World class)
- 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 sacred.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advanced Photography
- The study of photography as an expressive art form. Includes further study in artistic, technical, and/or commercial areas of photo imaging.
- 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.
- Art Senior Seminar
- Integrating creative endeavors, life’s purposes and faith. Issues concerning professional, vocational, ethical, theological and historical dimensions of being an artist are explored.
- Identity, Culture, and Community
- An introduction to the Goshen Core with an exploration of the construction of identity, the components of culture, and elements of community .
Merrill Krabill teaches interdisciplinary classes, Ceramics, Photography, and other classes in the Art Department. His current studio work uses the metaphor of death and resurrection to explore life’s pain and loss. The hope the work holds out is that the interconnectedness of all of life–recognizing and nurturing our connection with others–is our way to move from loss to redemption.
He is a member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship and is on the Worship Commission there. The challenges of the pandemic have given rise to many losses, but also the opportunity to rethink worship and church in some exciting new ways.
Commission–farewell for Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship (Goshen, Indiana) pastor, Dan Schrock. 2020.
Book cover image–Without a Plea. poems by Jeff Gundy, Bottom Dog Press, 2019.
Merrill Krabill: A Visual Reflection on Fear and Connection. solo exhibits in 2019 at
Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio
Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana
C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture. Krabill’s 2018-19 project, using interviews, reflection, and studio practice, presented reflections on how to guide life towards wholeness without being moved off course by fear. Lectures and exhibits were presented at Goshen College and Bluffton University.
Goshen College Faculty, group exhibit at Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, 2018.
Between Heaven and Earth: exploring the edges of life, solo exhibit at Huntington College, Huntington, Indiana, 2017.
Between Heaven and Earth, solo exhibit at Hershberger Gallery, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, 2016.
Natal Signs: Cultural Representations of Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting. ed. Nadya Burton. “Paternal Loss and Anticipation”. Rachel Epp Buller writing about Krabill’s work and practice.
Postpartum, group exhibit at E.B. White Gallery, Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kansas, 2012.
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 ceramics journal
Paul’s Fire piece acquired by Marer Ceramics Collection, Scripps College, Claremont, California, 2004.
Professor of Art. Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana. 2001-present. (Department Chair 2004/05, 2009-present).
Artist-in-Residence, Togei no mori (Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park), Shigaraki, Japan. July 2005.
Associate Professor of Art, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. 1989-2001
Adjunct Lecturer. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. 1987-1989. (Visiting professor, summers of 1990 and 1991)
Studio Assistant for Paul Soldner, Aspen, Colorado. Summer 1985
Arts Community activities:
Mayor’s Arts Council (City of Goshen). Spring 2021- present.
Current Goshen College Committee Assignments:
Space Planning Committee
Faculty Affairs Committee