Michael Mergen is an artist based in Farmville, VA. Born in 1978, Michael earned a BFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000. His work considers the political and civic nature of United States and its citizens through the medium of photography. Earlier work analyzing suburban office parks, housing developments and shopping malls evolved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a series of photographs that used the address of the White House in which to frame the landscape of the United States. The work was exhibited in his first solo exhibition and published in Mother Jones magazine.

From 2008-2010 Michael completed Vote, a series documenting unusual polling places on Election Day throughout the country, exploring the confluence of cultural and politics, and was published in Harper’s and Once magazines, and featured on Time magazine’s LightBox and Slate. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally and his work is held in several public and private collections, including the University of Maine Museum of Art, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Urban Outfitters, Inc., and Center for Emerging Visual Artists. He earned his MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

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