Michael Mercil is Chair of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art. His artwork has recently been exhibited at the Columbus Museum of Art; the North Dakota Museum of Art; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and the University of Virginia Art Museum. In 2006 he planted The Beanfield at the Wexner Center—a project of the OSU Department of Art Living Culture Initiative. Mercil's public commissions include the Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Teardrop Park in New York City, both with artist Ann Hamilton and landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh.
His awards include a Jerome Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, a McKnight Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Artist Design Fellowship, an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, and a Progressive Architecture Citation Award. Mercil has been a visiting artist and/or lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Minneapolis College of Art & Design Institute for Public Art, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Antioch College. A former contributor to PLACES magazine, his writings have also appeared in TriQuarterly, and Public Art Review.