Meryl Blau received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Miami International University of Art and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. She also spent some time studying at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Her teaching interests focus on portfolio development, art direction and conceptual thinking.
Before joining the School of Communication’s Advertising faculty in the fall of 2008, Blau worked as a creative director for Ronin Advertising Group, an art director for G2 (a division of Grey Advertising), and senior art director for MARC USA, Advertising.
Blau’s philosophy on executing great creative is to simultaneously think strategically and aesthetically, while always looking for the emotional appeal of the consumer. Blau encourages her students to explore various visual aspects to find unique solutions to each creative challenge. It is this philosophy that she passes down to her students by utilizing engaging and interactive methods to teach the art of visual communication. Blau also works with the student-run organization, Ad Group, as a mentor and faculty advisor.
Recently, Blau illustrated and authored a children’s book titled The Monkey Hunt which was published in the spring of 2009.