Michael Morrill was born in 1987 ten miles outside of Los Angeles in the city of Pasadena, California. He is the son of Doug and Lauri Morrill, and has an older sister named Emily. His father has never voted for anyone that wasn’t Republican, while his mother has prayed everyday forever.
His high school education began with a focus on auto mechanics, where he was trained by his grandfather, and then concluded with an internship at the local Saturn dealership where he worked as a mechanic. The internship was beneficial in that it showed him that he did not want to spend his life as a mechanic, and that it gave him the chance to go to New York for a high school mechanics competition. While in New York, Michael made sure to visit MoMA, and the Guggenheim. And armed with a Russian medium format camera he took hundreds of photos of the busy life of the city.
After high school Michael spent a few years attending Pasadena City College where in the wake of changing his career he studied every strain of art from photography, illustration, painting, and sculpture. It was in sculpture where he was impressed with the breadth of possibilities it provided. And it was at this point where Michael met Deena Capparelli, the teacher who was influential in his moving beyond simple personal expression to a more critical and conceptual approach. It was Deena that encouraged him to apply to the School of the Art Institute.
In the fall of 2010 he left California and came to Chicago, where he currently attends the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where studies sculpture. He graduates in May 2012.