Marcus Civin

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About the speaker

MARCUS CIVIN (born in Boston, Massachusetts) is a Professor and Chair of the Art Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where, this past year, he worked with faculty, students, and staff to host the first UNLV Transformation Fellow who re-imagined existing learning structures. He also interviewed Annie Liebovitz onstage as part of the Barrick Lecture Series. Previously, he was Associate Dean in Graduate Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. Two minutes and thirty eight seconds into Prince’s last video, Baltimore, you will see Marcus ever-so-briefly walking down the street holding a protest sign. Marcus received an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA in Theater from Brown University. He is a founder of New Urban Arts, a 22-year-old nonprofit afterschool art program in Providence, Rhode Island. His work reflects the status of movement and the collective in the contemporary realm. His writing appears on He has also written for Art Papers, Afterimage, Aufgabe, The Cortland Review, Full Bleed, Momus, Nerve Lantern, Vegas Magazine, and is the author of chapters in the books: Incident Report (Publication Studio) and No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press). Exhibitions include Test Site Projects and the Donna Beam Gallery in Las Vegas; St. Charles Projects and School 33 in Baltimore; Angels Gate in San Pedro; Boston Center for the Arts; and Recess in New York. He has performed at The Kitchen in New York; and LAXART, LACE, Station Gallery at University of Southern California, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; UMASS Boston; Transmodern in Baltimore; and The Supernova Performance Art Festival in Virginia. In Las Vegas this year, he co-hosted 10 performance nights called RADAR as research into what this community conceives as performance art. You can find some of his work here: and here: After all, he finds himself still something of a Claes Oldenburg guy. In 1961, Oldenburg wrote: “I am for an art that grows up not knowing it is art at all, an art given the chance of having a starting point of zero. I am for an art that embroils itself with the everyday crap and still comes out on top. I am for an art that imitates the human, that is comic, if necessary, or violent, or whatever is necessary. I am for all art that takes its form from the lines of life itself, that twists and extends and accumulates and spits and drips, and is heavy and coarse and blunt and sweet and stupid as life itself. I am for an artist who vanishes, turning up in a white cap painting signs or hallways.”