MFA in Visual Art

Marie Shurkus / Faculty

Marie Shurkus, Faculty, MFA in Visual Art

Marie Shurkus is a media theorist and contemporary art historian.

Her research interests include affect theory, gender studies, televisual studies, photography and reenactment. She has published essays about the work of Michael Asher, Eugenia Butler, The Feminist Art Workers, Jack Goldstein, Al Ruppersberg & others. Her current book project explores how the digital era has promoted a more performative approach to representation and subject formation that has historical roots in the post-minimalist explorations of theatricality. Shurkus is chair of Academic Studies and Associate Professor of Art History at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Arizona, Pomona College, Pitzer College, and Concordia University, Montreal, where she completed her doctorate. Prior to her doctoral studies, Shurkus ran the Visiting Artists Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also organized a two-day conference on AIDS, Activism, & Representation.