College of Fine Arts Invites Marcus Civin as Chair of Art

Nancy J. Uscher, dean of UNLV’s College of Fine Arts, is happy to announce the visit of interdisciplinary artist, critic, and educator Marcus Civin as chair of the department of art and a teacher of art reliable July 15. Civin signs up with the college following eight years with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he served in a range of capacities, consisting of associate dean for curriculum and assessment in graduate studies along with interim director of curatorial practice.

“We are delighted and honored to have Marcus sign up with the UNLV neighborhood, and we know he will continue to grow and construct our department of art,” said Uscher. “I am anticipating a fantastic brand-new age where together, with our art neighborhood, we explore and commemorate expert practice, research and scholarship in the visual arts, and continue to provide an outstanding education to our students, assisted by a new, dynamic forward momentum.”

Civin said, “I am pushed by the challenge of attending to art and style education to the city of Las Vegas and individuals of Nevada. The most diverse public university in the U.S. is the location to be. I believe we can be leaders in the state and in the fields of art and style by honoring and engaging previously marginalized viewpoints and professionals. The department of art at UNLV has deep wells of research expertise and collaborative spirit that will play a basic part in specifying UNLV as a Leading Tier organization that genuinely represents the United States and its democratic values. I eagerly anticipate working hand-in-hand with partners inside and beyond the aepartment of art and the university.”

Born in Boston, Civin grew up in Baltimore. He got a BA in Theater from Brown University in 1999 and, in 2009, an MFA in Art from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with Simon Leung, Catherine Lord, Daniel Joseph Martinez, and Yvonne Rainer. Civin is a founder of New Urban Arts, a 21-year-old nonprofit community arts studio for high school trainees in Providence, Rhode Island.

His research and practice show the status of voice, movement, and the collective within the modern political world. He uses performance, text, and sculpture to engage with audiences and proliferate brand-new possibilities for insistent but inclusive public statement and demonstration. He has shown at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, Boston Center for the Arts, Occurrence Report Viewing Station in Hudson, New York, Recess Art in New York City, and School 33 in Baltimore. He has carried out in fields, basements, garages, and at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Kitchen Area in New York, Transmodern in Baltimore, and The Supernova Efficiency Art Celebration in Rosslyn, Virginia.

He has composed for formats including journals, vanity press poetry publications, and artist publications. His writing has actually appeared on Artforum.com, in Art Documents, Afterimage, Aufgabe, Baltimore City Paper, BmoreArt, The Courtland Evaluation, The Capilano Evaluation, Complete Bleed, Memoir Mixtapes, Momus, Nerve Lantern, Post-Office Arts Journal, Recaps Magazine and the books: Occurrence Report (Publication Studio) and No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press).

He is planning an efficiency this fall as part of an exhibition of work by the artists Matt Rich and Victoria Fu at The University of Massachusetts, Boston, and he invites trainees from all disciplines to participate in his performance art course this fall at UNLV: ART 476/676 – Topics in Efficiency and Media Art: Efficiency Art Lab.

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