About

Stephen Marc, professor in the ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute, is in his thirteenth year at the University. Originally from Chicago, he received his BA from Pomona College and his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, before returning to teach for twenty years at Columbia College Chicago. He has published three books of his work: Urban Notions (1983), where he explored three black communities in Illinois; The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience: Street Life and Culture in Ghana, Jamaica, England and the United States (1992); and Passage on the Underground Railroad (2009). His Underground Railroad project is a University at Buffalo Galleries’ traveling exhibition, was partially sponsored by Olympus Imaging America Inc. and is a registered program of the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom division. Marc was the recipient of the Factor Prize in Southern Art in 2009, awarded by the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC; and the Kasson in 2004, by the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA. He has completed several site-specific projects including two large-scale digital montage commissions in Chicago for the Avalon Public Library and for the CTA 79th Street Red Line Station in 2006–2007. Currently, Marc is continuing his creative research on the African Diaspora, with an emphasis on the sites and remnants that provide insight into the history of the United States.