“"The philosopher Gilles Deleuze has said that we write at the limits of our knowledge, for this is where knowledge opens and creativity enters discourse, making room for the unknown. As an educator, I am committed to developing and promoting pedagogical structures that create opportunities for students to confront and embrace the uneasiness of not knowing, to recognize and shake off the sediments of convention, and to explore how ideas and history can become viable tools for honing their critical thinking skills and expanding their creative practices as artists and scholars.”

Marie Shurkus is a media theorist and contemporary art historian. Her research interests include affect theory, feminism, photography, and popular culture. She has delivered scholarly talks on contemporary art and artists at the Getty Research Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Portland, and at numerous conferences and universities throughout the US, Canada, and Great Britain. She co-edited and contributed several essays to the celebrated catalogue It Happened At Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973. Her scholarship has been published in the anthology Telling Stories: Countering Narrative in Art, Theory and Film; the Journals Photographies and X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly; as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues and monographs.

Marie is a Professor of art history at Maine College of Art and Design. Prior to coming to MECAD, she taught at Pitzer College, Pomona College, University of Arizona, and Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Marie earned her Ph.D. from Concordia University and her MA in modern art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to her professorial work, Marie was active as a curator and museum educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Hyde Part Art Center, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also worked at Chicago’s celebrated artist-run space Randolph Street Gallery.