“I have always thought of art as a series of encounters with culture that enhances an individual’s ability to participate meaningfully in the discourses that shape our lives. 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.”

For more than a decade, Marie Shurkus has participated in discourses on art and culture as a professor and scholar of modern and contemporary art history and media studies at Pomona College, the University of Arizona, and Vermont College of the Fine Arts; as a museum educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the  School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and as a curator of exhibitions and arts administrator at the artist‐run space Randolph Street Gallery and the Hyde Park Art Center, both in Chicago. She 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.

Laurels

  • Panel co‐chair and presenter for the 2015 Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference in Montreal
  • Catalog essay for Armory Center for the Arts
  • Digital Pedagogy Integration Grant, Pomona College

Extracurricular

When she was a child, Marie wanted to grow up and become a sports car racer. She has settled for riding her scooter whenever she gets a chance.