Thursday, February 15, 2007
Bio: Stephen Marc
Marc is a Professor of Art in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, and is an Olympus Visionary. Before arriving at ASU, he taught at Columbia College Chicago for twenty years. Since 2000, he has documented over 80 Underground Railroad (UGRR) sites in 24 states and Canada, where several photographs are combined to describe individual UGRR sites inside and out.
He also creates montages that weave together: plantation quarters and crops, letters, legal documents, period news text and illustrations, etc. as a way to provide additional background information about the larger scope of the institution of slavery. His book titled “Passage on the Underground Railroad" will be published by University Press of Mississippi, scheduled for release in 2008, with a companion traveling exhibition being planned. Marc has published two books of his photography: “Urban Notions" (1983) and "The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience: Street Life and Culture in Ghana, Jamaica, England, and the United States" (1992). Recently he has created digital montages for several community specific residencies and public art projects.