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Cedar Marie (she/her/hers)

Cedar Marie Faculty Headshot
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art + Design

Marie is inspired by people who work on the water and investigates the cultural shifts of small fishing communities. Commercial fishing informs her artistic practice and allows her to create artworks that reveal a broad aesthetic inquiry into the preservation of cultural traditions through lived experiences. As a conceptual artist, her artwork is site-specific: The history of a place, its people, and the analysis of cultural materials are intimately tied to the artwork she produces in order to express the conditions in which people work and live.   It is necessary for her to step outside of the usual studio boundaries and into the field. This way of working situates her creative and experiential investigations at the intersections of art, visual culture, and social inquiry. The artwork acts as a buoy that navigates viewers from all walks of life into thinking about cultural change in their own communities and how this change can affect a sense of resiliency, home, and place.

Marie exhibits nationally is cited in numerous publications including Slate Magazine and the College Art Association's Art Journal. Her work Best Medicine is included in the historical survey Art and Queer Culture, edited by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer (Phaidon Press, 2013), and the anthology Re/Theorizing Writing Histories of Rhetoric, edited by Michelle Ballif (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013). Best Medicine is the only image in the book. She was a writing fellow at the Island Institute in Sitka in 2013. Her social documentary project about women working in commercial fishing, Women of the Fleet, takes a stream-to-plate approach to exploring women's contributions to the commercial fishing industry in Sitka, Alaska.

Teaching Interests
  • Ideas
  • Sculpture
  • Art & Social Practice
Research and Creative Activities
  • Sustainable Fishing Communities
  • Art Writing
  • Curatorial Practice
  • M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.F.A., University of Minnesota-Duluth