Marcus Civin

Department Chair, Art
Professor of Art
Expertise: Studio Art, Performance


Marcus Civin joined UNLV in 2018 as chair of the university's Department of Art. Before UNLV, Civin served as the associate dean in graduate studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He also co-founded New Urban Arts, a nationally-recognized, after-school arts program in Providence, Rhode Island.

Civin's works have appeared on, Art Papers, Afterimage, Aufgabe, The Cortland Review, and Full Bleed, among others. He's also presented exhibits at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, Maryland; Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, California; and Recess Art in New York. Audiences have seen his performances at The Kitchen in New York, the Supernova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, Virginia, and LAXART and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Locally, in addition to teaching peformance and his work as an art critic, Civin created RADAR, a late-night, community peformance event. 


  • M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Theater, Brown University

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Southwest Contemporary
December 1, 2019
Southern Nevada–based artist Justin Favela’s work embodies the qualities of Las Vegas by affirming the startling originality of smart near-copies. Last spring, I visited Favela in his temporary studio at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Reliably buoyant, Favela can shed light on seemingly any aspect of the folklore of contemporary Las Vegas. The complex and teeming overwhelm of the city imbues his work. In the studio, he mused on Siegfried and Roy’s late white tiger, the four-hundred-pound Mantecore, who bit Roy onstage at the Mirage and left him paralyzed.