Nancy J. Uscher, dean of UNLV's College of Fine Arts, is pleased to announce the appointment of interdisciplinary artist, critic, and educator Marcus Civin as chair of the department of art and a professor of art effective July 15. Civin joins the college following eight years with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he served in a variety of capacities, including associate dean for curriculum and assessment in graduate studies as well as interim director of curatorial practice.
"We are thrilled and honored to have Marcus join the UNLV community, and we know he will continue to grow and build our department of art," said Uscher. "I am looking forward to a great new era where together, with our art community, we explore and celebrate professional practice, research and scholarship in the visual arts, and continue to offer a stellar education to our students, guided by a new, dynamic forward momentum.”
Civin said, "I am emboldened by the challenge of addressing art and design education to the city of Las Vegas and the people of Nevada. The most diverse public university in the U.S. is the place to be. I think we can be leaders in the state and in the fields of art and design by honoring and engaging formerly marginalized perspectives and practitioners. The department of art at UNLV has deep wells of research expertise and collaborative spirit that will play a fundamental part in defining UNLV as a Top Tier institution that truly represents the U.S. and its democratic values. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with partners inside and outside of the apartment of art and the university."
Born in Boston, Civin grew up in Baltimore. He received a BA in Theater from Brown University in 1999 and, in 2009, an MFA in Art from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with Simon Leung, Catherine Lord, Daniel Joseph Martinez, and Yvonne Rainer. Civin is a founder of New Urban Arts, a 21-year-old nonprofit community arts studio for high school students in Providence, Rhode Island.
His research and practice reflect the status of voice, movement, and the collective within the contemporary political realm. He uses performance, text, and sculpture to engage with audiences and proliferate new possibilities for insistent but inclusive public declaration and demonstration. He has exhibited at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, Boston Center for the Arts, Incident Report Viewing Station in Hudson, New York, Recess Art in New York, and School 33 in Baltimore. He has performed in fields, basements, garages, and at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Kitchen in New York, Transmodern in Baltimore, and The Supernova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, Virginia.
He has written for formats including journals, small press poetry publications, and artist publications. His writing has appeared on Artforum.com, in Art Papers, Afterimage, Aufgabe, Baltimore City Paper, BmoreArt, The Courtland Review, The Capilano Review, Full Bleed, Memoir Mixtapes, Momus, Nerve Lantern, Post-Office Arts Journal, Recaps Magazine and the books: Incident Report (Publication Studio) and No Gender: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press).
He is planning a performance this fall as part of an exhibition of work by the artists Matt Rich and Victoria Fu at The University of Massachusetts, Boston, and he invites students from all disciplines to participate in his performance art course this fall at UNLV: ART 476/676 - Topics in Performance and Media Art: Performance Art Lab.