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Marlene McCarty

Clinical Professor of Visual Arts

Art and Art Professions


Marlene McCarty is a visual artist. As a member of Gran Fury, the AIDS activist collective, McCarty staged public interventions using the language of art and advertising ithat put pressure on politicians and helped bring the gay and lesbian community into mainstream consciousness. Gran Fury’s work was exhibited at the 1990 Venice Biennali Aperto, the Walker Art Gallery, and recently Steinhardt’s 80WSE Gallery. In 2010 80WSE hosted ‘im into you now,’ a 30-year survey of McCarty’s art. McCarty’s work has also been exhibited at the Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland), the Busan Biennial (Korea), the Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt, Germany), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), the Istanbul Biennial, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, NY), the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA, LA), and the Brooklyn Museum. Among her awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollack-Krasner Grant, the Skowhegan School Teaching Fellowship, and, as Gran Fury, an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts College of Art.


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Our Studio Art program is at the forefront of contemporary art practice, with MFA and BFA degrees and two undergraduate minor concentrations in the field of visual arts.

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