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Michael Marks

Chair, Department of Art & Design; Associate Professor of Art; Foundations Program Coordinator
Academic Background
Bachelor of Arts, Georgia College & State University
Master of Fine Arts, Clemson University
Phone Number:
(864) 231-5541
Michael Marks

What classes do you teach at Anderson

Foundations I & II; Intermediate and Advanced Painting and Drawing

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

Anderson University is a community in the fullest sense of the word. On our campus you will find a true liberal arts experience; of breadth and inquiry, fraught with challenges and rewards, and with faculty dedicated to supporting students and the development of knowledge.


Running, reading, playing drums, board games and creative projects with my family, and cooking.

Notable achievements outside of discipline

I was a co-founder and exhibitions director of the ThreeCitiesGroup artist collective. The group was responsible for multiple exhibitions, performances, and workshops across the Southeast. I was also a drummer in several bands, and still consider music a vital influence on my artistic practice!

People might be interested to know I...

Have exhibited in over seventy-five national and international exhibitions. I'm also on board of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) where I serve as editor of FATE in Review, an academic journal focused on arts education and visual culture.

Places you've lived

All over the Southeast.

What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?

My students and colleagues. Our department is comprised of an astounding group of artist educators that I am fortunate to collaborate with. I also get to work with students from Foundations to Seniors, which is a remarkable transition!

What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.

The visual arts is an incredibly diverse field that extends beyond traditional modes and requires flexible thinking and actions.

How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?

Energetic, fun, and challenging.


The Here Between There, Greenville Technical College Benson Galleries, 2017 (Solo Exhibition)

Some Abstraction Required, Spartanburg Art Museum, 2016 (National Juried Exhibition)

“What’s a Sketchbook? I’m Into Pinterest.” as part of the panel, What is Drawing?, Southeastern College Art Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 23, 2015.

20x20x20 National Compact Exhibition, Louisiana State University, LA. Juror: Shana Barefoot, Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA (National Group Exhibition), 2014.

“Foundations: Drawing and Technology”, The Foundation Course in Art & Design: A History Uncovered, A Future Imagined; Paris College of Art Press, Paris, France. 2013.