About

Sculptural Things, LLC
Marin R. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Art Historian| Curator| Writer| Teacher| Consultant
Chicago-based

I am a specialist in the histories of modern and contemporary art, especially sculpture and its relationship to photography, design, and architecture. More broadly, I am interested in the how art shapes, and is shaped by, the built environment. Current research and curatorial projects include a book length project examining the relationship between modern sculpture and architecture in America during the immediate post-WWII period, an exhibition on the work of Chicago artist-designer Edgar Miller, and the exhibition Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life, scheduled to open at the Nasher Sculpture Center in September 2020 I am co-curating.

  • Established scholar of modern and contemporary art through:
    • strong record of research and publication
    • unique expertise in the history of sculpture in the 20th/ 21st centuries, as well as public art
    • enthusiastic public speaking and lecturing both nationally and internationally to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Extensive professional museum and gallery experience including:
    • exhibition development, planning, and installation
    • collection research and management
    • interpretation and education, including docent training
    • communications
    • public programming
    • project management
    • working with artists and creatives to realize projects
  • Skilled grant writer with experience writing successful proposals for:
    • individuals
    • nonprofit arts organizations
    • higher education
  • Proficient editor and author
  • Accomplished teacher of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students with:
    • experience with a variety of teaching and class formats, including workshops, seminars, and lectures
    • mentorship and guidance for graduate students
  • Adept at collaborating and/or managing within a team environment or working independently

I am always looking for new projects, collaborations, and opportunities. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Professional Background:
I currently serve as the Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné Project at the Harry Bertoia Foundation, and the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Sculpture at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, TN.

During 2017-18 academic year I served as a Tyson Scholar at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and George Gurney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

I was Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, and prior to that appointment, served as the Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. I have taught at DePaul University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Michigan.

I also have held curatorial positions at and consulted on projects with the the Art Institute of Chicago; the Center for Italian Modern Art, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the Dallas Museum of Art; the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas; the Nasher Sculpture Center; the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Please see the Curating, Writing and Speaking sections of this website for recent work.

Education:
2012
PhD, History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2007
MA, Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

2003
BA, Art (Minors in Art History, English, Religion), University of Florida, Gainesville

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