Marin R. SullivanMarin R. Sullivan, PhD

Art Historian. Curator. Writer. Teacher. Consultant.

I am a specialist in the histories of modern and contemporary art, especially on 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, and co-curating Harry Bertoia: Sculpting Mid-Century Modern Life, a major retrospective exhibition, scheduled to open at the Nasher Sculpture Center in September 2020.

  • Established scholar of modern and contemporary art
    • strong record of research, publication, and lecturing both nationally and internationally to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Extensive professional museum and gallery experience
    • exhibition development, planning, and installation
    • collection research and management
    • interpretation and education
    • communications
    • public programming
    • project management.
  • 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.
  • Adept at collaborating and/or managing within a team environment or working independently.

Professional Background:
I currently serve as the Director of the Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonné Project at the Harry Bertoia Foundation. 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 currently teach at DePaul University and the Graham School at the University of Chicago, and have taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Michigan, and Southern Methodist University. I also have held curatorial positions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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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