Stephen Marc, "Untitled", from the series Passage on the Underground Railroad, 2001-2002, archival pigment print

Stephen Marc, “Untitled”, from the series Passage on the Underground Railroad, 2001-2002, archival pigment print

Stephen Marc

My work is an extended exploration of the African Diaspora. In this project, composites that describe individual Under Ground Railroad (UGRR) sites are accompanied by montages that function as blended metaphors. They incorporate elements, which hint at the complex nature of the UGRR, which required strategies of concealment, disguise, and evasion (including organized misdirection), as well as the use of secret codes and signals.  In addition to the UGRR and slavery, they reference other aspects of the African Diaspora and contemporary culture. During my residency in Woodstock, I was able to research and visit several of the sites connected to the life of Sojourner Truth, the Huguenot Village in New Paltz, and other local sites. And continued my explorations with travels to Buffalo, where I photographed Underground Railroad sites along the route Harriet Tubman took, leading into Canada.

Currently a Professor in the School of Art at Arizona State University, Stephen Marc received his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1978. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in recent years, including Collaborative Communities at the Department of Art Gallery at Mississippi State University (Starkville, MS), and The Photo Passage at Harbourfront Center (Toronto, Canada). He has also been included in many group exhibitions, including Color, Culture and Complexity at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, Georgia, Constellation: Marking CPW’s First Twenty-five Years at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (Brooklyn, NY), and Chicago in the Year 2000 at the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL). Marc has been featured in essays in Exposure and Camera Arts, and has published two books of his own, The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience (Columbia College and the University of Illinois Press), and Urban Notions (Ataraxia Press). He has also been an artist-in-residence at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Marc has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, such as the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship and Artist Fellowships in Photography from the Illinois Arts Council. Stephen Marc was an artist in resident at CPW in June 2001.