marlasanvick(at)gmail

I'm based in Milwaukee, WI. Working across media, I create installations that consist of personal and imaginative narratives. Utilizing speculative designs, I construct spaces to wonder about and re-imagine the everyday and the forever after. Creating “emotional prosthetics,” I reflect on our culture's fascination and desire for the continual improvement of our bodies and minds. Through writing and visual art practices, I also examine the impulse to strive for a state of constant and complete preparedness...and conversely, the failure which is inevitable when striving for the impossible. Employing humor and humility, asking questions, however flawed and destined for failure my attempts at preparedness may be, I put forth solutions through the work.

While receiving my BFA in printmaking, I became interested in video and worked with prints and drawings to create video installations. These installations considered time and space and how we move through and experience both. In the time before I went to Chicago to receive my MFA, I taught video and art production to Milwaukee youth. While studying in Chicago, I was asked to work on Project Cabrini Green by the artist Jan Tichy. My team's portion of the project was installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. I have exhibited internationally at the 30 Gallery in Prague and nationally at the Julius Caesar Gallery in Chicago, among others.


EDUCATION

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Arts in Art & Technology Studies, 2012
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Printmaking with Video emphasis, 2006

EXHIBITIONS

45 North², Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI. June 25th - September 5th, 2015
Temporary Resurfacing: a multi-projection video art event, Historic Mitchell Street, Milwaukee, WI. September, 2014
....exhibitor and co-organizer with artist and project founder Demitra Copoulos (co-curator)
Prepped, Usable Space, Milwaukee, WI. June 13th - July 12th, 2014 (curator)
Guest Composers, Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI. April-June, 2014
Madison Public Art: The Moving Image, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, WI., 2014
Certain about lying still. Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago, IL., 2013 (solo)
New Works, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL., 2012-13
12 Inside, The 30 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012
It Happened Here…, MFA Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, SAIC, Chicago, IL., 2012
You Are Here, So Are You…, Electrodes Gallery, Defibrillator, Chicago, IL., 2011
LoadBand: Defibrillator, Chicago, IL., 2011
Project Cabrini Green, artist Jan Tichy project collaboration, video installation team, MCA, Chicago, IL., 2011
On and Off Capitol, IN:SITE Temporary Public Art, SUPPORT, Milwaukee, WI., 2010-11
Emerging Artist Gallery, Hidden River Festival, Wilson Center, Brookfield, WI., 2009
Generate, MIAD Alumni Show, Former PaperBoat Gallery, Milwaukee, WI., 2009
We Could Go To These Places, Riepenhoff Experience at the Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI., 2008
MARN Mentor Program Exhibition, Hotcakes Gallery, Milwaukee, WI., 2007
Calling Forth Certain Experiences..., MIAD, Fredrick Layton Gallery, Milwaukee, WI., 2006
Art in Flux, Flux/MIAD, Milwaukee, WI., 2006
Remarkable Women, Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI., 2006
2006 Graduate Exhibition, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI., 2006
Beginnings, Peltz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI., 2006
...exhibitor and co-curator with artist Cheryl Olson-Sklar (co-curator)
The Night Blooming Serious, Tile Company, MOCT, Milwaukee, WI., 2005

TEACHING

Research Practice Method: Responsive Narratives, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Fall, 2014

ARTIST LECTURES

Guest Speaker, Intangible Presence, MIAD, April, 2015
Guest Artist Talk, Contemporary Art History, MIAD, April, 2014
Artist Talk for 'Certain about lying still.' Julius Caesar Gallery, July 21, 2013
Guest Artist Talk, Interactivity: Coding for Artists & Designers, MIAD, April, 2013
Guest Critic, Integrated Studio Arts: Intro to Advanced Studies, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, April, 2013
Guest Artist Talk, Wearable and Soft Computing, ATS Department, SAIC, March, 2013
Guest Artist Talk, Site and Landscape Coarse, Sculpture: Performing Objects, SAIC, September, 2012
Artist Talk, 'Issue, Document, Device,' SAIC, March, 2012

AWARDS & HONORS

Finalist in the Emerging Artist Category, Mary Nohl Fellowship, 2014
Nomination, Clare Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists, 2012
Nomination, Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, 2012
Acceptance into the European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany, 2007
MARN Mentorship with artist Mat Rappaport, Milwaukee, WI., 2006-07