History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences


Marie Cieri

Marie Cieri is a social and environmental geographer, cartographer, arts producer and artist based in Cambridge, MA. Currently, she teaches part-time at Rhode Island School of Design and co-directs Artists in Context (AIC), a non-profit project that supports creative thinkers from a variety of fields in collaboratively addressing critical societal issues of our time. From 2004 - 2008, she was assistant professor of geography at The Ohio State University, and she also has held professional positions at Walker Art Center, the New England Foundation for the Arts and two daily newspapers. Her freelance work has included long-term cultural projects for The Rockefeller Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Kitchen in New York City. 

In her own work, she often combines geographic techniques and perspectives with ones drawn from the arts and popular culture to create alternative representations of space and place with populations who have little access to the tools and forums of the public sphere. Since 2007, some of this work has appeared exhibitions at LACE in Los Angeles; Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, NY; the RISD Museum of Art in Providence; and Spoke Gallery in Boston. Among her publications are two books, including Activists Speak Out: Reflections on the Pursuit of Change in America (2000, Palgrave/Macmillan), which contains activist profiles from a variety of fields, including the arts. In July 2009, she was a geographer-in-residence at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.

For Artists in Context, she currently is devoting much of her time to organization and production of the first installment (2013) of AIC's Artists' Prospectus for the Nation, a multimedia work (various texts, visuals, sounds and participatory elements) through which artists, designers and other creative thinkers will present innovative ways of thinking about and responding to key issues of our time. Artist and designer contributors include Mel Chin, Natalie Jeremijenko, Robbie McCauley, Alfredo Jaar, Ellen Driscoll, Wendy Jacob, Daniel Peltz, Dan Borelli, Ben Norskov, Catherine D'Ignazio, Hiroko Kikuchi and Jeremy Liu, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Nancy Andrews, Kelly Dobson, Mahmood Rezaei-Kamalabad, Deb Todd Wheeler, Joseph Krupczynski and Zea Mays Printmaking.