Through art, I locate the places that form when ideas cross––ideas of self, home, and community. These new-sprung imaginative spaces are rich with possibilities and it is here that I can reveal, challenge, and expand my notions of the nature of life and my place in the world. Often, my art is centered in spirituality and I create work that seeks out the connections to and lessons from my African and Native American familial past. By mixing and melding symbols and meanings, I able to conjure new multi-layered narratives. Currently, I am working in and across the media of painting, mixed media, and photography to find intersections and crossroads among belief, understanding, and context.
Cora Marshall, born in Washington, DC, is an artist, educator, and scholar. She received her B.F.A. from Howard University; Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education with Parsons School of Design; and her doctorate in art from New York University. Dr. Marshall, Professor of Art Emeritus, served as chairperson of the Department of Art at Central Connecticut State University 2006 - 2012. Marshall has exhibited both internationally and nationally including National Conference of Artists; Kumasi, Ghana; A.I.R. Gallery NYC; Skylight Restoration Gallery in Brooklyn; Hammonds House Gallery in Atlanta; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Craftery Gallery, in Hartford; the Rosenburg Gallery at NYU; Picture That, LLC, Stamford, CT, and Gallerie 909, St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Marshall’s current research interest focuses on contemporary African American artists, in particular, Black women artists of African and African-Native descent. She has presented at numerous professional venues including the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Cornell University, Columbia University Teachers College in NY, College Art Association, Connecticut Art Education Association, and Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven. Dr. Marshall received the Lifetime Contribution to the Arts Award (2014) from the Greater New Britain Arts Alliance. Dr. Marshall currently resides in the Gulfport, FL area.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- Going, Going, Gone. Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
- INDIGENOUS. Gallerie 909, St. Petersburg, FL
- Sea Dreaming, Clearwater Municipal Building, Clearwater, FL
- The Runaway Series. Bushnell’s Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT
- Emancipated Memories: Uncovering the Hidden Faces of Slavery, Brown University, Providence, RI
- Selected Works by Cora Marshall, Hartford Hospital, Hartford CT
- Dark Matter: An Exhibition of Selected Works by Cora Marshall. The Downtown Gallery, New Britain, CT
- Resonance and (Re)Call, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
- Women in Mourning and Outrage: A day of Prayerful Protest, Hammonds House Gallery and Research Center of African American Art, Atlanta, GA
- The Power of Knowing: Identity, Memory, and Meaning, Rosenberg Gallery, NYU, New York, NY
- On the Edge, Photography Gallery, NYU, New York
SELECTED TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
- Marshall and Harte: An Exhibition. The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
- Another Time, Another Place. The Art of Cora Marshall and Stanwyck Cromwell. Windsor Arts Center, Windsor, CT
- Journeys of the Spirit: A Collection of Fine Art and Photography Reflecting the American Indian Culture, Picture That LLC Stamford CT
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
- Stay Woke, Luther Gallery, Exeter, NH
- Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gallerie 909, St. Petersburg, FL
- Artists of the Woodson, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
- Osceola Arts Center, Kissimmee, FL
- Fantastic Ekphrasitc, Soft Water Gallery, St. Petersburg
- Morean Members Show, St. Petersburg, FL
- PAVA Juried Members Exhibition, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
- Autumn Prelude, PAVA, Hickman Theatre, Gulfport, FL
- Out of Bounds, Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY
- Members Show The Studio@620, St. Petersburg, FL
- Members Exhibition: Professional Association of Visual Artist. Dazio Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
- Fine Arts Show: Black Art in America. Bentonville, AK and Columbia, MD
- Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition. CCSU, New Britain CT
- International Brushstrokes: An Artistic Tapestry of World Cultures by Artists of African Descent, UBS Gallery, Stamford, CT
- Triangulation: Perspectives from Three Artists, Art in the City, New Britain, CT
- Expressions of the Spirit 5, Atrium Gallery, Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
- (an)Other Show, University Galleries, Samuel S.T. Chen Fine Arts Center, Central Connecticut State University.
- African American History Exhibition: Featured Artist. White Space Gallery, New Haven, CT
- Double Consciences: An Artistic Montage of One Body with Many Souls, Four Venues in Stamford including the Stamford Center for the Arts, CT
- Biennial Faculty Exhibition, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.
- Expressions of the Spirit 4 Atrium Gallery, Department of Transportation, Newington, CT
- A Day of Prayerful Protest: Women in Mourning and Outrage, Painting with Fire, University Galleries, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.
- How We Got Over, Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford CT
- Nutmeg and Spice: A Flavorful Collection of Works by Women Artists from the State of Connecticut. GE Stamford, CT March
- Then and Now, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
- Expressions of the Spirit 3, Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT
- Canton Bicentennial, Gallery on the Green, Canton CT
- From the Heart, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, CT
- Ties That Bind: A Tapestry of Cultural Connections. Four venues: The Stamford Center for the Arts Rich Forum; Pelham Curtis Gallery – New Canaan Library; Great Hall Gallery – The Westport Library; and The Stamford Center for the Arts Palace Theater, CT
- Expressions of the Spirit #2, Atrium Gallery, Department of Transportation, Newington CT
- Expressions of the Spirit #1, Community Health Service, Hartford, CT
- Then and Now. An Exhibition by ShapeShifter Artist Group. John Slade Ely House, Amistad America. New Haven, CT
- Celebrating Freedom: From Heritage to Horizon. Three venues: The Stamford Center for the Arts Rich orum; Cendant Mobility; and The Stamford Center for the Arts Palace Theater, CT
- Art and Jazz on the Sound. Stamford Yacht Club CT
- Art by Black Women, Greater New Haven Arts Council, CT
RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- A Research Design for Studio-Based Research in the Visual Arts. (April 2010). The Teaching Artist Journal. (Article)
- Cultural Identity, Creative Processes, and the Imagination: Creating Cultural Connections through Art Making. (Fall 2007) The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education. . The Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education is a published by The United States Society for Education through Art and is an affiliate of the National Art Education Association. (Article)
- Runaway! Going, Going, Gone. A Painting Series by Dr. Cora Marshall. Woodson Review. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History. (Article)
- Talking Back and Taking Sides: Socio-Political Art of Women of Color A survey of women artists of color who address issues of race, gender, and identity.
- Where’s the Art? The Studio Component in Secondary Methods Courses in Art Education. A discuss the importance of balancing theory and praxis in a middle school and high school methods courses.
- Women Artists of Color A survey of women artists of color focusing on four themes: Keeping the Past Present; Making Art and Imaginal Worlds; Planting Roots (Cultural Kinship); Taking Sides (Socio-Political) NAEA.
- Deconstructing the Creative Process In this presentation, attendees learn how to bring to the surface intuitive components involved in their creative process to bridge the gap from knowing how to teaching others. NAEA.
- Going Going, Gone: Running from Slavery to Freedom. The runaway enslaved series and slavery in Connecticut. Stamford Center for the Arts, Palace Theatre, Stamford CT.
- Juneteenth: Remembering to Remember. Community conversations program in celebration of the 2004 return of the Amistad to Connecticut. Stamford CT.
- The Role of African American Artists in Contemporary Society. Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford, CT.
- Brown Vs. Board of Education: 50 year Anniversary. Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford CT.
- The Art of Women of African Descent. National Art Education Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Renewing the Spirit: Accumulated Aesthetics and Ethno-centered African American Artists. Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. January 2003 Published by University of Hawaii, First International Conferences on Arts and Humanities, HI.
- Contemporary Art of African American Women. Huntington House Museum, Winsor, CT. February 2003.
- More Than a Drop: The Art of African-Native Americans, National Association of Native American Studies. Consortium Conference with the National Association of African American Studies, the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, and the National Association of Asian Studies. Houston, TX.
- Image, Imagination, and Identity: Contemporary Art of Women of Color Connecticut Art Education Association Annual Conference. West Hartford, CT.
- Patterns that Connect: African American Women Artists in the 21st Century Women of African Descent: Reaching Across the Diaspora, Department of Women Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT.
- When Red is Black: The Art of African-Native American Women Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State University. New Haven, CT.
- Sacred Circles and Imaginal Worlds: Accumulated Artistic Aesthetics and Ethnocentered African American Artists, The Arts Council of the African Studies Association, College Art Association Conference 2001, Chicago, IL.
- Sisterhood, Art, and Community: “Where We At: Black Women Artists”, Africana Studies Department. Symposium, Visualizing Culture: The Black Arts Movement 1960s and 1970s, Cornell University, NY.
- Contemporary African American Women Artists, Conversations Across Cultures: African and African American Art, Columbia University, Teachers College, NY.