Department of Art & Art History
Professor Marlene Alt
MFA, 1986, University of California, San Diego
BFA, 1981, Moorhead State University
Office: AE 101
Professor Marlene Alt teaches Sculpture at Southern Oregon University. Before coming to SOU she taught at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in such venues as the San Jose Museum of Art, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Yellowstone Art Museum, Northern Arizona University Museum, the North Dakota Museum of Art, the American Embassy, Togo, West Africa, the Portland Building, the Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Alt has been the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and was chosen to exhibit her work in the Oregon Biennial. An article showcasing her work has been published in Sculpture magazine. Professor Alt has also received invitations to make new work and to give lectures about her work at artist residencies in national and international venues such as the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, Sculpture Space, Utica, NY, the University of Texas, San Antonio, the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the Bubec Sculpture Studio, Prague, Czech Republic.
Alt’s work is informed by an interest in the psychological landscape, focusing on landscape as place, as body, as memory, and as object. Her work explores the essence of landscape, pushing beyond representation toward the interface of nature and culture.
Her teaching philosophy provides an autonomous environment for student development through exposure to both traditional and non-traditional modes of art making. Sculptural formats are varied and include the object, installation, site-specific and time-based work.