Marissa H Baker
Marissa H. Baker studies modern, contemporary, and African American art. Her dissertation focuses on the visual aesthetics of Chicago’s black arts movement (1967-1973). Marissa is a research assistant for South Side Stories: Rethinking Chicago Art, 1960-1975 at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago (February 15-June, 2018). In 2014, she was awarded the Grace Holt Memorial Award at UIC for demonstrating commitment to issues of racial justice in her scholarship and activism. Marissa’s master’s thesis, “Embodied and Situated: Kerry James Marshall's Formulations of Blackness in the Garden Project Series”, was nominated by UIC for the Distinguished Thesis Award administered by the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools.