Marissa H Baker


MA Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011
MA Art Education, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2006
BA Art, Wheaton College, 2001


302 Henry Hall

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.

Courses Taught

AH 262 American Art to 1945 (Summer 2013)
AH 264 African American Art (Summer 2014, Fall 2015)