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Meet Our Professors: Andrew Marvick, Art and Design

Dr. Andrew Marvick has been a professor at SUU for 12 years for University Department of Art & Design. Art has “always been a defining part” of his life and now, he is able to teach students of the “magic of visual culture”.

Professor of Art History

Art & Design

How long have you been working at SUU?
12 years

Where did you grow up?
Los Angeles,California

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor's in Art History at Harvard University
-Master’s in Art History at UCLA
-Master’s in Art History at Columbia University, New York
-Doctorate in Art History at Columbia University, New York
-Art School in Florence, Italy

Where did you work before coming to SUU?
UCLA, various California and Oklahoma State University campuses

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?  
About the age of 14, art has always been a defining part of my life, and I knew early on that I needed it to be a constant in my life.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?

I try to get students to discover that just because art's meaning can be subtle and hard to define doesn't mean that it isn't significant — maybe its subtlety and mystery are the very qualities that make it most meaningful.

Why do you love your field?
Art is our visual response to life; if you love life, you have a way into art.

What has been your proudest moment working at SUU?
The best moments have been learning of the professional success of art history students following graduation.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
Invest the time and energy to master your field of interest — don't expect success too quickly. Instead, take in failure and let it enrich you.

What do you love about SUU?
Hard-working students who take their studies seriously, wonderful colleagues who want to be here, and beautifully sculpted grounds.