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Marie Cochran

Current Vocation: Independent scholar & academic entrepreneur
A self-proclaimed “pollinator,” Marie T. Cochran uses visual art to ignite discussions of identity and agency and foster community engagement for meaningful collaboration. Through images, objects, sound, and film, her work offers personal narratives of social justice. Born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, she is a first generation college student who received a BFA from the University of GA and an MFA in visual studies with an emphasis on art history, theory and criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected exhibition venues include the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library & Museum, Austin, TX; the Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; and the Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC. Cochran’s awards include a Georgia Council for the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant, Artist as Catalyst grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Council. /Southern Arts Federation Fellowship and a NEA Fast-Track Challenge Grant. She has been an artist-in-residence at a wide range of organizations including youth programs and historical sites. Cochran is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project which celebrates the presence of people of African descent in Appalachia and specifically nurtures a diverse network of creatives committed to a thriving and diverse region.

Interests and Accomplishments

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Top 5 Films

  • Moonlight
  • Black Panther
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Us
  • 13th

Top 5 Books

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Top 5 Songs

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