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Mary Modeen - Co-Director PLaCE

Mary K. Modeen is an artist and academic, born in Madison, Wisconsin, but resident in Scotland since 1989. She received her BA and BFA from Alma College in Michigan, her MA in Humanities and Aesthetic Education from Northeast Missouri State University (now called Truman State), and her MFA in Fine Art printmaking with further work in literature from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Thereafter, she lectured fulltime at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire for many years before moving to Scotland. There, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, a faculty of the University of Dundee, she is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, and led the Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices undergraduate for seven years. Currently, she is developing a Masters course in Art and Humanities, believing that interdisciplinary work and research naturally supports fine art practice. Mary is also a supervisor for PhD students who conduct interdisciplinary investigations with an element of creative practice.

Mary’s art and research reflect her broad range of interests: she has recently been a Co-Investigator on the Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition team. Her role on this project has been to conduct creative and interpretive experiments, commission new creative works and curate exhibitions. She authored the exhibition publication, bringing a curatorial and critical perspective to the questions of perception and interpretation. Her research has several threads, combining studies in perception as a cognitive and interpretive process informed by philosophy and literature. As an artist, she brings this curiosity to her central work in place-based research, looking at place in its many manifestations, metaphorical as well as locational. She has had grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), the Carnegie Foundation, and the Whitehall Trust, among many others.

Her work takes the form of printmaking, artists’ books, and many other media. International residencies, Senior Research Fellowships, exhibitions, recent books, current funded research projects in Women in Art, and academic writing are all featured on her website:

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