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Marissa Vigneault’s research focuses on the role of performance and performativity in modern and contemporary art, with particular attention on the construction of identity in visual culture (fashion, burlesque, and films). Dr. Vigneault’s current book manuscript, titled Hannah Wilke, Sugar Giver, addresses Wilke’s role in the development of twentieth-century multi-media art, one specifically informed through an artistic conversation with the transnational avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp. Dr. Vigneault’s publications include essays in Women’s Studies (Routledge, 2012) and the anthology Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate, 2011; reprint 2016), as well as essays for museum catalogues. She has presented her research at the College Art Association conference (2018, 2015); Feminist Art History conference (2018); Columbia University (2017); Association of Art Historians conference (2017); SECAC (2018; 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011); and Association of Historians of American Art conference (2014). She is currently a book reviews editor for Panorama, the online peer-review journal of AHAA.
Dr. Vigneault is committed to working with contemporary artists; she received the Caine College of the Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor award (2017), currently serves on a number of MFA student committees, and has served as a juror for the internationally renowned residency program at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Before joining the faculty at USU, Dr. Vigneault taught modern and contemporary art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she received the Junior Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching for the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts (2014). From 2010 to 2012 she ran Parallax Space, a project gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska, dedicated to exhibiting contemporary local and regional artists. She also guest curated an exhibition of work by Bruce and Jean Conner from the 1950s, which was on view at the Sheldon Museum of Art from January to May 2016.