Bio & Resume
Jeff Marley received his BFA in Studio Art: Painting & Drawing from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, in 2005 and his MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont, in 2013. He is a member of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual in Cherokee, North Carolina. As an enrolled member of the Eastern band of Cherokee Indians, Marley's work explores decolonization in ways that allows him to reconcile issues of race, identity, and culture, as well as his place within those concepts. He feels it is not his role or place to be an informant to the occidental culture on the formal aspects of his culture, but rather to use culturally based concepts to create an experience that facilitates a deepened understanding. He accomplishes this through a variety of mediums including installation, performance, painting, and video. Marley believes that working from, engaging in, and creating from within his culture, allows one to exist in a place where the senses are free to engage the experiential world.


Education
2013    MFA, Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT
2005    BFA, Studio Art: Painting & Drawing, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

Fellowships & Awards
2013    Art Fellow, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas, Little Rock AR
2013    President's Service Award, Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC


Solo Exhibitions
2016    Selected Works, YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, NC
2016    Selected Works, University of North Caroilna Asheville Intercultural Center, Asheville, NC
2016    Decolonial Identity, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
2014    Appalachia Here & Now: Jeff Marley, Bob Owens Art Gallery, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA
2010    Recent Work, Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC
2005    Recent Work, The Blue Ridge Line, Waynesville, NC
2005    Faces in the Crowd, The Blue Ridge Line, Waynesville, NC
2004    Recent Works, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City, NC

Collaborative Projects
2014    Unega Nole Gigage (site specific installation & performance with Frank Brannon), Dillsboro, NC, May – Sept.
2013-2015    Printing in the Cherokee Language (with Frank Brannon), New Echota Historical Site, Calhoun, GA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017    SGC International 2017 Conference, Atlanta, GA
2016    Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

2016    Of Land & Spirit: Cherokee Art Today, The Bascom, Highlands, NC
2014    Hearsay: Contemporary Cherokee Printing, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
2014    Indigeniety, (De)Coloniality, @rt, Duke University, Durham, NC
2014    {Re}happening 2014, Black Mountain, NC
2013    Reading Landmark, Landmark College, Putney VT
2011    App 7, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City, NC
2011    Contemporary Traditions in Cherokee Art, Andrews Art Museum, Andrews, NC

Selected Publications
1.    Andrew Denson, Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory (Chapel Hill, UNC Press, 2017), p. 221-22, 223
2.    “Out of bounds: Adventurous art at [Re] HAPPENING 2014,” Mountain Xpress, Apr. 1, 2014

3.    “Appalachia artist displays pieces,” Gainesville Times, Feb. 27, 2014
4.    “Cherokee language printed at historic site by SCC instructors,” The Sylva Herald & Ruralite, Nov. 21, 2013, page 10A
5.    “Chattanooga: We Are Still Here,” Cherokee One Feather, July 19th, 2012, cover & page11
6.    “Using Art to Reframe History,” Cherokee One Feather, June 7th, 2012, cover & page 8

Selected Lectures, Presentations, & Workshops
2017    Visiting Artist, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
2015    “The Book as Art in Appalachia,” Panelists: Chris Dockery, Frank Brannon, Robert Gipe, Forrest Johnson, & Jeff Marley, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Johnson City, TN March 27-29
2015    Lecture, Appalachian Studies program, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA March 10
2014    "First Language: The Race to Save the Cherokee Language”, Renissa Walker, Ben Frey, Hartwell Francis, & Jeff Marley, NC Museum of History, Raliegh, NC Nov. 21
2014    Visiting Artist, Indigeniety, (De)Coloniality, @rt Workshop, Duke University, Durham, NC May 1 - 3
2014    Visiting Artist Lecture & Presentation, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA, Feb. 27 & 28 2013    “New Echota: 178 Years After the Cherokee Phoenix,” Frank Brannon & Jeff Marley, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC Nov.
2013    “Revising Appalachia: Authentic Visions of the Social & Cultural Diversity of the Southern Appalachian Region,” Craig Wilson, Paul Dunlap, Marie Cochran, & Jeff Marley, Southeastern College Art Conference, Greensboro, NC Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
2013    Visiting Artist, “Native & Indigenous Film Festival,” Duke University & UNC Chapel Hill, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC Oct. 3-7
2012    “Cherokee Boarding Schools,” Jerry Wolf, Roseanna Belt, & Jeff Marley, Mountain Heritage Center, Cullowhee, NC, Oct. 25
2011    “Printing in the Cherokee Language,” Panelists: Frank Brannon & Jeff Marley, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC Nov. 9

Collections
American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA
Cherokee Heritage Museum & Gallery, Cherokee, NC
Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee,
NC The Grove Church, Bryson City, NC Holt Library,
Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC
Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
New Echota Historic Site, Calhoun, GA
Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City, NC
United South & Eastern Tribes, Nashville, TN
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
J.W. Wiggins Native American Art Collection, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Professional Affiliations
Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual, Cherokee, NC

Contact
email: jeff@jeffmarley.com
Copyright © 2017 Jeff Marley