Title: Professor of Art (Retired)
Company: Humboldt State University
Location: Eureka, California, United States
Louis B. Marak, Retired Professor of Art at Humboldt State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art and higher education.
Growing up in the small town of Shawnee, OK, Mr. Marak had little exposure to the art world as art was not a thriving industry in elementary and high schools. Influenced by his cousin, however, who was a talented artist, he became interested in art as he got older. Initially attending St. Gregory’s University and obtaining an Associate of Arts in business administration, he still felt that art was his calling. Thereafter, he attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in crafts. Desiring to further his education, he received a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics from Alfred University.
Mr. Marak thus commenced his career as an instructor of art at Keuka College in New York from 1967 to 1969. Thereafter, he served Humboldt State University as a longtime professor of art for nearly four decades between 1969 and 2006, when he ultimately retired as professor emeritus. During this time, he also served as the department chair from 1980 to 1983. When asked of his career highlights, he cites teaching to be a crowning moment of his career. He has always felt proud of his students who went on to establish prominent careers in the artistic realm.
Receiving a craftsmen’s fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1975, Mr. Marak also obtained an artist’s fellowship grant through the California Arts Council in 1994. Most recently, however, he was selected as a fellow of the American Craft Council in 2009. He considers these moments to be highlights of his career as well. During his tenure, his artwork was featured in several galleries in one-man and group exhibitions in the Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Likewise, his work has been included in several group exhibits at museums both domestically and abroad in the United States, China, Indonesia and Japan.
Married to Noelle Stephanie Cusumano since 1966, Mr. Marak is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue crafting art and submit his work to galleries.
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