Jean Marie Casbarian


Jean Marie Casbarian, Black Waters (and subsequent sketches) Pictures are Words Not Known, curated by Sean Justice, October 2011 Lushui Museum of Photography, LiShui, Zhejijang Province, China 20″x30″ archival pigment prints

Jean Marie Casbarian was born to an Armenian father and a German mother on a military weapons testing ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. Her nomadic lifestyle has led her through various lives in the U.S. including Chicago, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York. She received her MFA from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College in New York where she focused on interdisciplinary installation practices and incorporates photography, film and video, sound, sculpture and performance into her artworks.

Along with exhibiting her works throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and Asia, she has received a number of awards and artist residencies including a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Grant, a Research / Studio Art Associate with Five-Colleges, Inc., Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation nomination, The LaNapoule Foundation Grant in LaNapoule, France, the Chicago Artist’s Assistance Project Grant, and an Associateship with The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute. As an educator, Jean Marie is core faculty with the ICP-Bard MFA program and the General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography.  She also teaches and advises graduate students at Transart Institute, a low-residency MFA program based in Berlin and New York City. She has taught in the film and photography departments at Hampshire College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Colorado. Jean Marie currently lives and works in New York City.

Jean Marie Casbarian will moderate morning panel at After the Fact, a one day symposium examining the place and potential of The Event, hosted by candidates from the ICP-Bard MFA program. The event will take place on December 12 at ICP School (1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, NY, NY 10036). For more information, please visit


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