Marie T. Cochran uses visual art to ignite sustainable collaboration in the pursuit of social justice. Born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia, she received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Selected exhibition venues include the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library & Museum, Austin, TX; the Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; and the Studio Museum of Harlem, NYC. Fall 2011, she co-curated the pioneering exhibition, Common Ground, Affrilachia! Where I’m From at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Cochran is the founding curator of the Affrilachian Artist Project which celebrates the intersection of cultures in Appalachia and provides a networking platform for African American creatives.
A brief selection of Cochran’s awards include a Georgia Council for the Arts individual artist’s grant; a Mid-Atlantic Arts Council’s “Artist as Catalyst” grant; NEA/Southern Arts Federation Sculpture Fellowship, and an NEA Fast-Track Challenge Grant. She is included in Southern Women: More than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists, and Icons, from the editors of Garden & Gun magazine (2019, HarperCollins)
Cochran was the 2020-2022 Lehman Brady Visiting Professor, with Duke University’s the Center for Documentary Studies and the the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Department of American Studies.