Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Marilyn Waligore


Areas of Specialization:  photography, history of photography, digital media, contemporary art

Office:  ATC 4.907
Office Hours:  Tuesday: 4-6
Mail Station:  AT 10
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2001

I have been the director of the Photography Program in Visual Arts at UT Dallas since 1989. My photographs and online media projects have been exhibited widely, in Hong Kong, Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Thailand, and my articles on photography have appeared in Leonardo and Photography Quarterly. I have curated numerous exhibitions at UT Dallas and other venues, including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, and have received several grants and awards, including an Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Ohio Arts Council, the Arts Midwest/National Endowment of the Arts Regional Visual Arts Fellowship in Photography, and the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award in Photography and New Genres.

My research interests include all aspects of photography and digital media, including the history of photography. My recent creative work addresses issues relating to the environment, such as consumption, sustainability, and recycling.

I have enjoyed supervising dissertations of students pursuing the Creative Ph.D. in Aesthetics Studies as well as guiding students seeking the M.F.A. in Art and Technology. Each year one of my graduate students curates an exhibition from the Comer Photography Collection here at UT Dallas, which includes inviting an honored photographer to speak on campus. I have co-curated exhibitions with alumni, most recently in Guanajuato, Mexico. My classes vary from an emphasis on photographic and digital media processes to engagement in discussions of contemporary art issues. I also offer courses on women artists, such as a graduate course at the Dallas Museum of Art in response to the Cindy Sherman retrospective.

Before my appointment at UT Dallas, I was an Assistant Professor at The College of Wooster in Ohio, where I taught Painting and Photography.

Recent Courses:  View courses taught by Marilyn Waligore

Work Samples and Publications: 

Utopian Dilemma:
I explore connections between photography and sculpture by investigating the object and the material that comprises it, while commenting on the potential for recycling. My aim is to consider notions of permanence and the transitory, of value and waste. Aluminum forms are reclaimed and formed into a new sculptural structure, presented as an idealized, yet absurd comment on the possibilities for reuse. I strive to transform the discarded by inverting our value system, inspired by Thomas More's 16th century story of Utopia. I turn trash into treasure, with the hope to prompt changes in social behavior.


M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985
A.B. Art Practice, University of California-Berkeley, 1981
A.B. English, University of California-Berkeley, 1981

Curriculum Vitae:  Marilyn Waligore's CV

Website(s):  Artist website  |  UT Dallas faculty website