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George Mason University

Mark Cooley

Associate Professor

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  • 703-993-8561 (office)
  • Art and Design Building, 2013
    4400 University Drive, MS 1C3
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Mark Cooley’s work explores the intersections of art, activism and everyday life. Particular interests include: U.S. foreign policy; the fine art and popular culture industries; political economy of new technologies, art/ecology, and sustainable systems; and art as pro-formance or occupational realism. Cooley’s work has appeared internationally in venues such as Exit Art, AC Institute (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, The World Social Forum (India) MediaLab Madrid, and online at, and, as well as many other venues around the world. Cooley’s writings have been published in various journals and websites, most recently in a book accompanying the exhibition, “Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots,” curated by Sue Spaid. Cooley teaches new media, art theory and criticism, and eco-art, among other classes. In 2010, he helped found and continues to manage the School of Art Green Studio, which offers students a living studio in which to creatively explore the interdependence of biological and cultural systems.  He is also a musician who has performed in experimental and electro-acoustic music festivals throughout the U.S., and he has recorded for Lux Eterna Records, Electroshock Records, and Sonic Circuits. Cooley has also written scores for documentary podcasts and films. (


MFA, Art, East Carolina University (1998)

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Appointment: Tenured

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

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