Marcus Young 楊墨 | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Marcus Young 楊墨


Adjunct Faculty
MFA, University of Minnesota
BA, Carleton College

Marcus Young 楊墨 is a behavioral and social practice artist making work for the stage, museums, and the public realm, as well as within mindfulness and learning communities. His work invites participation in artistic forms to expand the repertoire of human behavior and the expressivity of how we gather. Born in Hong Kong, Young has a BA in Music from Carleton College and an MFA in Theater from the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations, and he received the Forecast Public Art Mid-Career Grant, given to one artist a year.

From 2006 to 2015, he was a City Artist in St. Paul, where he helped redefine the role of the artist in government as a daily collaborator and systems changemaker. His project Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk transformed the city’s sidewalk maintenance program into a publishing entity for poetry. This idea has been adopted by many towns and cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. From 2020 to 2022 he was Artist in Residence for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, one of two of its kind in the nation placing artists in statewide agencies. There, he created the Land Acknowledgment Confluence Room, re-making a top-floor conference room in the State Transportation Building into a space of broadening awareness around land, body, and place.

In a museum work titled With Nothing to Give, I Give Myself, he lived ten days around the clock at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to foster the understanding that people are the great overlooked works of art. He is the founding artist for Don’t You Feel It Too?—a participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-life liberation, and Stage Director for Ananya Dance Theatre. He teaches “Art+Life” at the University of Minnesota as well as in the Creative Leadership MA program at Minneapolis College of Art & Design.