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Marc Manke

Library Assistant III
Murphy Library
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Interdisciplinary Studio Practice, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Textile/Garment Design, Furniture Design, Print Media, Visual Literacy

Brief biography

Marc Manke (b. 1988) is an artist, designer, and educator based in his hometown of West Salem, WI. Born on a 3rd generation dairy farm, Manke draws deep pride from his rural roots, small-town communities, and family traditions. As an out gay man, Manke tries to reconcile the competing cultural and historic forces affecting not only his day-to-day life but the experiences and identities of many rural queers. Using textile design and sculptural forms, Manke explores the myriad factors shaping the identities of rural gay men and the communities they live in. In his most recent work, Manke uses camouflage textile designs, male garments, and commercial presentation strategies to address issues ranging from passing in hyper-masculinized (and sometimes hostile) country communities, gay dating and friendship, healthcare access, and HIV prevention in rural America.

Current courses at UWL

ART160 - General Art Foundations, Fall 2019


Master of Fine Art - Studio Art, Maine College of Art - 2019

Bachelor of Fine Art - Sculpture, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2011 


Teaching history

ART166 - 3D Art Foundations

ART160 - General Art Foundations

ART102 - Art Appreciation

ART218/318/418 - Printmaking, Introductory/Intermediate/Advanced

ART418/419 - Printmaking, Special Topics/Independent Study

Professional history

2012 - Present - Library Services Assistant - Advanced, Murphy Library, UWL

2019 - Present - Associate Lecturer of Art - Department of Art, UWL



Kathleen Hawkes and Marc Manke, both Art, exhibited "Glitch is the Soul of the Machine" on Sept. 20 in Minneapolis, MN. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program presents, “Glitch is the Soul in the Machine,” an international traveling exhibition showcasing emergent forms of new media art that playfully reveal the way digital technologies influence our experience of everyday life. The exhibition runs Sept. 20 - Oct. 1, on the third floor of the MCAD main building, and is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

Submitted on: Sept. 21, 2021