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Marc Manke

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Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Marc Manke Pronouns: He/Him/His/They/Them/Their

Assistant Professor


Specialty area(s)

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

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

ART207 - Introduction to Digital Art and Design

ART308 - Intermediate Digital Art and Design

ART408 - Advanced Digital Art and Design

ART413 - Independent Study in Design 

ART425 - Perspectives in Art (Design)


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

Art102 - Art Appreciation

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

2023 - present - Assistant Professor of Art

2019 - 2023 - Assistant Lecturer of Art - Department of Art, UWL

2012 - 2022 - Library Services Assistant - Advanced, Murphy Library, UWL



Marc Manke, Art; and Amber Leibundgut-Peterson and Chelsea Wyman-Green, both Murphy Library; co-authored the article "Fresh out of 1968: Designing an Effective Crowdfunding Campaign for the Academic Library" in Marketing Libraries Journal published on Tuesday, Nov. 7 by the independent journal.

Submitted on: Nov. 7, 2023


Ariel Beaujot, History; Nese Nasif, Marketing; and Kathleen Hawkes, Lisa Lenarz, Marc Manke and Sierra Rooney, all Visual & Performing Arts; received the award for Preservation Alliance of La Crosse Heritage Award at Preservation Alliance of La Crosse Banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 6 in La Crosse, WI, USA. Preservation Alliance of La Crosse has granted us the 2023 Heritage Award for contribution to Historic Preservation via the Hear, Here Project.

Submitted on: Aug. 28, 2023


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