About Me

Art speaks to me! I remember visiting the Ufizzi in Florence as a little girl – about 11 years old, and staring at a portrait by Bronzino of Contessina Bia di Medici, a young girl about my age. She wore an elaborate satin dress with a pearl necklace and pearl drop earrings. She was, for me, exactly what I thought a real princess looked like. I had dreams of being her and wanted to learn everything I could about her, so I read all about the Medici family in a torn copy of the Agony and the Ecstasy that I stole from my parents bookshelf.

What I discovered was art through the eyes of one of the world’s greatest creators, Michaelangelo Buonarotti and I was hooked. I learned very quickly the power of art and how it had affected me. Bronzino’s portrait had changed me in a real way. It had made me think and dream and wonder. Though my path in art history led me to abandon my Renaissance calling for the more mysterious ancient world, that painting of Contessina di Medici has never been far from my heart. I bought the print that day in the Ufizzi gift shop and still have it to this day, though I never did get around to framing it.

I have taught both art history and anthropology at Kent State University (art history), William Paterson University, New Jersey (anthropology) and SUNY New Paltz (art history). I have also developed art history and anthropology courses online for William Paterson University, Ellis College and Montana State University, Bozeman.

My own personal research interest has been the origins of art and the dawning of consciousness. My master’s thesis explored a Jungian archetypal analysis of Upper Paleolithic cave painting and sculpture. More recently I have been researching Mesopotamian archaeoastronomy comparing visible star-patterns in the sky to Sumerian sacred texts and Ancient Near Eastern imagery.

I currently live in Livingston, Montana where I work for an Indigenous environmental organization, Project Indigenous and I am involved in several local history-based projects. I’m excited to have this opportunity to explore my love of art in all its forms.

Thanks for asking!

Marsha Fulton

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