Chelsea Markuson’s installations and performances combine cultural identity, generational history, and the processes that enable them as ways to contemplate the political, social and cultural traumas of our time. Exploring site-specificity, historical memories, performative actions reminiscent of ritual become intertwined with personal memories of the how and when and here and now, giving the subject of memory and healing form. Markuson is currently a graduate student at Michigan State University, slated to graduate with her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art this Spring 2019.

Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, internationally and nationally at venues including the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, Carnegie Center Of Art and Art History in New Albany, Indiana and 333 Midland in Detroit, Michigan. This summer she attended the Pilotenkuche International Art Program in Leipzig, Germany where she conducted public and private site-specific performances in and around the city.


Chelsea completed her BFA in 2016 from Indiana University Southeast with a concentration in drawing. At Michigan State University, she has received numerous fellowships and grants so her travel and ideas can become fully realized. Chelsea was born in Louisville, Kentucky and currently lives and works in East Lansing, Michigan.