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Visual & Performing Arts

John Giordano

Professor of Practice

Visual and Performing Arts

John Giordano holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Humanities and Society from Union Institute and University. His recently completed dissertation, Between Conviviality and Antagonism: Transactionalism in Contemporary Social Practice Art and Political Life, looks at post-epistemological frames for group creativity and participatory art in the context of the cultivation of democratic association. Dr. Giordano has been teaching Studio Art, Art History and Art Education since the 1990s. He presently teaches Critical Inquiry in the Compass Program at Merrimack.


Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Studies, Union Institute and University
M.F.A., Painting, University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Studio Art and Art History, Skidmore College


Interdisciplinary Arts

Professional Experience

Dr. Giordano presents papers at visual art, interdisciplinary studies, and philosophy conferences in the United States and Europe. He recently presented his doctoral research at the Summer Institute in American Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2015. A review article, “Pragmatism and the Somatic Turn: Shusterman’s Somaesthetics and Beyond,” co-authored with Christopher J. Voparil, was published in the journal, Metaphilosophy, also in 2015. He is on the organizing committee for the 2015 Association for Interdisciplinary Studies conference hosted by Merrimack College.


 Dr. Giordano has shown his artwork and community-based projects in galleries and museum across the country. Projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation and other national and regional arts funders. 




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