Jamie McMurry is a performance artist whose work is a visceral evocation of a Western American boyhood gone awry, generating political commentary on America in the world today. McMurry’s performances always involve an element of physical risk-taking that generates anxiety in both those observing the action as well as the artist. He has been presenting his work in festivals and galleries nationally and internationally for ten years. McMurry has produced performance art exhibitions and festivals in Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA, and Boston, MA. He has been a visiting artist/lecturer at the University of Northern Iowa and at the Turku Art Academy in Finland and is currently adjunct performance professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
I feel that performance is the most vital of the artistic genres with the potential for great range and power. The more we see performance, the more performance we see in our surroundings and the more we will be driven to generate our own actions. Action manifests ideas.
This bio/description was originally published in 2004 and updated in 2013. For more current information, please refer to the award recipient's website (if provided).