Russell Prather


B.A., University of British Columbia
M.A., University of Washington
M.F.A., University of Washington
Ph.D, University of Washington

Russ Prather’s primary teaching specialization is British literary and visual culture of the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries.  Other interests include film, visual art, photography and the history of critical theory.  His scholarly research has focused on the poetry and designs of William Blake and been published in Studies in Romanticism and elsewhere.  

Prather is an actively exhibiting visual artist, whose work is very much informed by his study of literature.  His recent exhibitions include Suspended! at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Accreted Terrane at the Museum of Northwest Art in Washington State and Technologic at the Chicago Art Department Gallery, in addition to shows at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art, the Duluth Art Institute, Finlandia University and other art venues in Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Berlin, Germany.  He has a solo show upcoming, in September 2016, at Bay College’s Besse Center.  

Prather was born in the Canadian Rockies to American parents.  He has a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and an M.A./Ph.D. in English.  He moved to Marquette with his wife Carol from Seattle, via Marrakech, Morocco where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  Outside of academia, he has worked as a roughneck on an oilrig, newspaper reporter, groundskeeper and graphic designer.  He likes food, people and cats. 

Russell Prather