Writer, professor and noted lecturer, Marc Cirigliano was born and spent the early part of his life in north central Ohio, near Cleveland. Growing up he engaged in music, sports and the arts, often frequenting concerts, recitals and dance at such locations as Oberlin College's Finney Chapel, Baldwin-Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music, downtown Cleveland’s Music Hall and also Severance Hall.
A broadly based scholar comfortable researching in Italian, French and German, Marc completed undergraduate school at Baldwin-Wallace University (then, College) with a BA in history. While earning his MA, M.Phil. and Ph.D. in the Humanities Ph.D. Program at Syracuse University, he was awarded a prestigious Florence Fellowship, studying art history in Florence under Luisa Becherucci, former Director of the Ufizzi Gallery, and Ugo Procacci, former Director of Art Restoration for Florence. He completed his Ph.D. under the direction of Sidney Thomas, writing a dissertation on William Blake.
Following through on his philosophy that the arts should be accessible to everyone and that they can be explained in detail and depth through plain language, Marc is currently a tenured professor of the arts at SUNY/Empire State College, where he teaches students in a wide array of Arts and Humanities subjects: art history, Western Civilization, aesthetics, criticism, select areas of literature and creative writing.