Marc holds a PhD in Art & Art Education from New York University and is a recipient of the Long Island University Trustees Award for Scholarly Achievement for his writing and design in the spirit of 19th century luminary William Morris. His dissertation, The Environmental Design of Jones Beach State Park, delved into aesthetic, economic, geologic, political, and environmental aspects of the Park’s initial construction. His MA from NYU in Post-Secondary Technology and Industrial Education concentrated on using industrial skill and passive solar architecture to produce socially responsible design. As an undergraduate in Industrial Arts he apprenticed as an estate gardener, restoration carpenter, and stone mason.
Dr. Fasanella joined the Arts & Media faculty of Southampton College in 1991, received tenure in 1997, and achieved the rank of full professor of Art and Design in 2002. After leaving his position in 2006 when Long Island University closed the Southampton campus for reasons of financial exigency, Marc founded Artisan Gallery in Hampton Bays New York, a local platform for coastal culture, including Fine Art as well as exceptional craft in ceramics, glass, metal, and wood.
In 2007 Marc was engaged as one of the pioneer faculty members of Stony Brook Southampton (SBS), an innovative interdisciplinary State University of New York undergraduate program in environmental education. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at SBS he worked as Art Director for the campus literary magazine, Curator of the Avram Gallery, co-author of the new major in Environmental Humanities, and he designed studio facilities for ecological art and design programs.
When the environmental curriculum of Stony Brook Southampton was relocated to the main campus of Stony Brook University, Marc was brought in as Visiting Professor of Ecological Art, Architecture, and Design for the newly-minted Sustainability Studies Program. Over the next decade he developed, revised, and taught courses in the fields of Activism, Aesthetics, Agro-Ecology, Architecture, Ecological Art, Environmental Design, Landscape History, and Urban Planning. His work on the Stony Brook campus included curatorial projects, collaboration with the Health Science Nutrition Division on the creation of Stony Brook Heights Rooftop Farm, development of an Urban Agriculture program in the Life Science greenhouse, and field work with students along the Route 25A business corridor integrated with local civic groups. Between terms Marc taught field study courses: Artists & Designers of the East End of Long Island; Public Art and Urban Design in New York City; and Sustainability and Renewable Energy in Costa Rica.
Raised by a progressive educator and a self-taught social realist painter Dr. Fasanella was exposed to issues of social justice and environmental activism at an early age. His parents entered the nationwide struggle for an egalitarian society in the 1930’s as well as the civil rights and other movements soon thereafter. As a youth Marc participated in the migrant farmworker campaign led by Cesar Chavez as well as Pete Seeger's environmental initiative Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival. Hours spent exploring the forest and wetland ecology of the undeveloped land adjacent to Marc’s childhood home instilled in him a visceral understanding of the web of nature and insight into the effects of development as the forest in which he found a spiritual home gave way to suburban sprawl. Dr. Fasanella has written and lectured about his father, a self-taught social realist painter, whose work is featured in the permanent collections of the American Folk Art Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. Other work by Ralph Fasanella is displayed in many public locations through a Public Domain Project.
In January of 2016 Dr. Fasanella founded the Ecological Culture Initiative, a community development non-profit based in the hamlet of Hampton Bays Long Island, that offers environmental programing and field projects in collaboration with community groups, cultural institutions, and government.
After three years at the helm of the non-profit, Marc handed over the leadership of ECI to his daughter Mia and a group of outstanding colleagues, and took on ownership of the Design / Build firm Ecological Design Partners with his son Michael.
He resides with his wife Anne Moyer in a 1920’s cottage micro-home they are re-constructing (Friendship Cottage) in Rocky Point, Long Island.