Artist Profile

Reno, Nevada

L. Martina Young

Young, L. Martina

Recipient of Nevada's Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts, Martina Young is an active visionary who conceptualizes aesthetic connections within her fields of dance, poetic perception, and language. She has served on numerous university faculties including The College of William and Mary, California Institute of the Arts, and was Director of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1987 -1994.

Young is also a scholar in Comparative Mythology and Depth Psychology, receiving her Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute -- home of the Joseph Campbell Library, James Hillman Papers, and Marija Gimbutas Archives. A chapter from her doctoral work on the poetics of Toni Morrison's novel, BELOVED, is included in the anthology, THE CLEARING: 40 YEARS WITH TONI MORRISON, published by Bucknell University Press.

Originally from Los Angeles, Young participates in local, state, and national arts advocacy and arts education. Her ongoing work in dance is grounded in a lifelong investigation of the relationship between somatic aesthetics, poetic reasoning, and ethical behavior.