“I am consumed with the process of sculpting: the physical act of creating by the deconstruction
and reconstruction of ideas. To me it is the struggle to reassign beauty, power and meaning to
both found and raw materials and allowing these forms to exist free of the constraints of the
Of the endless variety of media in the world, metals are my love, for their possibilities are endless.
Heated, forged, cast or welded; though the metal is cold and hard, with the proper persuasion it
becomes warm and alive. For me, it’s the entanglement, the heat, sweat, and smoke, the
challenge of steel, and fire - I call this the romance of construction, and thru this action I seek to
challenge the familiar. It is my hope that the viewer will join me on this journey”.
When one views Mark Dickson’s sculptures, one becomes instantly aware of his love for metal of
all types. He is constantly experimenting with different combinations and finishes. Welding,
forging, and casting are the primary processes he uses in his work, but he is ever exploring and
pushing the boundaries of the medium. Mark draws on knowledge acquired from independent
studies at Sierra College in Rockland, CA., Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL., and varied
apprenticeships in metal design, fabrication, casting, foundry methods, and blacksmithing.
Mark's work is collected throughout the United States in public and private collections. His fluid
large-scale pieces are appropriate for landscape architecture and open interiors. His smaller more
detailed vessels display his passion for metal smithing and love of craftsmanship. Tight design,
light abstraction, and the use of multiple metals, pigments and patinas bring to life these
beautiful sculptures. They appear as modern, but at the same time represent as artifacts from the
distant past; something the artist refers as “ancient futurism”. His sculpture compliments the
modern style, for areas ranging from compact to expansive.
Born in the San Francisco Bay area and raised in the foothills of northern California. Mark traveled
the United States, before eventually making his home with his wife in Tallahassee Florida where
they have lived for the past 14 years. He teaches sculpture part time as a member of the adjunct
faculty at North Florida Community College in Madison Florida, and is a full time sculptor with a working studio in the arts district of Rail Road Square in Tallahassee.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2017 Delta State University National Sculpture Exhibition
“Wandering Wall of Strange Ideas” and “Sky Sentinel” Cleveland MS
2017 Grammy Museum Mississippi "Man with a Guitar" Permanent Collection Cleveland, MS
2015 Delta State University National Sculpture Exhibition, Grammy Museum Mississippi "Man with a Guitar" Cleveland, MS
2013 SeaSide Institute
“ Messenger” sculpture installation and exhibition for the SeaSide Institute's
Acedemic Village. Sea Side FL
2013 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
National juried competition presented annually by The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone North Carolina
2012 KISSIMMEE SCULPTURE EXPERIENCE
National Juried Sculpture exhibition, KISSIMMEE MAIN STREET, Kissimmee, FL.
2012 THE ROMANCE OF CONSTRUCTION
Solo Exhibition, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2012 FLORIDA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION
National Juried Exhibition, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL. One year installation and exhibition in Winter Haven, FL.
2009 SOLO EXHIBITION
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
2009 ALLEGRO, CELEBRATING MUSIC THROUGH ART
Juried Invitational Exhibition, Lemoyne Center For The Visual Arts
2008 THE 621 GALLERY NATIONAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION & EXHIBITION
National Juried Exhibition, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL.
Eighteen month installation and exhibit.
RECIPIENT OF THE JUNE HILL MEMORIAL AWARD
2008 - 8th ANNUAL FLORIDA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION
Juried Exhibition, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL.
One year installation and exhibition in Winter Haven, FL.