MARK DICKSON STUDIOS

Artist/Sculptor

 

EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

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 Tallahassee, FL.

2009 ALLEGRO, CELEBRATING MUSIC THROUGH ART
Juried Invitational Exhibition, Lemoyne Center For The Visual Arts Tallahassee, FL.

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.

2008 - ANJE III: ALL-MEDIA NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION
Juried Exhibition, 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL.

2007 - 19th ANNUAL ART IN GADSDEN REGIONAL EXHIBITION OF ART
Juried Exhibition, Gadsden Art Center, Quincy, FL.

2007 - STEEL LIFE
Solo Exhibition, Thomas Eads Fine Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL.

2007 - FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF FINE ART
Artists League Summer Annual Exhibition, Tallahassee, FL.

SECOND PLACE FOR “THE SENTINEL” 2006

2006 - SYNERGIE SALON
Juried Exhibition, The Fine Art Gallery at Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL.

2006 - STUDIED COOL EXHIBITION
Two Person Exhibition, Thomas Eads Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL.

2005 - BEST OF SPRING INTO ART JURIED EXHIBITION
The Annette Howell Turner for the Arts, Valdosta, GA.

SECOND PLACE, 3-DIMENSIONAL FOR “MANDOLIN RAIN” 2005

ARTISTS LEAGUE ANNUAL
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

SECOND PLACE FOR “STORM CATCHER” 2005

THE 2005 VALDOSTA NATIONAL
Juried Exhibition, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.

2004 - FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SUMMER SHOW CASE EXHIBITION
Juried Exhibition, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville, GA.

2004 - THE 2004 ARTIST LEAGUE SUMMER ANNUAL
Juried Exhibition, Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL.

2004 - THE WAR OF ART, SURRENDERED STEEL
Featured Artist Exhibit, The Explorers Club Gallery , Tallahassee, FL.

SYMPHONY SOCIETY DESIGN SHOWCASE
Juried Exhibition, Tallahassee, FL.

2004 - THE 2004 VALDOSTA NATIONAL
Juried Exhibition, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA.


PUBLICATIONS:

2012 FF JOURNAL October 2012 “Repurposed Practicality”
One fabricator uses his metal shop skills to forge a new career path By Gretchen Salois

2012 Tallahassee Democrat
TLH Tallahassee Sunday Magazine April 29th 2012
“It was like I was on fire.” Welding sparks sculptor Mark Dickson’s creativity

2010 BUS Ride Magazine September 2010 issue
“StarMetro recycles through the artist’s hands”

2006 Northeast Chronicle/ Tallahassee Democrat, August 31
“Artist owes love of art to grandparents”

 

PRESS

 

CONTACT MARK

Mark Dickson Studios
MARK DICKSON STUDIOS
1010 Commercial Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
 

ARTIST BIO/STATEMENT

“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 expected norm.

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.





Mark Dickson
 

ARTIST RESUME

EDUCATION:

Art Metal Design
2001 Professor Jim Devore
Sierra College
Rocklin, CA.

Advanced Metal Fabrication/Sculpture
2002 Professor Charles Hook
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL.

Casting and Foundry Processes
2002 Professor Charles Hook
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL.

G-Maw /TIG welding
2008 instructor Mann Roberts
Lively Technical Center
Tallahassee, FL


APPRENTICESHIP:

Ironworks by Grice
2001-2003 Jerry Grice
Master Craftsman; Blacksmithing
Ornamental Metal Fabrication

Sullivan & Son Sheet metal
2002-2004 Steve Ross
Sheet Metal Mechanic; Design
Layout and Fabrication


VISITING ARTIST:

Fall 2011 North Florida Community College
Madison, FL

VISITING ARTIST:

Fall 2011 North Florida Community College
Madison, FL


VISITING ARTIST, AJUNCT INSTRUCTOR:

2012-Metal Sculpture Design And Fabrication
North Florida Community College


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS:

2015 Van H. Priest Auditorium
Lobby Sculpture and Paintings Commission
Madison FL

2013-2014 GAINES STREET TRANSIT SCULPTURE PROJECT
City of Tallahassee and StarMetro Tallahassee, FL
5 sculptural bus shelter art installations, art in transit.

2013 RADIO TELESCOPE SCULPTURE PROJECT
Department of Physics and Astronomy
North Florida Community College
Madison, FL

2012 “GUARDIAN”
Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA.
Sculpture commissioned for permanent outdoor collection.

2011 “FOREST TOTEMS”
Visiting Artist North Florida Community College, Madison FL.
Sculpture commissioned for permanent outdoor collection.

2010 “TRANSIT”
City of Tallahassee, Star Metro
Sculpture commissioned for Tallahassee public transportation headquarters.

 

GALLERIES

Angela King Studios

Angela King Gallery

241 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 524-8211
VISIT SITE

Galleria Silechhia

Galleria Silecchia

20 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941.365.7414
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Thomas Deans Fine Art

Thomas Deans Fine Art

690 Miami Circle NE, STE 905
Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 404.814.1811 VISIT SITE

Studio E

Studio E Gallery

4600 PGA Blvd, Suite 101
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Phone: 561.799.3333 VISIT SITE







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