MARK DICKSON

Artist. Sculptor. Metalsmith.

Few Words About MARK DICKSON

“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”. 

Sources of Inspiration

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.

Origin Story

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 20 years. He maintains a working sculpture studio in Tallahassee’s Rail Road Square Arts district.

Collection of Works

Marks’ work is collected throughout the Southeast 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.

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ARTIST RESUME

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.

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

Fall 2011
North Florida Community College
Madison, FL

VISITING ARTIST, AJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
2012- 2019, Metal Sculpture Design and fabrication
North Florida Community College Madison, FL

2022 ‘’In Honor Of The Worker’’
History and Culture Trail Project
Blueprint Agency
City of Tallahassee, FL

2021 ‘’Sky Sentinel”
Tallahassee Community
Tallahassee, FL

2021 ‘’Story Teller’’
Hyatt House Hotel
Public sculpture commission
Tallahassee, FL

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.

EXHIBITIONS + AWARDS

2019 TCC two person exhibition sculptures and paintings
Mark Dickson Charity Myers
Tallahassee Community college, Tallahassee FL

2018 ‘’Sky Sentinel’’ & ‘’Wandering Wall’’
Delta State University, National juried exhibition

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 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 SHOWCASE 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.

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