University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture/Visual Arts 1998
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture/Printmaking 1995 (magna cum laude)
Director and curator of The Ski Club, a contemporary art space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2013-Present.
2018 Wisconsin Biennial Winner. $5000. Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI 2018
Mary L. Nohl Fellowship. $15,000 Established Artist Category 2007.
Sanger Summer Scholar. Funded personal research and student collaborator, Cayla Skillin-Brauchle, 2006.
Socrates Sculpture Park Grant. Funded exhibition for Interstate: The American Road Trip, 2006.
Freeman Grant. Funded research on Japanese culture in Honolulu, HI with support from the Japan Studies Association, 2005.
Professional Development Grant. Funded collaboration with artist Andrea Zittel at her home in Joshua Tree, CA. I also used funds to finish an installation in California. Beloit College Grant, 2003.
Selected Art Exhibitions
My Office, Free Range, Chicago, IL, 2016
Current Work, Wisconsin Academy, James Watrous Gallery, Madison, WI, 2011
Safety Now, Institute of Visual Arts, Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (catalog), 2009
Protection and Security, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 2005
Recent Works, Minnesota State University, Conkling Gallery, Mankato, MN, 2002
Breach Broach, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI, 2000
2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI, 2018
2018 Biennial Winner, $5000.
An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites: 2002-2015, Joshua Tree, CA, 2017
Curated by Aram Moshayedi and Sohrab Mohebbi
Summer Show, The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI, 2016
Waysides, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, 2016
The Suburban Milwaukee: 16 Years, Mount Airy Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA, 2015
Open Door Exhibition, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
Mary L. Nohl Exhibition, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2011
First Friday, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2010
First Friday, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2009
Vox IV, Vox Populi, Philidelphia, PA, 2008
North Drive Press #4, New York, NY, 2007
Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI, 2007
The Armory Show, Pier 94, New York, NY, 2007
Interstate: The American Road Trip, Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY, 2006
High Desert Test Sites 5, Joshua Tree, CA, 2006
Sculpture, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2004
Spacemakers, Lothringer Dreizen, Munich, Germany, The Suburban, Chicago, IL, 2004
This Thing We Do, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, 2004
Outlaw Series, New York, NY, 2003
High Desert Test Sites III, Joshua Tree, CA, 2003
Destination II, Gas Light Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2003
Fourth Biennial Sculpture Invitational, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI, 2002
Portable, Embassy Suites (in conjunction with Art Chicago), Chicago, IL, 2001
Selected Permanent Collections
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Chicago, IL. 2007
Kohler Artists’ Book Collection, Madison, WI, 2007
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Permanent Collection, Milwaukee, WI, 2000.
Minnesota State University Permanent Collection, Mankato, MN, 1995.
Higgins, Jim. “10 Works to See at the 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 February 2018. Published
Brett Bloom, Petro-Subjectivity, Breakdown Break Down Press, 2015: 31. Published photograph.
Klassen, Mark (2009). Artificial Transformer, Utility Box, Rubric Journal: The Grid, 2, 5-7.
Ned Holte, Michael. “The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships For Individual Artists Cataloge” Exhibition Catalog, University of Wisconsin Press, Wisconsin, 2008. ISBN 9780981930107
Nelson, Dorota Biczel. “Art vs. Art - Wisconsin Triennial.” Susceptible to Images. 8 June 2007.
Motlani, Aisha. “Art and Life.” Shepherd Express. 24 May 2007.
“Interstate.” Tema Celeste 116 Contemporaryart. July/August 2006, page 96.
Kugel, Seth. “Turning Rivers Into Playgrounds.” The New York Times, New York, 11 June 2006
Feder, Jessica Dodell. “Art, Parked-Cross Country Collaboration Brings The American Road Trip To Rest In Socrates Park.” Queens Chronicle, New York, 15 June 2006
“HDTS 5 and Interstate: the American Road Trip,” Sculpture Magazine, January/February 2007. Published review.
“Goings On About Town,” The New Yorker, 31 July 2006. Published review.
Taft, Catherine. “Just Desert.” Artforum Diary, 11 May 2006. Published review.
Holte, Michael Ned. “From California to the New York Island.” Artforum, May 2006. Published review.
Krug, Don and Parker, Ann. Miracles of the Spirit of Art in Wisconsin: Telling Tales of Visual Culture and Everyday Life. University
Press of Mississippi, 2005. Published photograph.
Auer, James. “There’s No Disputing Show’s Value.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 November 2004. Published review.
Luecking, Stephen J.. Object Space and Meaning, Principles of Three Dimensional Design. Prentice Hall, 2002. Published feature.
Schmelzer, Paul. “Paul Schmelzer Examines the Mystery Art and Ministry of Simon Sparrow.” Raw Vision, 2001: 34. Published
Auer, James. “Into the Breach of a Challenging Dual Exhibit.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 February 2000. Published review.
Selected Artist Talks/Presentations
Danish Institute for Study Abroad, artist talk, guest critic, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015.
Lingnan University, artist talk, Hong Kong, 2014.
Glasgow School of Art, artist talk, guest critic, Glasgow Scotland, 2010.
Institute of Visual Arts, artist talk, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009.
College Art Association, presentation, “Art Education in the Liberal Arts: Key Components of a
Contemporary Model,” New York, 2007.
Minnesota State University, artist talk and residency, 2002.
Milwaukee Public Radio, radio interview on “At 10” with Bob Bach, 2001.
Curatorial Work and Juries
Guest Critic, Danish Institute for Study Abroad Architecture and Graphic Design Students, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015.
Guest Critic, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee Wisconsin, 2014.
Art Review Board for the city of Milwaukee to select the public art for the Milwaukee East Public Library exterior, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2014.
Art Review Board for the city of Milwaukee to select the public art for the Milwaukee East Public Library interior, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2013.
Guest Critic, graduate student review at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
Curator, Wisconsin Outsiders, featuring William J. Blackmon, Norbert H. Kox, Mary L. Nohl, Simon Sparrow, Carter Todd and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College, 2003.
Juror, student show at Minnesota State University, 2002.
Associate Professor – 2001 to Present
Department of Art and Art History, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Mark D. Klassen
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