Mark Dion

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Mark Dion
Born 1961
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Nationality  United States
Education University of Hartford School of Art
Known for Installation art
Notable work Neukom Vivarium, Polar Bear and Toucans (From Amazonas to Svalbard)
Awards Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), Lucida Art Award (2008)

Mark Dion (born 28 August 1961) is an American conceptual artist. best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations.

Dion earned a BFA in 1986 from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. Presently, Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania with his wife, the artist Dana Sherwood.[1] Dion is currently is a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred's Land, a visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Dion is the subject of a monograph published by Phaidon[2] and a documentary on the PBS series, art:21.[3] Dion has exhibited internationally, including, at the . In 2012, Dion's work was included in dOCUMENTA 13, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Kassel, Germany, and has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Guggenheim Bilbao, Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota, Tate Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art.

Perhaps his best-known work is the Neukom Vivarium, an installation in Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA. The artist has also has completed other public commissions which include Den, a site-specific installation for the National Tourist Routes in Norway (2012), An Archaeology of Knowledge for John Hopkins University (2012), and Ship in a Bottle for Port of Los Angeles Waterfront (2011).

Dion has received the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008).


  1. ^ Mark Dion in "art:21" (Norwegian)
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  3. ^ "Mark Dion Biography", art:21, 2007. Retrieved 2 January 2009.

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