Mark Dion

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Mark Dion
BornAugust 28, 1961 (1961-08-28) (age 58)
NationalityUnited States
EducationUniversity of Hartford School of Art
Known forInstallation art
Notable work
Neukom Vivarium, Polar Bear and Toucans (From Amazonas to Svalbard)
AwardsLarry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), Lucida Art Award (2008)

Mark Dion (born August 28, 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; the school also awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2003.[1][2] Presently, Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania with his wife, the artist Dana Sherwood.[1] Dion is currently a mentor at Columbia University in New York and co-director of Mildred's Lane, a visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

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, 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 completed other public commissions which include Den, a site-specific installation for the National Tourist Routes in Norway (2012), An Archaeology of Knowledge for Johns Hopkins University (2012), and Ship in a Bottle for Port of Los Angeles Waterfront (2011).[citation needed]

Dion is the subject of a monograph published by Phaidon[3] and a documentary on the PBS series art:21.[1]

Dion received the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2019).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Mark Dion: Biography". art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). 2007. Archived from the original on January 19, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Memento Mori (My Glass is Run) at The Aldrich". May 2, 2005. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Mark Dion (Phaidon)". Retrieved November 3, 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dion, Mark, and Colleen J. Sheehy. Cabinet of Curiosities: Mark Dion and the University As Installation. Catalog of an exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum from Feb. 24 to May 27, 2001. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2006 (in libraries)
  • Dion, Mark, Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel, Katherine Vanovitch, and Thea Miklowski. Mark Dion: The Academy of Things = Die Akademie der Dinge. Köln: König, 2015 (in libraries)

External links[edit]

  • Review by Roberta Smith, New York Times, of Dion's 2013 gallery exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
  • Interview with Dion, March 22, 2013,
  • Preview of interview with Dion, Artforum, September 2012 (subscription required to view full article)