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Mark Parsons received a BFA from the University of Massachusetts shifting his focus to making sculpture after studying biology. During hat time, the artist rebuilt a hurricane destroyed sailboat and subsequently spent three years sailing around the world. Thirty countries and 30,000 miles later he returned to the United States working as a carpenter for two years before completing his MFA at Cornell University, as the recipient of the Jacob K. Javits National Fellowship through the U.S. Department of Education.
Parsons work ranges from large sculpture, to printmaking and large wall drawings. The work usually relies on collaboration during its development often bringing artists and architects into its realization. Parsons thinks of these as portraits - of demographic or intellectual networks. Parsons has exhibited his works at the United Nations, the John F. Kennedy center for the Performing Arts, the Provincetown Art Museum, the New Bedford Art Museum and numerous private galleries in New York City.
Parsons currently teaches and serves as Director of Technology for the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and has taught at Cornell University and Hunter College.
Michael Johnson was born in Providence, RI and received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati. During the 1995/96 academic year, he lectured and worked at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia as a Fulbright Scholar. Johnson is currently Professor of Sculpture at the University of Puget Sound. He also taught at Baylor University in Texas and the University of Delaware where he received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award. As an exhibiting artist, Johnson has participated in one-person and invitational exhibitions in the U.S, Slovakia and Japan. Some venues include: Seattle Art Museum, The Aronof Center in Cincinnati, Masur Museum in Louisiana, Martin Museum in Texas, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum, Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, Gallery Gerulata in Slovakia, The Izu-Kogen Art Museum in Japan, and Foster White Gallery in Seattle. Johnson also served the sculpture community as an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, NJ for six years. He currently lives and runs his studio in Seattle, WA.