Mark Iwinski


Mark Iwinski (b.1960) is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, printmaking, sculpture, book arts, and site specific work to reveal layers of absence, history, and memory in our landscapes and cities.  Originally, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  He has taught art at The College of William and Mary, Dartmouth College, Colby College, and Cornell University before moving to Durham, North Carolina in 2008.  While living in Vermont in 2000 he began exploring remnants of Eastern old growth forests and did his first prints of old growth American Elm stumps. This project is ongoing and has grown to encompass sites from the Adirondacks and the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a 2006 Constance Saltonstall Foundation Grant recipient for works on paper featuring his old growth stump prints. His artist’s book Crosscuts documenting the loss and rediscovery of an old growth White Pine forest in the Adirondack State Park in New York was featured in the international artist’ book tour Arcadia Id Est in 2007. Ghost Trees and Crosscuts: Intersections between the Forest and History, was a one person exhibition of old growth stump prints and paper castings at the Wriston Art Center at Lawrence University in 2006.  In 2003 he began a rephotography series in downtown Ithaca exploring the architectural losses and changes in the cityscape through urban renewal and sprawl.  This series has grown to include sites in new York City, Venice, Italy, Milwaukee, and regional sites.  He is the recipient of a 2008 Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for his rephotography work This was now, and subsequently published in the on line journal Inflexions in 2008 and the Cornell Alumni Magazine in 2011.  His old growth stump prints were included in Print Summit 2010 a national survey of prints shown at Eastern Carolina University and Trees and Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature and Culture, shown at the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Also, in 2010 he was awarded a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for his rephotography series.



M.F.A., Sculpture; May 1991; University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Study Abroad, Drawing and Painting in Assisi, Italy; 1987, UW Milwuakee, Drawing and Painting Dept.

B.F.A., Sculpture; May 1986; University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee



2010 Fellow: North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship

2008 Fellow: New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography

2006 Fellow: Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts; Individual Artist Grant, “Works on Paper”

2004 Cornell Council for the Arts; Printmaking award to create a series of large stump prints envisioning the pre-Columbian forest of the Eastern U. S.

2002 Vermont Arts Council; Opportunity Grant, Printmaking.



2010 Art House, St. Mary’s College, Dept. of Art, Artist in Residence, St. Mary’s, MD

1999 Centrum, Printmaking and drawing residency; Port Townsend, Washington



1997 Sculpture Award, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk, VA.

1995 Trustees' Award; Trustees of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA.



One Person Exhibitions:

2015 Caudex, Alcott Gallery, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

2012 Terrains of Absence, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2010 This was now, History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca, New York.

2008 Terrains of Absence, String Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY.

2006 Ghost Trees and Crosscuts: Intersections Between Forest and History, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.

2005 Crosscuts  Clinton House Art Space, Ithaca, NY

2004 Celestial Navigation Founders Hall Gallery, UW Manitowoc. Manitowoc,WI

2003 Plumb and Sky Hartell Gallery Sibley Dome, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

CosmonopetryT.W. Wood Gallery, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT

2002Cosmonopetry, Brownson Gallery, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.

2001 Devising Devices; A Sculptural Ensemble, New England College, Henniker, NH.

1994 Alchemy and Explorations: sculptures, drawings, and frescoes, Portsmouth Art  Center; Portsmouth, VA.

1992 Mark Iwinski: New Works, sculptures and frescoes Metropolitan Gallery; Milwaukee, WI


Selected Two Person and Group Exhibitions:

2015 Logjam, Group Invitational, James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Madison, WI

2014 Re-imaging the Environment, Group Invitational, Wegner Gallery, Nicholas School for the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC

Imprint, Group Invitational, Greenhill; a Space for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

Loaded Objects, Group Invitational, Carrack Modern Art Gallery, Durham, NC.

2013 “TINY: attention, exploded Group Invitational, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

2012 NCAC Fellowship Exhibition, Group invitational, Turchin Center for the Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

2010 Trees and Other Ramifications: Branches in Nature and Culture, Group Invitational, Spencer Art Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Print Summit 2010, Group invitational, Willington B. Gray Gallery, Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

2009 A Book about Death, Group Exhibition, The Emily Harvey Foundation and Gallery, 537 Broadway, New York, NY

2007 Arcadia id Est: Artists’ Books, Nature and Landscape, Group Invitational International Touring Exhibition of artist books examining the uses of nature and the landscape: March through May, 2007 at Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, USA. June through July, 2007 at Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, USA. August through October, 2007 at Noosa Regional Gallery, Australia. National Print Museum in Dublin, Ireland, November – December 2007.

2003 Drawings by Sculptors for Sculpture, Group invitational exhibition. Andrews Gallery, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

2002 Mark Iwinski, Further Explorations; Other Alchemy, Two-person exhibition. AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH

2001 Chowan On/Of Paper Biennial, Group Juried Exhibition, Green Hall Gallery, Chowan College, Murfeesboro, NC.

2000 On/Of Paper, Group exhibition. Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO.

1999 New Directions '99, Juried Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. (Curated by Fiona Ragheb, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.)

Prints U.S.A. 1999, Juried Exhibition, Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri. (Curated by David W. Kiehl, Curator of Prints,Whitney Museum of American Art.) (Catalogue)

Virginia Sculpture Invitational '99: Process, Concept, Solutions, Invitational Group exhibition. Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Farmville, VA

1998 Hard Wood; Two-person exhibition; The Hand Workshop, Richmond, VA

1997 Virginia Sculptors of the Tidewater Outdoor Exhibition, Invitational exhibition. Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Norfolk, VA.

1995 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Invitational Exhibition, Newport News, VA. (Curator: Mark Johnson, Director of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, AL (Catalogue) Award

1992 Juried Exhibition 1992. Peninsula Fine Art Center; Newport News, VA. (Juried by Neal Benezera, then Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.)

Invented Landscapes, Invitationa Group Exhibition, Cudahy Gallery; Milwaukee Art Museum.

Concerning the Spirit, West Bend Gallery of Fine Arts; West Bend, WI.( Curated by Tom Uttech, Artist and Professor Emeritus of Painting; UW-Milwaukee)

Wisconsin Art: Ideas/Images, Cudahy Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum; Milwaukee, WI



2004 Cornell Public Art Committee, Old Growth Print, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

1992 Cudahy Arts Preservation Society; Cudahy, WI Commission to design a sculptural monument incorporating carved stonework from razed 1920’s high school building.



Print media and Websites Publications:

Chris Vitiello, “Kill your Filter, in two exhibitions artists resolve memory with media.” Independent Weekly, Vol.29 No.34, August 22, 2012 p.21

Max Helperin, “To see ghosts of the past…” Raleigh Downtowner, Local Gallery News Vol.8 no.8 p.18

Franklin Crawford, “Through a Glass, Darkly” Photographs by Mark Iwinski, Cornell Alumni Magazine; January/February 2011, pp. 42-47.

Sense Lab Mark Iwinski, This was Now, Terrains of Absence, Published online in Inflexions, How is Research Creation? Vol. I, No. 1, May 2008. Inflexions is an open-access journal for research-creation, Montreal, Quebec, CA.

“Arcadi Id Est” p. 4, Book Arts Newsletter, Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, UK no. 35 June-July 2007.

Nancy Torner; Milwaukee Journal; Sculpture Salvage May 11, 1992.

James Auer; Milwaukee Journal; Sculptor's Chain Saw Makes Art; March 1, 1992.

Tom Ferguson; Milwaukee's Downtown Edition; Art Chops: Across the Viaduct; March 9, 1992.


Publications as Author:

This was now. “Then and Now, Photographic artistry offers chance to see what has been lost.” Mark Iwinski, Guest Columnist, The Ithaca Journal, November 6, 2010.

Ghost Trees and Crosscuts Intersections Between Forest and History; Artist Book, 2006.

Hidden Intersections of Nature, Art, and Militarism; Representations of the landscape as a locale of conflict.  Paper presented at the Colloquium on "Culture and Conflict" sponsored by the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, November 12, 2005.

Heirs of the Revolution; “Male Response to the Women’s Art Movement” Panelists: Paul Brach, Mark Iwinski, Dale Roberts, Robert Zakanitch., Mod. Joan Arbeiter, Ceres Gallery, New York; 19 March 1998.



 Visiting Critic, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Art Department, Chapel Hill, NC March 2015

Visiting Artist, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 2015

Artist Talk “Imprint” Greenhill, Greensboro, NC 2014

Visiting Artist, Terrains of Absence, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s, Maryland, April 2010.

This was Now, Lecture, The History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY Oct. 9 2008.

Visiting Artist, Terrains of Absence, Wells College, Aurora, NY Oct. 2008

Visiting Artist; Ghost Trees and Crosscuts Intersections Between Forest and History, Wriston Art Center, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI Nov.10.