Mark Dion (March 2012), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The
job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.” Dion is the co-director of Mildred’s Land, an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.
Dion is currently working with the architectural firm of James Corner/Field Operations and Creative Time, on the visual art programming and redesigning of the Seattle Waterfront. This includes the development of a long term visual art strategy for the site as well as establishing large scale permanent ecological interventions.
Dion lives with his wife and frequent collaborator Dana Sherwood in New York City and works worldwide.