Mark Thomas Gibson

Mark Thomas Gibson

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Mark Thomas Gibson’s personal lens on American culture stems from his multifaceted viewpoint as an artist, as a black male, a professor, and an American history buff. These myriad and often colliding perspectives fuel his exploration of contemporary culture through languages of painting and drawing, revealing a vision of a dystopic America where every viewer is implicated as a potential character within the story.

In 2016, Gibson co-curated the traveling exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo. Gibson has released two artist books, ‘Some Monsters Loom Large’ (2016) and ‘Early Retirement’ (2017). Gibson has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency. In 2021, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Philadelphia, PA and a Hodder Fellowship from Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Gibson (b. 1980, Miami, FL) received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2002 and his MFA from Yale School of Art in 2013. He is represented by M+B in Los Angeles, CA and Loyal in Stockholm, Sweden. Gibson is an Assistant Professor in Painting at Tyler School of Art and Architecture and lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

Photo Credit: Ryan Collerd courtesy of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

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