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Graham Marks - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

Graham Marks (United States, b. 1951) produces exuberant, coil-built ceramics adorned with vibrant glazes, which combine functionalism with visual delight. Of late, Marks has embraced loose, sinuous forms from which coils of clay spill in dynamic and improvisatory compositions. His candelabras and flower vases contain a wild energy all their own, full of brash, linear abandon. In their merging of pattern and embellishment, they recall the intricate crafts of eighteenth-century France, bringing rococo flourishes to the timeless theme of utilitarian vessels.

Marks taught ceramics at Kansas State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he was Head of Ceramics from 1986 to 1992. His work has been exhibited internationally and collected privately; it is held by numerous public institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Detroit Institute of Art, the Everson Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, the Cranbrook Museum of Art, the Stedelijk Museum, the Hermitage Museum, and the National Gallery of Australia. Marks splits his time between Brooklyn and Alfred, NY.


b. 1951, United States 

1976     M.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
1974     B.F.A., Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2022     It Can Be What It Becomes, Sculpture Space NYC, Long Island City, NY 
1993     Habatat/Shaw Gallery, Farmington Hills, MI 
1992     Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL 
1991     New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 
1990     Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI 
             Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA 
1988     Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, NY
1986-87 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
             Sculpture Center, New York, NY
             Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI (Catalogue)
1984     Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1983     Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
1981     John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 
1979     Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
1978     Exhibit A, Evanston, IL 
1977     University Gallery, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS 
1976     Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

2024     The Aesthetics of Everyday Objects: The Cup, ATLA, Los Angeles, CA
2021     With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932, Cranbrook Art Museum, 
             Bloomfield Hills, MI
2016     Empirical, Intuitive, Absorption, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY 
2014     Gifts from America: 1948–2013, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg,
1991     National Objects Invitational, The Arkansas Art Center Decorative Arts
             Museum, Little Rock, AR 
             Refuse, Detroit Artist’s Market, Detroit, MI 
             50th Annual Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

            The Stephane Janssen/Michael Johns Collection, Arizona State University
             Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ
1990     American Ceramics, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan 
             Building a Permanent Collection: Perspective on the 1980s, American Craft Museum,
             New York, NY
             Craft Today: USA, Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw, Poland 
             Clay, Color, Content, 28th Ceramic National, Invitational Section, Everson Museum
             of Art, Syracuse, NY
1989     Surface and Form: A Union of Polarities in Contemporary Ceramics, The National
             Museum of Ceramic Art, Baltimore, MD (Catalogue) 
             Shared Boundaries: The Cranbrook Tradition, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO (Catalogue)
             Six Master Craftsmen, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
             Fifteen Years, Helen Drutt Gallery, New York, NY
             Craft Today: USA, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; Applied Art
             Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt, Germany 
1988     Power Over the Clay: American Studio Potters, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI
             Alfred and Mary Shands Collection, J.P. Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, KY (Catalogue)
             Selected Works 1987–1988, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA 
             The Aesthetic Edge, Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR
1987     Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

            The Cranbrook Vision: Past and Present, Artrain, MI
1987–1990 The Eloquent Object, Traveling: The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Boston 
             Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA; Chicago     
             Library and Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and
             Kyoto, Japan 
1986     Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical, Travelling: American Craft Museum, New York,
             NY; The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA;
             Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY;
             Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
             Contemporary Arts: An Expanding View, Wellesley College Museum, Wellesley,
             MA; The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ; Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ
             Big Containment, Swen Parson Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
             Organic Abstractions, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA; Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL
1985     Contemporary American Ceramics: Twenty Artists, New Port Harbor Art Museum,
             Newport Beach, CA (Catalogue)
             American Craft, Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY
             American Ceramics, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
             Surface/Function/Shape: Selections from the Earl Millard Collection, Southern Illinois 
             University, Edwardsville, IL (Catalogue)
             The Educated Eye, The State Museum of Albany, The Neuberger Museum,
             Purchase, NY
             The Presence of Clay, Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
             The Vessel and its Variation, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
             Of the Artist, by the Artist, Wilson Center, Rochester, NY (Catalogue) 
1984     Multiplicity in Clay, Fiber and Metal, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs,
             NY (Catalogue)
             Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 
             Crafts: A Selected View, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
             Personal Imagery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT 

1983     A Passionate Vision: Contemporary Ceramics from the Daniel Jacobs Collection,
             Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (Catalogue) 
             Who’s Afraid of American Pottery?, Travelling: Dienst Beeldende Kunst,
             ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels,
             Belgium; Stedelijke Musea, Gouda, The Netherlands (Catalogue)
             Art in Architecture, Merritt Gallery, Rochester, NY
             Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology with Robert Rauschenberg,
             Rochester, NY
             Selections from the Joan Manheimer Collection, University of Kansas, Kansas
             City, MO (Catalogue)
             Selections from the Permanent Collection, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
1982     American Clay Artists, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 
             Six Plus 12, Pyramid Arts Center, Rochester, NY
             Graham Marks and Cary Griffin, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
             Group Invitational, Haber/Theodore Gallery, New York, NY
             Young Americans—Award Winner, American Craft Museum, New York, NY
             Sculpture Invitational – Three Man Show, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY
             Group Invitational, D.B.R. Gallery, Cleveland, OH 
1981     Beyond Tradition: 25th Anniversary Exhibition, American Craft Museum,
             New York, NY
             Centering on Contemporary Clay: Ceramics from the Joan Mannheimer Collection,
             Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (Catalogue) 
             Clay, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (Catalogue)
             Recent Acquisitions, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
             Contemporary Approach to American Craft, Pyramid Gallery, Rochester, NY
1980     Ceramic Sculpture, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
             Contemporary Ceramics: A Response to Wedgewood, Museum of the Civic
             Center, Philadelphia, PA (1980-1982 Traveling nationally)
             Iowa Invitational, Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, IA 
1979     Group Invitational, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
             Ten Personal Approaches, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
             Contemporary Crafts, Marion Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 
1977     The Ceramic Vessel as Metaphor, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL (Catalogue)
             American Art: Contemporary Crafts, Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
             Scripps College 33rd Annual, Scripps College, Claremont, CA 
1976     New Views by Young Ceramics, Exhibit A, Evanston, IL 
             M.F.A. Thesis Show, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, New York State College of Ceramics
             at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
             Fragment Show, Carborundum Museum of Ceramics, Niagara Falls, NY
1975     Group Show with Claes Oldenberg and Lucas Samaras, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, 
             Buffalo, NY
             Stockton State College Sculpture Show, Pomona, NJ
             Supermud Invitational, Carborundum Museum of Ceramics, Niagara
             Falls, NY
             Group Show of Clay and Glass, Carborundum Museum of Ceramics,
             Niagara Falls, NY

1976–1978  Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 
1980–1986  Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
1986–1992  Artist in Residence and Head of Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy
             of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1985     Fellowship, The New York Foundation for the Arts 
1984     Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Sponsored Project Grant, New York State 
             Council on the Arts 
1978     Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts

Arizona State University Museum, Tempe, AZ 
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR 
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI 
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
The Lannon Foundation, Miami, FL 
Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia 
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramics, New York State College
of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC 
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 
University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder, CO 
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

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