Mark Cameron Boyd
Education: MFA, University of Maryland; BA, University of Arkansas; graduate work in film and painting at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.
I worked as an artist in Los Angeles from 1976-1996, founding the Zero Zero alternative space where I exhibited the artwork of then-unknown artists, including Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, Mary Woronov, Fred Tomaselli and others. I worked as a musician in LA, playing in The Brainiacs, The Vocalions, Wayzata Band and Pearl Necklace. I taught self-designed courses on Film Noir and Cultural Studies ("Outlaw Culture") at Art Center College of Design from 1987-1993.
I moved to Maryland in 1996, completed my MFA in Painting and taught self-designed coursework on art theory ("Theory Now", "Postconceptualism") drawing and painting for the Corcoran College of Art + Design from 2003-2014. In 2013, I taught "Art as Social Practice" at the Corcoran, utilizing my own practice of participatory blackboard instyallations for public interaction, then continued teaching this course for George Washington University's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in 2014.
My artwork explores “text as a language for painting” by literally using my original writings as the subject of my works. My solo exhibition, "Logocentric Playground," shown at the American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center in 2006, expanded my practice to participatory art, as visitors were invited to write directly upon my blackboard panels. In 2007, I was a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist and exhibited at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. My solo shows include the Catholic University of America and the Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC. I have also exhibited work at the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University, University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery and other commercial galleries in Washington, D.C. In 2014, I presented my curatorial project, Readymade at 100, a juried show in celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s readymades that was mounted at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
In March 2016, I was invited by the U.S. Department of State's "Art in Embassies" program to do an Artist Exchange in San Jose, Costa Rica. While there, I lead 4 workshops on social practice and participatory art, and also collaborated with 6 local artists on creating my bi-lingual participatory art blackboards for the opening night reception of "Reflections on Diversity" at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in San Jose.
Blog: Theory Now
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