Mark Patnode received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Purchase College and is a Fellow of the Urban Artists Initiative (UAI) Hartford, CT, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT), in partnership with the Institute for Community Research (ICR). Mark is a recipient of eleven Fellowships / Residencies and seven Grants, including two all-inclusive CCT awards to Vermont Studio Center where he worked with William Beckman, Michael Gitlin, David Kapp, Carol Robb. Mark has also received two all-inclusive Residencies to I-Park Artists’ Enclave. A Silver Rose recipient from Bulgaria’s Preeminent Poet, Lyubomir Levchev, Mark was sponsored by the Griffis & Orpheus Foundations for a summer 2006 Artist Residency at the Sharon House in the village of Polkovnik Serafimovo, Smolyan, Bulgaria.
Mark’s work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums, including the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Real Art Ways, 2 Faber Birren National Color Award Shows, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Neuberger Museum, National Palace of Culture, Bulgaria, and is in the collection of Sr. Presidente Pedro Verona Pires, Cape Verde, Africa. He has been interviewed by American, African, Bulgarian, Cape Verde, Portuguese press. He appears in the 2008 Orpheus Art Album Ford / Brod, St. Klinent Ohridski University Press, Lyubomir Levchev, Editor. In 2003, Mark received publicity in the January edition of American Artist magazine for his large-scale paintings project of urban New London, done through a UAI grant. Mark’s work is currently featured in Jack Richeson & Co. catalog.
Mark was selected by Senator Joseph Lieberman as Connecticut’s Designated Artist for the 2008 White House Christmas Tree. Mark attended an Artist’s Reception at the White House on December 2, 2008 and his design will remain in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Mark is currently displaying his work in Senator Lieberman’s Washington, D.C. office as part of the CCT Art in Public Spaces Program.
Juried into the CCT Teaching Artist Directory, a reflection of excellence in both teaching and artistry, Mark conducts residencies through CCT Arts in Education HOT Schools. Mark was a nominee for the Guilford Art Center’s Achievement Award – 2006 - Year of the Child Education category, and is a Presenter for HOT Schools Summer Institute, Best Practices in Teaching Artist residencies, and invited panelist. Mark is the USA Professional Visual Artist Instructor for Center for Creative Youth Cape Verde Visual Arts Program.
Mark is a member of the Bulgarian-American Exchange Program, CCY CulturArte, CT Plein Air Painters Society, Elected Member of Mystic Arts Center and Norwich Arts Center, Hygienic Galleries Programming Committee, Executive Board of Directors, Purchase College Alumni Association, Inc., New London Rotary International, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. Mark shares studio space with six other Artists at 73 Washington Street, New London and resides at the Griffis Art Center, New London, CT.
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