Project Description

Mark Pomilio

My method, motives and conceptual considerations are centered on visually articulating recent developments in the life sciences. It is not my intent to condemn or celebrate these developments, but rather, to express their profound relevance within our current era. I have chosen to create imagery, which expresses a developmental process rather than an overt visual depiction. The origin of this research has been formulated through a series of simple geometrical equations. These equations have yielded a group of “parent” rudimentary geometrical forms. One or several of these forms are multiplied and folded equally throughout the pictorial field. Through this process, a formal, pictorial, structure is born. Therefore each image has evolved through the development of pictorial representations of geometric systems of growth. This “parent” form is representative and meant to emulate a single cell dividing and compounding into a complex organism. Therefore, within the image field, each decision is multiplied equally throughout the field, causing a type of visual unity. This balance and symmetry has a visual equivalency in how we read the meditative qualities of a reflective pool, or a religious icon. In the end, my goal is to force a harmony upon the image field that, in turn, forces a potential meaning through the integration of the image and title.
The geometrical forms used to create the images found within the CCS (Cloned Cell Series) & Family Circle Series have much in common with the manner in which scientific publications express cell structures visually. In these publications, the geometrical pictorial forms of the pentagon and hexagon are varied in their arrangement and each construction has differing associations. In this work, I have combined these forms with a form I have invented, which resembles the contour of a house in perspective. This form, conceptually, is representative of the family nucleus; which is on the verge of profound changes, as new discoveries in cloning and the life sciences interface with society. The six sided house form also has the inherent ability to unify the other geometrical forms pictorially. All three forms are utilized to create a work that addresses my individual societal concerns, as well as my formal and aesthetic concerns.

EDUCATION
1995 MFA, University of Michigan, School of Art Design, Ann Arbor, MI
1993 BFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1991 Four Year Studio Degree, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

AWARDS, GRANTS AND HONORS
2011 100+ Journals Project, Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2008 Artist-in-Residence, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2007 “Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant” Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2006 “Hall of Fame” Distinguished Alumni Award, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
2006 Artist-in-Residence, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2005 “Seven State Biennial Exhibition,” first prize, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, Chickasha, OK
2005 Herbert H. and Joy C. Reynolds Endowment Fund for University Excellence, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2005 Allbritton Grant for Faculty Research, Allbritton Instituted, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2005 Summer Sabbatical Award, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2004 Artist-in-Residence, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2004 Allbritton Grant for Research, Allbritton Institute, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2003 Allbritton Grant for Research, Allbritton Institute, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2003 “On Edge,” second prize, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
2003 Summer Sabbatical Award, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2002 CPAIR Project Grant, Michigan State Grant, funding for the Clinton Library Mural Project
2002 Artist-in-Residence, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2002 Allbritton Grant for Faculty Residence, Allbritton Institute, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2001 Artist-in-Residence, the Woodstock Guild, Woodstock, NY
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2001 Arts of Citizenship Grant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2000 Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs Grant, State Grant
2000 Artist-in-Residence, Ox-Bow, Saugatuch, MI
1998 Year of the Humanities and Arts Grant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1995 Rackham Thesis Grant, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1993 Rackham Graduate Fellowship Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1991 The Philadelphia Mayor’s Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1991 The Lance Roy Laufer Memorial Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Cresson Memorial European Travelling Fellowship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Franklin C. Watkins Grant, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Lampert Sculpture Construction Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Robert Ricker Landscape Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Historic Yellow Springs Painting Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1988 Huldah Bender Kerner Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1988 Morris Blackburn Landscape Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1988 Lambert and Emma Wallace Cadwaller Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1988 Historic Yellow Springs Painting Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1987 “Artist’s Magazine,” Painting Competition Award

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Natural Order, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Mark Pomilio, 212GALLERY, Aspen, CO
2011 Bi-folds, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 Bi-folds, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM
2010 Folds & Reflections, Xu Beihong Art Academy, Renmin
2010 University of China, Beijing, China.
2010 Mark Pomilio: Divine Geometry, Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2009 The Science of Art, Nature Gallery, North Carolina Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, NC
2008 Two Dreams, Cline + Dale, Scottsdale, AZ
2006 Mark Pomilio, Recent Drawings Fullerton Museum of Art, California State University, San Bernardino, CA
2005 Family Circle, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Sapetriere, Paris, France
2003 Farmer’s Daughter, Art Resource Transfer, New York, NY
2003 Sesto Series, Villa Corsi-Salviati, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy
2001 Human / Nature, Exhibit A, Birmingham, MI
2000 World Trappings, Michigan Guild Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 Arizona Biennial 2013, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2012 1,000 Journals Project, The Gallery at the Civic Center Library,
Scottsdale, AZ
2011 Rethinking the Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2010 John S. Below Collection and Recent Acquisitions, Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX
2010 Flights of Fancy, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2009 Arizona Biennial ’09, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ
2008 TCA Biennial: Paper, Tempe Center for the Art, Tempe, AZ
2008 Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant Recipient Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2008 Texas National 2008, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
2007 Arizona Biennial ’07, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ
2007 On Your Mark: Contemporary Drawing, Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown, NY
2007 Combined Talent: Florida International, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
2006 Form + Function: Mathematics and Beyond in Contemporary Art, Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2006 Ragdale 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2005 Seven-State Biennial Exhibition, The University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma Art Gallery, Chickasha, OK
2005 Pomilio & Pomilio, Paintings & Drawings by Mark & Vincent, North Point Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, NY
2005 The Academy at Penn, Selected Works, The Kroiz Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2005 32nd Annual National Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
2005 20th Annual International Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX
2005 Drawing National 2, A Juried Exhibition of Drawings, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2005 26th Annual Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Larson Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
2004 Arts International Exhibition 2004, International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2004 7th Annual National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, Life Sciences Institute, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2004 17th Annual McNeese National Works On Paper Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, NcNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
2004 31st Annual National Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
2003 An Absence of Color, MMC Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
2003 On the Edge, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
2003 Ragdale, Alumni Exhibition, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2003 Irene Rosenweig 2003 Biennial Exhibition, The Arts & Science Center, Pine Bluff, AR
2003 30th Annual National Juried Competition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
2002 Group Invitational, Silver Maple Gallery, Waco, TX
2001 Drawing National, A Juried Exhibition of Drawings, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2001 Street Art, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI
2001 Shopping, Art Pro Tem, Ann Arbor, MI
2000 Artseen, Former Winsdor Police Headquarters, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
2000 ON/OF Paper, Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO
1999 Seeing It Through, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
1999 Lavventura Artistica, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
1998 Group Invitational, Susannah Keith Gallery, Dexter MI
1997 Small Works, Artists’ House, Philadelphia, PA
1997 Works by the U of M Art and Design Faculty, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1996 Earthly Delights, The Lift Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Two Person Show, Artists’ House Philadelphia, PA
1994 Works in Progress, Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1992 Juried Exhibition, Penn Charter Show, Philadelphia, PA
1992 Juried Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University, Philadelphia, PA
1991 Group Show, Artists’ House, Philadelphia, Pa
1991 Cresson Show, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Group Show, Imagery Gallery, Berwyn, PA
1990 Cresson Show, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1989 Regional Student Art Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Representative of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1988 Cresson Show, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Amy Cades Ph.D, Huntington Valley, PA
Arco Chemical Company, Newton Square, PA
Baylor University Martin Museum of Art, Waco, TX
Carl Anton Muller, London, England
Dan Leach, Tucson, AZ
Dorothee Cohen, Scottsdale, AZ
Dr. and Mrs. John Zaro, Norristown, PA
Dupont Corporation, Wilmington, DE
Francis Callan, Waco, TX
Jo Dance, Phoenix, AZ
Laurie Drymalla, Austin, TX
Lucinda Young, Santa Fe, NM
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Aynesworht, Waco, TX
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Patrone, Longport, NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Powell, Ann Arbor, MI
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Cezar Fernandes, Petropolis, Brazil
Ronald and Maxine Linde, Paradise Valley, AZ
Sally Brofy Naiafi, Paradise Valley, AZ
Samuel Emmerson, Beverley Hills, CA
Sandra L. Helton and Herbert Edelson, Chicago, IL
The Honorable Jeffery Manske, Waco, TX
University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Michigan Life Science Institute, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Office of the President, Anna Arbor, MI
University of Michigan School of Work, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan School of Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMISSIONS
2005 “Family Circle XXV,” Wall Painting, the Honorable and Mrs. Jeffery Manske, Waco, TX
2002 “Fall Festivals,” Site Specific Wall Painting, Clinton Public Library, Clinton, MI
1999 “Vox Populi,” Commissioned by the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI
1998 “Charting the Nuclide,” College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1997 “She Stood Tall,” Horace Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1997 “Collaborative Class Project,” Secretary of State Building, Ann Arbor, MI
1997 “Collaborative Site Specific Installation,” University of Michigan School of Engineering, Ann Arbor, MI
1997 “Elevator Art,” Media Union, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1995-1996 “Landscape Mural Cycle,” University Club, University of Michigan Union, Ann arbor, MI

PUBLICATIONS
2008 Pomilio, Mark. “The Elegance of Simplicity: The Paintings of Ralph Iwamoto” Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery at 6th and 6th, Tucson, AZ

REVIEWS AND NOTICES
1998 Schwazer, Jeane. “Mark Pomilio Gains Scholarship,” The Times Herald
1995 Branam, Judson, “Wall Flowers,” Ann Arbor News
1996 Nesbit, Jesbit. “U-Club Gets Artistic Face-lift,” University Record
1997 Kalmback, Bob. “Elevator Art,” University Record
1997 Nesbit, Joanne. “Muralist at Work in Media Union,” University Record
1997 Rosoff, Seven. “Mural for the U Club,” Michigan Alumnus
1997 Green, Roger. “Extra-Mural at U-M,” Ann Arbor News
1999 Colligan, K., “Remember Betty Jean Jones,” University Records
1999 Canut, John Carlos. “Different Strokes,” Ann Arbor News
1999 Green, Roger. “Italian Dressing,” Ann Arbor News
1999 Balducci, Carolyn Feleppa. “L’Avventura Artistica: Artist Under the Italian Influences,” Exhibition Catalog
2000 Pearson, Craig. “Art Show in Arresting Location,” The Windsor Star
2000 Cantu, John Carlos. “Abstract ‘Trappings’ Take Hold of Emotions,” Ann Arbor News
2001 Crawford, Karis. “Arts of Citizenship Awards Faculty, Graduate Student Grants,” University Record
2002 Cantu, John Carlos. “Artworks, Shoppers, Mix on Liberty Street,” Ann Arbor News
2002 Unger, Nancy. “ ‘Drawing National’ : Expanding the Definition of Drawing,” The Rockville Gazette
2002 Trampani, Christina. “Artist Uses Shapes to Define Clinton in Library Mural,” The Tecumseh Herald
2003 Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review; Five Solo Shows,” The New York Times
2003 Newall, Edith. “The Week Art,” New York Magazine
2003 Johnson, Ken. “Art Guide,” The New York Times
2005 Inouye, Jackie. “Accolades, Faculty Profile: Mark Pomilio,” Baylor Magazine
2005 Donohoe, Victoria. “Art Review,” The Philadelphia Inquirer
2005 “Paintings by Vincent and Mark Pomilio to be on View,” Register-Star/Hudson Valley Newspaper
2006 Peterson, Ivars. “Form and Function: Mathematics and Beyond Contemporary Art,” Exhibition Catalog
2006 D’Amico, Diane. “Working the Angle,” The Press Atlantic City
2006 Clapp, Kevin. “Things Really Add Up at New Exhibit at Noyes Museum,” The Press of Atlantic City
2006 Clapp, Kevin. “The Underappreciated Art of Showing Art at its Best,” The Press of Atlantic City
2007 Regan, Margaret. “The Art in ‘Arizona Biennial’ 07’ is Truly All Over the Map,” Tucson Weekly
2008 Lawton, Claire. “Artist of the Month,” Phoenix Magazine
2008 Smythe, Christie. “Home, Art Inside are Both for Sale,” Arizona Daily Star
2008 Gonzalez, Nathan. “Cline and Dale Fine Art Gallery to Close: New Challenges Await in Private Collecting,” The Arizona Republic
2010 Larsen, Debby. “Floral and Framed,” Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden

LECTURES PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2011 Guest Lecturer: My Space, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2011 Artist Talk: The Bi-folds, “Digital Drawing Curriculum Development Symposium,” Southwestern College. Chula Vista, CA
2010 Guest Lecturer: The Cezanne Effect, in conjunction with the exhibition Cezanne and America
2010 Artist Talk: Folds and Reflections, Xu Beihong Art Academy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
2010 Artist Talk: Divine Geometry, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2009 Artist Lecture: Unifying Principles: Geometry in the Artwork of Mark Pomilio, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2009 Master Workshop; Xu Beihong Academy of Art, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China
2009 Artist Lecture: Abstract Painting and the Poetics of Cell Biology, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
2009 Artist Lecture: Unifying Principles: Geometry in the Artwork of Mark Pomilio, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2008 Artist Lecture: in conjunction with Two Dreams, Cline and Dale, Scottsdale, AZ
2008 Artist Talk: “The Artwork of Ralph Iwamoto,” the Gallery at 6th and 6th, Tucson, AZ
2007 Guest Lecturer: Cezanne’s Gift: A new Pictorial Idiom, The Jungermann Lecture Series, Contemporary Forum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
2006 Artist Lecture: Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
2006 Teacher’s Workshop: In conjunction with “Form + Function: Mathematics and Beyond in Contemporary Art,” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2006 Artist Lecture: In conjunction “Form + Function: Mathematics and Beyond in Contemporary Art,” Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2005 Guest Artist/Lecturer: Family Circle in Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpetriere, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
2005 Artist Lecture: In conjunction with “Pomilio & Pomilio, Paintings & Drawings by Mark & Vincent,” North Point Cultural Arts Center, Kinderhook, NY
2004 Presenter: The Pedagogy of Public Art, Annual Texas Art School Association
2004 Conference, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
2004 Artist Panel Moderator & Presenter: 7th Annual National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2003 Guest Artist/Lecturer: In conjunction with An Absence of Color exhibition, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
2002 Guest Artist/Lecturer: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
2002 Guest Artist/Lecturer: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
2001 Panelist: Public Art Symposium, Ann Arbor District Library, Ann Arbor, MI
2001 Guest Artist: Adrian College, Adrian, MI
2000 Guest Artist/Lecturer: Haverford College, Haverford, PA
2000 Presenter: Weisner Symposium, Best Practice Workshop, Studio Collaborative Projects: Art 455, University of Michigan, School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1999 Artist Lecture: in conjunction with solo exhibition at Montgomery College, Blue Bell, PA
1997 Logistical Coordinator and Site Foreman to Dorothea Rockburne, Fresco of “Euclid’s Comet,” Media Union, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1996 Interview: National Public Radio-Ann Arbor, MI
1996 Creative Workshop: Painting Seminar, School of Art and Design Alumni, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1995 Thesis Lecture: School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1991 Co-Founder: Artists’ House, Cooperative Gallery and Studios, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Public Lecture: “Trecento and Quanttrocento Art,” Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Co-Founder, Creator and Organizer of the Faculty Lecture Series; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artsy Editorial: Six Sculptors Who Are Straddling Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism
Following the spread of the Minimalism movement in the 1960’s, its terminology has been applied across numerous practices, leading to an inevitable obscurity that some contemporary artists are willing to scrutinize. Minimally Speaking (on view at Bentley Gallery through March) highlights six such artists whose counteractions and homages challenge mid-century ideals. Their works – while aesthetically spare and modern – allude to traces of personal inspiration, rendering contemporary blends of Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. 

Artsy Editorial: At the Intersection of Art and Science
When Mark Pomilio embarks on a new project, he admits that there is no clear outcome. Rather than duplicating something observable, he employs precise tools to create hard-edged geometric forms. By duplicating these forms in algorithmic ways he expresses developmental processes at play in all forms of life, from micro to macro. 



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