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Biography
Mark Nelson 1957, Born in Oakland California. Moved every 2 years with family (Long Beach, CA, San Diego,CA, Yokohama, Japan, San Francisco, CA, Kahaluu,Oahu Island,HI, Virginia Beach, VA,) 1970 Moved to Panama Canal Zone, Panama where art career was initiated as a young man. 1984-1991, completed numerous paintings, constructions and filmed video documentary in the Republic of Panama. 1986, Finished BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 1988, Completed MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago after BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 1991- Last visit to Panama to finish footage for documentary. 1998 Purchased site for live/work "Gringolandia Studio," in Chicago's historic Pilsen neighborhood.
 
Statement
An art education advances the mind,world, and socially nurtures the human spirit through craft, media, and discipline.
 
Exhibitions
2017 Superstitions portfolio: Coronado Print Studio, New York, NY (curated) Chornobyl - artists respond: Ukrainian Institute of America, New York, NY (curated) Jazz Record Art Collective: Fulton St. Collective - 3/22/17, Chicago, IL (invitational) Witness: the artist's response: Elephant Room Gallery - Chicago, IL (juried) College Art Faculty Invitational: Gallery 215 - NIU at Dekalb, IL (juried) 2016 Traditional to Contemporary: Oak Park Arts League, Oak Park, IL - juried Inequity Reversal: West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park, IL (solo) Democritique; Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL - Curated Members Show; Oak Park Arts League, Oak Park, IL - juried Art on Cardboard Show; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago ConTextual; Oak Park Arts League, Oak Park, IL - juried Made in Pilsen XI: Prospectus Art Gallery, Chicago - Curated Triumph over Chaos: Vleck Gallery - Catholic Theological Union, Hyde Park, IL Chuee Taxua: Ferguson Art Gallery - Concordia Univ. Chicago, River Forest, IL Endangered Species: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago, IL (SOLO) Places Spaces: Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL 2nd Annual Educator Show: Bridgeport Art Ctr., Chicago - Honorable Mention 2015 Art on Cardboard Show: Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL (collective). Chuee Taxua: Museo de Arte Indígena Contemporáneo en Cuernavaca Mor., Mexico - (Curated) La Muerte Nina/Dia de los Muertos: National Museum of Mexican Art-Chicago, IL (Curated) Made in Pilsen X: Prospectus Gallery - Chicago, IL (Curated) Folktales and Legends: John Michael Kohler Arts Center - Sheboygan, WI (juried) Climate Crisis Solutions: Water Street Studios Gallery, Batavia, IL. (Juried) Art Educators Show: Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. (Collective) 2014 Annual Cardboard Show: Project Onward-Bridgeport Art Center; Chicago, IL (collective) So Much More: Swedish Covenant Hospital; Chicago, IL (juried collective) Made in Pilsen IX: Prospectus Gallery; Chicago, IL (curated) Southside MANIFESTO: Co-Prosperity Sphere; Chicago, IL (collective) Survival, Spirit, ......: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; Chicago, IL (4 person show) Artists on Board, ......: Reverie Gallery-Lacuna Artist Lofts; Chicago, IL & Portland, OR Pahana; Paperish Mess, Chicago, IL (Installation ) Gestos Graficos: Rene Arceo and Friends; Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL (collective) 2013 CTU Strike 1yr Anniversary Art Show: URI-EICHEN Gallery; Chicago, IL (collective) Haiyan Relief Fundraiser: Co-Prosperity Sphere; Chicago, IL (collective) 11th Annual Cardboard Show: Bridgeport Arts Center; Chicago, IL (collective) Made in PilsenVIII: Prospectus Gallery; Chicago, IL (collective) Passages: Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago - Juried (collective) Indecent Liquidation: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - 1 Person Show One Inspired Evening-Benefit: Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, Chicago - Juried (Collective) 2012 Made in Pilsen VII: Prospectus Gallery; Chicago, IL Hanal Pixan: food for the Souls; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago *A Conspiracy of Silence; Triton College Gallery, River Grove, IL We are the Awakening; 6902 N. Glenwood, Chicago, IL Keepers; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL Santitos Portfolio; Casa Tres Mundos, Chicago, Granada, Nicaragua (Traveling group show) 2011 *Reverse Engineering; Carlos & Dominguez Fine Arts Gallery, Chicago Made in Pilsen; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago, IL Testimony of Being; Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago - Juried Arceo Press Print Portfolio; Ferguson Art Gallery, Concordia Univ., River Forest, IL 2010 Made in Pilsen V; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago From the Wash; Antena, Chicago Collective Show; Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago 2009 Collective Show; Casa Aztlan, Chicago Mutations; Douglas Park Field House, Chicago Made in Pilsen IV; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago Peace in Pilsen Benefit Auction; Carlos and Dominguez Fine Art Gallery End of the 80's; Avram Eisen Gallery, Chicago Los Artistas de la Calle 18; World Gym-Pilsen, Chicago One Inspired Evening-Juried Benefit; RiverEast Art Center, Chicago Celebration 2009; Prospectus Gallery, Chicago 2008 If Artist Ran the Media; C33 Gallery, 33 East Congress Ave., Chicago *Art of the Ride: Motoworks Chicago - SOLO Experiencing the War in Iraq: Machines with Magnets, Pawtucket, Rhode Island 30 Years and Moving On: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago Made in Pilsen III: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago 2007 Collective Show: Colby Gallery, Chicago 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios: GringoLandia Studio, Chicago Pass it On: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art; Chicago Mural Acquisition: Permanent Collection for U.S. Embassy, Panama Made in Pilsen 2: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago *Dusk to Dawn: Cafe Duvall, Chicago - SOLO Kigali Rwanda Benefit: Univ. of IL at Chicago POLVO Benefit: 18th Street, POLVO, Chicago Art of Teaching: Gallery 37 Center Space, Chicago 2006 Made in Pilsen: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago Chicago Art Open: Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago Bare Walls: SAIC - 847 W. Jackson Bldg., Chicago Beyond Teaching I: South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago Beyond Teaching II: Cafe Mestizo, Chicago Beyond Teaching III: Casa Michoacan, Chicago Greed: Pilsen Cultural Celebration: Harrison Pk, Chicago Opt-in: Chicago Music Garage, Chicago The Art of Teaching: Gallery 37 - Center Space, Chicago *Navigating the Landscape: Prospectus Gallery, Chicago - SOLO 2005 Classic Cymbals: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Traveling exhibition through 2006 Art for Animals Auction: Chicago Cultural/Center Tree House Animal Foundation 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios: GringoLandia Studio, Chicago Hometown Video Festival : Alliance for Community Media, Monterey, California Eminent Domain : Pilsen Cultural Celebration, Harrison Park, Chicago POLVO Benefit: POLVO, Chicago Chicago Homeland Expo : McCormick Center, Chicago - SOLO Art of Teaching : Gallery 37 Center Space, Chicago Cardboard 2: Birdhouse museum installed on S. Morgan St., Chicago 2004 Chicago Art Open: Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Chicago Artist as Terrorists 2 : POLVO, 18th St , Chicago Art and War: the artists voice Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago War and Peace : Gallery 415, Chicago Portraits of Imagination: CCT Gallery, Chicago Barewalls: SAIC 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago 18th St. Pilsen Open Studios: GringoLandia Studio, Chicago Tu Casa es Mi Casa : POLVO, Chicago 2003 Alas de Papel: 2000-2004 Montreal, Mexico City, Cordova, Chicago, Managua Chicago Solution Show: Gallery on Lake, Chicago Globalization Show : Hothouse Gallery, Chicago Chicago Art Open: 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago Art & Industry : Union Street Gallery - Chicago Heights, IL Bare Walls: SAIC-847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago Urban edge : BAAC, Barrington, IL Visual Candy: Butchershop, Chicago Artist as Terrorist : POLVO, Chicago The El: Hothouse Gallery, Chicago Artists against the War: Chicago Athenaeum-Museum, Schaumburg, IL. 18thSt. Pilsen Open Studios: Gringolandia Studio, Chicago The Art of Teaching: Gallery 37 Center Space, Chicago 2002 Udderly Suite: Chicago Historical Society - Museum Casa Michoacan auction: Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago SPECTRUM : Chicago Athenaeum-Museum, Schaumburg, IL Sept. 11 Show: Chicago Athenaeum-Museum, Schaumburg, IL 911 Show & Erotic Show: JettSett Gallery, Chicago Bare Walls: SAIC- 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago Chicago Art Open: 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago The Art of Teaching: Marwen-833 N. Orleans, Chicago 2001 Hemingway Show: Hemingway Museum, Oak Park, IL Art for Sara's Sake: Swedish American Museum, Chicago Operation Icarus: Gringolandia Studio, Open air installation launching 24th Annual Exhibition: Beverly Art Center, Chicago 2000 Chicago PingPong 2000: Pump Station Gallery-WaterTower, Chicago Public Art Program Absolut Visions-art 2000: Gwendajay A. Gallery, Chicago The Midway Show: Las Manos Gallery, Chicago *Tales from GringoLandia: Harry S. Truman College, Chicago - SOLO 1999 Sightings: Gwendajay A. Gallery, Chicago Cows on Parade: Hancock Tower Building on Michigan Ave., Chicago *Original Recipe: Builders Bank, Chicago 1998 Chicago Art Open: 847 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago Against the Nightstick: Casa Guatemala, Chicago Bok Guai : A.T.Coyote Festival, Chicago *GringoLandia HeirLines: Chicago Public Library, Chicago - SOLO Collective Exhibitions: Las Manos Gallery, Chicago 1997 West Town Realty Scandals: A.T. Coyote Festival, Chicago Lost and Found: Gallery 7000, Chicago 1996 Americana Show: Imperfect Fluids Gallery, Chicago GringoLandia 22: A.T. Coyote Festival, Chicago 1994 Erotica Show: Naked "i" Gallery, Saint Charles, IL Full Box/Empty Culture: Process Bldg., 935 N. Damen, Chicago 1993 Mr. Whitey's Wild Ride: Crux Gallery, Chicago Disco Gazebo: APO Bldg.,18th St., Chicago Red Line: Feral Dog Gallery, Chicago New Art Examiner Auction: World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago Collective Show: LayAway Gallery, Chicago 1992 ReCycle America: Reicher Gallery-Barat College-Lake Forest, IL North Pier, Illinois St.- Chicago Collective Show: Beret International Gallery, Chicago Artist-in-Residence Show: Oak Park Civic Arts Council, Oak Park, IL 1991 GringoLandia II: North Lakeside Cultural Center, Chicago Collective Show: Erie Street Gallery, Chicago 1990 *GringoLandia: ARC Gallery RAW SPACE, Chicago - SOLO Your Message Here: Randolph Street Galley, Chicago *Terratenientes: Galeria Uniques, Panama City, R.P. - SOLO 1989 13th Annual Competition: Beverly Art Center, Chicago Prints by Illinois Artists: State University of New York, StonyBrook, NY Artists Define Furniture: ARC Gallery, Chicago Landscape/Mindscape: ARC Gallery, Chicago Black and White Show: ARC Gallery, Chicago 1988 Modern Love: ARC Gallery, Chicago N.A.M.E. Re-Membered: 203 W. Lake St,, Chicago Art Fun/Life Serious: Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago The Historical Moment: Gallery 400, UIC, Chicago 15 Years 15 Walls: ARC Gallery, Chicago *The Incredible Museum: A.M. Ward Gallery, Chicago - SOLO 1987 Hung Jury: NAB Gallery, Chicago Chicago Transit : Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago 11th Annual Exhibition: Beverly Art Center, Chicago Dia de los Muertos: Objects Gallery, Chicago 1986 Two by Two: International Art Expo - Navy Pier, Chicago 1985 American Artists in Panama': U.S. Embassy Residence, Panama' Subasta Pro Museo: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama' 1984 *Mark Nelson '84: Teatro Anayansi, ATLAPA Center, Panama'- SOLO 1983 ArteGulf 83: Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama'
 

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