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Thomas Markusen

 (born 1940)
Thomas Roy Markusen is active/lives in New York, Arizona.  Thomas Markusen is known for hand-wrought metal ware.

Thomas Markusen

Biography from The Marshall - LeKAE Gallery

The following is submitted January 2004 by the artist, Thomas Roy Markusen, of Kendall, New York, and Cave Creek, Arizona.

PLACE/DATE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois / January 1, 1940

EDUCATION: B.S., M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison

POSITION: President, Markusen Metal Studios, Ltd. 1998-
Sole Proprietor, Thomas R. Markusen Metalsmithing Studio 1976-1998 Professor of Art, SUNY, College at Brockport 1968-1998
Professor of Art Emeritus, SUNY, College at Brockport 1998-

STATEMENT: Thomas Markusen exemplifies the ranks of artists/craftsmen who are dedicated to the excellence and growth of American Metalsmithing. During the past three decades, Markusen has established himself as a noteworthy and contributing artist, educator, and leader among his contemporaries in North American Metalsmithing. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

As a teacher, Markusen has instructed workshops and lectured at universities, colleges, craft schools, and art galleries across North America. The character of his designs reflects the fluid plastic quality of the metal when it is forged and shaped while red hot and combines various metals and patinas. His functional objects are collected by individuals, galleries and museums.

ACC Baltimore Craft Show (American Craft Council) - Baltimore, MD - February 1980-'85; 1995-'03
Philadelphia Buyers Market (Rosen Group, Inc.)- Philadelphia, PA- 1991-'04
Rheinbeck Summer Market (American Craft Enterprises) - Rheinbeck, NY - June 1976 -'83
Pacific States Market (American Craft Enterprises) - San Francisco, CA - August 1980 - '85
ACC West Springfield, MA (American Craft Enterprises)- Eastern Exposition Center- June 1984-'86
NY Gift Show: American Crafts (George Little Expositions)- New York, NY- 1985-'89
American Artists Collection, 225 5th Avenue, New York, NY - 1984-'88
National Craft Showroom, 29 East 26th Street, New York, NY - 1984-'87
Valley Forge Buyers Market- Valley Forge, PA- 1986-'89
Boston Buyers Market- Boston, MA-1987-'94
American Craft Showroom (Rosen Group Inc.)- High Point, NC- 1986-'90
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show- Philadelphia, PA- 1991
American Craft Showcase "Lifestyle Europe"- Tokyo, Japan 1991-'92
ACC Craft Show (American Craft Enterprises)- Columbus, OH- June/July 1995-'97
Long's Park Art & Craft Festival - Lancaster, PA September 1997- '00
Memorial Art Gallery Fine Craft Show - Rochester, NY November 2001-'03
American Craft Exposition - Evanston, IL August 2003

2003-One-Man Exhibits
LeKAE Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ March - May
Group Exhibits
"Planting, Potting & Pruning" Wustum Art Museum - Racine, WI August 24 - November 20
Pinnacle Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ January/February
LeKAE Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ March/April
Signature Gallery - Chestnut Hill, MA September/October
Group Exhibits
"Modern Masters" at Elizabeth Doyle - LaHaina, Maui, HI Fall 2002
Milward Farrell Gallery - Madison, WI October
Dunn Mehler - Half Moon Bay, CA September/October
Panache Gallery - Cape Neddick, ME September/October
2001- One-man Exhibits
LeKAE Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ March/April
Earthenworks Gallery - LaConnor, WA September/October
Artful Image - Concord, MA October/November
The Real Mother Goose - Portland, OR October
2000- One-man Exhibits
LeKAE Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ March/April
Earthenworks Gallery - LaConnor, WA July/August
Pinnacle Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ November/December
Group Exhibits
"Contemporary Metal: Art for the Table" May 17 - June 30
"Who Knows Where or When: Artists Interpret Geography and Time" Wustum Museum of Fine Arts - Racine, WI June 11 - August 27
1999- One-man Exhibits
LeKAE Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ March/April
Earthenworks Gallery - LaConnor, WA August/September
Pinnacle Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ November/December
Group Exhibits
Lake Placid Arts Center - Lake Placid, NY June/July
Hanson Galleries- Houston, TX September
Milward Farrell Fine Art - Madison, WI October
1998- One-man Exhibits
LeKAE Galleries- Scottsdale, AZ March/April
Earthenworks Gallery- LaConnor, WA August/September
Tower Fine Arts Gallery "Sabbatical Show Exhibit" - SUNY College at Brockport, NY Nov./Dec.
1997- One-man Exhibits
Earthenworks Gallery- LaConnor, WA August/September
LeKAE Galleries - Scottsdale, AZ March/April
Hanson Galleries- Houston, TX November/December (Featured Artist)
1995-2003- Traveling Exhibition
"White House Collection of American Crafts": Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY;
American Craft Museum, New York, NY;
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA;
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA;
Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA;
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME;
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL;
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE;
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA;
Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, NC;
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR;
University of Michigan Museum of Art, East Lansing, MI;
Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL(1/17-8/23/03
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta, Georgia;
William Jefferson Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR

1995- One-man Exhibit
Earthenworks Gallery- Port Townsend, WA July
Group Exhibit
"White House Collection of American Crafts"- Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC April-September
1994- One-man Exhibit
Clarksville Pottery- Austin, TX October/November
1993- Two-person Exhibit
Earthenworks Gallery- LaConner, WA September/October
1992- One-man Exhibit
Brookfield Art Center- Brookfield, CT November/December
1991- One-man Exhibit
Galleria de Arte Nader- Santa Domingo, DR December
1990- One-man Exhibit
"A Decade of Metal: 1980-1990"- Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport October/November
Group Exhibit
"Art That Works:Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America"- Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC
Traveling Exhibit to 14 USA Museums- 1990-1993
1989- One-man Exhibit
American Details- Coconut Grove, FL April
Featured Artist
Mindscape Gallery - Evanston, IL December
1988- One-man Exhibits
Artscape Gallery- Rockford, IL November/December
Vision Gallery- Belgrade, Yugoslavia July
Group Exhibit
"Functional & Decorative Holloware"- Pritam & Eames Gallery June/July 1988-1991
1987- Group Exhibit
"Service in Silver"- Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY November 1987-January 1988
1984- One-man Exhibit
Craft Company #6 Gallery- Rochester, NY May/June
1980- Group Exhibits
"For the Tabletop"(200 Years of Design for Dining, Featuring Crafts)- American Craft Museum, New York, NY October-December
"American Crafts: Arts for Use"- XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake placid, NY February
1979-80- Society of North American Goldsmiths Invitational European Exhibition:
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim in Reuchlinhaus- Pforzheim, West Germany
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau- Haau, West Germany
Sadtisches Museum- Schwabisch Gmund, West Germany
Provinciaal Museum vor Kunstambachien- Deurne/Antwerp, Belgium
Amersfoortse Culturele Raad- Amersfoort, Holland
Kunstindustriemuseet- Oslo, Norway
Suomen Taideteollisuusyhdistys Konstflitforeningen- Helsinki, Finland
Goldsmiths' Hall- London, England
1978- SNAG European Exhibit (USA Preview)- Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN, November/December.
"American Goldsmiths-Now"- Steinberg Gallery of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, June/July
"Craft: Art and Religions at the Vatican"- Smithsonian Institute and Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy July

"The Blacksmith as Artist and Craftsmen in the U.S. 1776-1976- Solid Wrought Iron"
Southern Illinois University Museum and Art Gallery- Carbondale, IL September/October
"Metals Invitational 1975 A.D."- Melbourne State College, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, April/May
1975- One-man Exhibit
Shop One Gallery- Rochester, NY January/February
Group Exhibit
"Metalsmithing Invitational"-Galeria Universitaria Aristos, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico- Mexico City, Mexico May/June
"Forms in Metal Invitational: 275 Years of Metalsmithing in America"- Museum of Contemporary Crafts and Finch Art Gallery & Museum- New York, NY January

Second Congregational Church, Rockford, IL
Art/Objects USA , Nordness Gallery & Johnson Wax Foundation
Lannan Foundation, Lannan Art Museum, Palm Beach, FL
Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY
Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy
First Universalist Church, Syracuse, NY
SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport, NY
Newman Center, Brockport, NY
Niagara University Chapel, Niagara Falls, NY
American Red Cross, Rochester, NY
The White House Craft Collection, Washington, DC
Summit at Brighton, Rochester, NY
Youville Center, Boston, MA
Edward and Susie Elson, Atlanta, GA
Robert and Nancy Sands, Rochester, NY
Andi and Larry Wolfe, Scottsdale, AZ
Gray McQuarrie, Scottsdale, AZ
William and Delores Brehm, McLean, VA

David Rockefeller, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estevan, and Wesley Snipes

1971 & 1979- Faculty Research Fellowship-SUNY Research Foundation Awards
1975 Craftsmen Fellowship- National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
1977 Technical Paper Research Grant- Society of North American Goldsmiths
1977 Tree ornaments for Vice President Mondale's House, Washington, DC
1978 Who's Who in American Art- Jacques Cattell Press, Tempe, AZ
1985 Who's Who in American Art- R.R. Bowker, New York, NY
1990 "Niche Magazine" Design Award: Collaboration
1991 "Niche Magazine" Design Award: Functional Metal
1993 Arts for Greater Rochester Grant
1994 & 1995"Niche Magazine" Design Award: One-of-a-Kind Metal

President and Co-owner, Shop One Gallery, Rochester, NY
1970-1977 President and Member, Board of Directors- Society of North American Goldsmiths
1975-1982 President and Member, Board of Directors- New York State Craftsmen
1972-1979 Metalsmithing Research
1975- Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Russia;
1989/90-England, Wales;
1994-England, Scotland;
1998-Costa Rica;
2000-Italy; 2001-England, France, Spain
Jewelry Design Consultant "Tane S.A. of Mexico" - Mexico City
1976 Design Consultant Joao Isabel Brass Beds - "Iron & Brass Bed Project"- New York, NY
1978 Featured Artist, SUNY College at Brockport, Faculty Exhibition- December 1984 Designed Award, Brockport Foundation-
October 1986-1994 Designed Award, Whitaker Chapter Easter Seals-
May 1988-1991 Designed Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society-
1994-1999 Designed Award, Lifetime Assistance, Senator Robert Dole-
1999 Designed Award, Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Council -
1999 Vice President and Artists' Issues Chair- Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Council-
1995-2000 Designed Award, SUNY Brockport Writers' Forum -
2000- 2003 Sherwin Nuland, Richard Rodriguez, John McPhee

Advisory Boards/Committees:
The Rosen Group, Baltimore, MD 1990-2000;
Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (Board of Directors), Rochester, NY 1995-present; SUNY Brockport Foundation, Emeriti, Brockport, NY 2001;
Visual Studies Workshop (Development Committee), Rochester, NY 2001

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About  Thomas Markusen

Born:  1940 - Chicago, Illinois
Known for:  hand-wrought metal ware