Mark Patnode received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Purchase College and is a Fellow of Urban Artists Initiative (UAI) Hartford, CT, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA), in partnership with the Institute for Community Research. Patnode is a recipient of numerous Fellowships, Residencies and Grants, including two all-inclusive COA awards to Vermont Studio Center where he worked with David Kapp, William Beckman, Michael Gitlin, Carol Robb. Patnode has received two all-inclusive Residencies to I-Park Artists Enclave. A Silver Rose recipient from Bulgaria’s Preeminent Poet, Lyubomir Levchev, Patnode 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.
Patnode’s work has been featured in numerous galleries and museums, including the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan College, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, five Faber Birren National Color Award Shows, Stamford Art Association, CT, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT, National Palace of Culture, Bulgaria. Patnode has been interviewed by American, African, Bulgarian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese press. Patnode was contributing illustrator for United States Submarines, David R. Hinkle, Editor, published by Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, Inc., 2002. Patnode received publicity in the January 2003 edition of American Artist magazine for his large-scale paintings project of urban New London, done through a UAI grant. He is published in the 2008 Orpheus Art Album Ford / Brod, St. Klinent Ohridski University Press, Lyubomir Levchev, Editor. Patnode’s work is published on the cover of the January 2015 edition of Ink Magazine, with an accompanying article. Patnode served as a Juror for the CT Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Annual Show (2015).
Juried into the COA Teaching Artist Directory, a reflection of excellence in both artistry and teaching, Patnode conducts Teacher Artist Collaborations (TACs) through Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools. Mark is a Presenter for HOT Schools Summer Institute and a Mentor Teaching Artist with CT Arts in Education. Patnode was the 2007 & 2008 USA Professional Visual Artist Instructor for Capital Region Education Council - Center for Creative Youth - Cape Verde, Africa - Visual Arts Program.
Patnode was selected by Senator Joseph Lieberman as Connecticut’s Designated Artist for the 2008 White House Christmas Tree. Patnode’s work was displayed in Senator Lieberman’s Washington, D.C. office as part of COA Art in Public Spaces Program (2006 – 2012). By invitation of COA Directors and CT Governor Rell’s Office, Patnode was selected by Governor M. Jodi Rell to create a painting of the Charter Oak for Connecticut’s 375th Anniversary. The painting resides in the Governor’s Residence Conservancy. Patnode represented COA HOT Schools at the National Mall, Washington, D.C. in 2010.
Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Patnode is an Elected Member of Salmagundi Club, Mystic Museum of Art, Norwich Arts Center, Member of the Bulgarian-American Creative Society, UAI Fellow, I-Park Fellow, served on the CT State Arts Council, serves on the Executive Board of Directors - Purchase College Alumni Association, Inc., and Rotary International - New London Board.
born 1956 Ilion, New York
Connecticut, New York
Landscape, Seascape, Figural
Painter, Illustrator, Photographer
Orpheus Art Album Ford / Brod, St. Klinent Ohridski University Press, Lyubomir Levchev, Editor - 2008
Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):|
Ninth Crossing Annual Juried Exhibition (2014) – Juried Invitational, Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, CT, Sharon Tripp Griffis, Founder and Director of the Griffis Art Center in New London, CT, Juror - Mar 22 – Apr 19– Third Place
69th Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition (2013) – Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT, Jeffrey W. Cooley Director, Betsey Cooley Associate Director, The Cooley Gallery, Jurors - Feb 10 - Mar 22 – Best in Show
2012 Elected Artists – Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT – Honorable Mention
The Sixth Crossing Annual Juried Exhibition (2011) – Juried Invitational, Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, CT, Janice La Motta, Juror - Honorable Mention
2010 Open Art Show: Anything Goes – Essex Art Association, Lou Bonamarte, Juror - Essex Art Association Award
2004 Fragment – Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT, Keith L. Reynolds, Juror - Honorable Mention
2002 The Colors of Freedom – Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT, Charles A. Shepard III, Director Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Juror - Honorable Mention
Smithsonian Institution Permanent Collection
Connecticut Governor’s Residence Conservancy
Smolyan Gallery, Bulgaria
Salmagundi Club - Elected Artist
Mystic Museum of Art - Elected Artist
Norwich Arts Center - Elected Artist
Bulgarian-American Creative Society - Invited Artist
Urban Artists Initiative - Fellow
Magazine and Media References|
INK Magazine - Cover and Featured Article - January 2015 - Volume 11, Issue
Courtyard Gallery, Mystic, CT
Seasonal Home, Gales Ferry, CT
Why not throw it, sling it, splash it? It’s the artist's mark – it’s Mark-MakingTM.
I strive for powerful visual simplicity in my artwork. The first marks establish a relationship with the subject and it becomes a dialog as I develop the work. Working quickly and with great intensity, I create the poetry of the transitory moment.
Though I paint a variety of subjects, I find great satisfaction working with land and cityscapes. I feel the light from the sky influences everything because I sense it as not only above but all around.
The more I study nature the more I arrive at a language of form and color - yet I want my application to be as far removed from nature as possible. I want to feel free with paint and don’t want to be constrained with convention.