Info & Bio

Mark Rooker is a Metalsmith who works in multiple media creating dynamic, culturally critical, and adornment-oriented art through such techniques as torch and laser fabrication, die-forming, anodizing, carving, electroforming, and enameling; as well as continuing to produce sculptural objects, tableware, and mixed-media artist's books.
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Rooker studied to be a graphic designer early in life, and branched out into 3-D forms and materials after a series of creative leaps, making objects that translated graphic design genres and ideas into real spaces. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Art at James Madison University, where he is the director of the Metals and Jewelry program.

•M.F.A. - Metals,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
•M.F.A. - Graphic Design,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
•B.F.A. - Graphic Design,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Selected collections

•Permanent Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London •Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery of American crafts •Lawrence Luke, Scottsdale, Arizona •Seymour Rabinovitch, Seattle, Washington •Alicia Symchych, Newton, Massachusetts

Selected exhibitions

•Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age, Invitational exhibition, Forbes Galleries, New York, NY •The Pulp In My Head, Solo exhibition, New Image Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA •The Stars or Ourselves, Solo exhibition, Gallery One, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN •Putting the Band Back Together, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. •Composting Good and Evil, Online exhibition. •Co-laboratory, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. •Materials: Hard and Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX. •SOFA Chicago, Function+Art gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL •Teapots, Function+Art gallery, invitational exhibition, Chicago, IL. •PopArt, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME. •30 Years, 30 Cakes, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids Michigan •“Cavalry Charge” Brooch and earrings. Commission for the collection of Alicia Symchych, Newton Massachusetts •Under Cover: An Exhibition of Artists Books, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids Michigan. Golden Opportunity, Online exhibition. •METALisims •Signature works in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO. •Unfolding, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI. •The Art of Adornment, Cornucopia Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota. •The Origin of a Species, solo exhibition, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. •100 Brooches, traveling exhibition, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Bellagio Gallery, Asheville, NC, and I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA. •Refined IV, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches Texas •Rotating Exhibition of The Permanent Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery of American crafts, Washington, DC •New Visions, Fresh Makers, Facèré Gallery, Seattle, Washington •Short Stories + Rocket Science, a solo exhibition at I-Space Gallery, Chicago, Illinois •Talente 2000, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany •Talismans for the Coming Millennium, Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis Missouri and St. Louis Artist’s Guild, St. Louis Missouri •Playful Intent, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri •Vessels Boxes and Baskets, Function Art gallery, New Pontiac, Michigan •Celestial Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation III, Celestial Seasonings Corporate Headquarters, Boulder Colorado.

Selected Honors, Awards, and Publications

Excellence Award, Unfolding exhibition, Kendall College of Art and Design
 •Art Jewelry Forum Emerging Artist Award •Grand Prize, Society of American Silversmiths Student Silversmiths Competition •Honorable Mention, Celestial Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation III •Summer Research Grant James Madison University (multiple)

500 Pendants, Juried selection by Elizabeth Shypertt & Mike Holmes Editor: Marthe Le Van., Lark Books, Asheville, NC. (2008) •500 Wedding Rings (2008), Juried selection by Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Ed., Lark Books, Asheville, NC. •500 Earrings (2007), Juried selection by Alan Revere, Ed., Lark Books, Asheville, NC. •500 Brooches (2005), Juried selection by Marjorie Simon, Ed., Lark Books •Observations: The Work of Mark Rooker, by Tacey Rosolowski, Metalsmith, Fall 2003, p. 16-17



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