Mark Dion (American, born August 28, 1961) is a unique artist who uses mixed media to create art that conveys the ways people have been conditioned by society to make connections. He relies heavily on scientific categorization methods, plus artifacts and other physical objects that are incorporated into what he terms "Curios of Curiosity." His intent is to make people see differences between rational and irrational perception. In 1986, Dion earned his BFA from the Hartford School of Art. He also attended New York's School of Visual Arts, and studied in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. The University of Hartford's School of Art awarded Dion with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2003.

One of Dion’s ambitious projects, Tate Thames Dig, involved several phases to complete, including an archaeological dig along the Thames River in London, organization, and classification. Los Angeles is home to a similarly themed piece titled Ship in the Bottle. Neukom Vivarium, featured in the Seattle Art Museum, is a living, educational hybridization that combines sculpture with science. It is a permanent installation display that combines a variety of lower life forms together with varying artistic elements in order to explain the scientific classifications.

Dion has held major exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, and the Tate Gallery in London. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco is home to his Oceanomania: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas exhibition.

Dion currently divides his time between New York and Beach Lake, PA. He teaches in the Visual Art Department at Columbia University, wrote Archaeology, and is the co-author of Concrete Jungle. New York's Tanya Bonakdar Gallery represents his works. The Smithsonian American Art Museum awarded Dion the Lucelia Artist Award in 2008.

Exhibitions

2010
Emscherkunst 2010
2004
Projects 82, Rescue Archaeology, A Project for The Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Mark Dion: drawings and printed works, Goodwater, Toronto
Office for the Center for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies, Manchester Museum, April/May 2004
Universal Collection, Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Tropical Travels, Thomas Ender (1817-1818) and Mark Dion (2003), Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, November
2003
RN: The Past, Present and Future of the Nurse Uniform, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (in collaboration with J. Morgan Puett), Philadelphia, PA, October 2003
The Ichthyosaurus, the Magpie, and Other Marvels of the Natural World, Musée Gassendi and la Reserve Geologique de Haute Provence, Digne, France, June 2003 and Centro Sperimentale Art Contemporanea, Caraglio, November 2003
Full House, 9th Annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Mark Dion: Collaborations 1987-2003, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, CT and American fine Arts, Co., New York
2002
Mark Dion: Encyclomania, Villa Merkel, Esslingen to Kunstverein Hannover, and Bonner Kunstverien, Bonn, Germany
Microcosmographia, University of Tokyo Museum, Tokyo
Vivarium, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Urban Wildlife Observation Unit, The Public Art Fund, Madison Square Park, NY
Ursus Maritimus, Goodwater, Toronto
2001
New England Digs, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA; Bell Art Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Cabinet of Curiosity for the Weisman Art Museum, Wiesman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2000
The Museum of Poison, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York
Nature Bureaucracies, American Fine Arts Co., New York
1999
Two Banks (Tate Thames Dig), Tate Gallery, London
Where The Land Meets The Sea, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Adventures in Comparative Neuroanatomy, Deutsches Museum Bonn
Loot: Raiding Neptune’s Vault, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
The Ladies Field Club of York, National Railway Museum, York, UK (With J. Morgan Puett)