Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Mark Owens


Mark Owens is a designer, writer, and curator working between New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and an MA in English and literary theory from Duke University. For the past decade he has worked as an independent graphic designer, primarily for clients in the cultural realm, including ICA Boston; ICA Philadelphia; MAK Center, Los Angeles; Carnegie Museum of Art; Walker Art Center; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, for whom he designed the 2014 Whitney Biennial catalogue. His work has been ‚Ä®featured in the pages of IDEA (Tokyo), GRAPHIC (Korea), Phaidon's Area 2, and Graphic Design: Now in Production, among others. In 2008 he co-edited with Zak Kyes the catalogue for the exhibition Forms of Inquiry at the Architectural Association, London, and his essays have appeared in that pages of Dot Dot Dot, Visible Language, Grafik, PIN-UP, and Bricks from the Kiln. In 2010 he co-founded the independent publishing imprint Oslo Editions with curator Alex Klein, and in 2012 was awarded a Warhol Foundation Creative Capital Arts Writer's Grant for the completion his forthcoming book, Click, Click, Drone: Design, Material Culture, and Post-punk Aesthetics. He has served as a visiting critic at Yale, RISD, and Art Center College of Design, and as visiting faculty in the MFA program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). In Fall 2016 Mark served as A+D Guest Curator in the School of Art + Design at Purchase College, SUNY, where he organized the exhibition The Surface of Design.