Mark Cooper's paintings and sculptures made with fiberglass pieces, layered with rice paper, paint, silk-screens, and varying images and patterns, explore dualities of culture and meaning. Cooper is best-known for his large public art pieces, made in collaboration with children, hospital patients, students, and other constituencies, for such institutions as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston College Museum, Capital Children's Museum in Washington, DC, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Grounds, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris.
He received his MFA from Tufts University/SMFA, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Boston College, as well as a Graduate and Regular Faculty at the SMFA. Cooper's work is in several major museums, as well as corporate and private collections.
2013 Foster Prize Exhibition, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art
2013 New Blue and White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
2011 More is More, Samsøn, Boston, MA
2007 Yuma Museum, 2007 Symposium Exhibition, April-May
2003 Boston Museum of Fine Arts
2002 Attelboro Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
2001 Butler Institute of American Art, New Bedford Art Museum, Somerville Museum, Fellowship Grant Winners, Sept.-Oct
2000 Davis Museum. Newhouse Center for Cont. Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris,
1999 Attelboro Museum, Attelboro, Ma., Boston Museum of Fine Arts,Duxbury Art Museum Complex, McMullen Museum of Art, West Bend Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art at Phili
1998 City Museum of Paris, France, March Art Gallery, Mulvane Art Museum, Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
1997 Capital Children's Museum, Washington, D.C., Children's Museum For The Arts, New York, Lancaster Museum of Art, Pensacola Museum, Revolving Museum
1996 Capital Children's Museum, Cheekwood Museum, Kuntsmuseum Pavilion, Cologne, Germany, North Dakota Museum of Art
1995 Capital Children's Museum, Corcoran Museum of Art
1994 Boston College Museum, Fuller Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
1993 Boston College Museum, DeCordova Museum
1992 Kuntsmuseum, Cologne, Germany
1991 Somerville Museum
1990 Dan forth Museum, Fitchburg Museum
1989 Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
1988 Danforth Museum
1987 Museum of Art , Science, and Industry, Bridgeport, Ct. , Rochester Institute of Technology, Bevier Gallery
1986 Berkshire Museum, Jewett Art Museum, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery, Worcester Craft Center Gallery
1985 Brattleboro Museum
1984 Berkshire Museum, Fuller Museum
1981 Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Fuller Museum
1978 Slater Memorial Museum
EXHIBITIONS (ONE MAN-SELECTED) (GROUP-over 100, not included)
2007 511 Gallery, New York
2006 University of the Middle East Project, 511 Gallery, New York, NY
2005 511 Gallery, New York
2003-2004 Three Columns Gallery, Harvard University
2003 Miller/ Geisler Gallery, Striar Art Gallery
2002 Nao Project Gallery
2001 Mass. Cultural Council Gallery
2000 New England Bio-Tech Gallery
1999 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Ma.
1998 Troyer Fitzpatrick Lassman Gallery
1997 Models Inc., Boston, Ma.
1995 Center Street Studio Gallery, Boston, Ma.
1995, 1990, 1989 Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston
1991, 1990 New England Bio-Tech Gallery
1988 Hartje Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
1987 Allan Stone Gallery, New York
1985, 1982 1981, 1980 Helen Shlien Gallery
2009 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, mentored Mia Kushner's "I live here", MIT Project.
2007/2008 University of the Middle East Project Funded through UME /State Dept. Grant to work on collaborative art in the U.S., Lebanon, and Morocco and to produce a permanent outdoor sculpture for Roger Williams College in Rhode Island
2005 Society for the Preservation of American Modernists, grant
2004 Beacon Press Book Contract to write a book, Boston Schoolyard Initiative – Commission, Boston College Faculty Research Grant, Gund Grant
2003 Frog Pond, Boston Commons, Commission
2002 Birchmeadow School Grant to create a permanent sculpture.
2001 Commission / Collaboration Southeast Middle School, Schechter School, Stoughton, Ma.Commission through the DeCordova Museum / NEA grant , Commission to create a sculpture at the Tobin School, Boston Public Library: Commission, Boston Museum of Fine Arts: Invited to review and revamp MFA's Community based art projects and educational programming. East Hartford High School Commission, Somerville Hospital, Collage Mural Painting Commission, Somerville, Ma. Artist Fellowship Grant through the Mass. Cultural Council, Praecis Pharmaceutical Commission, Somerville, Hospital, Ma., Commission, University of Ma. at Dartmouth
2000 Boston Public Library: Commission, Boston Museum of Fine Arts: Invited to review and revamp MFA's Community based art projects, Open Society Institute Community Initiative Fellow, Cambridge Hospital, Ma. Commission , Cavalcade of Cod Commission Mass. Cultural Council Finalist Grant Winner - Works on Paper