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Artist's Profile
Tribal Affilation:
Oneida
Training:
Methods and Style of Work:
Each sculpture is hand cut, welded in silver and then air brushed with a patina finish to enhance the copper’s natural aging
process. To give some pieces even more life and a three dimensional form, I utilize an old expanded welding technique taught to
me by my grandfather. Traditional Iroquois border designs, quill and beaded symbols and patterns created in copper complement
my sculptures while visually teaching Native art history. Select sculptures are embellished with deer hide, antlers, traditionally
wrapped antique trade beads and horsehair. Each sculpture’s descriptive tag includes a name written in English and in the Oneida
language. A second tag tells an Oneida/Iroquois story, prayer, poem or cultural statement.
Awards:
1998 Best of Show - Channel 10 Auction (PBS)
1998 Smithsonian Christmas Catalog purchase/order: "Moose Man"
1998 Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian purchased 3 pieces- "Friends", "Cedar", "Three Sisters"
1999 Best of Show : Metal "29th Outdoor Arts Festival" John Michael Kohler Art Center (Kohler, WI)
1999 Wisconsin Art Board's "Percent for the Arts" purchase and permanent installation at University of Madison of "Mother
Earth"sculpture
1999 Wisconsin Art Board's "Percent for the Arts" purchase and permanent installation at the University of LaCrosse of "Thank You"
sculpture
2000 "Gallery Artist" for PBS "Channel 10 Great TV Auction" in Milwaukee, WI
2000 TV expose on PBS "Outdoor Wisconsin" - interviewed by Jim Denomie
2000 Purchase Award "Spring Green Art Show," Spring Green, WI
2001 Best of Show: Metal "Art Fair On the Square" Madison Art Center, WI
2001 Honorable Mention "Art in the Park" Appleton Art Center, WI
2001 Award of Excellance "National Craft Festival" Northshore Women's Art league Northbrook, IL
2001 Second Place "Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market" Indianapolis, IN
2001 Third Place "Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market" Indianapolis, In
2001 Honorable Mention "Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market" Indianapolis,IN
2001 Honorable Mention "Lawrence Indian Arts Show" University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology, Lawrence Art Center, Haskell
Indian Nations University
2001 Second Place- Fine Crafts "Holy Hill Arts and Crafts Fair" WI
2002 Award of Excellance "Excelsior 22nd Annual Art on the Lake" Excelsior, MN
2002 Honorable Mention "Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market" Indianapolis, IN
2002 Dept. of Interior purchase of several pieces: new gallery-Washington D.C.
2002 Second Place- 3DNF Sculpture "West End Art Festival" LaGrange, IL
2002 First Place- Sculpture "Council for Indigenous Arts & Crafts Expo", IN
2002 First Place-Sculpture "Indigenous Peoples Art Market" Mt.Pleasant, MI
2003 Second Place-3D Art "Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Indian Art Show" Collinsville, IL
2003 Merit Award - "Cantigny Sculpture & Fine Art Festival" Cantigny, IL
2003 Best of Show - "Wausau Festival of Arts" Wausau, WI
2003 "Turtle Man" & "Grandmother Moon" photos featured in Native Peoples
2004 Honorable Mention "Deerfield Festival of the Arts" Deerfield, IL
2004 Dept. of Interior gallery exhibition of Contemporary Iroquois Art-WashingtonD.C.
Signature or Hallmark:
About The Artist:
I am a contemporary sculptor and member of the Oneida Nation of Green Bay, Turtle Clan. I was involved in Native American
education at an administrative level for 12 years, and was instrumental in establishing several Native American scholarships for
Wisconsin colleges. I continue to be an advocate of education by promoting the importance of Native American awareness through
my sculpture, and by my interactive storytelling-style with perspective customers and young audiences.
Many of my designs are inspired by ancient Woodland petroglyphs and pictographs celebrating nature, gender and Native art and
culture. The sculptures are created from copper as were decorative and functional items from the Great Lakes area tribes.
Mark Fischer
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Friday, February 17, 2012
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