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Thomas Roy Markusen


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PLACE/DATE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois / January 1, 1940

EDUCATION: B.S., M.S. University of Wisconsin, Madison

POSITION: President, Markusen Metal Studios, Ltd. 1998-

Sole Proprietor, Thomas R. Markusen Metalsmithing Studio 1976-1998

Professor of Art, SUNY, College at Brockport 1968-1998

Professor of Art Emeritus, SUNY, College at Brockport 1998-

STATEMENT: Thomas Markusen exemplifies the ranks of artists/craftsmen who are dedicated to the

excellence and growth of American Metalsmithing. During the past three decades,

Markusen has established himself as a noteworthy and contributing artist, educator, and

leader among his contemporaries in North American Metalsmithing. His work has been

exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. As a teacher, Markusen has instructed

workshops and lectured at universities, colleges, craft schools, and art galleries across

North America. The character of his designs reflects the fluid plastic quality of the metal

when it is forged and shaped while red hot and combines various metals and patinas. His

functional objects are collected by individuals, galleries and museums.


ACC Baltimore Craft Show (American Craft Council) – Baltimore, MD – February 1980-’85; 1995-’00

Philadelphia Buyers Market (Rosen Group, Inc.)- Philadelphia, PA- 1991-‘00

Rheinbeck Summer Market (American Craft Enterprises) – Rheinbeck, NY – June 1976 –’83

Pacific States Market (American Craft Enterprises) – San Francisco, CA – August 1980 – ’85

ACC West Springfield, MA (American Craft Enterprises)- Eastern Exposition Center- June 1984-’86

NY Gift Show: American Crafts (George Little Expositions)- New York, NY- 1985-’89

American Artists Collection, 225 5th Avenue, New York, NY – 1984-’88

National Craft Showroom, 29 East 26th Street, New York, NY – 1984-‘87

Valley Forge Buyers Market- Valley Forge, PA- 1986-’89

Boston Buyers Market- Boston, MA- 1987-’94

American Craft Showroom (Rosen Group Inc.)- High Point, NC- 1986-’90

Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show- Philadelphia, PA- 1991

American Craft Showcase "Lifestyle Europe"- Tokyo, Japan 1991-’92

ACC Craft Show (American Craft Enterprises)- Columbus, OH- June/July 1995-’97




1999- One-man Exhibits

LeKAE Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ March/April

Earthenworks Gallery – LaConnor, WA August/September

Pinnacle Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ November/December

Group Exhibits

Lake Placid Arts Center – Lake Placid, NY June/July

Hanson Galleries- Houston, TX September

Milward Farrell Fine Art – Madison, WI October

1998- One-man Exhibits

LeKAE Galleries- Scottsdale, AZ March/April

Earthenworks Gallery- LaConnor, WA August/September

Tower Fine Arts Gallery "Sabbatical Show Exhibit" – SUNY College at Brockport, NY Nov./Dec.

1997- One-man Exhibits

Earthenworks Gallery- LaConnor, WA August/September

LeKAE Galleries – Scottsdale, AZ March/April

Hanson Galleries- Houston, TX November/December (Featured Artist)

1995-2000- Traveling Exhibition

"White House Collection of American Crafts": Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; American

Craft Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA; Los Angeles County

Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA; Colby College

Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; Delaware Art Museum,

Wilmington, DE; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Mint Museum of Craft & Design,

Charlotte, NC; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR; University of Michigan Museum of Art,

East Lansing, MI.

1995- One-man Exhibit

Earthenworks Gallery- Port Townsend, WA July

Group Exhibit

"White House Collection of American Crafts"- Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Museum,

Washington, DC April-September

1994- One-man Exhibit

Clarksville Pottery- Austin, TX October/November

1993- Two-person Exhibit

Earthenworks Gallery- LaConner, WA September/October

1992- One-man Exhibit

Brookfield Art Center- Brookfield, CT November/December

1991- One-man Exhibit

Galleria de Arte Nader- Santa Domingo, DR December

1990- One-man Exhibit

"A Decade of Metal: 1980-1990"- Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport October/November

Group Exhibit

"Art That Works:Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America"- Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Traveling Exhibit to 14 USA Museums- 1990-1993




1989- One-man Exhibit

American Details- Coconut Grove, FL April

Featured Artist

Mindscape Gallery – Evanston, IL December

1988- One-man Exhibits

Artscape Gallery- Rockford, IL November/December

Vision Gallery- Belgrade, Yugoslavia July

Group Exhibit

"Functional & Decorative Holloware"- Pritam & Eames Gallery June/July 1988-1991

1987- Group Exhibit

"Service in Silver"- Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY November 1987-January 1988

1984- One-man Exhibit

Craft Company #6 Gallery- Rochester, NY May/June

1980- Group Exhibits

"For the Tabletop"(200 Years of Design for Dining, Featuring Crafts)- American Craft Museum,

New York, NY October-December

"American Crafts: Arts for Use"- XIII Olympic Winter Games, Lake placid, NY February

1979-80- Society of North American Goldsmiths Invitational European Exhibition:

Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim in Reuchlinhaus- Pforzheim, West Germany

Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau- Haau, West Germany

Sadtisches Museum- Schwabisch Gmund, West Germany

Provinciaal Museum vor Kunstambachien- Deurne/Antwerp, Belgium

Amersfoortse Culturele Raad- Amersfoort, Holland

Kunstindustriemuseet- Oslo, Norway

Suomen Taideteollisuusyhdistys Konstflitforeningen- Helsinki, Finland

Goldsmiths’ Hall- London, England

1978- SNAG European Exhibit (USA Preview)- Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN


"American Goldsmiths-Now"- Steinberg Gallery of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


"Craft: Art and Religions at the Vatican"- Smithsonian Institute and Vatican Museum

Rome, Italy July

1976- "The Blacksmith as Artist and Craftsmen in the U.S. 1776-1976- Solid Wrought Iron"

Southern Illinois University Museum and Art Gallery- Carbondale, IL September/October

"Metals Invitational 1975 A.D."- Melbourne State College, Carlton, Victoria, Australia


1975- One-man Exhibit

Shop One Gallery- Rochester, NY January/February

Group Exhibit

"Metalsmithing Invitational"-Galeria Universitaria Aristos, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de

Mexico- Mexico City, Mexico May/June

"Forms in Metal Invitational: 275 Years of Metalsmithing in America"- Museum of Contemporary

Crafts and Finch Art Gallery & Museum- New York, NY January





Art/Objects USA Nordness Gallery & Johnson Wax Foundation

Lannan Foundation Lannan Art Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts Racine, WI

Museum of Contemporary Crafts New York, NY

Vatican Museum Rome, Italy

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Elson Atlanta, Georgia

First Universalist Church Syracuse, NY

SUNY College at Brockport Brockport, NY

Newman Center Brockport, NY

Niagara University Chapel Niagara Falls, NY

American Red Cross Rochester, NY

The White House Craft Collection Washington, DC

Summit at Brighton Rochester, NY

Youville Center Boston, MA


David Rockefeller, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estevan, and Wesley Snipes


1971 & 1979- Faculty Research Fellowship-SUNY Research Foundation Awards

1975 Craftsmen Fellowship- National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC

1977 Technical Paper Research Grant- Society of North American Goldsmiths

1977 Tree ornaments for Vice President Mondale’s House, Washington, DC

1978 Who’s Who in American Art- Jacques Cattell Press, Tempe, AZ

1985 Who’s Who in American Art- R.R. Bowker, New York, NY

1990 "Niche Magazine" Design Award: Collaboration

1991 "Niche Magazine" Design Award: Functional Metal

1993 Arts for Greater Rochester Grant

1994 & 1995"Niche Magazine" Design Award: One-of-a-Kind Metal


President and Co-owner, Shop One Gallery, Rochester, NY 1970-1977

President and Member, Board of Directors- Society of North American Goldsmiths 1975-1982

President and Member, Board of Directors- New York State Craftsmen 1972-1979

Metalsmithing Research 1975- Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Russia; 1976-Mexico; 1988-Yugoslavia;

1989/90-England, Wales; 1994-England, Scotland; 1996-1998-Mexico;

1998-Costa Rica; 1999-Spain

Jewelry Design Consultant "Tane S.A. of Mexico" – Mexico City 1976

Featured Artist, SUNY College at Brockport, Faculty Exhibition- December 1984

Designed Award, Brockport Foundation- October 1986-1994

Designed Award, Whitaker Chapter Easter Seals- May 1988-1991

Designed Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society- 1994-1999

Designed Award, Lifetime Assistance, Senator Robert Dole- 1999

Designed Award, Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Council - 1999

Vice President and Artists’ Issues Chair- Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Council- 1995-2000

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