Media Factsheet
Mary Mark
  • Mary Mark's relief block prints, with her distinctive artistic style, are among America's most often recognized and most recognizable images of any currently working printmakers.
  • That distinctive style, as a result of two decades of retail exposure, has created a devoted base of art collectors throughout the United States and abroad.
  • Inspired by the 19th and 20th century arts and crafts movement with its emphasis on unity of design, she frequently collaborates with her husband David Johnson to incorporate one-of-a-kind hand crafted frames created for each piece of art.
  • Trained as a printmaker and painter at Ohio University in Athens, she has been widely recognized for her linoleum block prints depicting contemporary sanctuaries among the frenzy of a modern world.
  • Her newest series are musing and reveries of landscapes and trattoria from a trip to Northern and central Italy in 2005.
  • Mark sells her linoleum block prints, oil pastels and linocuts through many galleries and frameries throughout the U.S. and internationally, as well as through
  • She exhibits in museums and competes in national art shows throughout the U.S.
  • She has won numerous awards, grants and was recently featured in Artist Magazine and will soon be on the cover of Sunshine Artist.
Recent Awards
  • 1st place in Drawing & Printmaking at annually at Summerfair in 2004 through 2007
  • Exhibited in 2007 at The Butler Institute of American Art's Mesaros Print Gallery in a one woman 20 year retrospective of her block prints entitled "Mary Mark: Works on Paper."
  • Was favorably reviewed in the Journal of the Print World's spring 2007 issue as a result of the Butler Institute show.
  • Best in Printmaking in both 2006 and 2007 at the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
  • Best in Printmaking at the 18th Annual Downtown Highland Park Street Fair & Craft Show in 2007
  • The Artist Merit Award at the Cherry Creek Art Festival in Denver, Colorado 2005
  • Best in show at the Behringer Crawford Museum Regional Juried Competition in both 2005 & 2004.
  • Best of Show at the 2004 Hyde Park Art Show.
Lost Steeple Originals
  • Lost Steeple Originals was founded by Mary Mark and David Johnson in 1987 to create, license and distribute their artwork.
  • Mary Mark and David Johnson resides and works in an 1876 church building known as Lost Steeple Originals, formerly St Paul's German Evangelical Church in New Richmond, Ohio, a small river town outside of Cincinnati. It is a functioning printmaking and woodworking studio without a religious congregation.

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