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Mark grew up in Rutland, Vermont. Instead of learning to ski, he amused himself by riding a unicycle, juggling, and performing magic and ventriloquism. After receiving his BFA in Art at Ohio Wesleyan University and an MFA in Painting at the University of Michigan (including a post-grad year in Germany), Mark began his artistic career building parade floats for America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Later, he moved to Boston and became a freelance scenic painter. For ten years he painted sets for opera, ballet, television, TV commercials, and movies.
After moving back to Michigan with his wife Trish, and their three sons, Mark began teaching art (mostly to non-art majors) through the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. In 2006, while trying to find a way to bring undergraduate students from his “Art in Public Spaces” course together with community members to make an exciting piece of public artwork, the Street Theater Art (START) Project was born. FestiFools is START’s very first public art venture.
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