Photo: Liza Roberts

American artist Mark Brown concentrated on printmaking and filmmaking at the University of Kentucky. He painted at night in the Reynolds Building, a tobacco warehouse converted to artists' studios. Seven years after graduation, while working days as a photographer Brown resumed painting at night. He exhibited paintings at the University of Kentucky Art Museum and soloed at Gallery 311 in Lexington, KY. A year later he was one of four students admitted to the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Among his grants and scholarships are the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Artists Fellowship, the Vermont Studio Center, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kent State University and two grants from the Durham, North Carolina Arts Council. He was a finalist for a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.

Brown has worked with galleries and art dealers in New York, Santa Monica, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Durham and Chapel Hill. He represented North Carolina in Art in America at Art Basel. He twice won the Grand Prize at the North Carolina Artists Exhibition. He taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at Kentucky State University, and designed and taught a course in 2D abstraction at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center.

Brown fells, saws and splits dead trees for firewood to heat his passive solar home, practicing Zen meditation and the martial art Kajukenbo daily. He lives and works in Bingham Township outside Chapel Hill, NC with his wife, artist Cathy Kiffney.