Mark Newport

Mark Newport

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Courtesy of Simone DeSousa Gallery
Artist: Mark Newport
Title: Repair 3, 2016
Embroidery on cotton
20" x 16" (framed)


Mark Newport is an artist and educator living in Oak Park, Michigan. His work uses textiles, performance, print, and photography to reveal the vulnerability inherent in traditional western ideals of masculinity.

His work has been included in the prestigious Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2019, China; the 2019 Rijswijk Textile Biennial, The Netherlands, as well as in group exhibitions at the Textile Museum of Canada, The Mint Museum, The Textile Museum at George Washington University, and The Museum of Arts and Design. He has had solo exhibitions at The Arizona State University Art Museum; The Cranbrook Art Museum; The Chicago Cultural Center; and Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO.

Newport’s work has been recognized by awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, a 2011 Artist Fellowship from the Kresge Foundation, and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Herberger College of Arts at Arizona State University. You can find his work in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The St. Louis Art Museum, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Cranbrook Art Museum; The Racine Art Museum; The Arizona State University Art Museum, 4Culture, Seattle; City of Phoenix Public Art, Microsoft, and Progressive Insurance.

Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit; Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle; Duane Reed Gallery, Saint Louis; and form and concept, Santa Fe; represent his work.

Newport is the Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.



Simone DeSousa Gallery is a contemporary art gallery and project located in Cass Corridor, Midtown Detroit, since 2008. The gallery, which also includes an EDITION space, has presented more than 100 exhibitions in the past years, including works by local and international emerging and mid-career artists, and has played a pivotal role in supporting contemporary art and design in Detroit.