MARK ADDISON SMITH’s design specialization is typographic storytelling: allowing illustrative text to convey a visual narrative through printed matter, artist books, and site installations.
His artist book, Years Yet Yesterday (2015), has been accessioned into over 50 permanent collections and library archives, including Brooklyn Museum Library and Archives, Center for Book Arts in New York, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Getty Research Institute, Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Research Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J. Watson Library, MoMA Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California, Smithsonian American Art and National Portrait Gallery Library Artists’ Book Collection, Tate Library and Archives, V&A Museum National Art Library, Walker Art Center Archives and Library, Whitney Museum of American Art Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, and Yale Arts Library Special Collections.
Years Yet Yesterday is available for sale at Printed Matter (New York City), Boekie Woekie (Amsterdam), Women and Children First (Chicago), and the Chicago Design Museum. Additional artist books are available through Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, LLC.
Other permanent collections include The Kinsey Institute Art Collection, University of Michigan Library Artists’ Book Collection, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.
Solo exhibitions include the Center on Halsted Gallery, Chicago, where he showcased the original 24 drawings from his Years Yet Yesterday drawing series to commemorate 2015 World AIDS Day. Group exhibitions include Leslie-Lohman (New York), The Kinsey Institute, Hegyvidek Gallery (Budapest), University of California (San Diego), Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Foundry Art Centre, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, A+D Gallery (Chicago), The University of Northampton (UK), and Brooklyn Artists Gym. A forthcoming solo exhibition at Atlanta's Eyedrum Gallery (November 2018) will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his You Look Like The Right Type archive, in which has listened-in and drawn overheard conversation fragments every single day since November 23, 2008.
Recent chapter publications include Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences (Routledge, 2015) and Queering Translation, Translating the Queer (Routledge, 2018).
Artist’s talks include Rhode Island School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University, American University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), University of Nottingham, UK, Lorraine University, Nancy, and The Centre for Translation Studies at the University of Vienna.
He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and has been teaching graduate and undergraduate students as Assistant Professor within the Art Department at The City College of New York (CUNY) in New York City since 2012.