Mark Rooker


Former Fellows

Mark Rooker is a metalsmith who works in multiple media creating dynamic, culturally critical, and adornment-oriented art through such techniques as fabrication, die-forming, anodizing, carving, electroforming, and enameling; as well as continuing to produce sculptural objects, tableware, and mixed-media artist’s books.
Rooker studied to be a graphic designer early in life, and branched out into 3-D forms and materials after a series of creative leaps, making objects that translated graphic design genres and ideas into real spaces. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Art at James Madison University, where he is the director of the Metals program, and Studio Area Coordinator. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design, and MFAs in both Graphic Design and Metals at the University of Illinois.