Department Head

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Art History Faculty

Rebecca Brienen, PhD

Irene Backus, PhD

Louise Siddons, PhD

Jennifer Borland, PhD

Cristina Cruz Gonzalez, PhD

Shaoqian Zhang, PhD

Priscilla Schwarz, PhD

Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, PhD

Graphic Design Faculty

Phil Choo, MFA

Pouya Jahanshahi, MFA

Justen Renyer, MFA

Nick Mendoza, MFA

Ting Wang-Hedges, MFA

Studio Art Faculty

Angie Piehl, MFA

Mark Sisson, MFA

Chris Ramsay, MFA

Liz Roth, MFA

Jack Titus, MFA

Andy Mattern, MFA

Brandon Reese, MFA

Ginnie Baer, MFA

Teresa Holder, MA

Gary Batzloff, MFA

Brandon Williams, MFA

Jini Kim, MFA

Kyle Duncan, MFA

See Also: Staff



Mark Sisson, MFA

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Printmaking / Drawing / 2D Design
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Mark Sisson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1957. He attended Albion College briefly and later earned a BFA from the University of Michigan. After an unsuccessful foray into the world of retail he returned to the cloistered life of the university and earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. While there the satirical/political works of Warrington Colescott and Raymond Gloeckler heavily influenced him. Mr. Gloeckler also introduced him to the lusty and physical art of Woodcut (relief printmaking). After working his way through a portion of the University of Wisconsin system as a temporary instructor and sabbatical replacement, Mark Sisson found fertile soil to sink his roots at Oklahoma State University in 1989. He was promoted to Professor of Art in 2001.

His works have been labeled as both “moralist” and “iconoclastic” which makes the powerful contrast of relief printing a perfect complement. His prints are often called political, sometimes humorous and occasionally acerbic. Technically, they owe a debt to such antithetical approaches as German Expressionist graphics and 19th century British and American wood engraving.

Prints and drawings by Mark Sisson have been in approximately 230 juried and invitational national exhibitions where they have received over 50 awards. His works are in many public and private collections including the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris, France, The Fogg Museum of Harvard University, The Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City, MO and the Butler Museum of American Art in Youngstown, OH. His work can be seen in the books: The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection, The Georgia Review and An Engraver’s Globe, an international survey of wood engraving and woodcut by Simon Brett.