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The Art and Music of Mark Rownd
Excerpt from Sedona Verde Valley Art, A History from Red Rocks to Plein-Air, by Lilli Debarbieri, History
Press, (pg. 83-86): Rownd’s formative years as an abstract painter began in the 1970s as an art student
at Rice University. The abstract expressionist movement was a major influence on his early exploration
of formal elements of color, form and scale. Early influences in Rownd’s abstract painting included the
large scale minimalist works of Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still. In addition to painting,
Mark experimented with minimalist forms of color, light and space in other disciplines as well, including
photography, mixed media and music. Rownd’s work has been featured in group shows and solo
exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, and Sedona. His compositions have been
featured on NPR, Hearts of Space, and Echoes, and his music continues to receive airplay on satellite and
digital radio, as well as use in film and television.
1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rice University. Art & Art History Awarded Christine Cronies Sayres
Art Award by Rice University
1977 Bachelor of Arts, Rice University. Majors: Art & Art History, Psychology, Sociology
Hohenthal Merit Scholar
Exhibitions, Events, Publications
2022 Capricorn Hill – The art of Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning and friends. Organized ongoing exhibition.
2020 “31 Women Artists” Sedona Arts Center, January, exhibition to include related historical artworks
from personal collection.
2019 Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, Sedona City Hall, Sept – December, exhibition to include related
historical artworks from personal collection.
2019 Art Source Magazine – interview, fall issue
2018 Look Lateral – A Daydream in Contemporary Art – interview
2018 Winter Issue 2018 Hyperallergic interviewed for: “A Pilgrimage to Dorothea Tanning’s Arizona
2018 “Surrealism and Sedona” panel discussion along with Matt Goodwin, Andrea Christelle and
Jennifer Epperson Arts Center January 21st.
2017 ARTE.tv Europe – filmed interview on the history of Max Ernst in Sedona
2016 “Decades in the Making”, group show, Goldenstein Art, Sedona, Arizona
2015 “When Surrealism Met the Red Rocks: Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning” March 9 – 15 helped
organize and curate exhibition at the Sedona Heritage Museum, presenter at historical lecture
2015 “Sedona Verde Valley Art: A History from Red Rocks to Plein-Air” interview, and artist profile
included, published by HistoryNet April 2015
2014 “From Surreal to Abstract, The Sedona Years of Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning,” curated and
organized exhibit, Sedona Arts Center, Special Exhibition Gallery
2013 Vogue Italia – figurative works included in Vogue’s online collection
2012 “Sizzle”, Goldenstein Art, Sedona, Arizona
2011 “An Exhibition of Beauty, Five Arizona Artists”, Phoenix, Arizona
2008 “Body Language” Goldenstein Art, Sedona, Arizona
2006 “Body Language” Goldenstein Art, Sedona, Arizona
2004 Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona, 1st Place, Photography, juried competition
2002 Canon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, annual juried competition
2002 “Small Images”, San Dieguito Artists Guild , second place, juried competition
1999 Echoes public radio program interview, music and art of Mark Rownd