Assistant Professor and Program Head of Painting

Mark Thomas Gibson

Mark Thomas Gibson is an artist who uses modes of caricature, pop, fantasy and narrative to reflect on current American history. The work most often takes the form of drawing, painting and books.

As a graduate student at Yale University, Gibson was the recipient of the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award in 2013. In 2016, Gibson co-curated the exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo, which has traveled from Yale to the International Print Center New York (IPCNY), University of South Florida and Wesleyan University. The exhibition was also reviewed by The New York Times and Art in America. 

In 2016, Gibson released his first book, Some Monsters Loom Large, with the support of an E-Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. The book was recently reissued in a second edition in partnership with IPCNY. Gibson’s second book, Early Retirement, was released in 2017 with Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, CH. Early Retirement was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection. In the 2021–2022 academic year, he was selected as one of Princeton University’s distinguished Lewis Center for the Arts Mary Mackall Gwinn Hodder Fellows.

Gibson is represented by Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York City and Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. 

MFA, Yale School of Art, 2013
BFA, Cooper Union, 2002  

Selected Works
Gibson, M. T. (2018). George Washington [Acrylic on Paper]. In P. C. Cafritz, & C. Picard, Fired Up! Ready
     to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art. The Collections of Peggy
     Cooper Cafritz
. New York, NY: Rizzoli Electa.

Gibson, M. T. (2017). Early Retirement. In P. Leguillon (Ed.), Oracles: Artists Calling Cards. Zurich: Edition
     Patrick Frey.
Gibson, M. T. (2016). Some Monsters Loom Large [2nd Edition]. New York, NY: International Print Center. 
     New York.
Gibson, M. T. (2015). Some Monsters Loom Large [1st Edition]. Brooklyn, NY: Self-Published.


Image credit: Temple University Photography / Joseph V. Labolito