Mark Zirpel received a BFA in Drawing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2006 he was awarded the Stephen Procter Fellowship from the Australian National University in Canberra. He has been a visiting artist at numerous institutions, including Ohio State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Zirpel's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, and the Progressive Collection in Cleveland, Ohio.
My work is multidisciplinary. It is idea and context driven. It is physical in its materiality and conceptually insistent. It is sculptural, installation based and kinetic. My work often explores a convergence between art and science. Both fields aspire to discovery. It is this quality of inquiry, a way of investigating the world that is at the heart of my studio methodology. - Mark Zirpel