Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport


Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport

Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport


Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport

Mark Newport was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department in 2007. He earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. Prior to his appointment at Cranbrook, Newport taught for six years at Arizona State University, earning the rank of Associate Professor. He also taught at Western Washington University, the Kansas City Art Institute, Cleveland Institute of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Newport’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art. Solo exhibitions include: Duane Reed Gallery; the Downtown Gallery of the University of Tennessee Knoxville; Here gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom; The Arizona State University Art Museum; The Chicago Cultural Center; and The Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University. Group exhibitions include: the 2009 Renwick Craft Biennial, “Staged Stories”; “Close to You,” at the Textile Museum of Canada; “The Echoes of Resonance: Daegu Textile Documenta 2007,” South Korea; “Pricked: Extreme Embroidery,” Museum of Arts and Design; “Fairytales, Fantasy, and Fear” at the Mint Museum; and “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft at the Arizona state University Art Museum.

His work has been recognized with grants from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council. Newport’s work is included in numerous private collections and the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Detroit Institute of Art, the Mint Museum; the Cranbrook Art Museum; the Racine Art Museum; Fundacion Coleccion Jumex, Mexico; Microsoft Corporation; Nowhere Ltd., of Japan; and the Progressive Insurance Company. The Greg Kucera Gallery of Seattle and the Duane Reed Gallery of St. Louis represent his work.

Mark Newport 
Batman and Robin 16, 2011 
Embroidery on comic book cover. 10 1/4" x 6 3/4"

Mark Newport

Batman and Robin 16, 2011 
Embroidery on comic book cover. 10 1/4″ x 6 3/4″

Recent Solo Shows

“Mark Newport: Recent Work,” Duane Reed Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri. 2014.

“In Action,” Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. 2012.

“Alter Egos,” Faribanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 2012.

“Sweatermen,” Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 2011.

Mark Newport
 Figure 9, 2012 
Wood and knit costume. 16" tall

Mark Newport

Figure 9, 2012 
Wood and knit costume. 16″ tall

Recent Group Shows

“Saints, Stars, and Selfies,” H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri. 2014.

“Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home “ Craft Alliance Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri.

“Compulsive Narratives: Stories That Must Be Told,” Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey. 2014.

“American Pop,” Tempe Art Center, Tempe, Arizona. 2014.

“Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona. Catalog. 2013.

“Art X,” Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. 2013.

“Innovators and Legends,” Muskegon Art Museum, Muskegon, Michigan; the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Auburn, New York; Art Museum of University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; and University Art Museum, Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado. Traveling through 2014. Catalog. 2012.

“Cast of Characters,” Clarion University Clarion, Pennsylvania and 709 Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2012.

“Single Channel: Mark Newport,” Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa. 2012.

Mark Newport 
Big Ends Man, 2012 
Hand knit acrylic and buttons. 96" x 28" x 6"

Mark Newport

Big Ends Man, 2012 
Hand knit acrylic and buttons. 96″ x 28″ x 6″

Mark Newport Spiderman Responsibility, 2012
Embroidery on comic book cover. 10 1/4" x 6 3/4"

Mark Newport
Spiderman Responsibility, 2012
Embroidery on comic book cover. 10 1/4″ x 6 3/4″



Salamone, Andrew.  “Mark Newport’s Embroidered Comics,” MAKE, Sebastapol, California. April 30.

“Expanding Universe” Express: Weekend Pass, Washington, DC. April 24.

Adleson, Fred, B. “Rutgers-Camden exhibit offers “stories that must be told,” The Courier-Post, Camden, New Jersey. March 16.

Edwards, Robin. “Artist Mark Newport on beaded football players and knitted costumes,” Westword, Denver, Colorado. February 3.

Nick, Stacy. “Artist gives superhero stereotypes a makeover.” The Coloradan, Fort Collins, Colorado. January 29.

Harper, Cheryl. “Compulsive Narratives: Stories That Must Be Told,” Rutgers-Camden Art Center, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey.


Held, Peter and Lineberry, Heather. “Crafting A Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” Exhibition catalog. Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona. September.


Hallman, Ted; Jones, Geary; and Martin, Art. “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber,” Exhibition catalog. Muskegon Art Museum, Muskegon, Michigan. December.

Adams, Edie and Grieve Watkinson, Patricia. “Microsoft Art Collection: 25 Years of Celebrating Creativity and Inspiring Innovation,” Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington. December.

Yates, Christopher. “Exhibit: Dayton Art Institute: Vibrant works illustrate comic-book ideals,” The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio. August 19.

McRary, Amy. “Knit Wit,” The News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee. March 4, 2012.

Scarvey, Katie. “Mint’s Fairytale exhibit is magical and macabre,” The Salisbury Post, Salisbury, North Carolina. March 8, 2012.


Carver, Jon. “Critical Reflections: Superheroes,” THE Magazine, Santa Fe, New Mexico. November, 2011.

Dessmett, Donald. “Heroes Like Us?” exhibition catalog. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2011.

Fisher, Andrea. “Dropping Stitches: Knitting Trends in Contemporary Art,” Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. 2011.

Irwin, Matthew. “Yarn Store Cowboy,” Jackson Hole Weekly. Jackson Hole, Wyoming. May 31, 2011.


Buszek, Maria Elena PhD. “Mark Newport: Self-Made Man,” Interview for the exhibition catalog. Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, Missouri. April, 2010.

Hemmings, Jessica, PhD. In the Loop: Knitting Now. Black Dog Publishing, London, United Kingdom. April, 2010.

Cooper, Ivy. “Review: Laumeier hosts ‘super’ knit artist,” Saint Louis Beacon, Saint Louis Missouri. April 25, 2010.

Stevens, Rebecca. “We Can Be Heroes,” 944 Magazine. 944 Media, Detroit, Michigan. February, 2010.


Stefan, Jordan. “Around the Mall: Q & A,” Smithsonian. Washington, DC. October, 2009.

Bonansinga, Kate. “Staged Stories: The Renwick Craft Biennial 2009,” The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC and Scala Publishing United Kingdom, 2009.

O’Neil, Megan. “Pop Goes The Hero,” Metrotimes, Ruxton Media Group, Detroit, Michigan. February 25, 2009.

Zilber, Emily and Taylor Sue. “Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action,” Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 2009.


Burke-Dain, Elizabeth. “Review: Vested Interest,” Fiberarts. Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado. November/December, 2008.

Monem, Nadine, editor. Contemporary Textiles: The Fabric of Fine Art. Black Dog Publishing, London, United Kingdom, 2008.

Kenins, Laura. “The triumph of Bobbleman,” Visual Arts News, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Summer, 2008.

Sider, Sandra. “Review: Pricked: Extreme Embroidery,” Fiberarts Magazine. Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado. April / May, 2008.

Lovelace, Joyce. “Generation What?” American Craft, American Craft Council, New York, New York. February / March, 2008.


Revere McFadden, David. Pricked: Extreme Embroidery. Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York, 2007.

Bradley, Laurel . Gender Stitchery. Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.


Motley, John. “Reviews: Mark Newport: Heroic Endeavors,”Portland Mercury, Portland, Oregon. November 23, 2006.

Blancsube, Michel. “Confusion Will Be My Epitaph.” Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo Fundacion Coleccion Jumex, Ecatapec, Mexico. September.

Ellin, Nan and Booth-Clibborn, Edward editors. Phoenix: 21st Century City. Booth-Clibborn Publishers, London, United Kingdom. September.

Stratton, Shannon. “Homegrown Pop,” in exhibition catalog forPop: Contemporary Textiles Influenced by Popular Culture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. March.

Spiak, John and Marilyn Zeitlin. Mark Newport: Super Heroics. San Diego State University Art Gallery, San Diego California and Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona.


Sussman Susser, Deborah. “ Mark Newport at the Arizona State University Art Museum,” Art in America. Brant Art Publications, New York, New York. January, 2005

Harper, Paula. “Report from Miami: Dynamic Domesticity,” Art in America, Brant Art Publications, New York, New York.

Lengel, Kerry. “Knit Wit.” The Arizona Republic A & E Phoenix, Arizona.

Harris, Morgan. “Review: Mark Newport: New Works.” Fiberarts. Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado.


Lyttle, Bethany. “Leaping Tall Buildings with a Single Cast-On.”Interweave Knits. Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado. Summer, 2003.

Kangas, Matthew. “Thought-provoking imaginary worlds.” The Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington.

Miller, Barbara. “Reviews: Bellingham, Washington.” Art Papers. Atlanta, Georgia.

Clark, Vicky. “The Power of Suggestion, The Suggestion of Power.” Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation. January, 2003.

Leininger, Margaret, “In Review: In Stitches: Humor in Contemporary Fiber Art.” The Surface Design Journal. Englewood, New Jersey.


Armstrong – Gillis, Kathy and Owens, Paula. “Drawing the Thread.” Southwest School of Art and Craft. San Antonio, Texas. September, 2001.

Robertson, Jean. “Review: Indiana, Men of the Cloth.” New Art Examiner. May/June.


Gopnik, Blake. “Guys and dolls…” The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1999

Camper, Fred. “Ours for the Giving,” Exhibition brochure essay from the exhibition of the same title at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carlson, Deborah F. “Real Boys’ Art is Complex,” Fiberarts. Asheville, North Carolina. March/April.

Mark Newport Sweaterman 7, 2011
Hand knit acrylic and buttons. 80" x 23" x 6"

Mark Newport
Sweaterman 7, 2011
, Hand knit acrylic and buttons. 80″ x 23″ x 6″