Los Angeles based sculptor, Mark Lere has over twenty-five years of public art experience. His sculpture commissions include major collaborative projects throughout the United States. Mark's projects integrate art into high profile public spaces that are usually site-specific by combining landscaping, paving, lighting, water systems, furnishing, etc. as art components for promenades, plaza and transit areas, and various other indoor and outdoor spaces. His projects involve collaboration with architects, city planners, engineers, landscape architects and members of the general public.
Mark Lere’s public expertise also includes collaborative work on special art panels and projects as an individual artist consultant as well as design team planning.
In addition to his public commissions and collaborative consulting work, Mark has exhibited extensively during the past thirty years in gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide. His artworks are included in many public collections including the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Some exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museo d’ Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France; Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo; Tsukashin Hall, Osaka, Japan; among others.
As a working sculpture, Mark is knowledgeable and proficient in the following skills and has taught many of these at the university level including: lost-wax casting, mold-making, fiberglass construction, tig and mig welding, plasma metal cutting, robotic electronics, metal spray, as well as other basic carpentry skills, including most aspects of home construction.
Mark Lere holds a Master of Fine Art from the University of California, Irvine and has taught as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Chapel Hill; University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Claremont Graduate School of Art, Claremont, California; Art Center College of Design, Graduate School of Art, Pasadena, California; and Otis Parson School of Design, Los Angeles. He is a past recipient of National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. Visual Artists Fellowship in Sculpture.