Mark Cameron Boyd was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, graduating with a BA from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Moving to Los Angeles, he first worked as an artist, co-founding an alternative art space, and later traveled to Europe with the Nina Hagen Band. He taught self-designed courses in film noir and pop culture at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena until 1993.
Boyd moved to Maryland where he completed his MFA in painting at the University of Maryland in 1999. He has taught art theory, drawing, painting, 2-D design, photography for University of Maryland; film noir at Monterey Museum of Art; drawing, photography, 2-D design for Montgomery College; abstract painting and collage for The Art League in Alexandria; 2-D design and art history for Prince George’s Community College; and painting, drawing, and self-designed art theory courses, "Theory Now," "Postconceptualism" and "Art as Social Practice" for the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. He also served as Coordinator for Senior Studio in 2010-2011, guiding the BFA candidates’ Thesis Projects for the inaugural NEXT exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in April 2011.
Boyd’s artwork explores “text as a language for painting” by literally using his original writings as the subject of his works. Boyd’s solo exhibition, Logocentric Playground, shown at American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center in 2006, expanded his practice to participatory art, as visitors were invited to write directly upon his blackboard panel installation. In 2007, Boyd was a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist and exhibited at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Boyd has shown his work at the Center for the Arts Gallery at Towson University, University of Maryland’s Stamp Gallery and other commercial galleries in Washington, D.C. He has had solo shows at Catholic University of America and the Hamiltonian Gallery. In 2014, Boyd presented his curatorial exhibition, Readymade at 100, celebrating Marcel Duchamp’s readymades mounted at American University’s Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
“Since 2003, Mark Cameron Boyd has been creating paintings with words, which were initially based on his own writings. Since then he has appropriated texts from a variety of sources, including Derrida, Nana Last, Rosalind Krauss, and most recently, Thomas Aquinas. On a variety of surfaces, usually wood or wood painted to resemble a blackboard, or even glass, he writes sentences across horizontal pieces of tape laid on the surface. He then peels the tape away, leaving half of the words, and sentences floating in a field…
His text bisections subvert the process and idea of language as signification. Although viewers are invited to participate in completing the words, there is always room for error and creativity. In fact, the paintings depend upon the creative input of the audience. The meanings of his statements are suspended and incomplete, left open to play and to change…
His interest in semiotics, the interrelation of word and image, and the process of making meaning in art and language, falls within the tradition of conceptual art and the ‘linguistic turn’ in American art criticism and art history of the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. However, what began as a simple transcription of random thoughts experienced during art-making has evolved into actions upon the text, in particular the text bisection, which undermine the conventional meanings of the words at same time that his writings have become more complex and theoretical meditations on the nature of art, subjectivity, and the process of signification.”
Statement by Dr. Lisa Lipinski, curator of Boyd's solo show, A Postmodern Meditation on the Five Proofs of God, at Catholic University’s Salve Regina Gallery, November-December 2010.
Education: University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Master of Fine Arts in Painting, May 1999; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Independent Study in Painting and Film, 1988-1992; Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Graduate Study in Painting Program; University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, Bachelors of Art.
Faculty Positions: Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC, Adjunct and Associate Faculty (2004-2015): Theory Now and Postconceptualism, Spring 2004 – Spring 2012; Art as Social Practice, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014; Graduate Collaborative Studio, Fall 2008, Spring 2009; Theories of Art, Spring 2005, Fall 2005; Abstract Painting, Spring 2003, Summer 2003, Spring 2004; Figure Drawing, Fall 2003; Painting I, Summer 2003.
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, Lecturer in self-designed courses (1989-1993): Post‑Modern Teenage Nervous Breakdown, Summer 1993; Post‑Noir Film, Fall 1992; Rebellion and Post‑War Pop Mayhem, Spring 1992; Crime Film, Spring 1991; Outlaw Culture, Fall 1990; Film Noir Canon 1941-1959, Spring 1990; The Dark Side of Post‑War Cinema, Summer 1989.
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Adjunct Faculty: Introduction to Art Theory, Fall 2001-Spring 2003, Summer 1999; Two-Dimensional Art Fundamentals, Fall 2002, Fall 2001; Elements of Drawing II, Spring 2002
Montgomery College’s School of Art and Design, Silver Spring, MD, Adjunct Faclty: Advanced Drawing, Spring 2008; Intermediate Drawing, Spring 2005; Drawing I, Fall 2004; Introduction to Figure Drawing, Spring 2003; Drawing II, Fall 2002; Introduction to Photography, Summer 2001.
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, Adjunct Faculty: Drawing I, Spring 2004; Design I, Summer 2003.
The Art League, Alexandria, VA, Instructor: Collage /Décollage, Winter 2009; Abstract Painting, Spring 2008, Spring 2006, Spring 2005, Winter-Spring 2004; Figurative Abstraction Workshop, December 2006, December 2005; Minimalist /Post-Minimalist Painting, Fall 2007, December 2004.
Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA, Lecturer: Black & White Photography II, Spring 2000; Beginning Photography, Summer 2000.
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA, Lecturer: A Walk on the Dark Side: Film Noir Series, June 2000; Hard-Boiled in the Afternoon: A Film Noir Primer, January 2000.
Solo Exhibitions: Salve Regina Gallery, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; A Postmodern Meditation on the Existence of God, Nov. 11-Dec. 17, 2010.
Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC; Theories & Documents, Feb.- Mar. 2009.
Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA; Song for Europe, Aug. 16-Sept. 21, 2008.
American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC; Logocentric Playground, Nov. 14-Dec. 15, 2006.