"Working outside of my studio in Louisiana has been extremely important to the art process over the past several years. What I have found most stimulating is to place myself in another location and allow that environment to influence me. The newness and freshness of that environment can be quite stimulating and exciting. This has released me and my art from being tethered to one studio, one geography, one sameness. Confronted with a new environment stimulates new directions, and all is possible. I attempt to express this freshness and excitement in the art that is produced at that location. The utilization of local discarded and found objects determines either their profound effect or, more often than not, manifestations of humor and whimsy. The gathering and making of these art objects are perhaps akin to collecting my own natural history. This I particularly like. These influences keep my art fresh and keep me off balance, which translates to the art."
Mark Grote earned his BFA from Dayton Art Institute in 1972 and his MFA from Washington University in 1975 in Sculpture and Painting. He has been Professor of Sculpture in the Visual Arts Department at Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, since 1999.
Grote was awarded in 2014 the Edward & Adelaide Benjamin Distinguished Professorship. Grote has exhibited his work extinsively both nationally and internationally. He will be doing artist residencies fall of 2015 at Burren, College of Art, Ireland, Tirana, Albania, and exhibiting his sculpture at the courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Ireland. In 1992-93 he received a Fulbright to England as a visiting artist to Exeter College of Art and Design. Additional Grote has received numerous grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. His work is placed in many public and private collections, including the K & B Collections New Orleans, LA; Verlaine Foundation New Orleans, LA; Pan American Life Insurance Company New Orleans, LA; Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana; West Texas Museum in Beaumont, TX; Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi; Dayton Museum of Art, Dayton, OH; Hilliard Museum of Art Lafayette, LA; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; Meadows Museum, Shreveport, LA; Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA; Missoula Museum of Art. Missoula. MT. He has exhibited work at the Gallery Christian Siret in Paris, France; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; Sculpture House Gallery, London, England. He has received a Pollock/Krasner grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and Atlas grant for LA, Board of Regents, among many other awards. In 2010 Grote was awarded the Marquette Fellowship from Loyola University.
Grote has completed residencies at Bemis Center for Fine Art Omaha, Nebraska-2003; Gasworks Artist Residency, London, England-1999; Richard Attenborough Center, Leicester, England-2003; Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Residency, Santa Fe, New Mexico-2007. He has lectured at several universities throughout the United States and England.