Peter Mak

Peter Mak, DFA

Associate Professor of Art (Painting & Drawing)

Office: 152 KFA
Phone: 715.425.0639
Email: peter.mak@uwrf.edumail

Peter Mak is an associate professor of art at the Art Department, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he has taught since 2004. Peter Mak’s artwork comprises of a range of medium from drawings, prints, digital photos, paintings, ceramic sculptures to installation work. He has been honored with awards (Best of Show and Distinguished Teacher), grants and museum permanent collections, has participated in over fifty-five solo and invited joint exhibitions, and has taught over 25 years in colleges and universities both Hong Kong and America.

Education

  • Doctor of Fine Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia
  • Master of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, Valley City State University, 1976

Artist Statement

One of my recent projects was a series of large digital prints and sculpture installations. The work began with a study of French philosopher Henri Lefebvre’s The Production of Space (about urban space, dwellings and living) and Michael de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life. My study looked at the ordinary man and his struggle to pursue his shelter, personal space, existence and meanings in everyday life. The red-white-blue nylon sheeting and shopping bag, a cheap and widely used article in Asian countries, is symbolic of transient shelter, fleeting being, and a means of transporting belongings, personal effects and experience. The displaced person, moving from town to town, country to country, is often an ever-present universal unnamed hero like many of us, who takes care of his/her own business, fulfills his/her own schedule, and lives life as an individual among many others within a family, school, workplace, community and country. He and his acts are not noticed and attended to, but his being and efforts are responsible for the beginning and the continuation of humanity and the simple human existence that we are all a part of. A bulldozed village (next to the train station pictured in one of the prints) and its residents served as the subjects of this investigation.

Solo Exhibitions

  • Jockey Club Ti-I College Art Gallery, People & Places II, Fotan, Shatin, Hong Kong
  • HKIEd Art Gallery, People & Places, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Macau Military Club Gallery, Diamonds are Forever, Macau, China
  • Artland Gallery, In the Name of Progress, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • HKIEd Art Gallery, Gimme Shelter, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Cornucopia Art Center, In Search of Content, MN
  • Artland Gallery, Method to the Madness, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Artland Gallery, Fantasy in Color, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Harry Wood Gallery, Peter Mak—Distant Past, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • Second Crossing Gallery, ONE MAN SHOW—Peter Mak, Valley City State University, ND

Selected Exhibitions

  • Bradley University Gallery, 32nd Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, IL
  • Columbia College Gallery, 29th Annual Paper in Particular, Works On Paper, Columbia College, MO
  • Lemon Street Gallery, 6th Annual Juried Exhibition, Kenosha, WI
  • Columbia College Gallery, 27th Annual Paper in Particular, Works On Paper, Columbia College, MO
  • Upstream People Gallery, 8th Annual Contemporary Art International Juried Exhibition, Omaha, NE
  • Del Mar College Gallery, 40th National Drawings & Small Sculpture Competition, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Cultural Museum, Creative Spirit: Hong Kong Visual Arts, University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE), Hong Kong
  • Bell Museum of Natural History, Bloom, Botanical Art Through the Ages, MN
  • University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 15th Annual Outdoor Art Installation, Department of Art, UW-River Falls, WI
  • Upstream People Gallery, 8th Annual Photographic Process Juried International Art Exhibition, NE

Awards/Grants/Commissions

  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Scholarship & Creative Pursuits, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • Award of Excellence, 8th Annual Contemporary Art International Juried Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE, 2006
  • Winner at 40th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Exhibition Award, 2005 Wisconsin Artists Biennial, Anderson Art Center, WI
  • Award of Excellence, 7th Annual Photographic Process International Art Exhibition
  • Award of Special Recognition, Upstream People Gallery, NE
  • Museum Collections, Artwork purchased & collected by the Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • Public Recognitions, Artwork purchased by the HK Regional Council Art Museum for its Permanent Art Collection
  • The First Distinguished Teacher Award, Recipient of Merit Award, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Grant ($5,000) In Search Of Content Project, The Hong Kong Arts Council

Collections

  • Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Museum of Art, Regional Council, Hong Kong
  • Valley City State University
  • Second Crossing Gallery
  • Red River Gallery, Minnesota
  • School of Art, Arizona State University
  • Northland Pioneer College
  • Individual private collectors, Hong Kong
  • Individual private collectors

Publications

  • In Search of Content, Peter Mak, 1997, pp 1–110

International Experiences

  • Taught at University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Taught at Hong Kong Institute of Education, Department of Creative Arts, Hong Kong
  • Taught at True Light College, Hong Kong
  • Taught at Po Leung Kuk College, Hong Kong
  • Taught at Jockey Club Ti-I College, Hong Kong
  • Over 20 solo and jointed exhibitions in Hong Kong, China and Macau
  • Lectures and workshops at University of Hong Kong, School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Conference presentation at Learning Conference in Greece
  • Conference presentation at Learning Conference in Niece, France

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