Mark Dion

Lucelia Artist Award — 2008

This is a photograph of an interior room shaped like an octagon.

Mark Dion, The Octagon Room, 2008, mixed-media installation. Photo by Christopher Burke Studio, courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Mark Dion is the eighth annual winner of the Museum’s Lucelia Artist Award.

The jurors wrote in their decision: “His archeological digs and museum interventions celebrate the value of exploration and learning, and invite audiences to embark on their own journey of intellectual discovery. This approach, coupled with a prodigious commitment to visual creativity, has inspired a generation of artists and established Dion as one of the most innovative contemporary artists working today.”


Mark Bessire, director, Bates College Museum of Art

Allan McCollum, artist and senior critic in sculpture, Yale University School of Art

Nancy Princenthal, senior editor, Art in America

John Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, director and chief curator, Aspen Art Museum