Mark Thomas Gibson


Mark Thomas Gibson


Mark Thomas Gibson (born 1980, Miami, Florida) is an American artist living and working between New Haven and New York. Gibson received his BFA from The Cooper Union in 2002 and his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2013. During his time at Yale, Gibson was the recipient of the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Award in 2013. At present Gibson is a professor at Yale Unverisity School of Art. In 2016 Gibson co-curated the exhibition Black Pulp! with William Villalongo at Yale University, an unprecedented overview of over 90 years of black image production by black publishers, black artists and by non-black artists and publishers allied with foregrounding the black experience. Black Pulp! was reviewed in the New York Times and Art in America.

In 2016 Gibson released his first artist book, Some Monsters Loom Large. His second book, Early Retirement, published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich in fall 2017 features over 200 pen-and-ink drawings that play off both fine art and comic book vernacular, using the traditional black-and-white palette of graphic novels. Mark Thomas Gibson is represented by Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York. His work was recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Solo Exhibitions

Utopias, Gallery221, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL
Gauntlet, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Early Retirement, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
Woke! Contemporary Art Museum , University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Black Pulp! Public Lecture at The Cooper Union Great Hall, New York, NY

Some Monsters Loom Large, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY

Alamo Revenant, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY
Black and Blue, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibitions

Shelter, International Comix Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland

The Curator’s Eggs, Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY

A Being in the World, Salon 94, New York, NY
American Optimism, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

The Midnight Sun, Ms. Barbers, Los Angeles, CA
The Landscape Changes 30 Times, Anahita Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
All Types of Characters, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

American Beauty, Susan Inglett, New York, NY

Blane De St. Croix, Mark Thomas Gibson, Howardena Pindell, Fredericks and Freiser, New York, NY

Space,Curated by Matt Jones, North Atlantic Conference Exhibition, New York, NY

Quick While Still, Curated by Kadar Brock, Heist Gallery, New York, NY

Quick While Still, Curated by Kadar Brock, Motus Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Hollywood Cultural Arts Center Annual Exhibition, Hollywood, FL


Fired Up! Ready to Go! The Collection of Peggy Cooper Cafritz, By Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Thelma Golden

Early Retirement, Published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, Switzerland
(Essay) Oracles: Artists Calling Cards, Published by Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, Switzerland

Some Monsters Loom Large, 2nd Edition, Published by IPCNY, New York, NY

Some Monsters Loom Large, 1st Edition, Self-Published, Brooklyn, NY


2016 – present Full-Time Lecturer/Critic; Assistant Dean of Student Relations; Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
2015 – 2016 Painting Faculty, School of Visual Arts MFA Program & Summer Residency Program, New York, NY
2015 – present Drawing Faculty, Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art and Music, Norfolk, CT
2014 – 2015 Visiting Artist Lecturer, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2013 – 2015 Part Time Lecturer, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Visiting Artist

Hillsborough College, Tampa, FL
Tyler School of Art, Pennsylvania, PA

Boston University, Boston, MA
Hunter College. New York, NY
MICA, Baltimore, MD

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
SVA, New York, NY
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, NY, NY

Lectures and Panels

Curating Comics: Creating Exhibitions in Galleries and Digital Spaces, The Schomberg’s Annual Black Comic Festival, New York, NY

Black Pulp! Public Lecture at The Cooper Union Great Hall, New York, NY

Black Pulp! Panel and Symposium at the SVA Theatre, presented by IPCNY, New York, NY


Albritton, Caitlin, Narratives, In Color , Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, 2018
Frieze Magazine, “Acts of Recognition”, by David Geers, October 7, 2017
Brooklyn Rail, “Mark Thomas Gibson: Early Retirement”, by William Corwin, October 5, 2017
Ridley, Howard, Some Monsters Loom Large: Interview with Mark Thomas Gibson, Huffpost, 2016
Whitehot Magazine, “Aspects of American History: Mark Gibson Interview,” by Irena Jurek, September 2015
ARTnews, “A Truffle Pig Heads for the Piers: Kenny Schachter in New York (Part 1),” by Kenny Schachter, March 9, 2015
Artnews, “Some Monsters Loom Large at the Armory Show,” by Barbara A. MacAdam, March 5, 2015
he New York Times, “Peggy Cooper Cafritz: Everything in a Big Way,” by Penelope Green, January 14, 2015
Eyes Toward The Dove, “Highlights from 2013 and Previews for 2014,” by Katy Diamond Hamer
Vulture Magazine, “10 Black Artists on the Lessons of Ebony and Jet,” by Katy Diamond Hamer, December 19, 2014
Mar/Apr 2010, Vol 4 Issue 4: Artillery Killer Text on Art, “Quick While Still,” by Chris Bors