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Mahosky Selected as Gettysburg National Military Park Artist-in-Residence

July 21, 2015

GETTSBURG, Pa. - Gettysburg National Military Park's Artist-in-Residence for August will be painter and multimedia artist, Mark Mahosky, of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania. This is the second of three new artist in residency programs at Gettysburg National Military Park this year.  Mahosky, an associate professor of fine arts at KU, will spend the month of August at Gettysburg, working and interacting with park visitors as he draws or sculpts.  Afterward, he'll provide a public program with his works as lecture and reflection on the varied meanings and transformations over time in the laboratory of American public memory that Gettysburg represents.

To inspire, engage and connect with a new generation of artists, visitors and youth, Gettysburg National Military Park established an "Artist in Residency" program this summer, hosting leading artists on the Gettysburg battlefield for month-long residencies from July through September.  The program was created in cooperation with the non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation (http://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org) and with the Gettysburg Foundation (http://www.gettysburgfoundation.org/).

Mahosky is no stranger to Gettysburg. Drawn to the fleeting traces of the battle and the supporting works of memorial, he has painted and sketched on the battlefield for decades. "My drawings do not deal with the drama of the battle," said Mahosky.  "Rather they deal with memorializing a sanctified landscape. I am fascinated by the interpretation, memorialization, and preservation of the battlefield. I am equally interested in the changes of attitude towards these topics since 1863. In a way, my drawings are about the history of the history of the battle. The frames that I draw around the depicted landscape are symbolic of the events that made the landscape sacred."

As an artist, Mahosky is better known for large geometric paintings on newspaper and small cardboard sculptures. He has only shown the Gettysburg work once in his career and considers his drawings of Civil War sites a different, more private aspect of his work, but says "everything I make has to do with history, memory, and an investigation and critique of power."

Mahosky is originally from Pennsylvania and holds an MFA in painting from Stanford University and a BFA from Tyler School of Art. He has had solo exhibitions at Haas Gallery of Art, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA; Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR; Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA; Joseph Rickards Gallery, New York; and Gimpel Weitzenhoffer Gallery, New York. Mahosky has been featured in group exhibitions at Fleisher/Ollman; the Ice Box, Philadelphia; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA; Open Space, Baltimore, MD; and Gettysburg College Art Gallery, among others. He is Assistant Professor of Painting at Kutztown University.

"Gettysburg's monuments and memorials, and the battlefield landscapes inspire so much passion in our visitors today and for the last 150 years. We're excited to have an artist who translates that passion into art," said Ed W. Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park. "We want to engage new audiences through the power and the passion of art, and the Artist-in-Residence program at Gettysburg is an important first step." 

Gettysburg Foundation President Joanne Hanley said, "All of the great historic sites and historic places tell the story of who we are as a people, where we have been, and hopefully can point us in the direction of where we want to go because of the lessons learned.  Gettysburg's Artist-in-Residence will add an artistic dimension to how those stories are shared as our visitors are able to experience an artist's interpretation of the park, meet the artists in person, and engage and connect with them as they express, through art, the power of this place." The work of these artists will be a great addition to the crucial Park Service missions of interpretation and visitor outreach. 

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American history.  Information is available at http://www.nps.gov/gett/index.htm