ARTIST STATEMENT

Mark Beltchenko has executed commissions for colleges, university's, churches, corporations, casinos, libraries and municipalities.  In addition to producing his own bodies of work he has participated in visiting artist programs and workshops as well.  Mark also creates one of a kind precious metal jewelry for which he has won numerous design awards.

As a sculptor and object maker, my work is born of the visual impact I find in juxtaposing the symmetry of man made forms of function with the asymmetry of our seemingly random, natural world. My visual language is used to illuminate and engage a broad range of social issues that confront us from day to day. A great deal of my craft is anchored in my training as a goldsmith, this is where I developed my true sensibilities of three dimensionality and my skills in carving and metal fabrication. I am devoted to my chosen mediums of steel and stone, they are rich with tradition, have unsurpassed versatility and speak to the commitment and longevity of my work.


SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2016  100 Sculptors 100 Sculptures, Ella Sharpe Museum, Jackson, Michigan
2016  Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum. Saginaw, MI
2015  FASHION D-FINED, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, Michigan
2015  87th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan
2015  Open Competition, Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, Dearborn,  Michigan
2015  Sculpture Walk Chelsea, Chelsea, Michigan, Juried one year exhibition.
2015  Challenging Tradition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan
2015  Windows on Frida, Cafe' con Leche, Detroit, Michigan.
2014  General Motors Design Center GalleryWarren, Michigan
2013  Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan 
2013  Art Endures,  Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Rochester, Michigan
2012  Detroit River Art Scape, juried exhibition, Detroit, Michigan
2012  Michigan Fine Arts Competition , Birminghan Bloomfield Art Center,  Birmingham, MI
2011  BluArch Collection, Birmingham, Michigan


SELECT COMMISSIONS

2015  City of Royal Oak, Royal Oak, Michigan, Purchase for permanent collection.
2013  Muskegon Museum of Art, Purchase for permanent collection.
2012  Curator's Choice Award, 84th Regional Exhibition, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI
2012  Motion in Detroit,  Private commission, location; Detroit, Michigan
2008  Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition, Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw, Honorable Mention