Working from his studio in Tacoma, Washington, Mark Hoppmann is a multi-media artist working primarily in watercolor, India ink, and graphite. He studied art for one year in Florence, Italy, before graduating from Drake University in 1978 with a B.F.A. in graphic design and commercial art. An offset press operator in the graphic arts industry for twenty years, Hoppmann returned to art full time in 1999. Hoppmann has exhibited his watercolor paintings and drawings in multiple galleries across the Pacific Northwest.
He has self-published several illustrated handmade books, Including Thirteen Ways, celebrating the poetry of Wallace Steven’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird; Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crows, funded partially through a Tacoma Artist Initiative Project grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission; A is for Alien; and his latest project, Playing Hide and Go Seek in the Dark. His work is currently represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers LLC.
His work can be found both private and public collections, including University of Puget Sound, The Ringling College of Art and Design, Emory University, University of California at Bayside, and Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a member of the Puget Sound Book Artists which currently has over 100 members from across the country and also writes the blogs for the organization’s blog site.
Collins Memorial Library is open Sunday–Friday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, Sept. 6, Collins Memorial Library, 4:30 p.m. Mark will share insights into his work.
Open Cases: Sunday, Sept. 23, Collins Memorial Library, 2 p.m. A unique chance to handle the books and see the illustrations. Co-sponsored by the Puget Sound Book Artists.
Sketch-In with the Artist: Wednesday, Oct. 3, Collins Memorial Library, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. In collaboration with the Slater Museum of Natural History, Mark will sketch museum specimens of local wildlife that has inspired his art.