• Awards

    Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award 2006

    Le Grand Prix, XXXIII Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes -sur-Mer, France, July, 2001 (Purchase award).

    Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Individual Artist
    Fellowship Awards, 2008-1999-1993-1987.

    National Endowment for the Arts/Southern Arts Federation, Regional Fellowship Awards for Emerging Visual Artists, 1994 and 1988.

    Ford Foundation Artist Fellowships, 1980 and 1979.

  • Selected Museum Collections

    Selected Museum Collections

    Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas
    Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Fl.
    Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, N.C.
    Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art - Auburn University

    Mus’ee du Haut-de-Cagnes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France,
    Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fl.
    Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa
    The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
    Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
    Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, Fl.
    Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, Fl.
    Ogden Museum of Southern Art New Orleans, LA
    Orlando Museum of Art , Orlando, Fl
    Art Museum of Southeast Texas , Beaumont, Texas
    The Nature Conservancy, Florida Chapter, Altamonte Springs,
    Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas Art Museum of West Virginia University

  • A Telling Instinct: John James Audubon & Contemporary Art

    Asheville Art Museum, Curated by Associate Curator Cindy Buckner.
    February 21–May 4, 2020

    Includes prints by John James Audubon from the private collection of Bill & Peg Steiner, and recent works in diverse media by Bo Bartlett, Beth Cavener, Laurie Hogin, Adonna Khare, Anne Lemanski, Kate MacDowell, Mark Messersmith, Joel Sartore, and Tom Uttech.


  • Mark Messersmith, When No One is Watching. 2018, Gadsden Art Center

    Mark Messersmith, When No One is Watching.  2018,  Gadsden Art Center


  • "Florida Then and Now: Documenting The Changing Landscape”

    Curated by Keri Watson, University of Central Florida, Art Gallery
    Feb. 27-March 3, 2017

  • “Flora and Fauna”,

    Tyler Museum of Art, 2016 through March 2017, Tyler, TX (group show)

  • “Pay the Thunder No Mind- Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody”,

    Valley House Gallery, Dallas Texas, March 2017 (solo exhibition)

  • “When Worlds Collide”

    a dialog between contemporary painting and the Ringling’s
    permanent collection. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, August 2015 (four person exhibition), catalog

  • The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

    Volume 21, Art and Architecture, The University of Mississippi, 2012
    Painting and Painters 1980-2012, Judith H. Bonner

  • Mark Messersmith, Southern Obsessions

    Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    August 24 - September 21, 2013
    (Solo Exhibition)

  • Suitable Subjects, Contemporary Still Lifes

    The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas,
    May 21 – August 16, 2013

  • Where Have All the Birds Gone? Mark Messersmith: New Work.

    Zadok Gallery, Miami, Florida,
    March 9, 2013.
    (Solo Exhibition)

  • J. Johnson Gallery

    Mark Messersmith | Marc Petrovic | James Prosek.
    November 13-January 25, 2013
    Opening reception to benefit Audubon Florida, raising awareness (and several thousand dollars) for their mission to preserve Florida’s natural heritage and the birds dependent upon it. By improving air and water quality for feathered friends, Audubon improves the plight of other endangered wildlife while increasing quality of life for humans.
    For more information on Audubon Florida and their conservation efforts, which include protecting the unique bird life and natural resources of the state, visit fl.audubon.org., or http://www.duvalaudubon.org/.

  • Mark Messersmith: Fragile Nature

    Mark Messersmith: Fragile Nature

    The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Miami, Florida
    The Florida Artist Series October 17, 2012 – December 9th, 2012
    (Solo Exhibition)


    Appleton Museum of Art/College of Central Florida
    September 15 - November 4, 2012

  • Mark Messersmith: Maximalist and Naturalist

    Mark Messersmith: Maximalist and Naturalist

    Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana.
    April 2012 (Solo Exhibition)

  • "Scenic Delusions of Ordinary Disappointments"

    Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas,
    April 16 through July 10, 2011, (Solo Exhibition)

    Mark Messersmith, "Blighted Eden", Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
    Miami, Florida, May 2011 (Solo Exhibition)

    Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama
    October 3, 2010 through January 30, 2011 (solo exhibition)

    "Paradise Lost / Paradise Found", The Morean Arts Center,
    St. Petersburg, Florida, January 14 – March 13, 2011
    (Group Exhibition)

    "Fresh & Salty", Curated by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture
    Garden, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas,
    January 7 - 29, 2011 (Group Exhibition)

    Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas
    New Works: Highlights from the Permanent Collection
    December 22, 2009 through May 23, 2010

    Eminent Domain, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas.
    October 17, 2009. (Solo Exhibition)

    Maximalist Painting, Byblos Art Gallery, Verona, Italy, May 9, 2008
    (Group Exhibition)

    Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, March 1 -May 17, 2008,
    (Solo Exhibition)

    J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
    January 18-Feburary 29, 2008 (Solo Exhibition)

    Mark Messersmith: Southern Mythology, Valley House Gallery,
    Dallas, Texas, February 15 - March 15, 2008 (Solo Exhibition)

    A Southern Landscape, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College,
    Fort Meyers, Florida. November 2007, (Solo Exhibition)

    *3 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant
    Program Award Winners:*
    Lilian Garcia Roig, Sedrick Huckaby and Mark Messersmith,
    Valley House Gallery, at Wynwood Lofts, Miami, Florida.
    December 4, 2007

    More is More' - Maximalist Painting, FSU Museum of Fine Art, Feb.16
    -March 25, 2007 (Group Exhibition)

    The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America, Valley House
    Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Park Avenue
    Armory, New York, New York, February 22, 2007,

    Under the Fort, The Rhys Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
    (Group Exhibition), curated, by Evelyn Rudz, June-July 2006

    30th Parallel: A Convergence of Contemporary Painting, Jacksonville
    Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville Florida, September
    2005-January 2006

    Nature of the Beast, University of Arkansas, Fine Arts Gallery, January-
    February 2004, (Solo Exhibition)

    Shakespeare Theater, Washington, D.C. 5 paintings for Ibsen’s play,
    directed by Edwin Sherin, staring Jane Alexander.
    June 3 thru July 27, 2003

    Cagnes-sur-Mer, XXXIII Festival International de la Peinture,
    Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, June 30-September 30, 2001,
    organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida,

    The Apocalyptic Landscape: Paintings by Mark Messersmith,
    Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida, June, 2001,
    (Solo Exhibition).

  • Mark Messersmith, "Florida, An Uneasy Allusion".

    September 9- October 24, 2011, 9solo exhibition) Stetson University

  • Mark Messersmith, Blighted Eden

    Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, Florida. May 2011 (Solo Exhibition)

  • Mark Messersmith, Encounters Exhibition

    Mark Messersmith, Encounters Exhibition

    Huntsville Museum of Art
    October 3, 2010 through January 30, 2011. (Solo Exhibition) Catalogue

  • Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas
    purchase the painting, Those Who Believe, 2008 as, The Collectors' Circle purchase for 2009.