Mark McKnight (b. Los Angeles, CA) is an artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. His work has been written about in Aperture, Aperture Online, Photograph Magazine, Contemporary Art Writing Daily and was recently discussed on The Magic Hour: Conversations on Photography. His photographs have been included in several group exhibitions and catalogs of photography including 20/20 Vision: An International Photography Biennial and Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 - Present (California Museum of Photography, Riverside, 2019). Recent solo exhibitions include if water forgets how to play mirror (Queens, Los Angeles, 2018) and Turn Into (James Harris, Seattle, 2018). In 2017 he published NOUNS, a collection of photographs that debuted at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair. Additional writing on his work can be found here and here. In 2009, Mark traveled to Finland on a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2017, he was an artist in residence at Storm King Art Center. McKnight is the winner of the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize and was selected as a 2019 Light Work A.I.R.

In January 2020 his work will be the subject of two solo exhibitions in New York, at Klaus von Nichtsaggend and Aperture Foundation. In September the same year, his first monograph Heaven is a Prison, will be published by Loose Joints (London/Marseilles).

Mark splits his time between Los Angeles and Tucson, where he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arizona.


Curriculum Vitae (PDF download)


2015 Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Riverside 

2007 Bachelor of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute 


In this temporarily prevailing landscape, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY, 2020

Aperture Portfolio Prize, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, 2019

Shadow & Shadow of Shadow, Roger’s Office, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Turn Into, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2018

…if water forgets how to play mirror, QUEENS, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

He's Time. I'm Just a Clock., Strongroom, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

Objects & Actions of Consequence (MFA Thesis), Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, CA, 2015

Many Meanings are Attached to Mountains, Iceberger, San Francisco, CA, 2007


The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, 2020

The Procession, VACATION, New York, NY, 2019

Automatic Door, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles, 2019

20 / 20, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, 2019

Close to Home, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA, 2019

Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1945 to Present, California Museum of Photography & Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, 2019

Monotasking, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA 2018

A Spaghetti Dress for world Peace, Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

Facing, BBQLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

La Mesa Brutal, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

The Upper Deep, Open House, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

9-11, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

Russian Doll, M+B, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

Surface of Color, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

20/20 Vision: An International Photography Biennial, Christophe Guye (Selection of Grupa o.k.), Zurich, Switzlerland, 2015

The Year of the Goose, Either Way, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

Dressed in Gray, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2013

Greater Los Angeles MFA, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2013

California Continued: New Approaches in West Coast Photography, Smith Andersen North, San Rafael, CA, 2011

Gray Day, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA, 2010

The Informers, J-MoCA, Los Angeles, CA 2010

The Lightbearers, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2010

10 x 10 x 10, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA, 2009

Involved, Socially, Triple Base, San Francisco, CA, 2009

Young Curators, New Ideas, Bond Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2008

Various Photographs, Curated by Tim Barber, The New York Photo Festival, New York, NY, 2008

TinyVices, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO, 2007

TinyVices, La Esquina, Kansas City, MO, 2007


Heaven is a Prison, London / Marseilles: Loose Joints, 2020

Contact Sheet Annual 2020, Syracuse, NY: Light Work, 2020

New Queer Photography, Dortmund, Germany: Verlag Kettler, 2020

Aperture Magazine #236, New York, NY: Aperture Foundation, September 2019

In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California 1950 - Present, Riverside, CA: Inlandia Institute, 2019

NOUNS, Los Angeles, CA: Bread & Butter, 2017

Pescador, Paul. Surface of Color, Los Angeles, CA: The Pit, 2015.

Myers-Szupinska, Julian & Szupinska-Myers, Joanna. 20/20 (Exhibition Catalog), Zurich, Switzlerland: Sturm & Drang, 2015.

Smoke Bath, New York, NY: Seems Books, 2010

Icons & Allegories, Los Angeles, CA: Bread & Butter Books, 2010

Involved, Socially, San Francisco, CA: Triple Base, 2009

Various Photographs, New York, NY: TV Books, 2008

Vol. 1, Remain in Light, Cambridge, MA: Lay Flat, 2008


2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

2019 Light Work Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse, NY

2018 BarFund, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Artist in residence, Storm King Art Center / Shandaken Projects, New York, NY

2016 Echo Park Film Center, Artist Commission, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Lois Roth Endowment

2008 Fulbright Scholar, Helsinki, Finland


2015 FLASH! (September), The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA. 

2010 Icons & Allegories, Sight School, Oakland, CA.  


Marcelo Gabriel Yáñez. Mark McKnight. Contact Sheet Annual 2020, Light Work. Syracuse, NY, Summer 2020

Greenwell, Garth. “Spotlight: Mark McKnight”, Aperture Magazine #236, New York, NY, September 10, 2019

Staff. “Mark McKnight in Automatic Door at Park View / Paul Soto,” Contemporary Art Writing Daily, September 4, 2019

Luquet-Gad, Ingrid. Derhee, Aurélie. “Mark McKnight fait corps avec la nature”, Les Inrockuptibles, Paris, July 23, 2019

Weitzman, Jordan. "Episode 29: Mark McKnight", The Magic Hour: Conversations on Photography (Audio Interview), 2019

Embser, Brendan. “2019 Portfolio Prize Winner: Mark McKnight”, Aperture (Online), April 19, 2019

Weber, Jasmine. “Art Movements: Accolades” HyperAllergic. April 24, 2019

Gladstone, Sophie. “Inspiring Photography from the Wallpaper Picture Desk,” Wallpaper*, April 3, 2019

Miranda, Carolina. “Datebook: An Artistic Space Station, Experimental Sound, and Riotous Pattern,” Los Angeles Times, January 23, 2019

Staff. “Meet Mark McKnight,” Voyage LA Magazine: City Guide, February 11, 2019

Feinstein, Jon. “Review: Mark McKnight at James Harris Gallery,” Photograph Magazine, November/December, 2018

Staff. “Mark McKnight: Turn Into, Paul Berger: Multiplex, and more,” City Arts Magazine, Seattle, Washington, 2018

“Photography Highlights…Seattle Art Fair,” Humble Arts Foundation, New York, 2018

Cameron, Andrew. “Mark McKnight: Object Permanence,” (Supplementary exhibition text), James Harris Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 2018

Adams, Thomas. "Episode 19: Mark McKnight", Art Traffic, Online (Audio Interview), 2018

Darling, Nikki. "Shadow Boxing Mark McKnight" (Supplementary exhibition text), QUEENS, Los Angeles, 2018

Myers-Szupinska, Julian & Szupinska-Myers, Joanna. "20/20: Mark McKnight" (Exhibition catalog text), Sturm & Drang,  Zurich, Switzlerland, 2015

Pescador, Paul. "Surface of Color: Mark McKnight" (Exhibition catalog text), The Pit, Los Angeles, CA, 2015

Ahn, Abe. “Forging Queer Identity with Abstraction,” HyperAllergic. October 19, 2015

Staff. “Artists meld life and art.” SFGate. August 20, 2009


Yale University, New Haven, CT 2020

Mark McKnight and Garth Greenwell in Conversation, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY 2020

Beyond Gender & The Analog Reproducible Image, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2020

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 2019

UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 2019

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 2019

USC, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

San Francisco Art Institute, 2018

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

UC Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2014  

UC Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2013

Pitzer College, Los Angeles, CA, 2013

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2013

Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2010

University of Turku, Turku, Finland, 2009

PhotoAlliance at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2009