1989          M.F.A. in Painting, Yale University. New Haven, CT

1987          B.F.A. in Painting, University of Louisville. Louisville, KY


2013-present   Full Professor, Painting /Drawing, University of Louisville, KY

1993               Associate Professor, Painting/Drawing Univ. of Louisville, KY

1991               Professor, Painting /Drawing. Seminole Community College, Sanford, FL

1990              Adjunct Professor, Drawing. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

1990               Painting Instructor, Louisville Visual Arts Assoc., Louisville, KY

1988               Teaching Assistant to Richard Ryan, Int. Drawing. Yale, New Haven, CT

1986               Guest Artist/ Instructor, Junior /Sen. Painting, Manual High, Louisville, KY

1979-86          CSX Railroad, Machine Operator, Louisville, KY


2016          Morgan Research Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2016          Research and Creative Activity Grant, University of Louisville, KY

 2015          Commission on Racial Equality & Diversity Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2014          Project Completion Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2009          Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, Frankfort, KY

2008          Commission on Racial Equality and Diversity Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2006          President’s Initiative Research Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2005          African American Faculty Mini Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2003          Women Research Grant, University of Louisville, KY

2000          Vermont Studio Residency, Johnson, VT

1996          Kentucky Arts Council, Traveling Fellowship Award

1996          Kentucky Arts Council, Al Smith Fellowship

1995          Kentucky Arts Council, Professional Assistance Award

1994          Young Investigators Award, University of Louisville, KY

1994          Merit Award Floyd County Museum of Art, New Albany, IN

1989          The Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1988          Arnold Bittleman Prize, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1985          Purchase Award, Best of Show, The Annual Black Artist’s Exhibition, Louisville, KY


2017-18     American Labor Museum, Frederick Douglass Series, Haledon, NJ (8-mos)

2015          Hite Gallery, Early years of Frederick Douglass: Drawing Series, Louis., KY

2015          Cressman Center, Life of a Freedom Seeker: Paintings Drawings & prints of

                  Harriet Tubman & other freedom seekers, Louisville KY

2013-14     The Museum of Rural Life, Mark Priest: Harriet Tubman, The Underground railroad

                  & The Building of Stewart’s Canal, Denton, MD (1 year exhibit)

2009          Dorchester Art Center, Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, Cambridge, MD

2009          Allen R. Hite Gallery, Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad, Louisville, KY

2007          The Museum of Rural Life, The Underground Railroad: Harriet Tubman, Denton, MD

2005          40 Acres Gallery Collaboration with California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA

2004          Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH

2003          Nazareth Arts Gallery, Iron Men, Iron Women, Nazareth, KY

2002          Solo Exhibition, American Labor Museum, Haledon, NJ

1999          University of Kentucky Museum, Lexington, KY

1999          Bershad Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1998          Women on the Railroad, George Meany Archives Gallery, Silver Springs, MD

1997          University of Texas at El Paso, Fox Fine Arts Gallery, El Paso, TX

1997          American Labor Museum, Haledon, NJ

1996-7       Wayne State University Art Gallery, Detroit, MI

1996          Mount St. Joseph College, Studio Giuseppe Art Gallery Cincinnati, OH

1996          Michigan State University Museum, Lansing, MI

1995          Kentucky Railroad Museum, New Haven, KY

1994          George Meany Gallery, George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Silver Springs, MD

1992          Harris House Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, FL

1991          Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

1986          Triangle Gallery, Sponsored by Sam Gilliam, Washington, DC

1986          The Painted Persona, Natalina Gallery, Chicago, IL


2018    Louisville Artists, Janice Mason Art museum, Cadiz KY

2016    State of Painting, Georgetown College Art Galleries, Georgetown KY

2015    Kentucky Visions at the Capitol 2015, Frankfort, KY

2013        Struggles and Triumph, Rotunda Art Project, Louisville Metro Hall, KY

2008         The Story, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

2007        John Parker Paintings, Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH

2005     The Human Element, the Art of Labor, the Labor of Art, Puffin Foundation, NJ

2002         Armory Art Center, Palm Beach, FL

2000         Vermont Studio, Johnson, VT

1999         Four Points Gallery, Boston, MA

1998         Representational Painters, Exhibition Series University of Louisville, KY

1997         What One is Worth, The Labor Arts & History Project: The Northwest Folk-life Festival.

1997         Exhibiting with six other artists including Jacob Lawrence. University of Seattle, WA

1996         Kresge Museum, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

1995         African-American Kentuckian Exhibition, Owensboro, KY

1992          African-American Contemporary Art Exhibition, Orlando, FL

1992          Maitland Art Museum, Three by Three Exhibition, Maitland, FL

1991          Kentucky on Paper, Kingman Foundation Gallery, Quito, Ecuador

1990          African-American Cont. Art, Civic Museum of Contemporary Art, Palermo, Italy

1990          10th Annual Black Artist Exhibition, J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, KY

1989          A&A Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT

1986          Contemporary Black Artists of Louisville, Evansville Museum of Art & Science, IN

COLLECTIONS (selected)

Michigan State University Museum  (Iron Men)

Denton Museum, Maryland (Dover 8))

Sylvia Anderson, Washington, D. C. (Escape From Poplar Neck I)

The T.W.U. Transportation Workers Union, New York. (Mural)

The John Parker House Museum, Ripley, OH (5 paintings in John Parker Series)

American Labor House Museum, Haledon, NJ (print)

George Meany Labor Center, Washington, DC (print)

Kildare County Arts Council, New Bridge, Ireland (drawing)

Mount St. Joseph College Fine Arts Dept. Cincinnati, OH (print)

Brown Foreman Corporation. Louisville, KY (railroad series paintings)

Palm Beach International Airport, FL (Gandy Dancer- railroad series)

Charlottesville Museum, Charlottesville, NC (drawing)

Orlando City Hall, Orlando, FL (painting)

Presbyterian Headquarters, Louisville, KY (Moses and Ramses painting)

First National Bank Collection, Louisville, KY (flower painting)

Kentucky Fried Chicken Collection, Louisville, KY (The Gatheringpainting)

IMAGES IN PRINT (selected)

Book Image: True Book Series: Harriet Tubman, Scholastic Inc. Image, “ Nalle series – The Altruist”. Release date September 2015.

Byway Sign Images: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.  Image “Freedom Seeker” used on roadway signage to designate historical event. 2013

Guide Cover Image. The National Parks Service. “ The Underground Railroad: Maryland’s Network to Freedom Guide”.  “Harriet Tubman – Escape From Poplar Neck II” 2009.

Book Cover Image. “Freeing Charles: The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War”, by Scott Christianson, University of Illinois Press, 2009


Feature, Kramer, Elizabeth. “Painting Vivid History; Artist Mark Priest Studies Frederick Douglass, Others For Striking Series On Slavery.” The Courier-Journal [Louisville] 15 Feb. 2015, Arts Section I sec.: 11-12. Print.

Review,  “Muse of Her People.” Baltimore Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2013.

Review, “Artist tells Tubman Stories in Vivid Color”, The Star Democrat (April 2, 2009)

Feature, Parker Society Unveils Images of Elizabeth J. Cloyd Exhibit. The Ripley Bee (June 14, 2007)

Feature, “Noted Painter Exhibits New Series”, by Pat Guida, Caroline Review (February 2007) p8

Review, North Jersey, “ Condition of Workers Examined” (October 2005) p6

Feature, Heavy Metal; Mark Priest Paints Life on the Railroad. The Sacramento Bee. (February 1, 2005)p10-11

Review, Art Headlines, “Rail Road Artist Story Teller” F6 Dayton Daily News, Sept. 12, 2004. Dayton Ohio

Feature, American Labor Museum to Honor Railroad Women & Railroad Artist Mark Priest, New York Labor History Association (Fall 2002)

Review, Labor’s Heritage, (Vol. 10/ No. 1)

Review, Labors Heritage Television Feature, “PM Park 27 News First”. Maryland News. Public TV. News. (October 1998)

Television Feature, WKYT TV, Washington, DC. News. October 1998

Feature, The Chronicle of Higher Education. (October 16, 1998) B-3 B108

Radio Interview, National Public Radio (NPR). (September 7, 1998)

Feature, “Steel Drivin’ Women” The Washington Post. (August 13, 1998) C1, C5

Feature, “Michaelangelo of the Rails at Meany Center”, Silver Springs Gazette (August 5, 1998)

Review, “Iron Men: Steel Rail: Track Labor ant the Art of Mark Priest”, The Italian Voice, (February 6, 1997) p6

Review, Horvitz, Lee. “Iron Men. “Iron Men: Steel Rail: Track Labor ant the Art of Mark Priest”, Antenna Arts Magazine. (February 1997): 10 – 11

Dialogue: Art in the Midwest.(Jan/Feb 1997):29

Feature, “Kentucky Artist a Big Draw”, The Evening Herald of Ireland, October 1996

Videos (selected)

2017 Video Feature, Seiler, Casey. “Scott Christianson, 69, Acclaimed Journalist, Author and Advocate. “ Times Union, 16 May 2017, 4:35,

2015 “Underground Railroad 2015: Life of a Freedom Seeker.” YouTube. University of

Louisville, 06 Feb. 2015. Web. Feb. 2015.

2010 C-Span Freeing Charles March 21, 2010

2008 Harriet Tubman and the Art of Mark Priest

2007 Artworks: This Week, 637 Maryland Public Television (MPT.Org)

2005 Visual Arts Toolkit. KET TV. Lexington, KY

2001 Looking at Painting #102, KET TV. Lexington, KY