FSU Department of Art Professor Mark Messersmith’s work is now hanging at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art where it is part of their permanent collection.
Mark Messersmith’s work has recently been acquired by the Grace Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Appleton Museum of Art, and the Art Museum of West Virginia University. His work is also in the museum collections of the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Tyler Museum of Art, the Musée du Haut-de-Cagnes-sur-Mer, Vero Beach’s Center for the Arts, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Additionally, Messersmith’s solo exhibition “Pay the Thunder No Mind – Listen to the Birds, and Hate Nobody” can be seen at the Valley House Gallery in Dallas, TX through April 29th, 2017. In lushly-colored paintings, Messersmith creates dense narratives packed with animals, birds, plants, and insects that express his concern for the shrinking world they inhabit. New to this exhibition are small paintings of birds. They are a dramatic shift in scale from his monumental paintings which are embellished with carved pediments and predellas that further the narratives and express his affection for Renaissance altarpieces and folk art.