The Artist

       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 BFA in graphic design and commercial art.  An offset press operator in the graphic arts industry for twenty years, Mark returned to art full time in 1999.   Mark 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 the University of Puget Sound, The Ringling College of Art & Design, Emory University, The University of California at Bayside, and the Savannah College of Art & Design.  He is currently President 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.

Artist’s  Statement

     Art should never be a paradox. The final work should never belie the simplicity of original thought. The detail unnoticed by most or the moment caught in the blink of an eye should be there for all the world to see.

                                                                   Mark Hoppmann

 Select Achievements and Notable Exhibitions

2000 :

  • Solo exhibition, Tacoma Audubon Society
  • 52 annual Pacific Gallery Artists Open Exhibition


  • 52 annual Pacific Gallery Artists Open Exhibition


  • Selected as a House Artist at Freighthouse Art Gallery


  • Published in: Notable Artists of the Northwest


  • Best of Show: Silverdale Art Walk


  • Closed Exhibition: Columbia Tower, Seattle Washington


  • Established Gallery 96, Tacoma Washington
  • Tacoma Studio Tours


  • Juror: Western Washington State Fair Watercolor Exhibition
  • Tacoma Studio Tours



            • TAIP Grant Recipient from the Tacoma Arts Commission
            • Tacoma Studio Tours


            • Solo Exhibition: Collins Library, the University of Puget Sound
            • Puget Sound Book Artists 2nd Annual Member’s Exhibition
            • Tacoma Studio Tours: October 23rd, live television interview: Cityline
            • Tacoma Studio Tours


            • Elected to the Board of Directors: Puget Sound Book Artists
            • 3rd Puget Sound Book Artists Annual Member’s Exhibition
            • Tacoma Studio Tours


            • Elected as President: Puget Sound Book Artists
            • Puget Sound Book Artists 4th Annual Member’s Exhibition
            • Undercover Stories: The Secret Lives of Books, artEast Gallery, Issaquah, Washington
            • Coptically Bound Exhibition, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
            • Tacoma Studio Tours
            • Interview with the Artist:  Live Interview on KUPS Radio
            • Solo Exhibition: Charles Wright Academy



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