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Derek Parker

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Chair, Department of Fine and Performing Arts; Associate Professor of Sculpture

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Derek Parker is a mixed-media installation artist whose work is an ongoing exploration into how we perceive and interact with the objects and places that surround us. His current work takes into question the nature of utility and purpose, inventing alternate realities for objects whose functions were previously thought to be fixed.

In 2009, Parker received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana University Bloomington with an emphasis in sculpture and expanded formats. He lives in Western Massachusetts, where he maintains his studio practice. In addition to his own work, Parker has spent the last 4 years managing the art fabrication shop for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Parker’s active studio practice has lead to a diverse body of work that incorporates sculptural objects, site-specific installations, and public Art. His work has been shown in galleries, museums, and in public spaces across the country and abroad. 


M.F.A., Sculpture and Expanded Formats, Indiana University, Bloomington
B.F.A., Sculpture, California State University, Fullerton

Academic Interests

2D/3D Design
Digital 3D Modeling and Fabrication
Art Fabrication and Public Art
Contemporary Art Foundations

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