Mark Sawrie is an Associate Professor of Art/Photography at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he has taught for 23 years. Courses of instruction have included: all levels of photography, video art, digital imaging and film criticism. He has exhibited: photography, video, drawing and assemblage-sculpture, widely across the U.S.. Sawrie received his B.F.A. in photography in 1981 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and his M.F.A. in photography in 1986 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Some of his more influential experiences have included: tobacco cutter, product photographer, medical photographer, construction worker and pizza delivery. Know as a loner who loves people and a funny-curmudgeon with a heart of fools-gold, he is also rumored to be a cat-whisperer. Selected solo exhibitions include: The Donna Beam Gallery at University of Nevada Las Vegas, The South Bend Regional Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana, The Yellowstone Art Center in Billings, Montana, The Rochester Center for Art in Rochester, New York, Paris Gibson Square in Great Falls, Montana, The 4 Star Gallery in Indianapolis, Indiana and The Devine Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky. Sawrie has lectured at 3 different Society for Photographic Education conferences and numerous universities in addition to having juried many exhibitions.