Derek Parker




2006-2009          Indiana University Bloomington

    Master of Fine Arts: Sculpture and Expanded Formats 

2003-2005          California State University at Fullerton

                              Bachelor of Fine Arts: Sculpture


Current Position:

 2013-PresentFabrication Shop Manager, MASS MoCA. North Adams, MA


Public Commissions:

 2014      The sky starts at the ground, Albany International airport. Albany, NY

 2012      Common Thread, Clipper Magazine Stadium. Lancaster, PA

 2010      Conduit, (Temporary) Grand Rapids, MI

 2006      In’Direction, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA          



2009      Grant in Aid of Masters Thesis Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2009      Joan Mitchell Grant Nominee, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2008      Big Ten Conference Graduate Student Fine Art Award

2005      Art Alliance Scholarship, California State University at Fullerton

2003      Art Alliance Scholarship, California State University at Fullerton


Selected Exhibitions:


Flint. 8/8/14


The Architecture between us, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY


Fiber 2 form, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

SoFA Revisited: Alumni from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN


Speculative Strategies (Solo), The Eclipse Mill Gallery, North Adams, MA

Electro-Synthetic: IS183, Stockbridge, MA


ReMaterial  (Solo), Thiel College, Greenville, PA

The Flip Collection, The Print Room, Rotterdam, Neatherlands


Even Better than the Real Thing, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamunga, CA

Emerging Artist Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, IL


The Texas National 2009, SFA School of Art, Juror Mel Chin, Nacogdoches, TX

The Sketchbook Project, Volume 3,Multiple Venues, Washington DC, Chicago, IL, Boston, MA, Brooklyn, NY


The HUB Project Phase 2, Public Intervention, Bloomington, IN

Big Ten Conference Graduate Student Fine Art Exhibit, Big Ten Headquarters, Chicago, IL

The HUB Project Phase 1, SoFA Gallery, Bloomington, IN

Text, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

Evolutionary Refinement, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA


Deck 2007, Maggies Pie Factory, Phoenix, AZ

Local Motion, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

Buffet, MaCalla Building, Bloomington, IN


Deck 2006, Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ

As We Glow Into the Future, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA 


Immergence, Center Gallery, Fullerton, CA

The Gun Show, Rezzurection Gallery, Tempe, AZ


 Art Fabrication Experience:


Fabricator / Project Manager: Large-scale installation for Darren Waterston (MASS MoCA)

Designed and fabricated a modular reconstruction of Whistler’s Peacock Room.


Engineer / Fabricator: Large-scale kinetic sculpture for Jason Middlebrook. (MASS MoCA)

Fabricated 30’ water fountain inside gallery space.


Fabricator: Public Sculpture for Michel De Broin (MASS MoCA)

Fabricated 12 picnic tables and assembled sculpture.


Fabricator: Monumental Installation for Dean Baldwin (MASS MoCA)

Fabricated indoor ski chalet and bar.



Fabricator: Showroom Table for J6 Design, Ontario, CA

Fabricated custom table; wood and gel coat.



Fabricator: Project Glow, Los Angeles, CA

Fabricated, molded, and cast a 12’ fiberglass light bulb.



2012      Intellegencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, August 16. “Sculptor has city’s ballpark in stitches.” Digital:

2008      Indiana Alumni Magazine Nov/Dec Pg.50 “HUB A collaboration of art and space.”

2008      The Herald Times, September 14. SoFA Gallery a “HUB” of activity in conceptualized art.

2008      Cal State Fullerton “Out Door Sculpture Collection” Book

2006      Fullerton News Tribune, June 15. Blue Light Special

2006      InSide CSUF, Digital Article, September 15, 2006, “Out of design and In view, new campus sculpture created by students. (

2005      Get Out Magazine. May 19-25. Gun Show is On Target.