Mark McMahon Resume

Completed Projects and Commissions

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University of Michigan - Glee Club
• On Location artist report of the 150th year celebration.
• The Glee Club is the Second oldest Glee Club in the United States.
• One commissioned artwork and fifteen where created. Finished painting will have 26 Giclee prints made as gifts for the donors to the endowment. One point three million dollars donated.

Grand Banks Trawler Rendezvous - Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin -
• Series of drawings and paintings documenting 2010 Rendezvous. 22 by 30 Original painting was raffled off at the main party and Giclee Prints prepared for the members.

"A Chicago Sketch Book"
• Twenty on-location drawings of the Chicago area. sketch book is prepared for the book store and gallery markets. After it's first month second edition had to be printed.

International Crane Foundation - Operation Migration - Necedah Wild Life
• Refuge Series of Drawings of the preparation of the Whooping Cranes migration in the fall to Florida. Final out come will be a sketch book of drawings and a series of art shows of the original drawings.

Barcelona, Spain
• Series of Drawings and paintings to add to European series.

• "World Studio" On-Location Drawings and Painting done around the world. Sunday Afternoon Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois
• "Black and White and Shades of Grey" Deer Path Art League Gallery - Lake Forest, Illinois
• Los Angeles, California - Society of Illustrators Show - Gold Award


Icon Shoes
• Licensing agreement for art for up coming retail season.

Ravinia Plumbing Company
• Licensing agreement for series of ads.

College of Lake County
• A Painting celebrating 50 years of education in Lake County, Illinois.

• "Garden Party" Curator Derik Norman - Art Center, Highland Park, Illinois
• "On the Bright Side" Curator Frank Crowley - Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago
• " Mark McMahon" Robert Morris University - State Street Gallery - Chicago
• Catholic Charities - Navy Pier - Chicago for past 15 years


Newly Wed Foods (4 years)
• Created and Produced Holiday card for the Marketing Department.

TTX Company
• Created calendar for 2008 with the company's ad agency.
• Gave series of talks to promote distribution of calendars to employee's and clients.

• Created and produced poster for Corporate Identity and to give out at Corporate Convention.

Port of Tacoma, Washington
• Created a painting and Print for their corporate office.

• Hinsdale Art Center - Curated show for Art Center "Family Affair"
• Show moved a few months later to Fermi Laboratories Gallery in Batavia, Illinois - Show appeared on Chicago Tonight - WTTW- TV "Family Affair"
• Syracuse University - "Last Picture Show"


TTX Company - Chicago (Three year program)
• An Artist Report of facilities across the United Stated: Locations: Port of Seattle, Port of Tacoma, Mira Loma, Ca. , Las Vegas, Nevada, Jacksonville, Florida, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois
• Original art was added to corporate collection and hangs at the Corporate Headquarter Offices in Chicago.
• Visit and talked to the employees across the country.
• Worked on the marketing and use of the painting for Corporate Identity program.
• Created and produced special gifts using paintings.
• Helped create special fund raising efforts for returning troop from the war.

Rec. Room Stores - Retail
• Created series of prints for store chain.

MB Companies
• Created montage painting for the 100 Year Celebration.
• Traveled to facilities in Williamsport, Pa. - Salem, Oregon and two location in Wisconsin
• 40" by 60" painting hangs at Corporate Headquarters in New Holstein, Wisconsin

Chicago History Museum
• Put together the sale of 485 drawing and paintings done by Franklin McMahon. Subject: Chicago Conspiracy Trial 1969

Kiosk Galleries - Woodfield Mall and Northbrook Court (3 years)
• Created Galleries at two locations with help from my son Andrew McMahon and wife Carolyn McMahon.
• Sold 1,000 prints first year.

Lake Forest College
• Created original art for the Special Gifts and Fund Raising efforts.

Chicago Board of Option Exchange - CBOE
• Created painting of trading floor for the CBOE Permanent Collection.
• Produced Giclee Prints for Exchange Members.

League of American Cities
• Gave talk to Mayor's visiting Chicago at the Union League Club of Chicago. Also gave Community Leaders a clinic on observation and thought patterns that a cure during the creative process.


Chicago History Museum
• Sold a series of 38 drawings and paintings by Franklin McMahon. Artwork done at the "Emmitt Till Trial" in 1955. Franklin was working for Life Magazine at the time.
• Created print line for museum to merchandise.

ABC-TV - Chicago
• Created original painting for the celebration of new studio on State Street in Chicago.
• Worked with marketing to create special VIP gifts for opening of studio.
• Original hangs at ABC-TV - Chicago

SE Enterprises
• Created series of painting on Mexico for the Gallery Markets in Mexico.
• Cabot Micro Electronics
• Created an artist report of the company in drawing.
• Company used drawings in brochures and Annual Report
• Company added drawings to corporate collection.

University of Chicago (worked with for 15 years)
• Series of painting for Alumni Magazine


Carmel Crisp Company (two year contract)
• Licensing of images to Garrett Popcorn for the cans.
• OPRAH handed out the cans at her show on her favorite things to give at Christmas time. I think she was more interested in the popcorn than the art.

Hammerschlag Company
• Created two paintings for the marketing of their parking garages.
• Paintings added to corporate collection.


Marshal Field's Stores (2 year project)
• Supplied shows and Prints for all Marshal Field's stores in the Chicago area.

John Paul II Cultural Center
• Created a series of Giclee Prints to go along with a show Franklin McMahon paintings "This Church These Times"


Newman/ Haas Racing 2002 Cart Champions
• Created Gilclee print for gifts to clients from Newman/Haas Racing Painting


The Field Museum of Chicago
• Purchase of paintings "Sue" and "Museum Campus - Chicago" for permanent collection
• Created Giclee print of "Sue" as gift for museum donors

Bannockburn Elementary School, Bannockburn, Illinois
• Collaborative ceramic tile mural project with student body
• Designed, produced, and directed project

New York Society of Illustration Gallery
• Exhibited two drawings in their annual show (March 2002)

Los Angeles Society of Illustrators
• Exhibited three pieces of art in their annual 2002 show


Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth, Illinois
• Collaborative ceramic tile mural project (10’x20’) with student body, 600 students participated
• Created and produced project

Midwest Young Artists, Ft. Sheridan, Illinois
• Assisted in the creation of a fund-raiser for their new facility

Barat College, Lake Forest Illinois and DePaul University, Chicago Merger
• Created a painting commemorating the school’s merger
• Produced 100 Giclee prints to give as gifts to major donors

Chicago Symphony Women’s Board
• Assisted with the contract work between Franklin McMahon and the Chicago Symphony for the creation of the painting "Chicago Symphony at Christmas"
• Created Giclee prints and helped produce 45,000 Christmas cards based on the artwork
• Worked with the Chicago Symphony and Hilligoss Gallery to produce a show that would promote the entire project

• Created an e-commerce sight with the help of Andrew Lehman Design, to replace The Gallery McMahon

Chicago Broadcast Museum – Cultural Center
• Assisted with the creation of a 105 painting exhibition of Franklin McMahon’s political and media based artwork (exceptional turnout extended the show 3 months)
• Developed Giclee prints to promote the exhibition

• Art Line, Collegiate Graphics, Cassiopeia Fine Art, Great Frame Up Stores, Chicago Art Source, Corporate Images, R.C. Dannon Gallery, Deer Path Art League, Frame Forum, Winsor Art.Com, Corbis.Com, The Gallery McMahon


Park City, Utah
• Created a line of hand-colored silk screens for the Winter Olympics 2002
• Made a series of presentations to the Salt Lake City Public Art Committee
• Made a series of presentations to the American Ski Corporation

AETNA Insurance Company
• Commissioned to provide all the drawings for their 1999 Annual Report

Abbott Laboratories
• Created a 3’x 5’ painting entitled "Abbott City 2000"
• Abbott subsequently published 75,000 copies of the painting

Giclee Prints
• Started a line of Giclee prints for a new e-commerce website


The Gallery McMahon
• Owned and operated to showcase the artwork created by members of the McMahon Family

University of Chicago Magazine
• Created the cover as well as a 6 page spread of on-location paintings depicting the campus preparations for the arrival of students

City of Chicago, Department of Transportation
• Awarded the "River Walk Gateway Mural Project" by the Department of Transportation, Mayors Office and Parks Department

Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, Illinois
• Commissioned by Billy Hork Galleries to design and create a 5’x 20’ mural on canvas; the Northwest community mural hangs in the lobby of the hospital

• Chicago Center for the Print, Cassiopeia Fine Art, Art Interiors, Picture Us, Lawrence Interiors, Frame Forum, Wilmette Art League, Deer Path Art League, Art Environments, Corporate Art Works, R.C. Dannon Gallery


McDonald’s Corporation, Oakbrook, Illinois
• Commissioned to create and produce a 5’x 40’ ceramic tile mural depicting the community of Lake Forest, Illinois for the newly constructed Lake Forest McDonald’s
• Worked with Lake Forest High School students previously involved in the Lake Forest High mural project

Chicago Cubs
•ß Created the cover scene for the score card for the 1997 baseball season

University of Chicago
• Hired to lecture and teach drawing to Alumni Association members in Ireland
• Created a 6 page spread of paintings based on the experience which was published in the University of Chicago Magazine

City of Denver, Denver, Colorado
• Finalist in the city’s Public Art Competition
• Trip inspired Colorado ski town series which led to the creation of a line of hand-colored silk screens for

Injection Plastic Company
• Created a 14’x 75’ wall mural depicting the manufacturing of plastic products

Bigsby and Kruthers Mural
• Designed and produced a 30’x350’ mural on the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago depicting Traders at the stock exchanges in Chicago
• Project led to promotional TV interviews to B&K (Art Beat, Chicago news stations, ABC, NBC, WGN and numerous newspaper articles (

WH Smith Stores
• Created a line of products for the retail market
• Sold rights for the artwork to promote the stores at O’Hare International Airport

Allegiance Corporation
• Worked on Corporate Identity Project


Lake Forest High School Mural Project, Lake Forest, Illinois
• Designed and produced a collaborative ceramic tile mural (8’x 110’) depicting life at Lake Forest High School; the work was developed with the help of over 100 students
• Developed a hand-colored silk screen for the Lake Forest High School Booster Club


Lake Forest Preservation Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois
• Created a painting and a Limited edition print to help raise money for the Preservation Foundation of the Walden Bluffs-Edge Bridge in Lake Forest, Illinois
• The original and all prints were sold

Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
• Created 6 watercolors to be gifted to Joseph Regenstein for his $10 million gift to the garden

American College of Surgeons
• Commissioned to create a location painting for the museum

State of Illinois Capitol Development Board Mural, Des Plaines, Illinois
• Awarded the State of Illinois Mural Project which is displayed in the State of Illinois Building in Des Plaines, Illinois (6’x 26’ ceramic tile)

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
• Lectured to Ed Paschke’s graduate level class on McMahon mural making process, including the image transfer process

• Ayers Steinmetz, Cassiopeia Fine Art, RA Gallery, Deer Path Art League, Picture Us, Chicago Historical Society, Lyman Art Advisory, Great Frame-Up stores, Corporate Art Connection, Benjamin Beattie Gallery, Ruth Volid Gallery


Institute of European Studies
• Worked with undergraduate non-art students on observation, composition and drawing skills
ß Produced limited edition prints for both Paris and London campuses

• Negotiated a contract with Corbis to put 1700 Franklin McMahon paintings and drawings onto their digital image banks (20 yr. Contract)

DADE International
• Created and developed corporate art for New Company
• Created large art work for corporate entrance

Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois
• Sold out Chicago subject black and white card line to the museum (Highland House Design)

Summer, 1995

Baxter Health Care Corporation, North Chicago, Illinois
• Created a series of drawings on distribution
• Painted a 40"x60" painting on distribution
• Produced 9 silk screen prints for new distribution centers
• Worked with designers on distribution brochure


Northern Trust Bank
• Painted eight works for their permanent collection
• Published and signed limited edition prints
• Designed and produced 1994 Christmas cards (6,000)


NIPSCO Industries
• Created a series of paintings and drawings that document living in northern Indiana
• Produced and published poster art that was used to promote company and employee relations (5,000)
• Designed and published limited edition prints for VIP gifts
• Painted a 40"x 15" mural depicting Indiana for the Chicago Indiana Historical Society meeting
• Prepared a mural for permanent display at NIPSCO Headquarters
• Made two personal appearances for NIPSCO events (poster signing)


Rollins Burdick and Hunter
ß Created all images for corporate identity program; all brochures done in Mark McMahon style (project done with Lewis and Hiltebrand)
• Created and helped produce corporate identity video

Summer, 1993

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
• Lectured and taught graduate program
Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights, Illinois
• Documented racecourse in drawings and paintings for promotional uses
• Produced a line of note cards for promotion and retail sales for gift shop
• Published limited edition prints from images
• Promoted the project with a six-page spread printed in North Shore Magazine
• Promotional images used by Metra for 3 years to promote train/track
• Images used by Chicago Magazine in an article by Henry Hanson


JMB Properties
• Designed, created and produced retail identity package and brochure for retail marketing program (Materials still in use in some shopping centers)
• Produced poster for national retail sector


General Parking Corporation, Chicago, Illinois
• Created, directed and produced a 125’x8’ ceramic tile mural for VanBuren and Federal Street location in Chicago
• Worked with designers and architects to create signage for new building
• Worked with PR firm to promote the project to the media

Library 88 Partners (Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Stein and Company, Haddon Advertising) Chicago, Illinois
• Collaborated as a team member for the Chicago Public Library competition; worked with computers to create images
• Created sixty-five architectural watercolors for final presentation
• Produced final films for promotional materials
• Worked with NOVA-TV crews in the production of "Design Wars"


Apple Computer Corporation
• Installed artwork for Chicago Corporate offices
• Produced and directed a poster for National Sales Conference


City of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
• Worked with the city in promoting the summer festivals
• Designed and produced Blues Festival poster and program cover


Lands End, Dodge, Wisconsin
• Created full-page, color newspaper ads
• Illustrated all black and white drawings for national ad series'


Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois
• Created Award winning images for fund-raising brochures
• Set up and molded the annual FLORA exhibition

Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois
• Documented the Field Museum in drawing and painting
• Created numerous retail products
• Drawings became PR promotional tool used for fundraising

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois
• Produced and directed the creation of a 44"x 9" ceramic tile mural for the Freedom Center cafeteria

Rubloff Company, Detroit, Michigan
• Worked as a team member on the Detroit Renaissance Center renovation creating images for the presentations
• Designed a 100’ mural for construction wall and final installation


Sports Illustrated
• Wrote and documented the Indy 500 (6 page spread)

Rubloff Company
• Worked on corporate identity program, brochure projects and created art installations for country-wide corporate offices


Carson Pirie Scott and Company, Chicago, Illinois
• In collaboration with Julie Whitehead Studios, created a process to produce ceramic tile murals from industrial materials
• Created and oversaw the creation of 8 ceramic murals for O’Hare International Airport (some of these murals can be seen in the American Airline concourse)
• Worked with CBS-TV to promote the project in video


NASA Art Program
• Assigned to create paintings and drawings of the final preparations of the Space Shuttle Columbia before launch
• Commissioned to document 4th launch
• NASA owns and displays 8 original works in their permanent collection and uses the artwork to promote the space program


Air Force Art Program, Chicago, Illinois
• Founder and chairman of the Midwest Air Force Art Group


New York Society of Illustrators
• One of the youngest participants in the "200 years of American Illustration" show


• Covered the Virginia Slims Tennis Tournaments for CBS-Sports (Van Gordon Sauder)
• CBS News, on location documentation for news programming, Harvard, Illinois, "Where You Can Get On a Tank of Gas"


Rocinante Sight & Sound
• Worked on Peabody and Emmy Award winning documentary films under the supervision of Franklin and Irene McMahon, films appeared on CBS-TV or WTTW-TV
• "An American City at Christmas Time" ran for 8 years on CBS-TV as a family Christmas special, sponsored by Continental Bank

Mark McMahon
321 S. Ridge Rd.
Lake Forest, IL 60045

847 295-2604 • fax 847-295-2318

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