Mark Schwenk is a multi-disciplined artist with experience in photography, metal, web graphics, textiles and wood. Mark began his career more than 20 years ago as a self taught artist and later as a photography student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Since 1996, his main focus has been in metal sculpture and blacksmithing. He is the primary blacksmith at Frog Valley Artisans, Ltd. and also the organization’s President and CEO.
Mark credits his love of metal working to a family history that can trace blacksmiths, metal workers and machinists back more than 250 years. With three power hammers, 6 anvils and hundreds of hammers and tongs, he keeps his 4 forges busy making art for galleries and private collectors all over the country.
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.