Mark McKenna is a design professional with an abiding interest in both fine art and elegant mechanics. Raised on a farm in Illinois, he attended University of Illinois where he studied industrial design. His education brought him to Europe to study at the University of Northumbria in England and at the Ingo Maurer studio in Germany. Upon finishing his bachelor’s degree, McKenna was awarded a US utility patent, the first of many, for his senior thesis project-- a machine to be used for emergency used for emergency flood control. Mark followed his passion for design and engineering to Henry Dreyfuss Associates where he helped design John Deere equipment. He founded his own creative studio in 2002, mmckenna LLC, serving, John Deere, Caterpillar, Ingo Maurer, and Humanscale. In 2005 he launched his own line of products selling at over 200 retailers. By 2008 Mark was voted one of Time Magazine’s top 100 designers, and his products had been featured in over fifty national and international publications, including the New York Times, Metropolis, Popular Science, and others. For the last six years, Mark has devoted his time to the contract furniture industry, and is now a resident of Grand Rapids, MI.
Mark's ArtPrize Entries
These are Mark's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Mark's Past Work
These are images of past work that Mark has done.