China Marks was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.
She earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1976, she moved to New York City.

She now lives and makes art in Long Island City, NY, making process-directed drawings and one-of-a-kind books. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, most recently a 2011 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, which named her a Gregory Millard Fellow, and a 2013 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

2017 China Marks: Gods and Men, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH
2016 China Marks: Not Quite Human
  Owen James Gallery, Greenpoint, Boorklyn, NY (catalogue)
  China Marks: Art Hysterical, Errors and Omissions. The Hampden Gallery, UMASS Amherst, Amherst, MA
  Radiant Messenger: Drawings by China Marks
  Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Techology, Melbourne, FL (catalogue
  China Marks: Time Traveler
  The Center for Book Arts, NYC (catalogue)
2015 China Marks: Nowhere/Everywhere (catalogue)
  Thompson Gallery, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA
2013 China Marks, The Usual Magic
  Art 101, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Sewn Drawings of China Marks
  Visual Arts Gallery, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
2010 Sewn Drawings of China Marks
  Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Faslls, MT
  Schoolhouse History & Art Center, Colstrip, MT
  Emerson Center for the Arts & Culkture, Boseman, MT
2009 Sewn Drawings
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
  Everything Old is New Again: the Sewn Drawings of China Marks
  Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University,Nacogdoches, TX
2007 Let Me Show You the World: the Sewn Drawings of China Marks (catalogue)
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
2006 Fabrications
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
2004 New Work
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
2003 Corporeal Threads (catalogue)
  O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX
1998 Solo Installation: Who Killed the Queen? (catalogue)
  Part Four of the Parallel World
  Tomasulo Gallery, Union College, Cranford, NJ
1997 Drawings and Paintings (essay)
  Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
1994 Is There a Circus on Mars?
  Large Scale Drawings (catalogue)
  Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
1991 Solo Installation: Sacred Precinct,
  Part Three of the Parallel World
  Petrosino Park, NYC
1990 Angel Fool Prophet King (catalogue)
  Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
  Fifteen-year Retrospective (catalogue)
  The Rabbet Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
  Recent Works on Paper
  Johnson and Johnson Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
1989 Solo Show (catalogue)
  Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
1987 Solo show
  Coup de Grâce Gallery, Hoboken, NJ
  Solo Installation: A World Made Flesh,
  Part Two of the Parallel World (catalogue)
  The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
1986 Solo Installation: Intimations of a Parallel World
  Two Two Raw Downstairs, 22 Wooster Gallery, NYC
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2017 The New Normal, Owen James Gallery, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
2016 China was the guest curator of Transformers: Re-Contextualizing Our Material Culture,
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL (catalogue)
2015 Face to Face
  Baker Museum/Artis Naples, Naples, FL
  Lay Lines
  University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY
  Hampden Gallery, UMASS Amherst, Amherst MA
2014 A Redefined Existence
  J.  Cacciola Gallery, NYC
  Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity (catalogue)
  Washakie Museum & Cultural Center, Worland, WY
  Foosaner Art Museum, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
  The Richard E, Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
2013 Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity (catalogue)
  Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
  James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
  Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntingdon, PA
  James and Anne Duderstadt Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  Some Assembly Required
  Albany International Airport Gallery, Albany, NY
  Wheaton Biennial: Drawing Out of Bounds
  Beard & Weil Galleries, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
  Face to Face: Artists' Self-Portraits
  Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
  Four Portrayals
  J. Cacciola Gallery, NYC
2012 Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity (catalogue)
  University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
  Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
  Florida Gulf Coast University , Fort Meyers, FL
  Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  Tell Me How You REALLY Feel: Diaristic Tendencies (catalogue)
  Center for Book Arts, NYC
  Strange Glue I: Traditional and Avant-garde Collage)
  Strange Glue II: Collage and Installation)
  Thompson Gallery, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA
  NYFA@Governors Island, Governors Island Art Fair (catalogue)
  Governors Island, NY
  Blessed Are the Artists: Religion in Contemporary Art
  The Viseglia Gallery, Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ
2011 Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity (catalogue)
  Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  Keene State College, Keene, NH
  A Novel Idea
  Hampton Gallery Incubator Project Space,
  U Mass Amherst, Amherst, MS
2010 Pages: Books as Medium, Catalyst & Venue
  Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2009 Pretty, Strange
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
  Threads: Interweaving Textu[r]al Meaning
  Center for Book Arts, NYC
2007 The Beast in Me
  Pelter Gallery, Greenville, SC
  Rare Birds
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
  Group show
  Charlotte & Phillip Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University
  Wake Forest, NC
2006 Threads of Memory, Margaret Mathews-Berenson, Curator (illustrated essay)
  Dorsky Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
  Stilled Life
  The Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
  New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma's Doily (catalog)
  Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland, OR
  Fractured Fairy Tales
  Asian American Arts Centre, NYC
2005 A Selection of Works from the Luise Ross Gallery
  Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC
  New Art, New York: Reflections on the Human Condition (catalogue)
  Trierenberg Holding, Traun, Austria
2004 2004 Queens International (catalogue)
  Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
2003 Gallery Group
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
2002 Me Myself & I: Self-Portraits
  George Adams Gallery, NYC
  Drawings, 2002 (catalogue)
  New Jersey Center for Visual Art, Summit, NJ
2001 Artists Respond
  George Adams Gallery, NYC
2000 Fast: Five Years at Grand Arts (catalogue)
  Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
  25th Anniversary Exhibition (catalogue)
  City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
  The Color Line in the 21st Century (catalogue)
  City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
1999 The Art Formerly Known as Prints: 1999
  Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1998 Biennial: Lines of Direction (catalogue)
  Ben Shahn Galleries at Wm. Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
  Peep Show
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
1997 A Show of Hands
  George Adams Gallery, NYC
  Collectors Show
  Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1996 Out of ‘Toon: Another Look at Art & the Comics
  George Adams Gallery, NYC
  Extensions: Large-Scale Drawings
  Luise Ross Gallery, NYC
  Black and White Sculptors’ Drawings (catalogue)
  Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, NYC
  Body Language (catalogue)
  Art Museum, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
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2013 Grant, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation
2011 Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, Gregory Millard Fellow
  New York Foundation for the Arts
  Residency, Anchor Graphics, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2006 Grant, The George Sugarman Foundation, Inc.
2005 Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists' Books
  New York Foundation for the Arts
2003 Artist-in-Residence, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
2002 Grant, The George Sugarman Foundation, Inc.
1994 Mid Atlantic/NEA Regional Fellowship (Works on Paper)
  MidAtlantic Arts Foundation
1993 Arts Fellowship in Graphics (Drawing)
  New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  Purchase Award
  Esseff Foundation for the Arts
1989 Printmaking Fellowship, funded by the New Jersey State Council
  Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking, New Brunswick, NJ
  Exhibition Grant
  Artists Space, NYC
1988 Designation as a Distinguished Artist New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  Arts Fellowship in Experimental Arts
  New Jersey State Council on the Arts
1985 Arts Fellowship in Mixed Media
  New Jersey State Council on the Arts
1974-76 Graduate Fellowship
  The Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO
1973 Grant for the documentation of Tibetan bell-casting in Nepal and India
  The POINT Foundation, San Francisco, CA
1972-74 Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to make sculpture in Nepal
  Institute for International Education, NYC
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Some Jazzy Stitches by China Marks by Joschua Berens

Knee-deep in a Sea of Tears: Hybrid Drawings — China Marks


To Give Ourselves Over: A Conversation — China Marks and H. L. Hix


Douglas Glover featured The Pitch, a 2012 drawing, in Numero Cinq, an online literary journal:

China Marks: Drawing with Fabric and Print, an interview by Sarah Bogosh, pp. 5-7, Anchor Graphics, Columbia College Chacago, Vol. 5, no. 1/Summer-Fall 2011.

8-page color insert, interview, and front and back covers, Jelly Bucket, Eastern Kentucky State University. Publication date, Nov., 2010.


H. L. Hix interview by John Poch, pp. 40-47, The Writer's Chronicle, May/Summer 2010, Vol. 4, No. 6


A Sensual Formalism and a Graphic Wit: The Unexpected Art of China Marks, Tanya Hartmann, for Sewn Drawings, a solo exhibition at the Luise Ross Gallery, Sept.-Oct., 2009.


China Marks/Multivalent Narratives, Glen R. Brown, pp. 28-31, Surface Design, Winter 2009.


One Stitch at a Time/China Marks, Kristopher Yordice, pp. 58-61, Ins & Outs, Vol II, No. 4,  2009


Let Me Show You the World—The Sewn Drawings of China Marks, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Catalogue essay by Bill North, p. 7-11.


Exhibitions, Let Me Show You the World, etc. Essay by Bill North, p. 1, Insight, Beach Museum of Art newsletter, Fall 2007.


Les Dessin Cousus de China Marks, Aliette Baud, pp.48-51, Les Nouvelles de Patch Work, Dec. 2006.


The Sewn "Drawings" of China Marks, Rhonda Sonnenberg, pp. 52-55, Fiberarts, 30th Anniversary Issue, Sept.-Oct., 2005.


Review, China Marks at Luise Ross, Jessica Ostrower, pp. 132-33, Art in America,
Feb. 2005.


The Sewn Drawings of China Marks, an unpublished essay by Meredith Bergmann,


Untitled unpublished essay by Cherry Smyth,


Review, China Marks. Grace Glueck, p. E37, The New York Times, Friday, Apr. 9, 2004.