In the early 1990s the North Dakota Museum of Art commissioned Klett to photograph images of shields as they appear in rock art throughout the Western United States. Klett traveled from Montana to Arizona and New Mexico to create this body of work. Mark Klett lives and works in Tempe, Arizona and is a faculty member of the Herberger School of Art at Arizona State University. He received a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, in 1974 and went on to receive a MFA in Photography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Program at the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, in 1977. He joined the faculty at Arizona State in 1982 where he was honored as Regents' Professor of Art (Photography) in August, 2002.
Galleries such as the Cleveland Art Museum, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others, have mounted his one-person exhibitions. Mark’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, the Whitney Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and many more.
Mark Klett, Navajo Horses Petroglyph, 1990, Silver gelatin prints, 19 1/4 in x 113 in