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Mark Dion

The 2012 edition of Inside Art focuses on the USFCAM exhibition Mark Dion: Troubleshooting. For decades, Mark Dion has created drawings, prints, cabinets of curiosity, archaeological digs, and sprawling installations about the discrepancy between perceived knowledge and scientific inquiry, between common perception and advanced research. His works have addressed famous intellectuals in history, such as William Bartram, as well as important social and environmental sites, most recently the fragile Florida Everglades. Mark Dion: Troubleshooting is a focused survey of his most ecologically-themed works.

Common Core State Standards – In addition to Visual Arts and Social Studies curriculum standards, lessons in the InsideArt curriculum cover Common Core standards related to:

  • Reading: Informational Text
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies

The links on this page allow you to download the index of the Mark Dion lesson files.

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  • Files can be downloaded individually or as a complete archive (.zip)
  • Curriculum and readings are available as both Microsoft Word documents (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat documents (.pdf)
  • Presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.ppt)

MArk Dion Alligator Cabinet


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Mark Dion Files Index
Download Lesson Files Index (.doc or .pdf)

1.Inside_Art_Mark_Dion_Curriculum.pdf (or .doc)




5.Alligator_Group_Handout.pdf (or .doc)

6.Cypress_Tree_Group_Handout.pdf (or .doc)

7.Florida_Panther_Group_Handout.pdf (or .doc)

8.Ghost_Orchid_Group_Handout.pdf (or .doc)

9.Key_Deer_Group_Handout.pdf (or .doc)

10.Wood_Stork_Group_Handout.pdf (or .doc)


12.New_England_Digs_Student_Reading.pdf (or .doc)


14.Art_Project_Rubric.pdf (or .doc)

Download Complete Inside Art 2012 Materials
Lessons plus index (.zip - 18MB)


Mark Dion UniformsFurther Resources:

InsideART 2012 Student Access Resources Page
(This link opens a non-password protected web page with most of the same resources as this page, minus the curriculum and other teacher only documents. Please feel free to share this link with your students.)

USFCAM Mark Dion: Troubleshooting Exhibition website (exhibition brochure PDF with essays, photographs of works, and complete exhibition checklist)

Website on Mark Dion

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