Marion Mason (Sculptguy)
I am an artist who taught various public high school Art courses for 42 years. Since I retired (Jan. '19) I am now a full-time professional artist... again.
I earned an undergraduate degree in studio art (sculpture concentration) from the University of South Carolina, and the Master of Fine Arts Degree (in sculpture) from the University of Georgia. I exhibit and sell my sculpture and hand-made pendants, and have shown and won awards at many local, state, regional, and national competitive and invitational exhibits. Prior to my teaching career I served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 9 years, and am a veteran of the Vietnam War. I began my long teaching career as the artist-in-residence, and on-site coordinator, at the former Richland District 1 Artistically Talented and Gifted (ARTAG) High School Program. Many years ago I was a member of the design and implementation team of the original Tri-District Arts Consortium (TRI- DAC), and I taught sculpture there for 17 summers. In addition, I had the priviledge of teaching three summers at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities’ three week Honors Program. I have conducted many art workshops for school, district, community, and state-wide groups, from middle schoolers through adults. In 1982 I was awarded Teacher of the Year recognition at C. A. Johnson High School, and was also voted Richland District One Teacher of the Year.