Mark Dion (born 28 August 1961) is an American fine artist best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations. Dion has exhibited his art works internationally, including, at the Tate Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art and on the PBS series, art:21. He teaches at the visual arts department of Columbia University in Manhattan. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucida Art Award (2008).Dion earned a BFA in 1986 from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. Dion lives and works in New York and Pennsylvania.Perhaps his best-known work is the Neukom Vivarium, an installation in Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA.