Faculty - Chair - Visual & Performing Arts Department

Mark Flickinger was appointed department chair in the Spring of 2015. Flickinger has been at Cowley College since 2001 as an instructor of Art History, Painting, and Drawing. 

One of Mark's favorite quotes is by Henry David Thoreau as he described his view of landscape: "There is as much beauty in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate. Not a grain more."

Flickinger, a California native, earned a Bachelor's degree in Painting and Drawing from WSU, and a Master's in Painting from Indiana University. He has shown his work in many galleries across the country, including Axis in Philadelphia, Browns in Boise, Idaho and Jay-Addington in Chicago, as well as having solo exhibitions at Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah. 

Flickinger has been represented by Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis for the past 15 years. He also shows currently at American Legacy in Kansas City and Strecker-Nelson in Manhattan, KS. His paintings are included in many private public collections across America and abroad.

Flickinger completed a sabbatical where he painted, on location, from Yosemite to Newfoundland. The resulting body of work, some 75 paintings and drawings, were exhibited at American Legacy Gallery.

The subject of Flickinger’s work is a study of light effects in nature as expressed through color and texture. He finds in the Kansas landscape a source that is wondrous and fair. Infinite in possibilities both subtle and sublime.