Topher Mack

Artist Biography

Curriculum Vitae

Résumé

     He was only 10 years-old when Topher Mack found his passion for photography.  Any chance he could he would take his fathers Nikon FG to document the world as he saw it.  Topher continued to cultivate his passion and understanding of photography into high school where he bought his first digital camera.  Inspired by natural beauty and fostered by his country upbringing, Topher would take long hikes through the nature preserves and parks that surrounded him, experimenting with lighting, composition and the limits of his digital camera.  He started his formal photography education early, taking every photography and videography class he could at his high school.

 

     This passion for education continued into his college studies. Over a two year period he mastered the art of film chemistry, processing, and silver print enlarging.  In the summer of 2011 Topher was accepted into the prestigious Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design on scholarship.  Naturally he chose Photography as his major and in just three short years graduated with his BFA in Photography.  In his final semester at MIAD, Topher went on a study abroad to Thailand where he met his soul mate, Sara Senseman.  Together they studied and explored the country for a month before returning to Milwaukee together for graduation.

 

     In 2015 the couple decided to move to Austin, TX to turn their passions into careers. Owning their own business, they’re now professionals in their own fields and create work doing what they love most. Together they create a truly artistic couple, the Artist Couple. They continue learning and growing together in Austin, gathering new skills and talents while perfecting their old ones; enjoying life in the present, yet preparing for a creative future.

Group Exhibitions

 

2014  Senior Thesis Exhibition, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI

2014  Thailand: From Here To There To Here, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI

2013  Presents: Edwin Olvera, Plaid Tuba, Milwaukee, WI

2013  "Flux", MIAD, Milwaukee, WI

 

Permanent Installations

 

2013  Three room installation at private  residence, Sun Prairie, WI

2011  Multi-level installation at The Coopers Tavern, Madison, WI

 

Publications

 

2017  Art and Home Magazine, Chalk Knoll Estate

2017  Reside® Magazine, Chalk Knoll Estate

2017  Architectural Digest, Chalk Knoll Estate

2016  Culture Map, "Best backyard in Austin"

2016  The Wall Street Journal, "Exceptional Properties", July edition

2016  The Wall Street Journal, "Exceptional Properties", June edition

 

Awards and Achievements

 

2016  Top Photographers of 2016, Thumbtack Professional, Online

2015  Top Photographers of 2015, Thumbtack Professional, Online

 

Education

 

2014  BFA in Photography, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

2014  Artist Study Abroad, MIAD, Thailand and Cambodia

2006  Welding Certification, Madison College, Madison, WI

2005  De Forest High School, De Forest, WI

 

Work History/Professional Experience

 

2017-      Sponsored by, Backwoods Retail, Austin, TX

2016-      Contract Photographer Truplace LLC, Austin, TX

2015-      Owner/Artist, Artist Couple LLC, Austin, TX

2014-15  Operations Assistant, Guidance Software, Waukesha, WI

2011-14  Technology Assistant, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI

2007-12  Service Writer, Smart Motors, Madison, WI

 

Volunteer Work History

 

2017   Justice for Our Neighbors, Austin, TX

2016  The Nobelity Project, Kenya

2014  The Abundant Life Foundation, Roatan, Honduras

2013  The Abundant Life Foundation, Roatan, Honduras

2012  Special Olympics UW-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI