Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer. He was a professor of art for thirty years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He now resides in Boise, Idaho, and his primary media are acrylic and black ink. His interdisciplinary approach to art in the past has included paintings, artist’s books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to projects of exploration and inquiry into a range of subjects including the extinction of species, the Snake River Basin, the literature of India and Japan, world religions, religious elders, economic evolution, foreign policy, nuclear weaponry, Native American history, and explorers of the “New World.” His projects have been shown in more than 120 solo exhibitions.