Mark B. Griffis has been an adjunct instructor within the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Daemen College for the past twelve years.
Mark graduated from Buffalo State College with his BS in Education and holds his Arts Honors Specialist from the University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario.
Mark plays a large role in the Ashford Hollow Foundation which owns and operates the Essex Arts Center and Griffis Sculpture Park. Mark has been the director of the Essex Arts Center, located of the West Side of Buffalo, which has thirty studios and also provides a broad spectrum of educational art programs for thousands of students throughout Western New York. Mark also assists in the operating of Griffis Sculpture Park, located in East Otto, New York, a 450 acre arts and nature preserve with 250 monumental sculptures and ten miles of hiking trails.
Along with teaching, Mark has successfully owned and operated Griffis Studios for over twenty five years. Griffis Studios has completed several monumental sculptures as well as designed furniture pieces. Mark’s commissions can be seen at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hilbert College, Saint Josephs Hospital and Saint Mary's Church in Clarence, New York. Mark’s furniture design work has appeared in Architectural Record, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Home Magazine. He has also designed work for Donna Karan, Yale University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and Karl Lagerfeld.
Mark also has an extensive background as an actor. Mark was featured in hundreds of commercials including Crest Toothpaste, Amstel Beer, Eggo Waffles, Cadillac, Black and Decker, Red Rose Tea, and Ford Trucks. He has also appeared in several television shows and movies.