Dustin Markel received his MFA from Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He received his BA in Printmaking from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Markel's works are primarily in printmaking but he has worked in many mediums. His work, influenced by his years spent in urban settings in PA addresses the social and political consequences of youth violence, and the ongoing dilemma and inability to understand the nature of school shootings. Having lived through a school shooting in 2003 he questions components of control, the media's power and what it means to be a victim. Dustin is allowing his work to address these issues that we as a society embrace far too frequently.