Dustin Markel received his MFA from Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2017. He received his BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2007. His focus was studying Printmaking at both. For the past three years he has taught Printmaking at Tufts University and Montserrat College of Art. Recent 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 this work to address these issues that we as a society embrace far too frequently.