Mark Skwarek is a new media artist working to bridge the gap between virtual reality and the real world by using augmented reality technology. He a lead founding member of the artist augmented reality group Manifest.AR. Skwarek earned his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design's Digital Media Department. He is full time faulty at NYU Polytech's Digital Media Department where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Reviews of his artwork have appeared in the New York Times, Art in America, Boing Boing, WIRED, the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC, and Leonardo. Skwarek has exhibited in various venues, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ISEA; Dumbo Arts Festival, UCLA Digital Grad Gallery; the CyberArts Festival; the Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing; and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Upcoming shows include FACT in Liverpool England, the Zero1 Biennial and the Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center.