8 years of formal art training took Iain Machell from Portsmouth College of Art in England and Grays School of Art in Scotland to a Master's degree in Sculpture at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
His drawings, book projects, and sculptures have been shown at The Drawing Center, The Sculpture Center, Artists Space and The Center for Book Arts in New York City. Installation projects have been shown at the Dieu Donné Gallery in New York, the ARC Gallery Raw Space in Chicago, the Islip Art Museum Project Space on Long Island, and the Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture at Chesterwood exhibitions in Stockbridge, MA. His drawings are on view in the Pierogi Gallery flat files in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and handmade books can be seen in the flat files at Dieu Donne Gallery in Chelsea.
One of Machells books can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art/ Franklin Furnace/ Artist Book Collection. Recent drawings were featured in AT THE TREE LINE at The Teaching Gallery, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY, and the Invasive Species exhibition at The Catskill Center, Arkville, NY, and a site-specific sculpture is on show at the Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Kingston NY until November 2015. In Summer 2015 he completed an Artists Residency at the Platte Clove Preserve in the Catskill Mountains, NY.
Machell teaches studio art and currently holds the position of Professor & Chair of the Art, Design, Fashion, Music, Theatre & Communication Department at SUNY Ulster (State University of New York), Stone Ridge, NY. He was awarded the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He has been a Visiting Artist and Lecturer to a variety of colleges and universities including Parsons School of Art, University of Massachusetts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ball State University.