Zach Mazur grew up in McHenry County, Illinois, one of the most rapid growing counties in the nation. Watching the landscape surrounding his hometown go through dramatic changes over the years has had an enormous influence on his artistic development. His artwork addresses social and environmental themes and uses photography to explore concepts of both natural and urban environments as both a professional artist and photojournalist.
Mazur received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at Columbia College Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts at Washington State University, where he performed as the Curator of Education and Collections at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art for over a decade. He is currently a faculty member at Shoreline Community College where he teaches courses in studio art and photography.
Mazur is also currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education at Washington State University and identifies himself as a scholar-artist. He situates his research within object-based pedagogy, dialogical learning, and critically conscious curation. Recent recognitions include Washington state's Grant for Artists Projects Award, the Pingyao International Photography Exhibition in China, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Award for Best Photographic Series and Photographer of the Year.