Mowry Baden

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Mowry Baden
Born 1936 (age 80–81)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality Canadian, American
Occupation artist
Known for sculpture
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship
Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts

Mowry Baden (born in 1936 in Los Angeles) is an American sculptor who has lived and worked in Canada since 1975. He is known for his gallery-based kinaesthetic sculptures and for his public sculpture, both of which require a strong element of bodily interaction on the part of the viewer.


Baden was born January 17, 1936 in Los Angeles, California.[1] A 1954 graduate of Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, Baden studied at Pomona College (BA, 1958) and Stanford University (MFA, 1965).[1][2][3]

He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where he continues to produce sculpture and public art. He is married to actor-director-writer Judith McDowell.

Art practice[edit]

Baden is known for his sculptures that allow the viewer to generate kinaesthetic experiences.[4][5] To this end, his gallery-based works often use mechanisms or physical components that encourage viewer interaction.[6][7]

Public artworks[edit]

  • Pavilion, Rock and Shell, 2005, Victoria, BC, Canada[8]
  • Fulcrum of Vision, 2003, Vancouver, BC[9]
  • The Wall of Death, 1993 (with Colin Baden), Seattle, Washington
  • Silage Beach, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA[10]
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC[11]
  • Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA[12]
  • Artpark, Lewiston, NY (with Michael Brewster)[13]
  • University of California

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

In 2006, Baden was awarded a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.[14] In 2015, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.[15][16]

Baden's exhibitions include:

  • Galeria Excelsior, Mexico City (1957)[17]
  • Galleria Pogliani, Rome (1959)[18]
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York (1960)[19]
  • Cobar Gallery, New York (1962)
  • University of Mexico, Mexico City (1963)[18]
  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco (1968)
  • The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (1972 and 1979)
  • Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (1975)
  • National Gallery of Canada, (2008)
  • Benjamin Diaz Gallery, Toronto (2007 and 2009)

Teaching practice[edit]

Baden taught at Stanford University, University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)[20] and Pomona College[21] at the Claremont Graduate University before leaving California for Canada in the early 1970s. In Canada, he taught at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia) prior to his tenure at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia from 1975 to 1997. Among his past students are several important contemporary artists, including Chris Burden,[21] James Carl, Catherine MacLean, Barbara Fischer, Bill Burns, Lewis Baltz, Jessica Stockholder[22] and Kim Adams.


Baden's work is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Mowry Baden fonds: Finding Aid". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Future Cities
  3. ^ Roger Matuz (1997). Contemporary Canadian artists. Gale Canada. ISBN 978-1-896413-46-4. 
  4. ^ Vanguard. Vancouver Art Gallery. 1987. 
  5. ^ Andreas Broeckmann; Gunalan Nadarajan (2008). Place Studies in Art, Media, Science and Technology: Historical Investigations on the Sites and the Migration of Knowledge. VDG. ISBN 978-3-89739-611-1. 
  6. ^ Walk Ways. Independent Curators International. 1 January 2002. ISBN 978-0-916365-65-3. 
  7. ^ Mowry Baden; Montgomery Art Gallery (2001). Freckled gyres: sculpture. Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College. 
  8. ^ "Pavillion, Rock and Shell". City of Victoria. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  9. ^ City of Vancouver Public Art Registry
  10. ^ Exhibit Cross Reference - Silage Beach
  11. ^ Kastor, Elizabeth. "HOME IS WHAT THE ART IS". Washington Post. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  12. ^ Re:view: Newsletter of the Friends of Photography. The Friends. 1992. 
  13. ^ Sandra Q. Firmin (27 October 2010). Artpark 1974-1984. Princeton Architectural Press. 
  14. ^ Baldisera, Lisa. "Mowry Baden – Essay". Governor General's Award in Media and Visual Arts. Canada Council. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  15. ^ "Mowry Baden". Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Sandals, Leah. "Mowry Baden & Mark Ruwedel Win Guggenheim Fellowships". Canadian Art. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Funk Bastler. Funk. University of California Press. pp. 50–. GGKEY:QB2B4WR8Q56. 
  18. ^ a b Robert Youds; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2006). Mowry Baden and Roland Brener: thirty years in Victoria. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. 
  19. ^ Selection 1968: Recent Accessions to the University Art Collections: Exhibition at the University Art Gallery, 6 Aug.-15 Sept. 1968. University Art Museum. 1968. 
  20. ^ Thomas Albright (1985). Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980: An Illustrated History. University of California Press. pp. 259–. ISBN 978-0-520-05193-5. 
  21. ^ a b Chris Burden; Anne Ayres; Paul Schimmel (April 1988). Chris Burden: a twenty-year survey. Newport Harbor Art Museum. 
  22. ^ Baird, Daniel. "Jessica Stockholder: Stand-Up Performance". Canadian Art. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 

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