Mowry Baden

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Mowry Baden
Born 1936 (age 79–80)
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.

Background and art practice[edit]

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]

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

Public artworks[edit]

  • Pavilion, Rock and Shell, 2005, Victoria, BC
  • Fulcrum of Vision, 2003, Vancouver, BC[3]
  • Wall of Death, 1993 (with Colin Baden), Seattle, Washington
  • Silage Beach, The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA[4]
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
  • Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, CA
  • Artpark, Lewiston, NY (with Michael Brewster)
  • University of California

Awards and exhibitions[edit]

In 2006, Baden was awarded a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.[5] In 2015, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.[6][7]

His work has been exhibited at the Galeria Excelsior, Mexico City (1957); Galleria Pogliani, Rome (1959); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1960); Cobar Gallery, New York (1962); University of Mexico, Mexico City (1963); 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]

He taught at Stanford University, University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), Claremont Graduate University, and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia), among others, before 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, James Carl, Catherine MacLean, Barbara Fischer, Bill Burns, Lewis Baltz, Jessica Stockholder and Kim Adams.


  1. ^ a b "Mowry Baden fonds: Finding Aid". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Future Cities
  3. ^ City of Vancouver Public Art Registry
  4. ^ Exhibit Cross Reference - Silage Beach
  5. ^ Baldisera, Lisa. "Mowry Baden – Essay". Givernor General's Award in Media and Visual Arts. Canada Council. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mowry Baden". Guggenheim Foundation. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Sandals, Leah. "Mowry Baden & Mark Ruwedel Win Guggenheim Fellowships". Canadian Art. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 

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