Associate Professor of Art+Design
Nancy Bowen is a mixed media artist known for her eclectic mixtures of imagery and materials in both two and three dimensions. Her sculpture and drawing exists in an in -between zone of form and idea, of abstraction and representation. Her work offers a poetic commentary on our quickly changing material culture. Like an artistic archeologist in this age of globalization and post-industrialization, she salvages (often disappearing) ornament and craft traditions and incorporates them into sculpture and drawings.
Bowen has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and has been included in group exhibitions in various museums. Her work has been reviewed and written about widely. She maintains a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
She incorporates her experience and skill base into the classes that she teaches at Purchase College.
Bowen loves to travel and explore the arts of other cultures. She has also taught in the Purchase programs in Italy and India.
More About Me
all aspects of contemporary sculpture, feminism, material culture, public art
Multiples: Methods for Making
Thinking in 3D
MFA Professional Practices & Special Topics
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Exhibitions / Performances
2018 “For Each Ecstatic Instance”, Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn
2012 “Begettings”, Peeler Art Galleries, DePauw University, IN
2011 Maass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
2010 “Speaking through Stones”, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York
2009 Percent for Art commissioned piece, Hooker Elementary School, New Haven, CT (part 2)
2006 Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC
2005 Percent for Art commissioned piece, Hooker Elementary School, New Haven, CT
2003 Commissioned outdoor sculpture area , DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
2001 “Above and Below”, Flecker Memorial Gallery, Suffolk Community College
James Gallery, Houston, TX. (with Kim Squaglia)
1998 “Figuring the Body “, Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. ( with Nancy Davidson) (catalogue)
1996 One Great Jones, New York City
1995 European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
1994 Chidlaw Gallery, The Art Academy of Cincinnati, OH.
1993 Annina Nosei Gallery, NYC
1992 Grover Thurston Gallery, Seattle
Emison Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.
1991 Annina Nosei Gallery, NYC (with Gary Lang)
Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago
1990 Annina Nosei Gallery, NYC
1987 Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT . (catalogue)
Wheeler Gallery, Providence, R.I.
1983 Susan Caldwell Gallery, NYC
1981 Galerie Farideh Cadot, Paris