NATASHA BOWDOIN
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EDUCATION
2007    MFA, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and Rome, Italy,                          Painting and Drawing
2005    Post Baccalaureate Certificate, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2003    BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
          Double major in Painting and Classics
2002    Undergraduate Affiliate Study Program, Slade School of Fine Art,                    University College London, England
 
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019    Seedling, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX (upcoming June 2019)
2019    Sideways to the Sun, Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University,                    Houston, TX
2018    Maneater, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams,              MA
2017    The Honey and the Root, The Bascom Center for Contemporary Art, The            Highlands, NC
2017    Lunar Spring, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA,
          Curated by Melissa Messina, (catalogue)
2016    Animal Print, Monya Rowe Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
2016    Spelboken, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX
2015    Bloom, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
2015    HEXAM, Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
2014    Glyph, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
2013    In the garden, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX
2013    thornappleflower, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM                    (catalogue)
2012    Jungle Book, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY
2011    Implausible Tiger, Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX
2011    The Daisy Argument, Visual Arts Center, University of Austin, TX 2008    Panta Rei, Extraspazio Gallery, Rome, Italy
 
SOLO PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
2018   Garden Plot, NorthPark, Dallas, TX 
2018   Garden Plot, Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX, April 13 – April 15, 2018
 
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017   RAIR at 50, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM
2017   Did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness?, Hudson               Showroom, Artpace, San Antonio, TX, Curated by Michelle Grabner
2017   Monotype Monothon, Media Center Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX
2017   This is Now, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX
2016   Growing Wild, two-person exhibition with Anthony Sonnenberg,
         Brookfield Arts, Houston, TX
2015    Out of Place, Monya Rowe Gallery, St. Augustine, FL
2015   Dual / Nature, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, TX
2015   Plant People, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX
2014   Pulp, Cohen Center and Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2013   Animal House, Cargo Space, Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, OK (catalogue)
2013   Inaugural Group Exhibition at 34 Orchard Street, Monya Rowe Gallery,
         New York, NY
2013   Paper Art, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (catalogue)
2012   This is how my brain works, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2012   Paperless, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
         (catalogue)
2011   Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
         (catalogue)
2011   Aggetti - progettazioni - proiezioni - prominenze - protuberanze -                 sporgenze, Extraspazio Gallery, Rome, Italy
2010   Girls just want to have funds, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY, Organized by           the Rema Hort Mann Foundation
2010   Art on paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition, Weatherspoon Museum of Art,
         Greensboro, NC (catalogue)
2010   A Torrent of Words: Contemporary Art and Language, John Michael
         Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
2010   Core Exhibition, Laura Lee Blanton Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston,           TX (catalogue)
2009   Toil and Trouble, Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX
2009   Core Exhibition, Laura Lee Blanton Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston,           TX (catalogue)
2009   Rich Text, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008   Paper[space], The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
2008   2007 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Recipient Show, The Cue Art Foundation,           New York, NY (catalogue)
2008   Myths and Fables: Alexander DeMaria and Natasha Bowdoin, Julie Chae             Gallery, Boston, MA
2007   The Fluid Field: Abstraction and Reference, Tyler Gallery, Elkins Park, PA
         Curated by Dona Nelson, (catalogue)
2007   VOXXOXO, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA, Curated by Kirby Gookin and               Sheryl Conkleton
 
GRANTS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES  
2014-15  Arts Initiative Grant Recipient, Rice University, Houston, TX
2012-13  Artist-in-Residence, Roswell Artist Residency Program, Roswell, NM
2012     Artist-in-Residence, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts,                       Omaha, NE
2008-10  Artist-in-Residence, The Core Program, The Museum of Fine Arts                   Houston, TX
2007      MFA Grant Recipient, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY
 
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
2019      Laura August, “Sideways to the Sun: Natasha Bowdoin at the Moody               Center,” Arts + Culture Texas, March 2019. (feature, online and in print)
2019      Molly Glentzer, “Nature Takes Root in Multimedia Exhibits,” Houston               Chronicle, March 17, 2019.
2018      Chelsea Coon, “Maneater,” Big Red and Shiny, June 4, 2018.
2018      John Seven, “Nature reaches out in Natasha Bowdoin’s Maneater at                 MASS MoCA,” The Berkshire Eagle, January 11, 2018.
2017      Janelle Proulx and Tyler Kirby, “Natasha Bowdoin: Lunar Spring,”                   Departure Point Films, Short Documentary, Richmond, VA, January                 2017. 
2017      Melissa Messina, Lunar Spring, exhibition catalogue essay, VisArts.                 Richmond, VA, 2017.
2016      John Zotos, “Critics Picks,” Art ltd., March/April 2016 v. 10 no. 2
2016      Madeleine Peck Wagner, “Unconventional Wisdom,” Folio Weekly, April             27, 2016.
2015      Brook Mason, “Life by 1,000 cuts: Natasha Bowdoin’s work on view at             the SCAD Museum of Art, GA,” Wallpaper* Magazine, June 29, 2015.
2014      Angela Fraleigh, “Five Questions with Natasha Bowdoin,” Angela
           Fraleigh blog
, July 25, 2014.
2014      Will Heinrich, “Natasha Bowdoin: Glyph’ at Monya Rowe Gallery,” The               New York Observer, February 19, 2014.
2014      Grace Moon, “Opened on the Lower East Side; Monya Rowe Gallery,                 Sargent’s Daughters, and Untitled,” Velvetpark: Art, Thought, and                 Culture, January 30, 2014.
2014      AIA Staff, “The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won’t Want to             Miss,” Editors, Art in America, January 23, 2014.
2013      Michelle Grabner, “Cargo Space,” exhibition catalogue essay, The                   Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK, 2013, pages 15, 23.
2013      Andy Amato, “In the garden” at Talley Dunn Gallery, Arts + Culture                 Texas, August, 29, 2013.
2012      Steven Matijcio and Xu Bing, “paperless,” exhibition catalogue essay,               2012
2012      David M. Lubin, Reviews: "paperless at the Southeastern Center for                 Contemporary Art," Artforum, October 2012.
2012      Kevin Kinsella, "Randomly Determined," BOMB Magazine,                           Sept. 26, 2012.
2012      Staff writer, "Natasha Bowdoin's 'Jungle Book' Roars at Monya Rowe               Gallery," The Huffington Post, March 5, 2012.
2012      Jarrett Moran, "Transcribing the Body Electric," Artlog, January 18,                 2012.
2011      Papercraft 2: Design and Art with Paper, Edited by Robert Klanten and             Birga Meyer, Berlin: Gestalten Publishing, 2011.
2011      Rebecca Wadlinger, "Natasha Bowdoin, CTRL Gallery, Exhibition                     Review,"Art Lies, No. 68 Spring/Summer 2011.
2011      Robert Faires, "Natasha Bowdoin: The Daisy Argument," The Austin               Chronicle, March 12, 2011.         
2011      Wendy Vogel,  "Artist Interview: Natasha Bowdoin," …Might be good
           e-journal, February 2011.
2011      Gabino Iglesias, "Following the White Rabbit," UWeekly Austin,
           February 16, 2011.
2011      Douglas Britt, "A Literary Vision: The Tale of the Tiger," The Houston               Chronicle, January 28, 2011.
2009      Troy Schulze and Kelly Klaasmeyer, "Toil and Trouble," Houston Press,
           July 7 2009.
2008      Gregory Amenoff, "The 2007 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant
           Recipient Show," exhibition catalogue essay, 2008.
2007      Dona Nelson, “The Fluid Field: Abstraction and Reference,” exhibition               catalogue essay, October 2007.    
2007      Roberta Fallon, “Energy of the Fluid Field,” Artblog, October 26, 2007.
 
OTHER PRESS (articles discussing projects to which I have contributed)
2019      Marene Gustin, “Rage with the Machine,” Outsmart Magazine, April 15,             2019.
2015      Kaylen Strench, “Writing on the Wall: Sumi Ink,” The Rice Thresher,                 February 25, 2015.
2015      Derek Woods, “Fossilized in Houston,” Free Press Houston, July 30,                 2015.
2015      C. Bilodeau, “Pursuing Active Hope in Houston,” Artists and Climate               Change blog, May 12, 2015.
 
OTHER CREATIVE WORKS AND COLLABORATIONS
2019      Collaborator with Machine Dazzle in Dimensions Variable:
           A Performance  
     

In conjunction with my solo exhibition Sideways to the Sun, Moody Center
for the Arts, Rice University, April 22 – 27, 2019
 
Machine Dazzle is an artist based in New York who works in costuming, set design and performance. His work has been performed on stages all over the world. I invited Machine Dazzle to showcase new sculptural costume pieces, created in response to my installation ‘Sideways’ during a week-long residency at the Moody. Machine performed these new pieces in a 7 model fashion show in situ with my installation.
 
2019      Collaborator with Poncili Creación in puppetry workshops and                       performance

In conjunction with my solo exhibition Sideways to the Sun, Moody Center
for the Arts, Rice University, March 19 – 23, 2019
 
Poncili Creación is a Puerto Rican performance collective working at the intersection of puppetry, sculpture, activism and performance art. The collective held a week-long sequence of workshops, building large-scale puppets responding to ‘Sideways’ with Rice students and community participants. These puppets were then performed by Poncili in collaboration with student participants in situ with my work bringing together sound, movement, and sculpture.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=6LHOhb51hq8

2018        Illustrator for Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon,
             Edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy,                   University of Minnesota Press, publication forthcoming 2019

Loanwords is a collection of 30 short essays on ecologically productive words that should exist in English but currently do not, drawn from other languages, speculative fiction, and activist subcultures. The book will include original artwork in response to these texts by 14 artists from 10 countries.
 
2015        Illustrator for Fossilized in Houston, a partnership between
             Houston-based artists and environmentalists to raise awareness on                 the consequences of climate change.
             2015 - ongoing

Invited artists contributed images (drawings, paintings, collages) of species endangered by climate change.  These images were used for a guerrilla art campaign comprising hundreds of lawn signs and thousands of posters and stickers posted around Houston publicizing their plight.
 
https://www.fossilizedhouston.com/
 
PEDAGOGICAL AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS
 
2015          Organizer of Public Drawing Project with Sumi Ink Club
               Media Center Gallery, Rice University, February 15 – 20, 2015                   
Sumi Ink Club is an ongoing participatory drawing project established in 2005. The club produces work cooperatively in open-to-the-public meetings, which can be organized by anyone at any time. For this iteration, I led and completed drawings with club founders Sara Rara and Luke Fischbeck alongside students, faculty, and a diverse group of participants from the greater Houston area. Participants worked side-by-side on an improvisational and collaborative drawing directly on the gallery walls. Intended as a compliment to Rice’s drawing curriculum, the sessions promoted partnerships amongst otherwise disparate communities, exploring the potential of drawing as a social practice.
 
https://youtu.be/3EdZ-dq3sm8
http://sumiinkclub.com/​
           
2012          Participation in The Intersections Project creating and leading a                   workshop entitled "Illuminated Manuscripts" with students at the
               John F. Kennedy High School, Winston-Salem, NC, October –                       November 2012

For this project I worked with students in Art and English classes to help students imagine how text might be a catalyst for art making. 
The Intersections Project is an ongoing collaborative initiative launched by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. In a unique partnership, visiting artists and classroom educators work together to develop arts integrated lesson plans and residencies for classroom applications.  

http://bit.ly/S1bHAi​
 
VISTING ARTIST LECTURES, CRITIQUES, AND PANELS
2018     Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Juror
2018     Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Visiting artist
2017     Monotype Monothon, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX, Panelist
2017      Lawndale Art Center, Studio Artist Residency Program, Houston, TX,              Juror
2016      Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, Visiting artist
2015      Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, Visiting artist
2015      Artist Lecture Series at Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn, NY, Artist talk
2014      Rice Gallery, Houston, TX, Lecture: Animals in Art, Artist talk
2014      Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Juror
2013      Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX, Panelist
2013      Hardesty Art Center, Omaha, NE, Artist talk
2013      Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM, Artist talk
2013      Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM, Artist talk
2013      The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Artist talk
2012      The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC,
           Artist talk
2011      The University of Houston, MFA Painting Program, Houston, TX,
           Artist talk and Graduate Critiques
2011      Art Institute of Boston, MFA Program, Graduate Mentor
2010      Rice Gallery, Houston, TX, Workshop Leader
2009      Rice University Visual and Dramatic Arts Department, Houston, TX,
           Artist talk and Undergraduate Critiques
2009      Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, Artist talk
 
COLLECTIONS/ARCHIVES
           1:1 Projects, Curated Artist Archive, Rome, Italy
           Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM
           The Drawing Center, Curated Online Viewing Program, New York, NY
            Federal Reserve Bank, Houston, TX
            La Nube di Oort, Rome, Italy
            Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
            Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM
            The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX 
           
ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2013-Present  Assistant Professor, Rice University, Houston, TX