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GAZA BOWEN BIOGRAPHY



[ Awards | Solo Exhibitions | Group Exhibitions | Bibliography | Video | Teaching | Visiting Artist | Collections ]



Born: 1944 Memphis, Tennessee
Education: Self-taught



AWARDS

1994
California Arts Council Artists Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts: Individual Fellowship / Visual Arts



SOLO / TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

1999
“Bibliotheca Memoria,” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
The Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, CA

1996
“Reflections,” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1992
“The Shoe Show,” Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sarratt Gallery, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1985
Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR

1984
San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
John M. Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Cabrillo College Gallery (with Lies Kraal)

1983
Santa Cruz Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA

1981
Synopsis Gallery, Winnetka, IL
Mobilia, Cambridge, MA



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1998
"Book As Art, " National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
"Hello Again: A New Wave of Recycled Art and Design," Vancouver Museum, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
"Ex Libris: Contemporary Artist Books Exhibition," Riverside Art Musuem, Riverside, CA
“Biennial Artists’ Books Exhibition,” The Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA

1997
"Hello Again: A New Wave of Recycled Art and Design," Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
"If The Shoe Fits," M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Stepping Out," Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
"No Small Feat," Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
"The Shoe Show," Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
"The Body Eclectic," Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA
"The Fabric of Life," San Francisco State University Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Trashformations," Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
"Women of the Book: Jewish Artists/Jewish Themes," Finegood Art Gallery, West Valley, CA

1996
“A Glimpse of the Norton's Collection as Revealed by Kim Dingle,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

1995
“June Bride,” Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
”Centennial Acquisitions,” M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Light Interpretations,” Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Gaza Bowen, Anne Wilson, Manya Shapiro,” Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR

1994
"Art Is...," Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA
"Mirror, Mirror...Gender Roles and the Historical Significance of Beauty," San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
"Bad Girls-West," Wight Art Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
"Die verlassenen Schuhe," Leather & Shoe Museum, Offenbach, Germany
“In Celebration, Fifteen Years of Collecting,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1993
"Present Art II," Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Die verlassenen Schuhe," Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany
"Fall From Fashion," The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
"Portrait As Shoe," Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
"The Well Crafted Book," The Oregon State Library, Salem, OR

1992
"Present Art," Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
"Domestic Ontogeny: New Textile Forms," California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
"Missart Mix," University of California Library, Special Collections, Santa Cruz, CA

1991
"Homage to Diane Itter," Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
"Women Artists '91," Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA
"Ana Hana Lima '91," The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
"Step Forward, Step Back," Essex Institute, Salem, MA

1990
"A Visual Feast: Recent Acquisitions of Costumes and Textiles," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
"Heads, Threads and Treads: Four California Fiber Artists," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
"Traje: Um Objecto de Arte?" (catlg.) The Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal
"Apples and Oranges," University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
"If The Shoe Fits," Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
"Complex Threads," San Jose Art League, San Jose, CA
"Art Forms and the Body," The Art Space, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1989
"Craft Today: USA," (catlg.) American Craft Museum, New York, NY (European Traveling Exhibition)
"Fiber Art '89 International," (catlg.) Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
"Art Forms and the Body," (catlg.) Kurland/Summers Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1988
"Fashion and Surrealism," Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
"Finery," North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
"Countervisions: Pioneers in the Bay Area," (catlg.) San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

1987
"Fashion and Surrealism," Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
"The Right Foot Show," San Francisco International Airport, CA
"Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin," San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Just for Fun," (catlg.) Liberty Gallery, Louisville, KY
"Art on the Move," (catlg.) Chatahoochee Valley Art Association, La Grange, GA

1986
"Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical," (catlg.) American Craft Museum, New York, NY (USA Traveling Exhibition)
"Body Adornment," (catlg.) Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
"Chain Reaction II," San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA"Santa Cruz Annual: Fiber/Photography," The Art Museum of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

1985
"Squid Art '85," (Best of Show) Santa Cruz Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA
"Wearable Art for the Collector," Evansville Museum of Arts & Science, Evansville, IN
"Wearable Art," Cortland Arts Council, Cortland, NY
"Beyond Wearables," California Craft Museum, San Francisco, CA
"Wearable Art: A National Experience," Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

1984
"Faculty Show," Pacific Basin School of the Textile Arts, Berkeley, CA
"Surface Enrichment: Pattern and Color," Arrowmont School for the Arts, Gatlinburg, TN
"International Leather Conference," Sawtooth Center for Visual Design, Winston- Salem, NC

1983
"Poetry for the Body: Clothing for the Spirit," Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
"Leather: Functional Forms," Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT
"Quintet in Art," The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA

1982
"Marrietta College Craft National," (catlg.) Marrietta College, Marrietta, OH
"Forms of Leather," Arrowmont School of Arts, Gatlinburg, TN

1981
"Maximum Coverage," (catlg.) John M. Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
"Art Couture, Haute Couture," (catlg.) Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (K. Barchetti Shoe Award)
"Leather Forms," Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
"Fiber: All California Invitational," Cypress College, Cypress, CA

1980
"Fiber," Walnut Creek Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA
"Fine Arts Exhibitions," (catlg.) California State Fair, Sacramento, CA (2nd place)

1978
"The Great American Foot," (catlg.) Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY



PUBLICATIONS

1998
Llyod Herman, Trashformations: Recycled Materials in Contemporary Art and Design, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Washington
Louise Mitchell, Stepping Out, Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney, Australia
Krystyna Wasserman, Book as Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.

1997
Catherine Maclay, San Jose Mercury News, June 6, 1997
Janet Koplos, Gaza Bowen: Walking Through Time, Museum of Art and History of Santa Cruz Country, catalog for solo exhibition May/ June 1997
Candace Crockett, The Fabric of Live, San Francisco State University

1996
Susan Kandel, Los Angeles Times, “Gaza Bowen’s Assemblages Reflect Nostalgia for Her Past,” February 26, 1996
Judith A. Hoffberg, Art Scene, “Gaza Bowen,” Vol. 15, No. 6, February 1996

1995
M.H. de Young, Triptych, "Collecting for the next 100 years," Museum Society,
Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, April/May 1995 (color illus., back cover)

1994
Chicago Tribune, “Footwear Provides the Canvas,” June 9, 1994

1993
Susanne Rauchman, 2029, "A Different Pair of Shoes," (#9,1993)
Alexandra Peers, The Wall Street Journal, “Made For Gawking,” Oct. 5, 1993

1992
Artweek, "Sole Survivors," May 21, 1992
Susan Kandel, Los Angeles Times, "Feats of Feminist Anger," April 16, 1992
Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times, "View," April 28, 1992
Nancy Kapitanoff, Los Angeles Times, "Artist's Shoes Depict Women's Standing," April 12, 1992
Judith A. Hoffberg, Artscene, "Gaza Bowen," May 1992

1990
Ornament, "Planting Her Feet/Finding Her Place," Summer 1990
Fiberarts, "Art To Where" & "Curtains: Scrub While You Shag," Sept/Oct 1990

1988
Surface Design Journal, "Stepping Back from Business," Fall 1988
Details, "Art and Sole," April 1988

1987
Doug Bullis, California Fashion Designers, Peregrine Books, UT
Alice Sprintzen, Crafts: Contemporary Design and Technique, Davis Publications, Worcester, MA

1986
Paul J. Smith and Edward Lucie-Smith, Craft Today- Poetry of the Physical, plate 267, American Craft Museum, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, New York, 1986: Threads, "The Shoemaker's Art," feature article, June 1986 (cover photo)

1983
Fiberarts, "For the Body," February 1983

1982
American Craft Magazine, "Portfolio," January 1982

1981
California Living, "A New Wave of Wearable Art," May 1981
Fiberarts, "Gaza Bowen, An Extraordinary Shoemaker," October 1981

1980
Beverly Gordon, "Felt and Feltmaking," Watson-Guptill Publications

1979
Fiberarts, "Feltmaking Now," December 1979

1978
Craft Horizons, "The Great American Foot: Does It," May 1978



VIDEO

1993
"New York Shines," docu-comedy by Joan Baran & Tracy Atkinson, New York, NY

1991
"Artwear," KQED documentary, San Francisco, CA

1985
"Gaza Bowen: Shoemaker," Wearable Art From California Series, University of California, Davis, CA

1982
"Quilting II," Television Series, WBGU, Bowling Green, KY



TEACHING

1998
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
Senior Lecturer- INSIDE/OUT- mixed media sculpture
Graduate Advisor- Furniture Department
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI: Intercession- Human Ecology Department

1996
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL: Guest Artist/ Lecturer in: Book Arts, Architecture, Fashion, Metal, Sculpture and Art History Departments

1995
California College of Arts & Crafts, Oakland, CA: Senior Lecturer – BODY RAP- mixed media scepter

1994
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL- Lecturer: Art History and Fashion Department

1990
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA: Senior Lecturer- Fiber Department- Sculpture
John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA: Graduate Advisor

1989
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA: Graduate seminar

1984
Pacific Basin School of the Textile Arts, Berkeley, CA



VISITING ARTIST/LECTURER

1996
California State University at Northridge, Norhtridge, CA
Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

1995
School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL
Surface Design Association National Conference, Portland, OR
University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

1994
Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CA
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Fifteenth Yuma Symposium, Yuma, AZ
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1993
Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA: “Portrait As Shoe”
Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey, CA: “Artist’s Day”
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

1992
American Craft Museum, New York, NY "Fiber: The Pluralist Medium"
Humbolt State University, Humbolt, CA

1991
James Renwich Alliance, Washington, D.C. "Uncommon Attitudes: Flexing Media Boundaries”
Essex Institute, Salem Ma.: keynote speaker for "Step Forward, Step Back"
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI: workshop and public lecture

1990
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Parson's School of Design, New York, NY
Essex Institute, Salem Ma.: Costume Society of America- Shoe Symposium

1988
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH: Costume Society of America- Annual Shoe Symposium
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA: Costume Council
Southwest Crafts Center, San Antonio, TX: workshop

1987
University of California, Davis, CA: Costume Society of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

1986
University of California, Davis, CA

1985
Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA

1984
California College of Arts and Crafts, Berkeley, CA
Pacific Basin School of the Textile Arts, Oakland, CA

1983
Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts, Sacramento, CA



COLLECTIONS

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
American Craft Museum, New York, NY
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
University of California Library, McHenry Library Special Collections, Santa Cruz, CA
The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica, CA
Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AL
The Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
Northampton Shoe Museum, Northampton, England
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Deutsches Schuhmuseum, Offenbach am Main, Germany


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