Paul Bowen

BIOGRAPHY
Paul Bowen, who grew up in a seaside town in Wales, lived and worked near the waterfront in
Provincetown on Cape Cod for 30 years. He has always been interested in material with a history—wood
he has scavenged that was once part of ships, houses, salt works, barrels, cable drums, or crates. He has
also worked with ships' flags, tar, canvas, rope and other marine detritus. His drawings and prints derive
their imagery from his environment and he has created his own inks from squid, Xerox toner and walnuts.
His small-scale sculptures, constructed from wood fragments, use limited means such as stacking, piling,
and simple carpentry and often appear to float across or torque away from the surface of the wall. He also
builds large-scale sculptures, primarily commissioned for private homes and museums, with massive timbers,
like those culled from old beer vats and other salvaged sources.

Since moving to Vermont with his wife in September 2005, many of his drawings merge images of covered
bridges with wharfs, reflecting his new environment as well as that of the Cape. His new sculptures
combine sea-worn wood he has gathered from Provincetown's beaches with wood from the Wilder Dam in
New Hampshire (sometimes chewed by beavers or stained with iron that has leached from surrounding
rocks).

Bowen has been a recipient of fellowships from the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-
Krasner Foundation, and the Artist's Resource Trust. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth
College, and his work is represented by the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, MA, the Clark Gallery
in Lincoln, MA, Big Town Gallery in Rochester, VT and Garvey Rita Art & Antiques in West Hartford, CT.
His work is in many private and public collections.
” - Paul Bowen, paulbowen.org

EDUCATION
1974: Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, MFA
1972: Newport College of Art, Newport, Wales, Diploma in Art and Design,
1969: Chester School of Art, Chester, England, Prediploma Course

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1995-Present: Sculpture Instructor, Summer Workshop Program, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown,  MA
2013: Visiting Artist in Art & Art History, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
2008-2012: Visiting Professor, Department of Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2012: Visiting Professor of Sculpture, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
2011: MFA Teacher-Advisor Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
2011: Visiting Sculptor, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2009: MFA Teacher-Advisor Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
2009: Artist-Teacher, MFA Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT
2009: Visiting Sculptor, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2008: Visiting Artist, Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
2008: Visiting Artist, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2008: Sculpture Instructor, Summer Workshops, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2008: Sculpture Instructor, Great River Arts Institute, Bellows Falls, VT
2007: Visiting Sculptor, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 
2007: Sculpture Instructor, Visual Arts Programs, Great River Arts Institute, Bellows Falls, VT
2007: Sculpture Instructor, River Gallery School, Brattleboro, VT
2007: Visiting Lecturer, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
2006: Sculpture Instructor, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
1983-2006: Sculpture Instructor, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
2005: Visiting Lecturer, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
1993: Sculpture Instructor, Provincetown Art Association and Museum School
1992: Visiting Artist, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
1991: Visiting Artist, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1988: Visiting Lecturer, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
1988: Visiting Lecturer, Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
1987: Visiting Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA
1987: Instructor, Four Sculptors Program, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1984: Visiting Lecturer, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
1982: Visiting Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1979: Visiting Lecturer, Art Department, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1999-Present: Advisory Board Member, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2008: Program Assessor, Department of Visual Art, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT
2004: Award to Artists Juror, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH
1993-2004: Co-founder and Project Coordinator, Artist’s Eye: Children as Curators, Provincetown Art  Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1993-1995: Visual Arts Coordinator, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1993: Visual Arts Juror, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1991-1995: Education Committee, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1990-1995: Collections Committee, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1990: Artists Advisory Board, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
1990: Arts Enrichment Committee, Veterans Memorial Elementary School, Provincetown, MA
1988-1990: Exhibition Committee, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1986-1989: Board of Trustees, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1979-1989: Visual Arts Committee, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

SOLO EXHIBTIONS
2017: Paul Bowen, Bridge Wharf Raft, BigTown Gallery, Rochester & Vergennes, VT
2013: Paul Bowen, New Work, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2013: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, Aidron Duckworth Art Museum, Meriden, NH
2013: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, Drury Gallery, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
2012: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA 
2011: Paul Bowen, New Sculpture, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2011: Paul Bowen, Drawings, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, MA
2011: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2010: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2009: Paul Bowen, New Work, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2009: Stuff: Sculpture by Paul Bowen, Winfisky Gallery at Salem State College, Salem, MA
2008: Paul Bowen, Drawings, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2008: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, Christine Price Gallery, Castleton College, Castleton, VT
2007: Paul Bowen, New Work, ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2005: Paul Bowen, Sculpture: 1974-2004, Jaffe-Friede & Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover,  NH
2004: Paul Bowen: Sculpture 1974-2004, The Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
2004: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2004: Paul Bowen: Recent Works, Beshèrt Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2003: Paul Bowen, Provincetown: Paper & Wood, Brick Walk Bookshop & Fine Art, West Hartford, CT
2003: Paul Bowen, Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
2001: Paul Bowen, Sculpture, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2001: Wood and Paper, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
2000: T.J. Walton Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1999: T.J. Walton Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1999: Koussevitzky Art Gallery, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA
1998: Wood Works, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
1998: Sculpture, New England School of Art and Design, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
1998: New Work, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1997: Recent Work, Long Point Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1997: The Signal Drawings, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
1996: Selected Works, 1976-1996, Takara Gallery, Houston, TX
1996: Paul Bowen, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
1996: Recent Sculpture, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
1994: New Sculpture, Long Point Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1993: A Survey Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1993: Waterfront, Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA
1991: Sculpture, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1990: Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
1989: Recent Works on Paper, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1989: Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada
1989: Vereniging Voor Het Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Te Gent (The Association of the Museum of  Contemporary Art), Ghent, Belgium
1989: Saint Peter’s Church, New York, NY   
1987: Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
1986: George Ciscle Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1986: Graham Modern Gallery, New York, NY
1986: Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA

SELECTED TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2009: Paul Bowen: Sculpture, and Gerald Auten: Works on Paper, New England College Gallery,  Henniker, NH
2008: Paul Bowen and Bert Yarborough: Recent Work, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH
2007: Paul Bowen and Pat de Groot:, Recent Work, Brick Walk Bookshop & Fine Art, West Hartford, CT
2006: Paul Bowen/Brian Cohen: Stern to Bow, Selected Works on Paper, Brick Walk Fine Art, West  Hartford, CT
2006: Paul Bowen and Irèn Handschuh: Sidetracks, New Hope, PA 
2001: Paul Bowen: Sculpture and Don Kimes: Painting, Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth  College, Hanover, NH
2000: Paul Bowen and Pat de Groot, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1997: Paul Bowen and David Shapiro, Numark Gallery, Washington, DC
1996: Paul Bowen and Helen Miranda Wilson, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1987: Paul Bowen/James Hansen, East End Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1986: Paul Bowen -Sculpture/Jack Tworkov-Drawings, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
1985: Carl Apfelschnitt, Drawings and Paintings/Paul Bowen, Drawings and Sculpture, Bayer Fine Arts,  Provincetown, MA
1983: Robert Mapplethorpe, Fashion/Head Shots/Paul Bowen, Recent Sculpture, Hardison Fine Arts Ltd.,  New York, NY
1981: Paul Bowen and Bert Yarborough, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown,  MA
1981: Paul Bowen/Ken Horii, Soroban Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012: Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2012: Paperwork, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2012: Acme Gallery, Boston, MA
2012: New Work, Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT
2012: Long Point Gallery at Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
2012: The Tides of Provincetown, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2011: The Tides of Provincetown, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT
2011: Wood Work, Clark University, Worcester, MA
2011: Wood, Higgins Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, Barnstable, MA
2011: Paper, Scissors, Stone, Clark Gallery Lincoln 
2010: Mosaic, Acme Gallery, Boston, MA
2009: Wood Show—Sculpture, Painting and Assemblage, Big Town Gallery, Rochester, VT
2009: Float, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2008: Free Reign, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2008: Art on Paper, The Toyota Museum, Toyota, Japan
2007: Four Sculptors—Other Dimensions, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
2006: Collage and Light, Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
2006: Sculptural Elements, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth, ME
2006: 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2005: ArtStrand, Provincetown, MA
2005: Triage: Paul Bowen, MP Landis and Bert Yarborough Collaborations, 55 Mercer Gallery, New York,  NY
2004: Sculpture, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2004: Feast or Famine: Artists and Food, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2004: Three, Battelle Harding Gallery, Greenfield, MA
2003: Sculpture, Cherry Stone Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2002: The Charles H. Carpenter Collection, Fifty Years of Supporting the New Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield,  CT
2002: Ten Artists from Provincetown, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001: Paul Bowen: Sculpture, and Drawings from New York Galleries, curated by Bob Monk for Cherry  Stone Gallery, Wellfeet, MA
2001: The Altered Landscape, LFL Gallery, New York, NY
1999: Square Roots, curated by Ladd Spiegel, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd., New York, NY
1998: Survey 1998, curated by Pasquale Natale and Tom McCanna, Provincetown Art Association and  Museum, Provincetown, MA
1998: Utopia, The Silas-Kenyon Gallery at the Schoolhouse Center for Art and Design, Provincetown, MA
1998: Drawing Invitational, curated by Bob Bailey and Tom McCanna, Provincetown Art Association and  Museum, Provincetown, MA
1998: FABRICations, Yukiko Lunday Gallery, Houston, TX
1998: Long Point Gallery at the Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA
1998: Long Point Gallery at FAWC, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1998: Long Point Gallery Tribute, Nardin Gallery, New York, NY
1998: Artists’ Books, Invitational, Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1998: Subtext, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1997: Group Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
1996: Outermost Sculpture, The Attleboro Museum, Attleboro, MA
1996: Odyssey of a Collector: Charles H. Carpenter, Jr., The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
1995: New Forms from the Fine Arts Work Center: A Sculpture Show, Cape Museum of Arts, Dennis, MA
1995: Selected Recent Acquisitions, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
1994: Gallery Viva, Kawasaki, Japan
1994: Sculpture in the Garden, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA
1994: Important Papers, Walker/Kornbluth Art Gallery, Fairlawn, NJ
1993: A Place in the Universe, The Higgins Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA
1993: More Books as Art, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY
1993: Ways to See, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
1991: The Far Field: Six Artists in America, Zephyrus Contemporary Art/Excellent Coast, Yokohama,  Japan; Toyota Corporation, Kobe, Japan
1991: Birds as Critics: Artists' Birdhouses, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
1991: Twelve Artists, Twelve Months, E. N. S. Graphics/U.F.O. Gallery, Provincetown, MA
1990: Nature's Materials, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
1990: 8 Artists/8 Visions, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1990: Origins: Six Contemporary Sculptors, M13 Gallery, New York, NY
1989: Contemporary Provincetown, curated by Ann Wilson Lloyd, Provincetown Art Association and  Museum, Provincetown, MA
1989: The Age of Pluralism, Centro di Cultura Ausoni, Rome, Italy
1989: Group Show, Glenn Dash Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989: Working in Wood, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1988: Innovations in Contemporary Sculpture, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1988: David and Goliath, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
1987: Sculpture on the Wall, Boston College, Boston, MA
1986: Sculpture on the Wall, curated by Larry Aldrich and Ellen O'Donnell, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT
1986: The Tar Show, Attitude Art, New York, NY
1986: Crosscurrents, curated by Ellen O'Donnell and Helen A. Harrison, Guild Hall Museum, East  Hampton, Long Island, New York, NY
1985: Myth/Culture, Jack Shainman Gallery, Washington, DC
1985: Southern Exposure, Brockton Museum, Brockton, MA
1984: Invitational Exhibition, McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX
1984: Four Sculptors: Ritual and Artifact, Zabriskie Gallery, curated by James L. Reinish, New York, NY 
1984: Eight Sculptures: Two Decades, Oriel, Welsh Arts Council Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
1983: Found Objects, Marisa del Re Gallery, New York, NY
1983: Group Exhibition, Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA
1982: 100:One Hundredth Annual Summer Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, Plas Mawr,  Conwy, Wales
1976: Origins, Welsh Arts Council, Cardiff, Wales
1976: The Fall, Welsh Arts Council, Cardiff, Wales, (travelling exhibition)
1974: Edinburgh Arts, Richard DeMarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2006: Former Fellows 1994-95 Exhibition, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center,  Provincetown,  MA
2004: Louise Bourgeois, Sculpture and Drawings, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Fine Arts Work Center,  Provincetown, MA
1990: The Assembled Image, curated by Paul Bowen and Jim Forsberg, Provincetown Art Association and  Museum, Provincetown, MA

GRANTS, AWARDS, AND RESIDENCIES
2013: Artist's Resource Trust Grant
2012: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2007: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant
2005: Artist-in-Residence, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1993: Sculpture Fellowship, New England Foundation for the Arts
1987: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
1981: Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship
1979: Artist-in-Residence, Bear Mountain State Park, NY
1978: Award to Artists, Welsh Arts Council
1977-79: Hudson D. Walker Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1972-74: Hoffberger Fellow, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
The Association of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis, MA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
School of Art Museum and Gallery at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Bodelwyddan Castle Trust, Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire, Wales
Central Sports Club of Japan, Chiba, Japan
The Church of Saint Mary of the Harbor, Provincetown, MA
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
School of Art Museum and Gallery at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales
Mercantile Bank of Saint Louis, MO
Meditech Corporation, Westwood, MA
Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Prudential Insurance Collection, Newark, NJ
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Swiss Bank Collection, New York, NY
Town of Provincetown, Provincetown, MA
Uchidayoukou Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales
Welsh Arts Council, Cardiff, Wales

COMMISSIONS
Nordstrom Department Store, Braintree, MA  and Nashville, TN
Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Dennis, MA, Windrush II, wood sculpture
Whalers' Wharf, Provincetown, MA, large-format photographic installation from original collage
The Mall at Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA, Red Fleet, White Fleet, fabric banner
Lumen Editions, Cambridge, MA, book cover for Starry, Starry Night:Provincetown’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic by Jeanne Braham & Pamela Peterson
Provincetown Arts Press, Provincetown, MA, frontispiece for Slow Burn by Ellen Dudley
Quality Paperback Club, Qualiteria: The QPB Literary Journal, New York, NY
Weslyan University Press, book cover for Sea Room by Maria Flook
Galleria Tommaseo, Trieste, Italy, Moltiplicazione, limited edition of multiples  
Uchidayoukou Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, Shapeshifting, collaboration with poet Robert Lunday
Welsh Arts Council, The Fall, six drawings

Press

"Unburied Treasure" - Carolyn Shapiro, Take Magazine
11/09/2017
"Paul Bowen Adrift in Time and Place" - André Van Der Wende, Provincetown Arts