Mike Baur
Exhibits Biography Artwork Exhibits Links Contact
Sculptor Gallery Representation:
Modern Arts Midwest, Omaha, NE
Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, IA
Gallerique, Chicago, IL

Member: International Sculpture Society Chicago Sculpture International

M.F.A. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1976

Born: Kansas City, Kansas, 1951
Publications
  • The Briar Cliff Review volumn 27, 2015 isbn 978-0-692-40540-6
  • 500 x Art in Public, Braun Publications, Switzerland, 2011
  • Mike Baur Sculpture, Selected Works 2000-2008.
    To order - www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/592815
  • OK Harris Exhibition Catalog :
    Rugged Elegance, The Sculpture of Mike Baur.
    To order - www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1172924
    Art a l'Autopista, Fundacio Abertis, 2005
Commissions & Outdoor/ Public Works
  • University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls Iowa, 2015
  • Chicago Police Headquarters, June 1, 2007
  • Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, Governor’s State University, University Park, IL 2006
  • Lake Land College, Mattoon,IL 2004
  • Rio Grande University, Rio Grande, OH 2004
  • Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL 2003
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield, IL 2003
  • Rockford Museum, Rockford, IL
  • College of DuPage, Fine Arts Building, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Northpoint Marina Collection, Winthrop Harbor, IL
  • Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Collection, Aurora, IL
  • Illinois Collection, State of Illinois Building, Chicago, IL
  • Sears/Unibank, Chicago, IL Autopistas del Mediterraneo, Barcelona, Spain
  • Numerous Private Collections
Exhibitions Solo Exhibits
  • New Sculpture, Olsen-Larson Galleries, West Des Moines IA August 2015
  • OK Harris Works of Art, New York, NY October 27- December 1, 2012
  • Fermilab Art Gallery, Batavia, IL July 20-September 20, 2012
  • Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha, NE, Sept-Oct. 2011
  • 515 N. State St. Chicago, IL, Nixon Art Associates, May-August 2011
  • Olsen-Larson Galleries, West Des Moines, IA, April 15-May 28, 2011
  • Willis (Sears) Tower, Chicago, IL, January 15-May 15, 2011
  • OK Harris, New York, February 27- April 3, 2010
  • Northbranch Gallery, Skokie, IL, June-July 2008
  • Liberty Grand, Toronto, Ontario, March 2008
  • The Artist Project, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL April 2007
  • Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, IL, August-September 2004
  • Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, March-April 2003
  • Safety-Kleen Gallery One, Elgin Community College, IL, August-September 2002
  • Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, October-November 2000
  • Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, June-July 1998
  • Sculpture on the Grounds, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, September 1997-April 1998
  • Sonia Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, May-June 1996
    (Solo Exhibits Continued)
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, February-March 1994
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, June-July 1992
  • Luther College, Outdoor Exhibit, Decorah, IA, August 1991-August 1992
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, February-March 1990
  • Arts Center Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, October-November 1989
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, March-April 1988
  • Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, May-July 1985
  • Zriny Gallery, Chicago, IL, May 1981
  • Zriny-Hayes Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 1978
  • Two-person show, Zriny-Hayes Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 1978
  • Two-person show, Zriny-Hayes Gallery, Chicago, IL, February
Group and/or Invitational Exhibits
  • "The Briar Cliff Review" Group exhibition and book volumn 27, 2015 Sioux City Art Museum, Sioux City Iowa
  • "Eclipse" Mike Baur Sculpture and Steve Mueller Paintings, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, University of Indianapolis, Jan. 12-Feb. 6, 2015
  • "The Abstract Show" Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha, NE Jan. 9-Feb. 28, 2015
  • "Public Art in Cape Girardeau" Cape Gireadeau, MO April 2014-April 2015
  • "Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden Exhibition 2013" Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL 2013-2014
  • "Sculpt Siouxland" Downtown Sioux City Iowa , May 2013-May 2014
  • "Public Art League" Champaign, IL Aug. 2013-Aug.2014
  • "Chicago Sculpture Exhibit", Chicago, IL 2013-2014
  • "Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition, Polk Museum of Art City of Lakeland and City of Winterhaven, FL, 2013-2014
  • "Pig Roast and Carnival of Fire Vector Custom Fabricating Sculpture Show" October 2012
  • "2012-2013 Chicago Park District/Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition" Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL Sept.-Sept. 2013
  • "Small Works" Modern Arts Midtown, Omaha, NE Nov. 2011
  • "Form in Flora" Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL Oct.-Nov. 2010
  • Chicago Sculptors, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI Sept.-Oct. 2010
  • "Mid-south Sculpture Alliance Conference 2009 Outside", Tennessee Riverwalk, Chattanooga,TN Sept. 19,2009-Sept. 19, 2010
  • "Mid-south Sculpture Alliance Conference 2009 Inside", The Gallery in Red Bank, Chattanooga,TN Sept. 10-Oct. 5 2009
  • "Touching the Hand of God", Fatoria Cinciano, Poggibonzi, Italy, October 2008 Milwaukee Riverwalk, Milwaukee, WI, 2008-2009
  • "Sculpture Invasion", Koehnline Museum of Art, Oakton Community College,DesPlaines, IL, July-Aug 2007
  • "First CSI Biennale", FLATFILE Galleries, Chicago, IL, May-June 2006 "Maker/Model/Materialized", Bank of America, Chicago, IL, October 2005
  • "Annual Sculpture Exhibit Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative", Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, 2005-06
  • "Chicago Sculpture Exhibition" Cliffdwellers, Chicago, IL, September 2005
  • "Sculpture on the Lawn" Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL, 2004-05
  • "Sculpture: Connecting the Ages", Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 2004
  • "Art Connects: The River", Friends of the Chicago River Outdoor Exhibit, Chicago, IL, October 2004
  • Center for Art, Highland Park, IL, October 2004-October 2005 "
  • 6 Sculptors from Chicago", Rome Italy, September-October 2000
  • "Pier Walk 2000", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May-October 2000
  • "Pier Walk '99", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May-October 1999
  • "Riverwalk Sculpture Walk", Peoria, IL, June-October 1999 and June-October 2000
  • "Pier Walk '98", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May-October 1998 Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, October 1997 – Present
  • "Pier Walk '97", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May-October 1997
  • "Pier Walk '96", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May-November 1996
  • "25 Years of Contemporary Art", Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, Sept-Nov 1996
  • "10th Anniversary Exhibit", William E. Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL Aug-Oct 1996
  • "Chicago: The Third Dimension: Works by 7 Illinois Sculptors", The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, March-April 1994
  • "Sculpture Tour 90/91", Outdoor Exhibit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, June-November 1991
  • "Aggregate: Eight Chicago Artists", 1800 N. Clyborn Gallery, Chicago, IL, February-March 1990
  • Alumni Show, Gallery 9, Urbana, IL, December-January 1990
  • "An Appalachian Summer", Outdoor Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina June-May 1990 1989
  • Summer Sculpture Garden, RiverWalk Gallery/Naperville Arts Council, Naperville, IL, Summer 1989
  • "Riverwalk", Chicago Sanitation District Centennial Exhibition, Chicago, IL, Summer 1989
  • "Models, Maquettes and Studies: Works obtained through the Illinois Percent for the Arts Program from the Illinois State Museum Collection, State of Illinois Art Gallery, State of Illinois Center, Chicago, IL, July-September 1989
  • "Aggregate: Nine Chicago Area Abstract Painters & Sculptors", Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI, August-September 1988
  • "Il Bronzetto", Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL, October-November 1988
  • "Chicago International Art Expo", Zaks Gallery, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
  • Sculptors Drawings, Expressions Gallery, Coconut Beach, FL, November 1986
  • "Exterior/Interior", Large scale sculpture exhibit, Rockford Art Museum, June-August 1986
  • "New Traditions in Sculpture Tour", Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, May-June 1987
  • "Aggregate", Illinois Arts Council Gallery, State of Illinois Building, Chicago, IL, August-September 1986
  • "Tour 85/86", Outdoor Exhibit, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, June 1985-June 1986
  • "Couplings", Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL April-May 1985
  • Sculpture & Drawings by the Chicago Sculpture Society, David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, IL May-June 1985
  • "New Traditions in Sculpture", Hyde Park Arts Center, Hyde Park, IL April-May 1985
  • "16 Sculptors, Chicago", Northeastern University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, November-December 1984
  • "Eighteen Illinois Sculptors", Traveling Exhibition, October 1984-December 1985
  • "Chicago Sculpture International MILE 3", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May 1984
  • "35th Illinois Invitational", Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, June-September 1983
  • "Chicago Sculpture International MILE 2", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL, May 1983
  • "Ten Illinois Sculptors", Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois State University, Charleston, IL, October-November 1982
  • A.S.I.D. Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Highland Park, IL, July-August 1982
  • "Mayor Byrne’s Mile of Sculpture Show", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL 1982
  • Seventy-Eighth Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, IL, Nov 1980-Jan 1981
  • Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and Workshop, Ewing Manor, Normal, IL, July 1980
  • "Six in a Rowe", group show, Rowe Building, Chicago, IL, October 1979
  • "What’s in a Name", group show, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL, August 1979
  • Group Invitational, Rockford College, Rockford, IL, November 1977
  • University of Illinois Graduate Art and Design Exhibit, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, 1974, 1975, 1976
  • Group Show, Galleria Nartex, Barcelona, Spain, April 1975
Competitive Shows
  • "2005 Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition", Chicago, IL
  • "Cows on Parade", Chicago, IL, June-October 1999
  • "Whirlpool Foundation Sculpture Competition", Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI, June 1986; The Evansville Museum of Arts & Science, IN, July-August 1986; The Fort Smith Art Center, AR, Sept-Oct 1986; The Metropolitan Museum & Art Center, Coral Gables, FL, Nov-Dec 1986
  • "I.D.E.A." Triton College, Forest Park, IL, October 1979
  • "3-D '77", Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, 1977
  • "22nd Annual Drawing and Small Sculpture Show", Ball State University, Muncie, IL 1976
  • "MCCN", Marietta College Crafts and Sculpture National, Grover M. Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta, OH, October 1975
  • "New Horizons in Art 1975", Mid-Continental Plaza, Chicago, IL, 1975
  • "Mainstreams '75", International Sculpture and Painting Competition, Grover M. Hermann Fine Arts Center, Marietta College, Marietta, OH, 1975
  • I International Sculpture Competition, Autopistas del Mediterraneo Open Air Permanent Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain, 1974:
    1. Traveling show of maquettes in Gerona, Barcelona, Madrid and Taragona.
    2. Permanent installation of completed sculpture on Autopistas A-7 south of Barcelona
    3. Film produced internationally in conjunction with competition
Awards & Grants
  • Illinois Arts Council, Fellowship Grant, 1986
  • Illinois Arts Council, Grant, 1986
  • Illinois Arts Council, Artist Grant, May 1983 and September 1983
  • Illinois Arts Council, 1981
  • I International Sculpture Competition, Autopistas del Mediterraneo Open Air Permanent Exhibition,Barcelona, Spain, 1974 (purchase)
  • I.D.E.A. Triton College, Award of Excellence, October 1974
Lectures/Media
  • Chicago Tribune, Section 7, Friday, July 3, 2003, p. 52, Review, photo
  • Lecture/demonstration: Rio Grande University, Rio Grande, OH, October 2004
  • Lecture/Slide Presentation, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR, March 2003
  • Panel Discussion: Chicago Art Critics Association, Zaks Gallery, Chicago, IL, April 2003
  • Sculpture Magazine, “Focus, Mike Baur: form builder”, July-August 2001, pp. 12-13. Article with photos
  • The Today Show, July, 1999. Feature on “Cows on Parade” interview with Mike Leonard
  • Chicago Tribune, Section 7, Friday, July 3, 1998, p. 52, Review, photo
  • Daily Herald, Wednesday, September 25, 1996, p.1, Neighbor, Article with photo
  • ARTnews, September 1996, p. 140, Review with photo
  • Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, June 7, 1996, p. 34 W, Review with photo
  • Chicago Reader, June 7, 1996, p. 32, Review with photo
  • Chicago Tribune, Tempo, Thursday, May 30, 1996, p. 2, Review with photo
  • Sculpture Magazine, July-August 1994, pp. 49-50, Review
  • Chicago Tribune, Friday, February 18, 1994, Friday section p. 46, Review with photo
  • Chicago Tribune, Friday, July 17, 1992, Friday section p. 49, Review with photo
  • Chicago Tribune, Friday, March 9, 1990, Friday section p. 42, Review with photo
  • The Arts Journal, August 1989, p. 16, article with photo
  • "The Year's Best Art Exhibitions", Chicago Tribune, Sunday, January 1, 1989, Sec. 13, p. 17, Arts, Ranked among the top 10 exhibitions of the year
  • The New Art Examiner, June 1988, p. 44, Review with photo Crain’s Chicago Business, April 11, 1988, Review
  • Chicago Tribune, March 25 1988, Sec. 7, p. 39, Review with photo
  • Chicago Tribune, July 12, 1985, Sec. 7, p. 48, Review with photo
  • The Reader, June 28, 1985, Sec. 1, p. 40, Review with photo
  • The New Art Examiner, April 1985, p. 59, Review with photo
  • Northshore Magazine, October 1984, p. 11, Article with photo
  • Pioneer Press, Highland Park, IL, July 7, 1983, p. 89, Article with photo
  • Chicago Tribune, Weekend, November 16, Sec. 3, p. 1. Pictorial
  • The New Art Examiner, April 1979, p. 19. Review
  • The Chicago Sun-Times, October 2, 1978, p. 54. Article
  • Eye Witness Chicago, Channel 2 TV, April 1978, Walter Jacobson Perspective
  • The New Art Examiner, Chicago, March 1978
  • Around Town Champaign-Urbana, Channel 2 TV News, October 1977
  • The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, October 3, 1976, p. 2A, Article with photo
  • The New Art Examiner, Chicago, May 1975
  • "Escultura de Autopistas: Arte a Cielo Abierto", Estructura, Nov-Dec 1974, p. 8. Article with photo
  • "Autopista del Arte", Arriba, January 12, 1974, p. 54. Article with photos
  • "I Concurso International de Escultura, Autopistas del Mediterraneo", Temes de Arquitectura y Urbismo, November 1974, p. 7, Article with photos
  • "Arte en la Autopista", La Vangardia Espanola, October 13, 1974, p. 3. Article with photos


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