Astrid Bowlby contributed this piece in a petri dish to the AQUILARTadvisory show ginormousMICRO
Astrid Bowlby makes drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. She received an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Southern Maine. She has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Art Students League. Bowlby is the founder of Kindred: guided processes for artists, a mentoring program for creative individuals. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Southern Maine and an award-winning arts educator at the graduate and undergraduate level for over fifteen years. Bowlby has received three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowships for works on paper and sculpture/installation as well as a Leeway Award for Excellence and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has exhibited her work in many venues including the Drawing Center, Portland Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Bates College Museum of Art, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Volta Contemporary Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland. Her work is in numerous collections including the Arkansas Art Center, The Progressive Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Bates College Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library. Bowlby recently completed a 700 square foot mural for the Pennsylvania Convention Center and a permanent installation at the new Comcast Technology Center. Represented by Gallery Joe, Philadelphia and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, she divides her time between Brooks, Maine, and Philadelphia, PA.