BIOGRAPHY/CV

Biography

Nancy Baker Cahill is an artist working at the intersection of fine art, new media and activism. She is the Founder and Creative Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) public art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. She initiated “Coordinates,” an ongoing series of collaborative, curated & site-specific AR public art exhibitions, including “Defining Line” along the LA river, and the city-wide “Battlegrounds” (24 artists and 30 AR artworks) in New Orleans. She is the recipient of an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and was a 2019 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Baker Cahill was a featured 2018 TEDx speaker in Pasadena, was the subject of a 2019 Bloomberg Media Art and Technology short documentary, and received an “Impact Maker to Watch” award at LA City Hall. She is an international public speaker and was included in the 2019 Desert X Biennial in the Coachella Valley. Currently she is creating a site-specific, combination analog & new media installation for Facebook’s AIR program. 

Solo exhibition highlights include the Pasadena Museum of California Art, her Virtual Reality (VR) public art project on the Innovation Foundation sponsored Sunset Digital Billboards, a VR/AR event at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), and Boston CyberArts. She has been profiled by numerous national and international publications and been interviewed on several podcasts. She has spearheaded multiple collaborative community engagement projects in Los Angeles and other cities. She served as a member of the Hollywood Public Art Advisory Board, is an Advisory Board member of Fulcrum Arts and is the current Chair of the Board of Directors at LACE.

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EDUCATION

Williams College, B.A. with Honors in Art

SELECTED SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

2019

Facebook Artist in Residence Program, analog and AR drawings installation Los Angeles, CA

Hollow Point: Nancy Baker Cahill, Boston CyberArts, Boston, MA

2018

COORDINATES, A collaborative, AR public art exhibition. Location: Las Vegas, NV, Location: United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC

Sunset Digital Billboard Project: Nancy Baker Cahill’s VR Drawings, Curated by Jessica Rich, sponsored by IF Innovation Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Hollow Point/Strange Laugh: an AR/VR/Analog event, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles, CA           

2017 

Nancy Baker Cahill; Elisa Johns, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles,CA

Hollow Point: a VR exhibition at Butcher Bird Studios, Presented by Butcher Bird Studios and Arbor Entertainment, featuring new works by Nancy Baker Cahill,” Butcherbird Studios, Los Angeles, CA

2016   

Nancy Baker Cahill: Interruptions, Moorpark College Art Gallery, CA

2015

SHEvening, Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill, MERRYSPACE, Culver City, CA

2014 

Nancy Baker Cahill and Yuval Pudik: New Drawings, Vibiana, Los Angeles, CA

2012

Nancy Baker Cahill: Fascinomas, The Pasadena Museum of California Art (catalogue)

2007

Coping Mechanisms, A two-person exhibition, Tinlark Gallery, Hollywood, CA

2002

Public Mural, Soolip, West Hollywood, CA

1992

Williams College Honors Thesis Exhibition, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Desert X Biennial, Coachella Valley, CA

Silk Road International Film Festival, Fuzhou, China

The Portal, Film Independent’s Immersive Showcase, AR Exhibition

Sandbox Immersive Festival, Qingdao, China

Games for Change, Immersive Arcade, Official Selection, New York, NY

Sonar + D, Barcelona, Spain

New faces: Mid-Career Artists LA / NY, Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Sim-Cinema, at WeVR, curated by float.land, Daniel Lisi and Jesse Damiani, Venice, CA

Virtual Futures: XR Showcase, LACMA booth, LAAS, Curated by Jesse Damiani and Britt Salvesen, Los Angeles, CA

Auto Show, Public Art on the Greenway sponsored by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston, MA

2018

sp[a]tial reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR, Curated by Jesse Damianisp[a]ce gallery, Pasadena, CA

Super Radiance, Curated by Laura Darlington and Selwa Sweidan, The Nook Gallery, Inglewood, CA

A Matter of Public Record, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA, travels to Fine Art Complex 1101 in Tempe, AZ.

COORDINATES, a collaborative, AR public art exhibition via the 4thWall app

CITY UNSEEN: a New [AR]t Experience, Public AR Art Experience, Snap!  Orlando, FL

MANIFESTO: A Modest Proposal, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA  Curated by Ciara Ennis and Jennifer Vanderpool

The Illusion of Control, La Sierra University’s Brandstater Gallery, Riverside, CA, Curated by Camilla Taylor

2017

ICA LA VR BBQ, Butcherbird Studios, Los Angeles, CA

ELEMENTAL/Marking Time, Curated by John O’ Brien, Sturt Haaga Gallery, La Cañada Flintridge, CA

2016

The Language of Perpetual Conditions, Curated by Brandon Hudson, Fine Arts Gallery, CSULA, Los Angeles, CA

Gallery Tally, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Hollywood, CA

Gallery Tally, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

LACE Happening (benefit exhibition), Hollywood, CAFresh stART, (benefit exhibition), Santa Monica, CA

2015

The Drawing Show, Curated by Betty Brown, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA

Forgetting the Future: Entropy in the Reflective Age, Torrance Art Museum (catalogue)

Eyewall, The Bottom Line (web video gallery), The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Rooms to Let, Temporary installation in vacant house, Slavic Village, Cleveland, OH

The Situation Room, Video Screening of 50 Feminist Artists, Eagle Rock, CA

Gallery Tally Project exhibitions: Looking Forward/Looking Back, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM and Gallery Tally, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014  

May Contain Explicit Imagery; Nancy Baker Cahill, Kiki Seror and John Weston, Curated by Tucker Neel, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

2012

Fascinomas, Curated by Merry Norris at the Andaz Hotel, West Hollywood, CA

Miami Project Art Fair, Blythe Projects, Miami, FL

2011

Exit Wounds, Works from Nancy Baker Cahill’s Collaborative Art Workshop at Homeboy Industries, Hi-Lite Project Space, Los Angeles, CA

Folk Art Everywhere, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. Rotating exhibition at the Levantine Cultural Center featuring works from the Exit Wounds Project.

2010

Unleash the Beast, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

This is My Education, Art in General Gallery, New York, NY

Folk Art Everywhere, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. Rotating exhibition at the Levantine Cultural Center featuring works from the Exit Wounds Project.

2009

Paper In Motion: Rian Brown Orso, Nancy Baker Cahill and Nina Sarnelle, Morgan Paper Conservatory, Cleveland, OH

Discovered/Undiscovered, Curated by Michael and Sirje Gold, University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2008

Animal Magnetism, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Orange County, CA (catalogue)

Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007  

Monster Drawing Rally, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Mind Full: A Group Show, Tinlark Gallery, Hollywood CA

1992

Williams College Senior Art Exhibition, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

CURATED AR PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS

2019

BATTLEGROUNDS, New Orleans, LA

2018

Defining Line, (Co-curated with Artist Debra Scacco) Los Angeles, CA

COORDINATES, Worldwide

PUBLIC LECTURES/PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2019

Free Radicals Symposium, Fulcrum Arts, Pasadena, CA (November 2019)

Seattle Art Fair, Conversation with Shamim Momin and Gary Simmons, August 2, 2019

Sónar+D (July 2019), Panelist, Exhibitor, Barcelona, Spain

Girls Who Code, Burbank, CA July 3, 2019

Sandbox Immersive Festival, Panelist, Exhibitor, Qingdao, China, June 24-20

Games For Change, Keynote Speaker, Exhibitor, New York City, NY, June 17-19

SplitX Summit/Speaker, Split, Croatia, May 17-19

Girls Who Code, Burbank, CA

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: Using Memory & Connection to Occupy Space: Art in the Virtual and Natural Realms, Artists Sherin Guirguis, Nancy Baker Cahill, and Samantha Harris, moderated by Sarah Odenkirk April 24

Speaker, Occidental College, March 27th. Included one night exhibition of VR works.

A.W.E. Night LA: ARt Salon, Rita House, March 25th

Tech Toch with Jesse Damiani, AltSpaceVR, March 11

“Fine Art, Public Access and XR: Integrating Emerging Technologies Into A Studio Practice,” Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, MA, January 20

Panel with LACMA Curator Britt Salvesen, XR Curator Jessie Damiani, Jorge R. Gutierrez and Nancy Baker Cahill, LAAS, January 26th

Desert X “Sunday Sessions,” and VR experience, Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, CA February 25th

2018 

Spatial Reality, sp[a]ce gallery, October

TEDx Pasadena, Speaker, “Increasing Dialogue Through Drawing: Using Augmented Reality(AR) as a Tool to Create Equity and Access,” September 22

Influx Lab Fellow/Speaker, December

Berggruen Institute Speaker, September

Speaker, USC Film School, October

Speaker, CSUN Art Department, October

Girls Who Code, Glendale, CA, July 18, 2018

A.W.E. USA 2018 Conference: Speaker, Santa Clara, CA, June 1, 2018

Interview on Facebook Live with Jonathan T.D. Neil, Sotheby’s Institute, March 20, 2018

Women in Leadership Forum; Women in Art and Technology, sponsored by Sotheby’s Institute and Claremont  Graduate University, May 8, 201

Lecture, Chapman University Art Dept. (April 25th, 2018)

Visiting Artist Workshop, Integrated Media Dept., Cal Arts (January, February)

2017 

“ICA LA VR BBQ,” Discussion with Reggie Watts, Butcherbird Studios, Los Angeles, CA

“#whitemirror VR hack-a-thon,” OnceUponaFuture think tank, Marina Del Rey, CA

2016

“Interruptions,” Moorpark College, CA Lecture

2015

“The Drawing Show,” Loft at Liz’s, CA Panel discussion

2014

“May Contain Explicit Imagery,” CB1 Gallery, CA Panel discussion

GRANTS/AWARDS

Honoree, Fulcrum Arts Benefit, 2019

Official Selection, Games for Change Immersive Arcade, 2019

Nominee for Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant, 2019

Impact Maker to Watch 2019, Stratiscope, City Hall, Los Angeles, 2019

Peripheral Vision Arts Publication Fellowship, 2016

Herradura Art Competition, Los Angeles 2nd Place 2014

CCI Creative Capacity Fund Grant 2012, 2016

ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation 2011

COMMUNITY WORK 

2019 Chair of the Board of Directors, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

2017 Joined the Advisory Board of Fulcrum Arts

2016 Joined the Board of Directors at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Vice Chair

2015 Designed and led a collage workshop with homeless individuals at Ascencia under the aegis of the Craft and Folk Art Museum

Created a site-specific installation in “Rooms to Let,” Slavic Village, Cleveland, OH

Joined as active member of the Pasadena Art Alliance

2013 Guest Curator, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (LACE) benefit “Happening”

2012 Co-curated with Merry Norris, “Imagine LA: An Evening With A Point of View,” which benefitted homeless families living in Los Angeles

2010-2012 Initiated and led a collaborative art project at Homeboy Industries called “Exit Wounds.” Works from this project were exhibited throughout Los Angeles as part of the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s “Folk Art Everywhere” program through 2013

2006 – 2011 Served on the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency’s Public Art Advisory Board

2001- 2008 Helped found and co-curated (with Cris Mccall, Tiffiny Lendrum, and Ashley Emmenegger) fresh stART, an annual benefit exhibition that funds art therapy programs for at-risk children in Los Angeles

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Figueroa Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

W Hotel, Hollywood

Featured on Season 3  (2010-2011) of “In Treatment” HBO Films

Redbird, Los Angeles

BLD, Los Angeles

PODCASTS

Everything VR and AR, with Kevin Harvell, the VRARA, July 24, 2019

Voices of VR with Kent Bye (July 2nd, 2019)

Desert X: Nancy Baker Cahill’s Ephemeral Sculptures with Frances Anderton, (February 20, 2019)

A.G. Geiger: Tales from the LA Art Underworld with Michael Delgado

No Proscenium with Noah Nelson (December 14, 2018)

State of the Art (May 17, 2018)

What Artists Listen To, with Pia Pack (July 25, 2018)

Bookish with Sonya Walger, Season 2 (May 28, 2018)

Feminist Crush with Kitty Lindsay, (February 10, 2017)

BIBLIOGRAPHY/SELECTED PRESS

2019

LA TIMES: Confederate statue, plantation, prison; Artists reclaim sites with ‘Battlegrounds’, by Deborah Vankin, October 30, 2019

IMMERSE: Unlocking the Potential of Immersive Technology For the Arts, by Noah J. Nelson, July 27, 2019

Art and Cake: Femmebit 2019: Realizing the Future for Women in Art and Technology, by Genie Davis, July 21, 2019

Coeur et Art: Art + Activism: Nancy Baker Cahill + Coordinates Project , by Alexandra Etienne, July 20, 2019

WBUR, The ARTery: An Augmented Reality Experience on the Greenway Reminds Us Of Life Before The Big Dig, by Jacquinn Sinclair, July 12, 2019

LA Times: With A Free Phone App, Nancy Baker Cahill Breaks the Glass Ceiling of Male-Dominated Land Art, by Deborah Vankin, February 28, 2019

LA Times: Review: For Desert X 2019, I Drove 198 Miles to See 19 Artists’ Work. Here’s the Best, by Christopher Knight, February 23, 2019

Artsy, The 7 Most Awe-Inspiring Installations at Desert X, by Kelsey Ables, February 13, 2019

Galerie Magazine, The 9 Most Unforgettable Installations at Desert X, by Laura Van Straaten

Boston Hassle, WENT THERE: Nancy Baker Cahill: Hollow Point, by Kevin Ruhiu, Feb 2, 2019

The Wall Street Journal, At Desert X, An Arid Art Exhibit Materializes, By Brenda Cronin, January 28, 2019

GameDaily.Biz via Yahoo! Finance, Please, Touch the Art: VR encourages Audience to become the Exhibit, by Dustin Clendenen, January 23, 2019

The Boston Globe Thrills and Possibilities As Artist Ventures into Digital Realms, by Cate McQuaid, January 16, 2019

2018

Bloomberg Media Art and Technology Documentary Series, Episode 25: ART and Augmented Reality: Nancy Baker Cahill, December 17, 2018

Arcadia Magazine Arte Colombiano y Realidad Aumentada en el Espacio Público de Los Ángeles, por Joaquin Guzman, November 28, 2018

LA Times How Virtual Art Appearing Along the LA River Tackles Gentrification, Immigration, and Environmental Issues, by Anna Furman, November 2, 2018

LA WEEKLY The Future of XR is Now, by Tanja M. Laden, October 10, 2018

VR Voice Artists Create GPS Enabled Augmented Reality Art to Deliver Provocative Political Messages, September 25, 2018

Animation Magazine Biggest Ever VR/AR/MR Art Show Coming to sp[a]ce gallery, By Mercedes Milligan, September 24, 2018

ZDNet Artists Use AR to Display Politically-Charged Art in Provocative Places: Billed as the first truly interactive fine-art augmented reality experience, this may be the birth of a new medium, by Greg Nichols, September 14, 2018

Digital Bodies: COORDINATES: The Fascinating Collaborative AR Art Project, by Emory Craig< September 10, 2018

VRScout Artists Spread Inspirational Political Messages Through Geo-Located AR Art, By Kyle Melnick, September 5, 2018

ARTnews A New Model for Public Art: With Coordinates Feature, 4th Wall App Allows Users to View Artist-Designed AR Projects, Claire Selvin, August 13, 2018

LA Magazine Artists Are Using Augmented Reality to Install Virtual Works in Powerful Places, by Brittany Martin, August 14, 2018

La Stampa L’arte aumentata. Tecnologia all’opera. Il Paese delle Meraviglie incontra Snapchat, Fabio Sindici, June 26, 2018

Wallpaper The World’s First Augmented Reality Tool For Designers Launches Today, by Elly Parsons, June 6, 2018

The Art Newspaper Nancy Baker Cahill Drops AR Art Bombs, by Jori Finkel, May 9, 2018

LA Weekly The Adventures of Nancy Baker Cahill Across the 8th Dimension, By Shana Nys Dambrot, April 20, 2018

Seeflection Review: Artist Showcases AR Art in 4thWall App, by Jordan Castinado, March 2, 2018

Good Magazine These Virtual Reality Sculptures Make Any Environment and Art Installation, by Liz Ohanesian, February 28, 2018

Forbes This Artist Just Entered The Age of Augmented Reality By Releasing Her Own Mobile App, by Kat Mustatea, February 18, 2018

Aesthetica VR: Redefining Installation, February 16, 2018

Fast Company This App Lets you Dive Into The Richness of An Artist’s Studio From Anywhere, by Daniel Terdiman February 1, 2018

Smithsonian Magazine These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Virtual Reality Drawings by Mika McKinnon January 18, 2018

Catalogue Essay “the Illusion of Control,” by Camilla Taylor, January 2018

Citizine Featured Artist, January 25, 2018

LA Confidential 6 Not-To-Be-Missed Art Happenings in Los Angeles, By Gabé Hirschowitz, January 20, 2018

LA Review of Books Featured Artist week of 1/16/18

2017

Art and Cake Nancy Baker Cahill and Elisa Johns at Ochi Projects, Lorraine Heitzman, March 24, 2017

Datebook LA Times Carolina Miranda, March 9, 2017

2016

Peripheral Vision Arts Surds and Manifestos: The Drawings of Nancy Baker Cahill, by Gracie Linden, October 10, 2016

LA Home Magazine Nancy Baker Cahill, by Mark Castellino, Winter/Spring issue 2016

2015

LA Times Gallery Report Stitched Paintings, A Shattered Mural, Hidden Heads, by Carolina Miranda, May 19, 2015

LA Magazine Artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill Exhibit New Work at SHEvening: The Two L.A.-based Artists Talk About the Place of Feminism and Motherhood in their Artistic Practices, by Amy Newline Schroeder, May 8, 2015

Artillery Magazine Shoptalk, Scarlet Cheng, 2015

The Radder May 15, 2015

KCRW 5 Things to Do this Week, May 11, 2015

LATimes Datebook Abstract Grids, Honoring an Industrial Designer, Surveillance Art, Carolina Miranda, May 8, 2015

2014

LA Times Imagery That Skirts Explicit, by Christopher Knight, August 16, 2014

Little Death – Petit Mors Jouissance One Hundred Percent Rag, by Sandra Vista, August 2014

Was That a Prick, May Contain Explicit Imagery (catalogue essay), by Tucker Neel

LA Weekly, 5 Artsy Things to Do in LA, by Catherine Wagley, August 2014

KCET Artbound Drawing Tension With Graphite: Nancy Baker Cahill, by Liz Ohanesian, January 2014

LA Magazine Car Shows, Katy Perry, Art Exhibits: What’s Going On at the New Vibiana? by Theis Duelund, January 2014

2012

LA Times Pasadena Sun: Still Showcasing the Area’s Most Colorful Art, by Kirk Silsbee, September 2012

LA I’m Yours Science, Art and Invaders: Nancy Baker Cahill on her PMCA Installation, Fascinomas, by Kirk Fitzpatrick, May 10, 2012

Catalog Essay for Nancy Baker Cahill’s Fascinomas at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, by Tucker Neel, 2012

LA Weekly If Dr. House Were an Artist: ‘Fascinomas’ Turns Diagnosis Into Images at the Pasadena Museum, by Kate Gammon March 14, 2012

Los Feliz Ledger Los Feliz’s Own Nancy Cahill’s Fascinomas at the Museum of California Art, (Eastside Eye), by Kathy A. Macdonald, March 1, 2012

California Homes Featured Exhibition, Vol. 16, No. 1, February 2012

Pasadena Artbeat PMCA’s New Exhibits Engrossing and Sometimes Gross Adult Fare, by Jana J. Monji, February 5, 2012

2011

Huffington Post Arts Spotlight Exit Wounds’ Exhibition Tells Stories Of Violence And Hope In Los Angeles, April 12, 2011

KUSC radio broadcast Arts Alive, Los Angeles, CA March 26, 2011

LA Times Healing Wounds, by Karen Wada, March 2011

2009

Cleveland Scene Moving Targets: Time and Change at Morgan, by Douglas Max Utter, November 2009

THE Magazine 17 Artists You Should Know About, by Ashley McLean Emenegger, September 2009.

Craft and Folk Art Museum Blog My Petite Bullet Blossoms, May 2009

2008

KCSN Art News Radio Show Molly Barnes’ Interview, 88.5fm, May 26, 2008

My Love for you is a Stampede of Horses Nancy Baker Cahill at Tinlark Gallery, April 1, 2008

2007

Artscene Preview of Exhibitions, “Coping Mechanisms,” by Elenore Welles, May 2007

Whitehot Magazine LA Painter Nancy Baker Cahill Speaks on Notions of Gender, April 07, WM Issue #2