bio/cv

Biography

Nancy Baker Cahill is an artist working at the intersection of fine art, new media and activism. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) public art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. In 2019, she received an “Impact Maker to Watch” award at LA City Hall and was recognized by the LA Times as one of the ARTS Faces of the Year and included in ARTnews’ list of 2021 ‘Deciders.’ Baker Cahill is a featured TEDx speaker, and is currently one of ten artist scholars in the Berggruen Institute’s inaugural 2020 Transformations of the Human Fellowship.


CV

full list of works

EDUCATION

Williams College, B.A. with Honors in Art

SELECTED SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2021 Legacy, SXSW, Austin TX (due to COVID-19, rescheduled for 2021)

2020 Liberty Bell, commissioned by Art Production Fund; Boston, MA, Rockaway, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Charleston, SC, Selma, AL

2020 EVER NOW, temporary AR installation, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 

2019 EVER NOW, Facebook Brickyard Building, Los Angeles 

2019 Hollow Point: Nancy Baker Cahill, Boston CyberArts, Boston 

2018 COORDINATES, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. 

2018 Sunset Digital Billboard Project: Nancy Baker Cahill’s VR Drawings, sponsored by IF Innovation Foundation 

2018 Hollow Point/Strange Laugh: an AR/VR/Analog event, LACE, Los Angeles    

2017 Nancy Baker Cahill; Elisa Johns, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles 

2017 Hollow Point: a VR exhibition at Butcher Bird Studios, Los Angeles 

2016 Nancy Baker Cahill: Interruptions, Moorpark College Art Gallery, Moorpark, CA 

2015 SHEvening, Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill, MERRYSPACE, Los Angeles 

2014 Nancy Baker Cahill and Yuval Pudik: New Drawings, Vibiana, Los Angeles 

2012 Fascinomas, The Pasadena Museum of California Art (catalogue) 

2007 Coping Mechanisms, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Tech/Know/Future, Montclair University, Curated by Tom Leeser 

2020 Art Safiental Biennial, Safiental, Switzerland 

2020 After Life, a VR exhibition, Epoch Gallery, Curated by Peter Wu 

2019 Desert X Biennial, Coachella Valley, CA

2019 Sandbox Immersive Festival, Qingdao, China 

2019 Games for Change, Immersive Arcade, Official Selection, New York 

2019 Sonar + D, Barcelona, Spain 

2019 New Faces: Mid-Career Artists LA/NY, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles 

2019 Virtual Futures: XR Showcase, LACMA booth, LAAS, Los Angeles, Curated by Jesse Damiani and Britt Salvesen  

2019-2020 Auto Show: Public Art on the Greenway, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston 

2018 sp[a]tial reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR, sp[a]ce gallery, Pasadena, CA, Curated by Jesse Damiani 

2018 COORDINATES, a collaborative, AR public art exhibition via the 4th Wall app, global 

2018 CITY UNSEEN: a New [AR]t Experience, Public AR Art Experience, Snap! Orlando, Orlando, FL 

2018 MANIFESTO: A Modest Proposal, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA, Curated by Ciara Ennis and Jennifer Vanderpool 

2017 ICALA VR BBQ, Butcherbird Studios, Los Angeles 

2014 Eyewall, The Bottom Line (web video gallery), The Drawing Center, New York 

2014 May Contain Explicit Imagery; Nancy Baker Cahill, Kiki Seror and John Weston, CB1 Gallery (catalogue), Los Angeles, Curated by Tucker Neel 

2010-2013 Folk Art Everywhere, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles. Rotating exhibition at the Levantine Cultural Center featuring works from the Exit Wounds Project 

2009 Discovered/Undiscovered, University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, Curated by Michael and Sirje Gold 

2007 Mind Full: A Group Show, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles 

CURATED AR PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS

2020 In Plain Sight: a coalition of 80 artists fighting immigrant detention and the culture of incarceration, conceived by Cassils and rafa esparza, hosted by the 4th Wall app 

2019 BATTLEGROUNDS, New Orleans, LA 

2018 Defining Line, Los Angeles, Co-curated with Debra Scacco

2018-present COORDINATES, Global

GRANTS/AWARDS

2020 Transformations of the Human Fellowship, Berggruen Institute 

2019 Fulcrum Arts Benefit Award

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 

2016 Peripheral Vision Arts Publication Fellowship 

2014 Herradura Art Competition, Los Angeles 2nd Place 

2012, 2016 CCI Creative Capacity Fund Grant  

2011 ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation 

PUBLIC LECTURES/PANEL DISCUSSIONS

2020 VRTO 

2020 AWE Conference & Immersive Arts Symposium Keynote speaker:  Augmenting Difficult Realities: Using AR to Change Perspectives at Home and in Public, 2020 

2020 Impact Reality Summit, Seattle, WA 

2019 Factory Berlin’s Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany 

2019 Free Radicals Symposium, Fulcrum Arts, Pasadena, CA 

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

2019 Sónar+D, Panelist, Exhibitor, Barcelona, Spain 

2019 Girls Who Code, Burbank, CA 

2019 Sandbox Immersive Festival, Panelist, Exhibitor, Qingdao, China 

2019 Games For Change, Keynote Speaker, Exhibitor, New York

2019 SplitX Summit/Speaker, Split, Croatia 

2019 Panel, Using Memory & Connection to Occupy Space: Art in the Virtual and Natural Realms, LACE, Los Angeles 

2019 A.W.E. Night LA: ARt Salon, Rita House, Los Angeles 

2019 Tech Toch with Jesse Damiani, AltSpaceVR 

2019 Fine Art, Public Access and XR, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston 

2019 Panel, Britt Salvesen (LACMA),Jessie Damiani (XR Curator) Jorge R. Gutierrez & Nancy Baker Cahill, LAAS, Los Angeles 

2019 Desert X Sunday Sessions and VR experience, Ace Hotel, Palm Springs, CA 

2018 Spatial Reality, sp[a]ce gallery, Pasadena, CA, 

2018 Speaker, TEDx, Increasing Dialogue Through Drawing: Using AR as a Tool to Create Equity and Access, Pasadena, CA 

2018 Fellow/Speaker, Influx Lab, Los Angeles 

2018 Speaker, Berggruen Institute, Los Angeles

2018 Girls Who Code, Glendale, CA 

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

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

2018 Panel, Women in Leadership Forum; Women in Art and Technology, sponsored by Sotheby’s Institute 

2017 ICA LA VR BBQ Discussion with Reggie Watts, Butcherbird Studios, Los Angeles 

2017 #whitemirror VR hack-a-thon, OnceUponaFuture think tank, Marina Del Rey, CA 

2015 Panel, The Drawing Show, Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles 

2014 Panel, May Contain Explicit Imagery, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles 

GUEST LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS

2020 USCD

2020 Georgetown Law, Georgetown University

2020 CalArts, Integrated Media Dept 

2020 Occidental College (for In Plain Sight Project)  

2020 Colgate University

2020, Mass College of Art 

2020 USC Media Arts and Practice 

2020 Oberlin College 

2020 Visiting Artist, University of Nevada 

2019 Occidental College

2018 USC Film School

2018 CSUN Art Department

2018  Chapman University Art Dept 

2018  Integrated Media Dept, Cal Arts

2016 Interruptions, Moorpark College

COMMUNITY WORK 

2020 Board of Directors, Activist Lens Grant, Kaleidoscope

2019-2020 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, 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

Voices of VR with Kent Bye: #874 VR for Good: Using AR to Explore Contested Sites in New Orleans with Nancy Baker Cahill’s 4th Wall App, January 24, 2020

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

Voices of VR with Kent Bye, #783: AR Art on Contested Sites, Feminist Philosophy, & Embodied Art with Nancy Baker Cahill, 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

ARTnews, Who Will Shape the Art World in 2021?: ARTnews Presents ‘The Deciders’, The Editors of ARTnews, December 1, 2020

Frieze, Ghosts in the Machine, Elvia Wilk, September 24, 2020

Washington Post, 4 Art Road Trips to Take This Fall Across the U.S., Anna Mazurek, October 3, 2020

Arts Fuse, Visual Arts Commentary: Digital Media — Public Art is a Bridge to Our New Normal, Mark Favermann, September 17, 2020 

California Home + Design, The Changemakers: California artists who are seeking social justice through their work, Jessica Ritz, September 16, 2020

Artnet News, The Art World at Home: Curator Michi Jigarjian Is Helping Plan a Giant Mural in Rockaway and Growing Squash in Her Garden, September, 8, 2020

Los Angeles Review of Books, Embracing the Radical Uncertainty of Part-Machines, Nancy Baker Cahill, August 2, 2020

Selma Sun Selma one of six cities in the country chosen to display virtual art piece, July 20, 2020

Boston Globe Weighing the Fate of our Most Problematic Public Art,  Murray Whyte, July 11, 2020

The Post and Courier What I did on my Charleston Stay-Put Vacation, Maura Hogan, July 11, 2020 

The Georgetowner Mostly Virtual Arts Round Up, Richard Selden, July 9, 2020

Smithsonian This AR Artwork Reimagines Historical Spaces Across the U.S., Nora McGreevy, July 8, 2020

Timeout You can view this cool augmented reality artwork in six different cities, Howard Halle, July 8, 2020

CNN 80 artists wrote messages in the skies above ICE detention centers, Jacqui Palumbo, July 7, 2020

Art News British Arts Institutions Receive £1.5 Billion in Aid and More: Morning Links from July 6, 2020, Claire Selvan 

KCET ‘In Plain Sight’: 80 Artists Take Over the Skies in Support of Immigrant Rights, Carren Jao, Mia Nakaji Monnier, July 6, 2020

Raleigh News & Observer New York Times: ‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History is Alive and Kicking, David Colman, July 5, 2020 

Philadelphia Inquirer On Art Museum Steps, a different ‘Liberty Bell,’ Becky Batcha and Ellen Grey, July 4, 2020

New York Times Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky, Zachary Small, July 3, 2020

New York Times ‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History is Alive and Kicking,’ David Colman, July 2, 2020 

Harper’s Bazaar ‘The Culture Lover’s July Guide,’ July 2, 2020 

Artnet, ‘For the 4th of July, an Augmented Reality Artwork Is Bringing the Liberty Bell to Cities Across the Eastern Seaboar, Sarah Cascone, July 4, 2020

Artsy ‘Why I’m One of 80 Artists Writing Messages of Hope and Rage in the Sky This Independence Day,’ Raquel Gutiérrez, July 3, 2020

LA Times80 Artists Will Mark Fourth of July With Skytyped Messages Over U.S. Detention Centers,’ Carolina Miranda, July 3, 2020

LA Times ‘Art Reality Studio Arms Artists With VR Gear and Asks’ What If?,’ Deborah Vankin, April 25, 2020 

LA Weekly ‘Human Nature: Are We Animals Or Are We Machines?’, Shana Nys Dambrot, April 9, 2020

Vogue ‘Chanel Manicures, Bondage Ballet, and Emily Ratajkowski: Inside the Art Production Fund’s 2020 Gala,’ Zachary Schwartz, March 10, 2020

Forbes  ‘The Top AR Apps, Projects And Activations Of 2019′, Jesse Damiani, February 27, 2020

Forbes ‘The Top 35 XR Installations of 2019’, Jesse Damiani, February 19th, 2020

The Art Newspaper ‘Plans for Berggruen Institute’s ‘scholars’ campus’ in the Santa Monica Mountains move forward, First cohort of artist fellows includes Nancy Baker Cahill, Agnieszka Kurant and Pierre Huyghe,’ Gareth Harris, February 15, 2020

LA TIMES ‘Faces of the Year, ARTS” Selected Artist, December 29, 2019

VRScout  First Ever Impact Reality Summit Announces 2020 Lineup, Dave Dorsey, December 23, 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

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

ZDNetArtists 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

VRScoutArtists 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 WeeklyThe 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 MagazineThese 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 Confidential6 Not-To-Be-Missed Art Happenings in Los Angeles’, By Gabé Hirschowitz, January 20, 2018

LA Review of Books Featured Artist, January 16, 2018

Art and CakeNancy Baker Cahill and Elisa Johns at Ochi Projects’, Lorraine Heitzman, March 24, 2017

Datebook LA Times, Carolina Miranda, March 9, 2017

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

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

LA MagazineArtists 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

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

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

LA I’m YoursScience, 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 WeeklyIf 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

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

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

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

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