BIOGRAPHY/CV

Biography

Nancy Baker Cahill is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of 4th Wall; a free Augmented Reality (AR) art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. She initiated the ongoing, collaborative, AR public art exhibition “Coordinates” in 4th Wall; site-specific activations of artworks created by contemporary artists working topically throughout the world. She received her B.A. from Williams College and began her career describing TV and movies for the blind and visually impaired at WGBH in Boston. From 2010-2012 she 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 (CAFAM)’s “Folk Art Everywhere” program. In 2015 she designed and led a collage workshop with homeless individuals under the aegis of a CAFAM grant. 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 recently profiled in a 2019 Bloomberg Media Art and Technology short documentary, and recently received an “Impact Maker to Watch” award at LA City Hall. She is an international public speaker and was a participating artist in the 2019 Desert X Biennial.

Solo exhibition highlights include the Pasadena Museum of California Art, her Virtual Reality (VR) public art project on the IF (Innovation Foundation) sponsored Sunset Digital Billboards, a VR/AR event at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), and Boston CyberArts. She has been profiled by Forbes Magazine, ARTnews, Fast Company, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Art Newspaper, VRScout, ZDNet, Artsy, the Los Angeles Times, KCET’s award-winning “Artbound” series, Aesthetica, Good Magazine, LA Magazine, The Boston Globe, LA Weekly, La Stampa, Peripheral Vision Arts and on several podcasts, including Feminist Crush, No Proscenium, Bookish, and State of the Art. She served for years as a member of the Hollywood Public Art Advisory Board, is a member of the Pasadena Art Alliance, an Advisory Board member of Fulcrum Arts and is Chair of the Board of Directors at LACE.

EDUCATION Williams College, B.A. with Honors in Art

SELECTED SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

2019

  •  “Hollow Point: Nancy Baker Cahill,” Boston CyberArts, Boston, MA

2018

  •  “COORDINATES,” A collaborative, AR public art exhibition. Location: Las Vegas, NV
  •  “COORDINATES,” A collaborative, AR public art exhibition. Location: United States Supreme Court,    Washington, DC
  • “Sunset Digital Billboard ProjectNancy Baker Cahill‘s VR Drawings,” Curated by Jessica Rich (January, February), sponsored by IF Innovation Foundation
  • “Hollow Point/Strange Laugh: an AR/VR/Analog event,” LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles (April 16)              

2017 

  • “Nancy Baker Cahill; Elisa Johns,” Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, March 2017
  • “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, September 2017

2016   

  • “Nancy Baker Cahill: Interruptions,” Moorpark College Art Gallery

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, February- April
  •  “New faces: Mid-Career Artists LA / NY, ” Shoshana Wayne Gallery, June-July
  •  “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, January
  • “Auto Show,” Public Art on the Greenway sponsored by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, May 2019-2020, 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, Arizona.
  • COORDINATES,” a collaborative, AR public art exhibition via the 4thWall app
  • “CITY UNSEEN: a New [AR]t Experience,” Snap! Orlando, Orlando, FL
  • “MANIFESTO: A Modest Proposal,” Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA (January) 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, June 2017
  • “ELEMENTAL/Marking Time,” Curated by John O’ Brien, Sturt Haaga Gallery, La Cañada Flintridge, CA, August 2017

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 (March, 2016), Gallery Tally, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 10, 2015 –January 10th, 2016
  • 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, NY, New York
  • “Stick and Stones,” Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
  • “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)

2013    

  • “Paper Vernacular: Drawings and Constructions,” House of the Nobleman, NewYork, NY 

2012

  • Temporary installation, “Fascinomas,” Curated by Merry Norris at the Andaz Hotel, West Hollywood, CA
  • Miami Project Art Fair, Miami, FL, Blythe ProjectsMonster Drawing Rally, The Armory, Pasadena, CA

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 and Folk Museum, 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 and Folk Museum, 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.
  • Gallery Artists, Altitude Gallery, Bozeman, MT
  • 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)
  • Juried Los Angeles Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA August 2008
  • Gallery Artists, Altitude Gallery, Bozeman, MT June 2008
  • 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

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

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

LECTURES/PANEL DISCUSSIONS/WORKSHOPS

2019

  • Sónar+D (July 2019), Barcelona, Spain, July
  • Sandbox Immersive Festival, Qingdao, China, June 24-20
  • Games For Change, Keynote Speaker, New York City, NY, June 17-19
  • SplitX Summit/Speaker, Split, Croatia, May 17-19
  • 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

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

Artslant Showcase Winner (Virgil No. 1, Virgil No.12, Virgil No. 16) 2014

CCI Creative Capacity Fund Grant 2012, 2016

ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation 2011

 

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

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Barbara Hashimoto’s Books” by Nancy Baker Cahill, Ceramic Art and Perception no. 40 2000

 

PODCASTS

BIBLIOGRAPHY/SELECTED PRESS

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
  • 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

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