Gary Bower


After studying philosophy Bower turned to painting and gained an MFA from The Ohio State University.

He has held over 30 one-person shows in France and the United States including 3 traveling shows:

Points of View: Four Painters,

  • Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
  • Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, Bronx, NY
  • Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Gary Bower: Abstraction and Image

  • The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
  • The Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Hoyt Sherman Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Gary Bower Abstract Paintings 1969 –1993,
  • Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH

He has also shown in more than 70 group shows in 16 states with 1 traveling show.

After Matisse

  • The Queens Museum of Art, NY
  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
  • Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
  • The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  • Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

He has held one-person shows several times at the following New York City

Commercial galleries:

  • O.K. Harris Works of Art,
  • Max Protetch Gallery,
  • Edward Thorp Gallery,

and at the same time was showing in public spaces:

  • Artists' Space,
  • P.S. 1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City,
  • 112 Greene Street.

His work is in many private collections and more than 17 public or corporate collections including:

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
  • Wexner Center for Visual Arts, Columbus OH
  • Springfield Art Museum, Springfield MO
  • Progressive Corporation, Cleveland OH

Selected Bibliography:

  • Bell, Tiffany. After Matisse, Catalogue for exhibit of same title.  New York:  Independent Curators, Inc. 1986
  • Berlind, Robert. Gary Bower at the New Gallery Art In America. May/June 1978
  • Gary Bower at Max Protetch.  Art In America.  January 1981
  • Collings, Betty. Moving the Margin, Catalogue for exhibit of same title.  Akron, OH: Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, 1990
  • Gibson, Eric. Points of View, Four Painters, Catalogue for the show of the same title organized by Susan Sollins for Independent Curators, Inc., New York, 1984
  • Glueck, Grace. Gary Bower and Joseph Santore, The New York Times.  April 27, 1984
  • Ratcliff, Carter. Gary Bower.  Catalogue, The Madison Art Center, Madison, WI 1974 Gary Bower at the New Gallery.   Art in America.  May/June 1978
  • Rubin, David S. Gary Bower, Idealist in Twentieth Century Painting. Catalogue exhibit Gary Bower, Abstract Paintings, 1968 – '93 Cleveland CCA, Cleveland OH, 1994
  • Sundell, Nina. Gary Bower: Abstraction and Image. Catalogue for show of the same name, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio. 1982