Gideon Bok Bio

Born in Vinalhaven, Maine, 1966


         Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, MFA, 1996
          Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, BA, 1992
          New York Studio School, Painting and Drawing, 1990
          Studio Arts Centers International, Summer Ptg. Program, Florence, Italy, 1990
          Portland School of Art, Portland, ME, 1987-1988
          University of Southern Maine, 1986-1987

Solo Exhibitions

          Gideon Bok, Records, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2013
          Wall Drawing/Covers, Space Gallery, Portland, ME, 2011
          Rockland Paintings, Alpha Gallery, Boston, 2010
          Re: Stacks, Schlesinger Gallery, New York, 2010
          Analog: Gideon Bok, University of Maine at Gorham, 2008
          Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2007
          Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
         Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2006
          Gideon Bok: Guardrailing, Ctr. for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2005
          Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
          Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
          Elan Fine Arts, Rockland, ME, 2003
          Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2001
          Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA 1999
          Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA 1997
          Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME, 1996
          Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1996
          Dead Space Gallery, Portland, ME, 1995

Selected Group Exhibitions

          Pure Paint for Now People, Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, February-April
          Faculty Show, Stone Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA, February-March  2015
          Record Store, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY, 2011
          Pink Moon: A Group Exhibition Inspired by Nick Drake's Album, Steven Harvey Fine Art
          projects, New York, NY, 2011
          Small Works, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME, 2009
          Fuckheads: Portraiture for the Silicone Enlightenment, SCA Contemporary
          Art Gallery, Alburquerque, NM; traveling to Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
          Casual Males, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2009
          Expose, Exit Art, New York, NY, 2008
          Gangbusters, Plane Space, New York, NY, 2008
          Painters Who Teach, Greenhut Gallery, ME, 2008
          Every Picture Tells a Story: Myths Messages and Morals, The McIninch Art Gallery At
          Southern New Hampshire University, NH, 2007
          Start Here: Camden-Rockport High School Graduates, Center for Maine Contemporary
          Art, Rockport, ME, 2007
          Maine Print Project, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2006
          The Art Show (Alpha Gallery), Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, 2006, (2004,
          2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997)
          Art Chicago (Alpha Gallery), Chicago, IL, 2006
          (2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999,1998, 1997)
          Art of the 20th Century (Alpha Gallery), Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, 2006
          (2005, 2004, 2003, 2002)
          Academy Ceremonial Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York,
          NY, 2005
          American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition of Painting and
, New York, NY, 2005
          Gallery Artists, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2005
          Summer Selections, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2004
          Painting at Plane Space, Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
          Biennial Juried Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2004
          Group Show, Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
          American Academy Invitational Exhibition, American Academy of Arts and Letters,
          New York, NY, 2001
          Ten Figurative Painters in New England: An Artist's Choice, Curated by William
          Bailey, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT, 2000
          Reinventing the Physical World: Seven Painters Exploring the Interplay Between Abstraction
          and Representation
, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA, 2000
          Painting Beyond Surface: Mary Armstrong, Gideon Bok, Riley Brewster, Stoney Conley, John
, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, ME, 1999
          Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY, 1999
          O’Farrell Gallery, Brunswick, ME, 1998
          Inside/Outside, Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, ME, 1997
          MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT,
          New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1995
          Skep Gallery, New York, NY, 1993
          BA Thesis Exhibition, Hampshire Gallery, Amherst, MA, 1992

Selected Collections

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Anderson Enterprises, Rockford, IL
Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA
Danforth Art Museum & School, Framingham, MA
element79partners, Chicago, IL
Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center, Rockland, ME
William Louis-Dreyfus, New York, NY
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Stephen & Sybil Stone Foundation, MA
RFT Associates, Minneapolis, MN
Wareham Public Library, Wareham, MA
Wellington Management, Boston, MA

Selected Bibliography

Ian Paige, Gideon Bok’s analogous response at USM Gorham, The Phoenix, March 19, 2008
Avery Yale Kamila, Go-Go Gallery, The Maine Switch, March 20–26 2008
Cate McQuaid, Unfolding Space, The Boston Globe, May 24, 2007
Gideon Bok, (essay by Joanna Fink), Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2007
Martha Schwendener, Art in Review, New York Times, November 3, 2006
Gideon Bok: Time Fades Away, (essay by Chad MacDermid) Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
Nick Smith, A Room with a View: a New York Artist Paints his own Studios’ Many Moods, Charleston City Paper/Arts Entertainment Weekly, February 22, 2006
Bob Keyes, In the Studio with Gideon Bok, Maine Sunday Telegram, October 23, 2005
John Reed, Review, Time Out New York, April 29–May 6, 2004
Ken Johnson, Art Guide, The New York Times, April 23, 2004
Andrew Forge, Ten Figurative Painters in New England: An Artist’s Choice, exhibition catalog with introduction by William Bailey, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT, 2000.
Ken Shulman, The Ghost in the Studio, ARTNews, October 1999
New American Paintings, Steven Zevitas, ed., Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA, 1998
Ben Harmon, Refining Lines, Bay Windows, November 28, 1997
Cate McQuaid, Inside Bok’s Strange Studios, The Boston Globe, November 27, 1997
Miles Unger, Review, Art New England, August/September 1996
Cate McQuaid, Review, The Boston Globe, May 23, 1996
Nancy Stapen, Review, New Talent at Alpha Gallery, The Boston Globe,  June 22, 1995

Teaching/Visiting Artist/Curator

MFA non-resident studio mentor, Massachusetts College of Art, 2010
Brandeis University Post-Baccalaureate Painting Prorgam, 2010-2011
Marlboro College, 2010, 1999
Curator, Sound and Vision: Circuit, Tube and Prism, SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME, 2009
MFA Program, University of Indiana, Bloomington, 2008
Visiting Artist-in-Residence, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, 2008
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa; Univesity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, April 2008
New York Studio School, New York, NY; Visiting Artist Lecture Series, 2006
Juror, Young Contemporaries, Boston (with Kiki Smith & Laura Donaldson) 2006
Juror, Young Contemporaries, Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, 2006
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1998-2006
Curator, 3 Painters: Meghan Brady, Karen Dow & Gina Ruggeri, Hampshire College Main Gallery, 2006
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2006
College of Charleston, SC, 2006
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 2005
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2004
Boston University, MA, 2001
Art Institute of Boston, MA, 2001
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2001
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2001
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2001
Kansas City Art Institute, MO, 2000
Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, 1999
Yale Norfolk Summer Program, 1998 (1997, 1995)
Yale University School of Art, 1995-1996

A W A R D S / G R A N T S

           Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund Purchase Award, The American
           Academy of Arts and Letters 2005
          John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2004
          Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Juried Exhibition, Best in Show, 2004