Kyle J. Bauer’s mixed media sculptures lay bare devotion to seamless craftsmanship and the desire to create new meaning out of materials with humble origins. He takes cues from the silence, anticipation, and mounting tension that accompany the act of hunting, forcing the viewer to physically navigate around his sculptures. Bauer moved to Baltimore in 2011 after earning his MFA from Louisiana State University. Since 2012, he has worked as the conservation technician of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
He is a 2016 Hamiltonian Fellowship recipient and was an Artist in Residence at Baltimore Clayworks from 2011-2014. Bauer has been honored as a 2014 Sondheim Artscape Prize finalist, a 2015 and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant recipient, and was awarded third place in the 2015 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition and a 2018 Award of Excellence for the Exhibition 280 at Huntington Museum of Art. His work has recently been featured in exhibitions at Huntington Museum of Art, Hamiltonian Gallery, Delaware Contemporary, the Walters Art Museum, The Wassaic Project, Vox Populi, Flashpoint Gallery, Loyola University, McDaniel College, Arlington Art Center, and School 33 Art Center. He has been invited to present at MAP Gallery's THIRTY speaker series, The Luce Center at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Loyola University, York College, Marymount University, and Dickinson College.