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Alex Baker, Curator of Contemporary Art

Alex Baker, Curator of Contemporary Art, joined the Academy in 2001. Focusing on the expansion of the Academy's increasingly popular contemporary art program, Baker devotes his time to growing this vital component of the Academy's mission - promoting and exhibiting the work of living American artists of regional and national distinction.

Installations curated by Baker have included the first solo museum exhibition by New York self-taught artist Phil Frost, and a three-dimensional floor-to-ceiling collage of paper cut-outs by artist Astrid Bowlby. Baker's exhibitions surprise and delight visitors, transforming the downstairs Morris Gallery into an often-unrecognizable space.

Baker recently received his Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology from Temple University. Prior to his arrival at the Pennsylvania Academy, Baker worked as Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), curating several exhibitions of note, including Indelible Market: Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, and Todd James, which traveled to the 2001 Venice Biennale. Baker has written essays for the 2001 Venice Biennale, a monograph on Philadelphia artist Judith Schaechter published by Glass Press, as well as essays for the international arts and culture magazine Tokion. Baker is on the advisory boards of Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia and The Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pa.

 

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