Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Art History Lecture Series presents Mildred Howard

The Golden State Meets the Lone Star: Art in the Public Realm

Mildred Howard's artwork Clear Story
Clear Story, 2011
97,000 clear bottles and vials, wood glue, 10.5 x 11 x 9 feet

In this illustrated talk, prolific San Francisco Bay Area artist Mildred Howard will expand on her statement that, "Since the very beginning of my artistic career, poetry and music have been daily inspirations" and the ways in which her installations, gallery pieces and public art commissions reflect this sentiment.


San Francisco Bay Area native Mildred Howard has received numerous awards for her critically acclaimed mixed-media and installation work, including an NEA Grant in Sculpture, two Rockefeller Artist's Fellowships and the Joan Mitchell Fellowship. Her work is included in major collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the de Young Museum, and has been widely exhibited internationally at venues in Cairo, Berlin, Paris, London, and Morocco. Howard has created a variety of public installation works in San Francisco in collaboration with poets and writers, including Three Shades of Blue, in which lines by Quincy Troupe were etched into blue glass panels on Fillmore Street, and The Music of Language, where Howard worked with San Francisco Poet Laureate Janice Mirikatani to render lines from her poetry in silver porcelain on the building's exterior. In 2012, Howard's Moving Richmond, a work in which a poem by Macarthur Fellow Ishmael Reed was incised into a forty-foot wall of shaped steel, was installed at the Richmond BART station; and earlier this year, Howard's Parenthetically Speaking, a series of punctuation marks rendered in opaque black and red glass and inspired by a poem by Quincy Troupe, was nominated for the Arte Laguna Prize in Sculpture and exhibited at the Arsenal Venezia in Venice. "Since the very beginning of my artistic career," she writes, "poetry and music have been daily inspirations." Howard lives and works in Berkeley, CA and is represented by Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco.