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Solo Exhibitions

2021

"Exuberant Graphics & Improbable Spaces", South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana 

2019

“James Eli Bowden Paintings, Frankfort Public Library, Frankfort, Illinois

“FORMidable Edge”, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, Illinois

2018

“James Bowden Paintings”, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois

“James Bowden Cutouts”, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois

“James Bowden”, Orland Park Library, Orland Park, Illinois

Juried Group Shows/Exhibitions

2022

Multi-Plicity", Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

Verdent", Studio C, Frankfort, Illinois

Collective Awakening", Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Black and/or White", Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

Recently", Studio C, Frankfort, Illinois

CAVA Winter Exhibition", Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Illinois

2021

5th Annual Community Showcase", Crete Creative Gallery, Crete, Illinois

Painting 2011-2021", Juried Online Exhibition, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

78th Annual Salon Show", South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana

Later Impressions", Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Not Really", Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

64 Arts", The Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, Illinois

What is Abstract Art Today", Juried Virtual Exhibition

Union Street Invitational", Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois

Reunion 2021", Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

CAVA Members Show 2021", Grandville Storefront, Chicago, Illinois

9th Annual Art Competition", Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Symmetry", Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

Evanston & Vicinity Biennial", Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

2020

“Anything is Possible", Frankfort Arts Association Gallery, Frankfort, Illinois

“77th Annual Salon Show", South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana

“Purely Abstract Show", Kavanaugh Gallery, St. Charles, Illinois

“2020 Later Impressions", Old Town Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

“Who's Afraid of Red", Studio Oh, Chicago, Illinois

“2020 Visions”, Annual Tall Grass Artists Exhibit, Park Forest Illinois

“8th Annual Art Competition”, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago Illinois

“Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists Member Show 2020”, Virtual Gallery Exhibit

“2020 Frankfort Arts Association Virtual Gallery Exhibit”

“Symmetry: Concepts Captured in Art”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest Illinois

2019

“Beyond Pedagogy”, Prairie State College Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois

“Dreams Come True”, Frankfort Arts Association, Frankfort, Illinois

“76th Annual Salon Show”, South Shore Arts, Munster, Indiana

“The Sky's the Limit”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

“The Art of Illinois”, Gallery Seven, Lockport, Illinois 

“Seven”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois

“Intersection of Art and Music”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois

“7th Annual Art Competition”, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

2018

“Soundwaves – Colorcodes – Natureforms”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois 

“The Art of Illinois”, Gallery Seven, Lockport, Illinois  

“Taking an Art Trip”, Tall Grass Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

2017

“The Art of Illinois”, Gallery Seven, Joliet, Illinois

“Mark of the Hand”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

“Creative Imagination”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest Illinois

2016

“Tall Grass Annual”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

2015

“Tall Grass Annual”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

“16th Annual”, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, Illinois

2014

“Tall Grass Annual”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

“15th Annual”, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery, Kankakee, Illinois

2013-2007

“Tall Grass Annual”, Tall Grass Arts Gallery, Park Forest, Illinois

1977

“Gavin and Bowden”, Beverly Art Center Chicago, Illinois

“Art Fair & Festival”, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, Illlinois

1975

“All Media Exhibit”, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

1974

“Illinois Grand Salon”, Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

“Flat Works”, Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

1973

“Auben, Bowden, Maldre, Madura”, Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois

1970

“MFA Exhibitions”, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

1968

“2nd National Palymer Exhibition, Ypsilanti, Michigan

“Art and Industry”, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, Kentucky

“On the Grass”, Phalanx Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Chicago State University, Chicago, One Man

1967

“Phalanx”, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

“Swedish Days Festival Art Exhibit”, Geneva, Illinois

“Old Orchard Art Exhibit”, Skokie, Illinois

Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois

1966

Murray State College, Murray, Kentucky

“Mid-South Art Exhibition”, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tenn.

“Mid-State Craft Show”, Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana

“1st Central South Exhibition, Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee

“2nd National Print & Drawing Exhibition”, Western Michigan University

“Annual Art Center Show”, 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

1965

“Chicago and Vicinity ‘65”, Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

“Art Across America”, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Ohio

“1965 Fine Arts Festival:, Highland Park, Illinois

“Mid-State Art Show”, Evansville Museum, Evansville, Indiana

1964

“Chicago and Vicinity ‘64”, Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Awards

“Award of Excellence", CAVA Collective Awakening Show, Beverly Art Center

“Orval O. & Margaret Haag Memorial Award", 78th Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts

“Merit Award", 77th Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts

“2nd Place", 8th Annual Art Competition, Bridgeport Art Center

“Key Award" and "Honorable Mention", Gretchen Charlton 15th Annual Exhibition, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery

“2nd Place", Gretchen Charlton 14th Annual Exhibition, Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery

“Purchase Award", 2nd National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Western Michigan University

Murals

2004    Mural for exterior of a Platinum Car Wash location

1999    Mural for employee exercise area, Northern Trust Corporation

1997, 1996, 1995   Murals for convenience stores, Kean Brothers, Inc.

1989    Mural for entrance to car wash, Turtle Wax Corporation

1986    Mural for can printing plant, Continental Can Company

1984, 1983    Four murals for Broadview plant, Amphenol North American

1977    Mural for exercise room, Feminique Facial & Figure Salon

1976    Mural for administrative and sales office area, Noral Color Corporation

1975    Mural for University Presidents Conference Room, Chicago State University

1975    Exterior Bicentennial Mural, Noral Color Corporation

Presentations

A pre-recorded video of my paintings and work methods to be presented to study group members of the Northwest Indiana Community Arts Association