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Lived/Active: Oregon      Known for: ceramics, painting, printmaking, public sculpture

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Frank Boyden (b. 1942)

Trained as a painter, printmaker and art historian, Boyden got interested in ceramic arts around 1968 and stopped painting in 1972 to dedicate himself fully to creating and drawing on works of clay.  From 1968 to 1981 he worked mostly with native materials and clays and low temperature firing techniques. During that time he received grants to study Pre-Columbian as well as contemporary ceramics in the Peruvian jungles.  He also received a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  In 1984 he built the sixth anagama kiln in America.

Boyden has conducted hundreds of workshops and lectures around the world.  He has acted as adviser and guest editor for Ceramics Art and Perception and Studio Potter periodicals.  He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and NCECA.

Frank Boyden began making prints in 1963 at Colorado College and studied with Gabor Peterdi at Yale during graduate school.  He stopped making prints in 1968 but resumed production of drypoints, etchings and lithographs in 1984.  Since that time Boyden has produced approximately 400 editions of prints.  He not only makes the imagery but also prints it himself.  In 1999 he built a large print facility at his home on the Oregon Coast, making his own presses and all equipment.

In 1989 Boyden started to produce cast bronze works and in 1991 he was awarded several large commissions.  Among these are the Vietnam Memorial on a cliff above the ocean at Newport, Oregon, the monumental bronze pieces at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon and the production of a garden with standing stones and bronze pieces at the forensics building of the Oregon State Hospital.  Since then Boyden has produced monumental wind pieces in Portland, designed and made the William Stafford Memorial Standing Stones on a point overlooking the Willamette River in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and in collaboration with his friend and sculptor Brad Rude of Walla Walla, Washington, designed and made highly complex installations at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon  and the Interactivator Tables that accompany all stations of the TriMet Commuter Rail line from Beaverton to Wilsonville, Oregon.

Grants and Awards:
Governor's Award, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR 1995
Individual Artist Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, for travel to Russia 1991
Art Advocates, Portland, OR, Commission to construct Anagama kiln designed by Katsuyuki Sakazume 1984
Crafts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts 1981
Individual Artist Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, for study of ceramics in Peru and Ecuador 1977

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
“On the River through the Valley of Fire: The Collaborative Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman,”
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA 2008-2009
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR 2006
Magic Mud, Northwest Invitational, Three Museums in Idaho, MT 1996
Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA 1987
Tongass Historical Museum, Ketchikan, AK 1987
Oregon Health Sciences Center, Portland, OR 1987
Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA 1987
Craftsmen's Conference, Ballyvaughan, Ireland 1985
Governor's Office, Capitol Building, Salem, OR 1984
Clay and Fiber, Taos, NM 1983
Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL 1983
Northwest Crafts Center, Seattle, WA 1978, 1980
“Paintings by Frank Boyden,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 1968

Selected Group Exhibitions:
“2006 Sitka Art Invitational,” Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR 2006
“Jean Vollum & Frank Boyden,” Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR 2006
“War Drawings,” Visual Arts Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland, OR 2005
“Altered States: Variations on the print,” Prints Arts Northwest, Portland, OR 2005
"Particles & Passion: The Art of Clay," Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD 2005
"Sculpture form the Walla Walla Foundry," The Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 2004
"The Enchantment of the Artist's Book," Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 2004
“21st Century Ceramics,” Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH 2003
“Correspondence," Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR 2003
“Bendel with Friends,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO 2002
“Vessel Invitational 2002,” Danielson Art Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY 2002
Armory National Ceramics Invitational, West Palm Beach, FL 2002
“Clay Today,” Grimmerhus Museum, Middlefart, Denmark 2000
“Northwest Sculptors,” Maryhill Museum, Maryhill, WA 2000
“International Woodfired Ceramics Conference,” University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1999
“Woodfired Invitational: Ten American Potters,” Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Il 1998
Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue, WA 1998
“Outdoor Sculpture’98,” Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA 1998
“Woodfired Ceramics at Hard Work University,” College of the Ozarks, MO 1997
“Cast Contemporary Sculpture,” Walla Walla Foundry at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 1997
“International Print Exhibition,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 1997
“Magic Mud,” traveling exhibition to museums in Idaho and Montana 1996
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR 1995
“Teapots and Plates,” Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR 1995
“Clay Today,” Grimmerhus Museum, Fyn, Denmark 1995
“The Contemporary Tea Bowl,” Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA 1994
“Discerning Passion,” Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 1994
“Cire Perdue: Cast Bronze Invitational,” Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR 1993
“American Crafts: The Nation's Collection,” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 1992
“Clay Today,” Posio, Finland 1992
“Raku: Transforming the Tradition” traveling exhibition 1990-1992
“American Woodfire,” University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA 1991
“Woodfire,” Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ 1991
Het Koetshuis, Roden, Holland 1991
“Ashen Beauty: Woodfired Ceramics of Ten Americans” traveling exhibition 1989-1991
“Frank Boyden and Paul Jensen,” Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway 1991
Kunsthallen Brants Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark 1990
“Anagama,” Kunst und Keramiek, Deventer, The Netherlands 1990
Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR 1990
“Findings: A Recognition of Ceramic Excellence,” Boston Society of Arts and Crafts, MA 1990
Kunsthallen Brants Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark 1990
“Contemporary Cups,” traveling exhibition to 11 museums in Oregon, Alaska, British Columbia,
and Ontario 1988
“Recent Acquisitions,” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 1988
McQuarry Gallery, Sydney, Australia 1988
“Northwest Clay 1988,” Littman Gallery, Portland, and Coos Bay Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR 1988
“Porcelain,” Northern Arizona University Art Museum 1987
“Northwest Ceramics Today,” Boise State University, Boise, ID 1987
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO 1987
“Clay as Art,” Arabia Porcelain Factory, Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Oslo, Norway 1986-1987
“Functional Ceramics 1985,” College of Wooster, Wooster, OH 1985
“Clay 2 Sides,” American-Canadian Exhibition sponsored by Ontario Arts Council, Toronto 1985
“American Craft Traditions,” San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA 1984
“Potters' Choice,” Hockaday Center, Kalispel, MT 1983
39th Scripps Invitational, Claremont, CA 1983
“New Directions in Clay and Fiber Invitational,” Greenville, NC 1982
“Animal Images,” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC 1981
“Making it in Clay” Invitational, American Hand, Washington, DC 1981
“Selected Oregon Craftsmen,” Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 1980
Portland Crafts Exhibition, Sapporo, Japan 1979
“Ceramics Circa 1980,” Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR 1979
“Birds in Art,” Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA 1979
“Functional Forms of Clay: Four Decades in the Northwest,” Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1979
“19 American Craftsmen,” Osaka, Japan 1978
“Mountain High,” Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, OR 1977
“Oregon Artists,” Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1977
Hoffman Gallery, Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR 1976

Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, NM
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Arabia, Helsinki, Finland
Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Arizona State University Museum of Art, Ceramics Research Center
Ball, Janik LLP, Portland, OR
Bank of America
Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Connecticut College Library
Chubb International Headquarters, NJ
City of Bend, OR
City of Eugene, OR
City of Newport, OR
City of Lincoln City, OR
Community Corrections Center, Hillsboro, OR
Contemporary Crafts Association, Portland, OR
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Davis, Wright, Tremaine, Portland, OR
Delta Airlines, Portland, OR
Evergreen College, Olympia, WA
Gordon Gilkey Print Collection, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Grimmerhus, Ceramic Museum, Fyn, Denmark
Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR
Harlow Collection, Bemidji University, Bemidji, MN
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR
Hult Center for the Arts, Eugene, OR
IBC (International BioClinical, Inc.) Portland, OR
Jack Lenor Larsen
Jensen Investment Management, Portland, OR
Kaiser Foundation, Portland, OR
Key Bank Headquarters, Albany, NY
Kinsey Institute, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego, OR
Lincoln City, OR
Linfield College, McMinnville, OR
Millersville University Art Museum, Millersville, PA
Morse & Bratt, Vancouver, WA
Museum of Decorative Arts, Riga, Latvia
Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose, Costa Rica
Newport Public Library, Newport, OR
New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Logan, UT
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondhiem, Norway
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flaggstaff, AZ
OKI Semiconductor, Portland, OR
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Portland General Electric, Portland, OR
Portland Zoo, Portland, OR
Pushkin Museum, Moskva, Russia
Skaelskor International, Ceramic Center, Denmark
Smith College Library
Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Stanford University Library, Palo Alto, CA
State of Oregon, Capitol Building, Salem, OR
State of Oregon Public Service Building, Salem, OR
State of Washington, Art in Public Places, Seattle, WA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Taideteollisuusmuseo (National Museum of Applied Art), Helsinki, Finland
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Tongass Historical Museum, Ketchikan, AK
Topeka Public Library, Topeka, KS
TriMet, Portland, OR
University of Michigan Library
University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
University of Oregon School of Allied Arts and Architecture, Eugene, OR
University of North Carolina
U.S. National Bank, Portland, OR
Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria, BC
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA
Willamette University, Salem, OR
Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI
Yamaha Corporation, Japan

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Biography from a third party submitted on 03/27/2008:
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1942, Frank Boyden received his bachelor of arts degree from Colorado College and his bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from Yale University.

In 1971, he returned to Oregon and established the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis.  After a career as a ceramic artist in the 1970s and early 1980s, Boyden returned to printmaking in 1984.

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