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M.F.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana1981
B.F.A. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado1973

Arizona State University, Tempe, Professor, 1996-present
Sonoma State University, CA, Professor, 1982-96. Dept. Chair 1986-89
Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, England, Fulbright Fellow, 1994-95
The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture, Dept. Head, Princeton, NJ, 1981-82

BIOGRAPHY by Julie Sasse, Curator of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art

References to nature and functionality can be found in the cast iron, bronze, and aluminum sculpture of Mary Bates-Neubauer. Completing graduate studies in the early 1980s in the Midwest with a strong theoretical foundation, she worked for a year at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey, where she worked as the department head in charge of metal finishing.

Gaining invaluable practical experience there, Bates-Neubauer then moved to California to join the faculty of Sonoma State University in California, where she worked for fourteen years. During this time, she turned from the casting medium to investigate fabricated steel and copper forms, combing local scrap yards for material, much like Feldman and noted male sculptors from the time including Mark DiSuvero, Robert Hudson, and Fletcher Benton had done. These early works, perhaps inspired by the California Bay Area sensibility, had an "industrial minimalism" allusion to functionality and qualities that referred to devices or apparatuses.

By 1987 Bates-Neubauers work had evolved again. At this time she returned to the casting medium and became interested in shapes that represent timeless implements, artifacts and scientific specimens, executed in sizes ranging from hand held to life size. Bates-Neubauer created these shapes as an investigation of nature and culture and the evolution of tools used by human societies. This shift was largely due to changes in her personal life and the conflict faced by many women artists between her role as a mother and that of an artist. By focusing on smaller scale works, and creating pieces as segments of an installation whole, she could make statements that were body-related, yet explored difficult psychological terrain.

Science, medicine, archeology, and the history of technology have all played key roles in the vocabulary employed by the artist, with the organization and directed "classification" of her cast objects a significant aspect in the appreciation of her message. Shapes from nature mysteriously morph into implements of technology, giving the viewer hypothetical information about the imagined use of these forms and soliciting an emotional, yet culturally activated, response.

Another pivotal development in Bates-Neaubauers sculpture came with her developing interest in the computer. Digitally scanning drawings and enlarging the images in the late 1990s, she was able to manipulate her shapes and expand on her repertoire of ideas. Using the new technology of digital slicing, her work can now be cast into forms directly from the computer program, thus changing the overall surfaces from a clearly hand treated embellishment to the fine striations of the digitizing process. By employing technology in her work, she has returned to biomorphic forms, down playing earlier mechanistic references, with a touch of whimsy reminiscent of Feldmans sense of playfulness. Achieving crisp, formal structures, she augments the shapes with rich colorations of chemical patinas, as in She Dreams, 2001. These new works have a plump ripeness about them that speak of the body and the fruitfulness of a womans form.

Mary Bates-Neubauer has been a Professor of Sculpture in the School of Art at Arizona State University since 1996. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Center in California, the Loveland Museum in Colorado, the Corvallis Art Center in Oregon and the Fulbright House in London, England, among many other institutions throughout the United States and abroad.

EXHIBITIONS * Work appears in catalog
2000- Western Regional Women Artists, Marshall Arts Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2000-Three Person Exhibition, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1999- Analog-Digital, three-person exhibition, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ
1999- Merged Realities, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ, jurors award 1st place.
1999- Modern Life is Rubbish, Barlow and Straker, Phoenix, AZ
1999-Mar(k)ing, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ
1999- Pleasures of the Palettes, The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ*
1999- Summer Nights Dreaming- a four person exhibition. Studio 4C, Tempe, AZ
1999- Studio 4C, Four person exhibition, Tempe, AZ
1999-Six in the Mix, Studio 4C, Tempe, AZ
1999- Members Show, Central Arts Collective, Tucson, AZ,
1999- Yoni- Installation, The Ice House, Phoenix, AZ
1998-Starting from Within-Central Arts Collective, Tucson AZ-three person
1998-Ferris Opus, Grounds for Sculpture, The Johnson Atelier, Mercerville, NJ
1998-Small Works Exhibition, Chuck Levitan Gallery, New York, NY
1998- Membership Exhibition, Central Arts Cooperative, Tucson, AZ
1996- On the Small Side, Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1985- International Humor in Art Exhibition, A.R.T./Beasley Gallery, San Diego, CA

2000- Discovery of a New Element: Mi (millenium), Shemer Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
1999- 99 Cups, Mesa Galeria, Mesa, AZ
1999- Arizona Biennial 99- The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, traveling
1998- Perceptions of the Body- Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, one person
1998- Facultease- Mesa Galeria, Mesa, AZ
1998- Implements/Specimens- Acme Art company, Columbus OH, one person
1998- Sense and Sensuality -Museum of Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
1998- Get Real- Mesa Galeria, Mesa, AZ-purchase award
1997 - Sculpture Walk, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland
1997- The Maximum Drawing Show- Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI
1996- Arizona Sculptors- Tempe Arts Center, Tempe, AZ
1996-19th Annual Vahki Exhibition- Mesa Galeria, Mesa, AZ
1996- Exhibition of Sculpture, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR- two person
1995- California: In Three Dimensions, California Center for the Arts, Valencia, CA*
1995- Fulbright Artists, Fulbright House, London, UK, permanent collection
1994- The Aesthetics of Athletics, Charles Wustum Museum, Racine, WI*
1994- Implement Series- Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR-three person
1993-Icons: The Ineffable Object, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA
1993- Devices of the Mind- Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV- one person
1993- Implements- Rosewood Government Center, Kettering, OH- one person
1993- Crocker Kingsley Annual, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, also 1992
1992- ANA 21, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
1993-Women, Fire, and Iron, Wilensky Arts, Minneapolis, MN
1992-8th Annual Juried Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1992- Just Plane Screwy, Charles A. Wustum Museum, Racine, WI

2001- Iron Tribe Exhibition, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
2001- 2001: An Art Odyssey, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
2000- US-SCOT Exhibition, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland
2000- Global Crossings, Exchange exhibition Edinburgh School of Art, Scotland
2000- Faculty Exhibition, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2000- Lost Wax/ Foundry Friends IV, CSU Fresno Gallery, Fresno, CA
2000- Telesculpture II, Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2000- Faculty Exhibition, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
2000-Distant Histories, Stevenson Union Gallery, Southern Oregon Univ., Ashland, OR
1999- TeleSculpture, Matthews Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1999- Digital Media Prints and Multiples, ASU Computing Commons Gallery, Tempe, AZ
1999-A Small Irony, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1999-Digital Media, Prints, and Multiples, Computer Commons Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ
1998-9 ASU Faculty Exhibition, ASU Art Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
1998-Tribute, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona*
1998 -Taxonomies- Memorial Union Gallery, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ one person
1998- Taxonomies, University Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK two person
1998- Visions and Voices, -Valencia Community College Gallery, Valencia, FL
1998- Images and Objects-Computing Commons Gallery, Ariz. State Univ. Tempe, AZ
1997-8- ASU Faculty Exhibition- Nelson Arts Center, Ariz. State Univ. Tempe, AZ
1997- Sculpture-McHenry County College Art Gallery, Crystal Lake, IL, one person
1997-9 Specimens/Artifacts, Harry Wood Gallery, ASU, Tempe, AZ
1997-Sixth Intl Shoebox Exhibition, Univ. of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI traveling*
1997-ASU Art Faculty Exhibition, Nelson Arts Center, Univ. of Ariz., Tempe, AZ
1996- Within & Without-The Intimate Moment, Muskingum College, New Concord, OH
1996- CSU Celebrates Fulbright, University Art Gallery, CSU Long Beach, CA*
1995- Studio Exhibition; Fulbright Work*, 10-12 Grafton, Cambridge, UK- one person

2001- River Road: An Environmental and Cultural Flow, La Cholla Blvd. To Thornydale Road: Sculptural enhancement, bridge, intersection, sound and screen walls, $107,000 Mary Bates & Moira Geoffrion, Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
1992- Britomart, bronze, 4 x 6', Barclay Simpson, Lafayette, CA
1992- Triangulum, bronze, 5 x 8', Barclay Simpson, Lafayette, CA
1990- Trigon, 18" stainless steel site specific sculpture, City of Loveland, CO- Visual Arts Council

1999- Teaching and Learning Enrichment Award, exchange exhibition, Global Crossings, ASU-UK
1998-School of Art Creative Research Grant- Digital Imaging for Sculpture, ASU
1998- Distinguished Teaching in the Arts Award, School of Art, ASU
1997-Teaching and Learning Enrichment Award, School of Art, iron casting capability ASU
1997-Context and Display in Sculptural Implement Series, Faculty Grant in Aid, ASU
1994-5- Fulbright Fellowship, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Cambridge, UK
1994- Research and Creative Activity Grant- Development of iron casting capability, SSU
1991- Research and Creative Activity Summer Stipend, travel to Ireland, SSU
1991- Faculty Development Grant, sculpture, AAFDC grants also in 1989,86,85,83, SSU
1989- Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity Grant, Large Scale Work, SSU
1989- Sonoma State Enterprises Grant, for Northern California Sculpture Conference
1987- AAFDP Educational Equity Awards Program Grant, Sonoma State University
1984- Washington State Arts Council Art in Public Places Program, Purchase of Sculpture
1984- Exceptional Merit Service Award, Sonoma State University
1982- New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, sculpture
1981- Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (also 1978)

2001- Guest Artists, Lecturer, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
2000-1- 4th International Symposium on Cast Iron Art 2002, Co-chair
2000- Presenter-TheCast Iron Art Movement, Mid-America College Art Association, Louisville, KY
2000- Panelist- Women in Digital Imaging, International Sculpture Conference, Houston, TX
2000- Guest Artist, Lecturer, Instructor, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Snowmass, CO
2000- Guest Lecturer, Juror, Student Exhibition, Southern Oregon Univ., Ashland, OR
2000- Director, ASU Desert Iron Pour, Arizona Sate University, Tempe, AZ
2000 "Small Cupolas: The Foundry Program at ASU", Am. Soc. of Materials Scientists, Phx, AZ
2000- Student Design Competition, organized for Am. Society of Materials Scientitsts, Phx, AZ
1999- "Iron Casting at Arizona State University"American Foundryman's Society, slide presentation
1999- Director, ASU Desert Iron Pour:
1999- Guest Artist, Art Department, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1999- Desert Iron, Director- Iron casting event, ASU
1999-International Sculpture Center, Chair- International Education Committee
1998-US-Scott Consortium, ASU Representative, Program Planning Co-chair Arbroath, Scotland
1998-International Sculpture Conference, presenter, Chicago, IL
1998- Guest Artist, Art Department, University of Alaska, Anchorage
1998-Third Intl Conference on Cast Iron Art-Steering Committee, International, & Stereo-modeling panels
1997-Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Residency, Lumsden, Scotland
1996- Delegate, Institutional Evaluator, National Schools of Art and Design, since 1985
1995- Guest Artist, Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall, England
1995- Guest Artist- Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
1995- Coordinator, Sculpture Exhibition, Art in the Hospitals Program, Cambridge, England
1995- Coordinator, Solstice Exhibition, Christs Pieces, City Council, Cambridge, England
1994- Oxbow: Summer School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Guest Artist
1994- Intl Sculpture Conference, " Contributions of Women in Sculpture: Past and Present"
1994- Intl Sculpture Conference, Steering, Exhibitions Committee
1994- 2nd Intl Conf. on Cast Iron Art, Steering Committee, "The History of Women Working in Cast Metal"
1994- Research and Creative Activities Grant, Sonoma State University
1993- Co-Curator, "Beyond Tradition", Contract Design Center, San Francisco, CA
1993-Visiting artist exchange, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1993-"Women. Fire, and Iron", Guest Artist, & "The History of Women in Cast Metal" and "Why Cast Metal" University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1993- Women's Caucus for Art, Panelist "The Forbidden Medium," Seattle, WA

Art Calendar, vol. 13, #9,July/ August 99- illus. p. 50, inside back cover. The digital image "Twirl"
Sculpture Magazine, "Cultured Deserts: Off Center in Arizona and New Mexico" July/ Aug. vol. 18#6 pg. 46-7 article, color illus. Kathleen Whitney
"3rd International Symposium of Cast iron Art", 3rd International Symposium on Cast Iron Art, Sculpture Magazine, Oct. 1998
"Perception of the Body"- monographic flyer, Turlock City Arts Council, 1997
"Aluminum in Sculptural Fabrication," Mary Bates and John deMarchi, Conference Report, Intl Conference on Sculpture, Trinity College (29-31 August, 1988) Sculptors Society of Ireland, 1989
Works in Bronze: A Contemporary Survey, exhibition and catalog- the history and use of bronze in sculpture of the century, technical advances and their effect of the bronze aesthetic, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 1984

BIBLIOGRAPHY (see exhibition listing for work included in catalogs)
North American Women Artists of the 20th C: A Biographical Dictionary, ed. Jules Heller and Nancy G. Heller, pub. Garland, New York 1995
Artweek, "Mary Bates at Michael Dunev", review, Mary Hull Webster, December 1995
Dayton Daily News, "Sculpture Exhibits take Varied Shapes", review, Carol Simmons, September 26, 1993
Rocky Mountain News, " Artwork seems to have practical, as well as aesthetic, use", review, M.S. Mason, May 31, 1992
San Francisco Chronicle, "Sculpture: In Search of an Audience", review, Kenneth Baker, Datebook p.33, October 6, 1991
Icon, "L.A. Art. - Kyle Belding Gallery", review, Simon Zalkind, p. 14, Sept., 1991
Artweek, Aug. 2, 1990, p. 11, adv. illus.
California Art Review, pub. American References, article, 1989
Contemporary American Women Sculptors, A Bio-bibliographic Directory, Jones, Virginia
Watson, Oryx Press, Phoenix, AZ, 1986, photograph, biography, statement, p. 40-41
Sacramento, Dec. 1986, p. 40-41, illus.
Artweek, "Exhibitions," vol. 15, no. 14, April 14, 1984, p. 10, illus.
Artery Magazine, National Forum for College Art, Feb.-Mar. 1983, Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 12-13, review, illus.
Art Forum, Oct. 1983, "Bronze" Exhibition Notice, p. 96
"BronzeA Group Exhibition of Sculpture," New Jersey Public Television Network, Oct. 1983

Bruce Battey, Campbell, CA

Francis Berser, Hillsborough, CA

Tom Bye and David Bohne, Orinda, CA

Dan and Adrian Blumberg, Lafayette, CA

Dot Cada, Royal Alliance, Loveland, CO

Tom Bye and David Bohn, Lafayette, CA

Joel Chaseman, Chevy Chase, MD

Leon Cohn, Belvedere, CA

Susan Cummins, Mill Valley, CA

Becci and Chuck Daggs, Lafayette, CA

Ted Decker, Phoenix, AZ

John deMarchi, Petaluma, CA

Rene DiRosa, Sonoma, CA

Virginia Dorn, Orinda, CA

E. Tennessee College, Johnson, City, TN

Ft. Hayes College, Hayes, KS

Fulbright House, London, England

Sidney Ganis, Pacific Palisades, CA

Gloria Getty, San Francisco, CA

Muriel Hanley, La Selva Beach, CA

J. Harris, Scottsdale, AZ, purchase

George and Laurel Harvey, Princeton, NJ

Meagan Jenkins, Tempe, AZ

Kiev Polytechnic University, Kiev, Russia

David King, Pt. Richmond, CA

Barry and Patty Lemieux, Sonoma, CA

James and Dianne Light,Aspen, CO

Lutat and Battey Advertising, Campbell, CA

Wynne Maggi, Berthoud, CO

Regis McKenna, San Francisco, CA

Chris Martens, Urbana, IL

Dr. Grant Miller, Univ, of Nevada Medical School, Reno, NV

Ann and Eduardo Murgia, Palo Alto, CA/Brazil

Mrs. Lucien Oliver, Atlanta, GA

Steve and Nancy Oliver, Orinda, CA

Cathy Read and Richard Carter, Los Angeles, CA

Hepzibah Rendle-Schott, Cambridge, UK

Richard Sword, Cambridge, UK

Jill Ridder, Healdsburg, CA/Paris, France

Anne Reichel, Denver, CO, purchase

Valerie Rubenstein, Palo Alto, CA

Dr. Donald Scalea, West Orange, NJ

Maxim Schrogin Berkeley, CA

John and Diane Simpson, Seattle, Washington

Sharon and Barclay Simpson, Orinda, CA

Mark L. Steinberg, Chicago, IL

University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL

Mary Thacher, San Francisco, CA

Visual Arts Council, City of Loveland, CA

Visual Arts Council, Washington Art in Public Places Program, WA

Jeff and Pam Verney, San Francisco, CA

Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Williams, Lafayette, CA

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