Mildred Howard

Visual artist

Born in San Francisco, raised in Berkeley, Mildred Howard is a luminary of the Bay Area art scene. Over the course of her long career, she has engaged in nuanced examinations of the history of politics and gender, race and contemporary issues including themes of home and belonging. Her prints, assemblages, sculptures, tapestries, and large-scale public artworks explore the unique properties and possibilities of mediums ranging from colored glass and antique lithographs, to found objects and cast bronze. Each of these materials is transformed to reveal an unexpected lyricism. She has held residencies in Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States; taught and mentored generations of students and artists; and created collaborations with world-renowned poets and musicians. Her work is included in over thirty public institutions and numerous private collections throughout the United States including The National Portrait Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, De Young Museum, SFMoMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, and San Diego Museum of Art.