NEA Award and Windows in the Sky: 1993 – 2004

Baumgardner continued to live in New York until the early 2000s. In 1993, he won a prestigious award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for his invention of “mud” paintings, made with Golden Acrylic products, graphite, powder pigments, and gypsum applied to 3/4″ birch plywood boards.

Inspired by the layout of the city and the art historical legacies of the grid, he began to incorporate these structures into his artwork. In some works, these grids suggested elements of nature as seen through windows of skyscrapers—his Windows in the Sky series. These paintings took on a new meaning after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, which he witnessed from his roof garden.

‘NEA & Windows’ Work Included in ‘Grids & Glyphs’

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