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Owen Brown

Minneapolis, MN

About Owen Brown

Minneapolis, MN

As a youngster I loved music, and trained as a classical pianist. That was my direction until age 22, when, a newly minted undergraduate working for an architecture firm, I took my first drawing class. The scales fell from my eyes (and the arpeggios from my fingers); my artistic direction changed. This eventually led me to the California College of Arts in Oakland, California. I also have degrees from Yale College and the University of Chicago. For many years I supported art and family by working as an entrepreneur in the Bay Area. After 30 years in San Francisco, where I was represented by Meridian Gallery, I moved to Minneapolis in 2016.

I have exhibited in juried shows and solo exhibits throughout the United States. My works have been acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Nature Conservancy, and the Weisman Museum of Minneapolis, and can be found in collections in this country, Europe, and Asia. I have had residencies at Air Le Parc in France in 2017, and at the Land Institute in Kansas in 2018, where I created my installation: “Units of Measure.” I was an invited artist to Art Prize Nine, and to the cancelled 2020 Kochi, India Biennale, Meridian published a monograph of my “Ideasthesia” exhibit in 2015, and my paintings have been reviewed or published in publications as diverse as the San Francisco Chronicle and The Dewdrop (https://tinyurl.com/ytje856w).

I am represented nationally by Holly Hunt and Gallery 13, I show regionally at Veronique Wantz and Grand Hand, and I have collaborated artists of other disciplines, such as Emily Wolahan, poet, and Anat Shinar, choreographer.

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Other works by Owen Brown

Selected Exhibitions

  • International OnLine Art Collaborative
    online, 2021
  • The Curator's Salon
    London, UK, 2021
  • Lofts Gallery
    Minneapolis, MN, 2021
  • Friedli Gallery
    Saint Paul, MN, 2021
  • Art Center of Highland Park
    Highland Park, IL, 2020
  • Treat Gallery
    New York, New York, 2020
  • Veronique Wantz Gallery
    Minneapolis, MN, 2020
  • Grand Hand Gallery
    Saint Paul, MN, 2020
  • Minnesota Institute of Art
    Minneapolis, MN, 2020

Press and Accolades

  • San Francisco Chronicle
    September 1, 2015
  • SFGate
    September 1, 2015
  • The Dewdrop
    September, 2021
  • Nostos
    April, 2018
  • The Exeter Bulletin
    Winter, 2018
  • Wild Roof Journal
    March, 2021
  • F3LL
    April, 2021
  • The Land Report
    October, 2018


  • California College of Art,
    Oakland and San Francisco, CA,1990 
  • University of Chicago, MBA
    Chicago, IL,1984 
  • Yale College, BA
    New Haven, CT,1977 

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