Chris Bauder was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978. Pursuing an athletic career, he moved to a small town in the Mojave Desert for two years after high school, “…somewhere outside of Barstow.” It was the only time that Bauder spent living outside the state of Nevada.

Receiving an AA degree in 1998 from the desert, Bauder transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of that year. With the conclusion of athletics he peddled around academia for several years.

Developing relationships around art, Bauder soon found a home in the UNR Art Department under the guidance of northern Nevada professors and the flourishing Reno art scene. In the pursuit of his creative process, Bauder was encouraged to focus on sculpture and ceramics more thoroughly. For the next several years he remained devoted to studio art completing a BFA degree in 2004. BFA in hand, Bauder returned to Las Vegas concluding his fine arts education at UNLV receiving a MFA degree in 2008 with an emphasis in sculpture.

Bauder’s work has been shown throughout the Western United States and he was selected as a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship recipient for 2013. Bauder continues to live in Las Vegas and teaches at the College of Southern Nevada.

"To Ugly for L.A., To Stupid for N.Y."

Latex Paint / Pillow StuffingLatex Paint / Pillow Stuffing 2007