Conrad Bakker
Associate Professor, Studio Art
Assistant Director, Graduate Studies

cbakker@illinois.edu | website | CV

Teaching areas:

Graduate Studio, Undergraduate Studio

Research areas:

Contemporary Art Practices, Critical Theory, Art and Context, Social Practices, Art and Economies, Thing Theory, Public Art, DIY


B.F.A. Calvin College, M.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis

Conrad Bakker is an Associate Professor of Studio Art and the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. Bakker's ongoing series of "Untitled Projects" engage the careful construction and specific placement of carved and painted objects so as to critically comment upon and make tangible everyday economies between persons and things and spaces. Bakker has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at Tate Modern (London), Galerie Analix Forever (Geneva), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Renaissance Society (Chicago), Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture (Stockholm), The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery (Saratoga Springs), The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin) The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Art in General (New York City), Revolution (Detroit), Bona Fide (Chicago), Suitable (Chicago), Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin), Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), in mailboxes and on his own front lawn. His work has been reviewed or showcased in Art World Magazine, ArtUS, Art Papers, UOVO, The Chicago Tribune, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), The New York Times, Contemporary, Flash Art, Art Forum online, Sculpture, Dwell, and ReadyMade magazines. Bakker is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation project grant and an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Conrad Bakker's Untitled Projects was recently the subject of a solo museum exhibition at the Des Moines Art Center Downtown "Conrad Bakker: Objects & Economies [Untitled Projects 1997-2007] and included a published catalog.

Recent Work

  • "Untitled Project: LIBAIRIE [Geneva]," part of "PUBLIC THING(S)," at Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland (2010)
  • "Picturing the Studio," School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2009/2010)
  • "Conrad Bakker: Objects and Economies [Untitled Projects 1997-2007]", Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (2008)
  • "Peintures, entre autres," Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland (2008)
  • "Untitled Project: Commodity Fetishism," Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX (2007)
  • "The Irresistible Force," curated by Kerryn Greenberg, Tate Modern, Level 2 Gallery, London, England (2007)
  • "On Being an Exhibition," curated by Joseph Del Pesco, Artists Space, New York, NY (2007)
  • "The Price of Everything‚Ķ," Whitney Independent Study Curatorial Program Exhibition at CUNY, New York, NY (2007)


Graduate Studio, Junior Studio, Senior Studio, Making and Meaning, Art and Context, Thing Theory(s), Art Economies