"I really like working large. That human scale is what I keep coming back to. I like the energy that went into the making of the piece to visible."

Michael Bauermeister's soulful wood panels ripple and burst with natural movement. Bauermeister’s sculptural wall panels ‘“capture the wonders of the natural world” (American Craft July issue 2013). Bauermeister has been at the forefront of contemporary American wood art since 1998. Driven by texture, substance, and craftsmanship, His 3D wood panels exude a natural warmth and energy, accentuated by the mesmerizing carvings and extraordinary lacquer finish.


1975-76 Minneapolis College of Art and Design 

1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture-Kansas City Art Institute


Selected Exhibitions

2016 “Why Wood” (juried, catalog) SOFA Chicago

         “Celebrate the Centennial”  Art inspired by national parks, Atlanta International 

2015“Excellence in Wood Award” Smithsonian Craft Show by Collectors of Wood Art 

2014 “Beyond Boundaries” (juried, catalog) SOFA Chicago, IL

2011“National Treasures” Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

2003-2012 Juror for American Craft Council. American Craft Enterprises, St. Louis Art Fair

2009 Commissioned to create panels for entry to Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis, MO

2009 “Wood 3” Harrison Gallery, Key West Florida

2008 “A Perfect Marriage: Wood into Color” (invitational, catalog)SOFA Chicago, IL,

         “Nights in Rodanthe”  work in included in Warner Bros. film 

2005 Solo Show, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO,

2004 “Whole Grain, Sculptural Wood” (invitational) SOFA, Chicago, IL,

2003, 2004 25th Annual Contemporary Crafts (Purchase Award) Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC 

2002 Niche Award

2000 “Studio Wood the New Frontier” (invitational) Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 

         “Sculpture & Fine Crafts” (Reinhardt Prize) St. Louis Artists’ Guild

1999 “Stone Series” (solo show) Sloan-Jordan Gallery, Austin, TX

         Solo exhibit-Camden Fine Art Center, Camden, South Carolina August

1999-2011 “Turned Wood” (invitational) Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005“SOFA Chicago” Navy Pier Chicago, IL

1997“Michael Bauermeister Tall Vessel Series” (solo show)Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC

1995 “Michael Bauermeister Carved Bowl Series” (solo show)Bluestem Gallery, MO

2016 St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles, September Issue

2013 American Craft, June/July Issue

2013 Woodturning, May Issue

         The Arts Live, Spring Issue

2010 Wood Art Today 2 by Jeffery Snyder, Schiffer Publications

2009 Masters-Woodturning, by Jim Christianson, Lark Books

2004 500 Wood Bowls by Ray Leier and Jan Peters, Lark Books

2003 Wood Art Today by Dona Meilach, Schiffer Publications

2002 Scratching the Surface by Michael Hosaluk, North Light Books

2001 Object Lessons, Guild Publications

1995 American Craft, June Issue

Public Collections

Smithsonian Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.

Boston Museum of Art, Boston, MA

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

University of Michigan Museum, Ann Arbor

Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art, Mesa AZ

Permanent Collection of the US Embassy, Cotonou, Benin, Art in Embassies, US Department of State

Princeton Medical Center, New Haven, CT

Ron and Anita Wornick

Arthur and Jane Mason

Bob Bohlen