David Buckley Borden | Biography

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David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David's projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena. Informed by research and community outreach, David's work manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery.
David's place-based projects have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Artlab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow in Forest Research at Harvard University and continues to work with Harvard researchers as a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making.”
David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and worked at Sasaki Associates and Ground before focusing his independent practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity, and cultural event.



2011, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Master of Landscape Architecture

1998, Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Dual Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Magna Cum Laude

Select Grants/Awards

2017 - Present, Associate Fellow of the Harvard Forest, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2017, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's Berkshire Environmental Endowment Grant with Hoosic River Revival, North Adams, MA

2017, Water Rights Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2017, Somerville Museum Community Curator Grant with curator Penelope Taylor, Somerville, MA.

2016-2017, Charles Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research at Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

2016, Studios at MASS MoCA Artist Residency, North Adams, MA

2015, MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Grant, North Adams, MA

2015, Teton ArtLab Artist Residency, Jackson, WY

2014, Trifecta Editions Hibernaculum Artist Residency, Ticonderoga, NY

Select Exhibitions and Installations

2018, Dynamic Entities, Room 83 Spring, Watertown, MA, Group Exhibition with Rebecca Hutchinson and Joel Longenecker

2018, Proposed Futures; Then and Now, Urbano Project, Jamaica Plain, MA, Gallery Installation

2018, Shifting Sites, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Group Exhibition with Lateral Office and Snøhetta

2018, Site Visit, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Gallery Installation

2017, Forest; Interdisciplinary Science-Communication, Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Solo Exhibition

2017, Hemlock Hospice, Prospect Hill Tract, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA, Public Art Installation

2017, The Open Pass, All Day Every Day, Los Angeles, CA, Group Exhibition

2016, Parts Unknown Flag Show, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2016, Juror's Choice, Uforge Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2016, Fun-A-Day Boston 2016, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2015, Campwood, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, Jackson, WY, Public Art Installation

2015, Greater Yellowstone, Daly Projects, Jackson, WY, Solo Installation

2015, Trifecta Year Two, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, Group Exhibition

2015, Snack Stand, L.C. Bates Natural History Museum, Hinkley, ME, Trail Installation

2015, Flagging Forests, DeCordova Corporate Art Lender Program, Cambridge, MA, Solo Installation

2015, Hibernaculum, Innovation and Design Building, Boston, MA, Solo Installation

2015, Fun-A-Day Boston 2015, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2015, Bless this Mesh, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition

2014, Trifecta: Year One, Fourth Wall Project, Boston, MA, Group Exhibition

2014, Wild West at BDGA, Bodega, Boston, MA, Solo Installation

2014, Fun-A-Day Boston 2014, Voltage Art and Coffee, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition

2014, Animals, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2013, You Are Here: Maps and Art, Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, Group Exhibition

2013, Fun-A-Day Boston 2013, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Group Exhibition

2011, Sketchy One Liners, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Solo Exhibition

2010, Maps..., Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Group Exhibition


Borden, D. B. 2017. Envisioning New England Landscape Futures. The Site Magazine, Vol: 37: 123-131.

Borden, D. B. 2014. Graphic Adaptation. Landscape Architecture Frontiers, 2(5): 150-158.