Max Bard’s creative practice is a reflection of his Appalachian heritage, and experiences working as a Park Ranger for U.S. Fish & Wildlife. Bard’s work is a unique visual language that speaks directly to the complex relationship between industry, rural communities, and the American landscape.

Born in Massachusetts, Max studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA 2013), and Boston University (MFA 2019). Max has created conservation based works for,

Google (Cambridge, MA), Hauser & Wirth (NYC, NY), Golden Paints (New Berlin, NY), The Kennedy Children Center (NYC, NY), Build Lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center (Boston, MA), and The Muddy River Reservation State Park (Boston, MA).

Max was a panelist alongside Annie Leonard (VP Green Peace) at Boston University‚Äôs Questrom School of Business. In 2021 Max was the head carpenter, for the film, Remote, by Mika Rottenberg (Hauser & Wirth) Max was named one of “2019 Artists to Look Out For” by the Boston Globe. Max has attended residencies at the Sam & Adell Golden Art Foundation and Sculpture Space, and received the Ester B. Kahn Award, for his conservation-based art and environmental activism.

For the last three years Max has been traveling around Northern Appalachia, performing conservation work and creating art in the landscape. He spends most days picking up trash and providing sanative arbor work in neglected forests. At night Max resides in his Ford Ranger pickup, which is almost exclusively parked at, Walmart, Dunkins, or a wooded portion of a client’s property. Max sleeps in a canvas bivy sack with a wool blanket. He eats mostly canned beans with fry bread, cooked over fire in a dirty pan.

Selected Press

Look Inside Google’s Newest Cambridge Offices

Lucy Maiefi

Boston Bussiness Journal

May 26, 2020

“Rottenbar” Press Release

Hauser & Wirth and Mika Rottenberg

Hauser & Wirth

November 9, 2023

Using Our Junk, Sculptor Wins $20,000

Meghan Woolhouse

BU Today

May 2, 2019

Six Standout Young Artist Starting Their Careers

Cate McQuaid

The Boston Globe

April 25, 2019

cooking dinner in the Hudson Valley

Max's grandparents, great grandfather, and great uncle Charlie on the family homestead