Artist, activist, and educator Mildred Howard has taught at n a number of major university and art institution in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the California College of Art and has conducted programs and exhibitions in England, Latin America, Egypt, Ghana, and Morocco. In 2013 Howard was a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize at the Arsenal Venezia in Venice. In 2015 she received the Fresno Museum of Art's Distinguished Artist Award and exhibited a forty-year retrospective at the Richmond Art Center. Howard's work appears in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the M.H. de Young Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Her awards include an Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship, the Reader’s Digest Traveling Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico, two Rockefeller Artists Fellowships to Bellagio, Italy, and an NEA Grant in Sculpture.
Howard's work is included in major collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum, and the New Museum in New York and has been widely exhibited internationally at venues in Cairo, Berlin, Paris, London, Morocco and Venice. Howard has created public installation works in collaboration with poets and writers from the east and west coast of the United States. In 2013, she was honored with the Distinguished Women in the Arts Award by Fresno’s Council of 100 with an exhibition at the Fresno Museum. A retrospective of her work at the Richmond Art Center in 2015 was reviewed with great acclaim. She is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco.