Grace Bakst Wapner was born in 1934 in Brooklyn N.Y. Wapner received her B.A. from Bennington College, and attended the summer M.F.A. program at Bard College.
Beginning in summer camp, continuing through Midwood High School, Bennington College, The New School for Social Research and Bard College and in her studio, Grace Wapner has made sculpture. Working in clay, fabric, wood, urethane and bronze it has not been until the last ten years that her focus shifted to painting where her interest in form and emotional content is augmented by her use of color and the possibilities of the two dimensional format.
She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture Award, 1978-1979, a National Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize Award, 2013, and an Outstanding Achievement in the Arts Award from the Byrdcliffe Guild in 2015. After being a member of 55 Mercer St. Gallery from 1973 until 1978 she joined the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in NYC where she had six one person shows and then in 2002 an exhibit in Miami where the gallery moved in 1999. In addition she has had 26 one person shows and participated in over 100 group exhibitions. Collections include The Dorsky Museum, the Blanton Museum, the Sol LeWitt Collection, Racine Museum of Fine Art, Hebrew Union College, Charleston Museum, St. Paul Insurance Company and Prestige Fine Art. She has taught and lectured at Colleges, Universities and Art Schools.