Museum director, designer, and painter, Alexander Bower was born in Manhattan, New York in 1875. He studied at the well-known Ecole de la Grand Chaumiere and later at the Academie Julien in Paris in 1906.
He studied at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with Thomas Anshutz.
He was an associate member of the National Academy of Design, as well as a member of the Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society, the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and the Boston Society of Watercolor Painters.
He exhibited extensively in Paris at the Salon des Independants. Later he showed in Brussels, Boreaux, Cannes, throughout Switzerland, England and the United States. Alexander Bower has exhibited at the Carnegie Institute, the National Academy of Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
His work can be seen at the University of Nebraska; Springfield, Missouri Art Museum; Butler Art Institute; Sweat Memorial Art Museum; and the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine.
Bower held the position of Director of the School of Fine and Applied Arts, in Portland, Maine.
The artist died in 1952.