7022 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
Telephone (301) 718-0622

 

Walt Bartman
Born - North Braddock, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Maryland
M.FA., American University

EXHIBITIONS:   

 

2008 – Marin-Price Galleries, Chevy Chase, MD.
2007 – The Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD.
2006 - Marin - Price Galleries, Bethesda, MD.
2004- Orchard Gallery, Bethesda, MD.
2004 – The Yellow Barn Faculty Show, Glen View Mansion Gallery, Rockville, MD.
2003 –The Mary Hodgson Gallery, Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD.
2001- The Landow Gallery, Landon School, Bethesda, MD.
1980 - Painting Instructor, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
2000, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1986,
The Glen Echo Gallery, Glen Echo, MD.
1992 to 1994 - Old Warsaw Gallery, Alexandria, VA.
1988 –The Sidwell Friends Gallery, Washington, DC
1988 - Invitational Group show, Art Masters Gallery, Bethesda, MD.
1988 - The Life of Maryland Gallery show, "Paintings of Maryland," Baltimore, MD
1987 - Art Masters Gallery, Bethesda, MD.
1986 - The Gudelsky Gallery, Maryland College of Art & Design, MD.
1985 - The Fourth Annual Brandeis University Show, Strathmore Hall Gallery, Rockville, MD.
1985 - Gudelsky Gallery, Chevy Chase, MD.
1983 -The First Alumni Show, The Watkins Gallery, The American University, Washington, DC.
1980 – Represented by the Catapetl Art Gallery, Frederick, MD.
1979 - Group Show, The Watkins Gallery, The American University, Washington DC
1976 - Art Barn Gallery, Washington, DC.

 AWARDS:

 
 
1999 - Lockheed Martin Art Award.
1998 - Strathmore Hall Art Award.
1998 – April 7, “Walt Bartman Day”, Montgomery County Council recognition award.
1994 Robert Rauschenberg Art Award, Lab School, Wash., DC.
1994 - Awarded an artist residency from the National Park Service.
1993 - Painting Award , Inaugural Opening of the Delaplaine Visual Art Center, Frederick, MD.
1993 - Mark Mann Award, Montgomery County, MD. The Journal Newspapers
1992 – Award from the Foundation for Creative Education for outstanding influence in the field of creativity.
1991 - One of the first two nationally recognized art
teachers for outstanding teaching by the Foundation
for the Advancement in the Arts, Miami, Florida.
1991 Maryland Art Educator of the Year Award.
1989 - Distinguished Teaching Award, given by Pratt Institute, NYC
1978 - Awarded Fulbright Grant to study the "Art of the Low Countries.
 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1994 to Present – Established the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, Glen Echo, MD. 400 students are enrolled in 30 - 40 classes per term. Directs a faculty of 20 artist/ teachers.
  2005 – Featured in the Frederick News Post, November 27, “Painting Cows”.
  2005 – Featured in the Young Arts Magazine, Publication of the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, Miami, Florida.
  1986 – 2000 – Teacher of 10 of 90 Presidential Scholars in the Visual Arts, selected nationally by the President’s Committee on Excellence in Education..
  2000 – Featured on CBS”s “Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.”
  2000 - Keynote speaker on the topic of “Creativity”, Sheperd College, Shepherdstown, W. Va.
  1990 - United States Office of Technology Assessment featured his teaching as an example for performance assessment in a study funded by the U.S. Congress.
  1984 - Keynote speakers at "Interface" Art Conference, sponsored by the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  1984 to present… Featured in various publications including: USA Today, The Frederick Magazine, Chesapeake Life Magazine, The Frederick News Post, Bethesda & Potomac Almanacs and Montgomery Journal
   

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

2004 – City of Oxford, MD.
1987 - Art in Public Places Commission, Montgomery County, MD.
1987 - Directed the completion of the "Zoo Project" at the National Zoo, Washington, DC. Sixty-five mosaics in the newly renovated elephant house.
 
Artist Statement:

LikeTurner and Rothko, an artist should be a visionary… Similarly, the Italian master Giorgio Morandi is quoted as saying; ”The only reason to be an artist is to give us a new way of seeing.”

In thirty-five years of painting, I have always kept that idea in my head. Painting has become a bridge… a bridge to understanding. Some call it an epiphany, others a break through. It is more about my own personal awareness. I know what compels me to paint is color. Color energizes my soul.

My work speaks of color and the emotional experience found in it’s relationships. It is the poetry of vision. Color underlies feeling. Just as a trumpet announces a parade, so does color. For the viewer, it pulsates internally. I share that feeling every time I paint

For me, one color does not exist.

My philosophical point of view about color is that; “The color I see is made by the color I just saw.” Color is complex. It is always in constant change with every additional color. Color is a challenge to work with and I have always accepted that challenge enthusiastically.

In painting, my mind is captivated to express what I see, and what I see is what I realize my mind lets me see. I challenge myself to find that epiphany or break through.

My paintings reflect my interest in communicating with the viewer what I am experiencing at that moment. When Leonardo said; “It is the invisible that needs to be found, not the visible.” I was intrigued by the realization that the clues to understanding the invisible are in the visible. Though my search is for an abstract understanding, my own synthesis of experience is conveyed in the spiritual properties of my paint.

An artist is like a great orator. For the orator, it is not only what you say but how you say it. For the artist, it is in the construction of the idea where the feeling is achieved. I put an importance on building my thoughts with paint as the medium. It is the process that takes precedence. Accepting that artists can give us thoughts or instigate thoughts, I have attempted to add that dimension of understanding to my work.

My most successful work demonstrates my sensitivity to the moment, and the freshness of thought captured by my brush.

My work is an assemblage of visual experiences and subjects. Each work is distinct in purpose. As a life’s work, my paintings are about my search to express my response to the subject and situation. Many of the paintings are from life, though the some of the work is completed in the studio.

Among my favorite places to paint is Tilghman Island on the Chesapeake Bay. Here the light and color is as special to me as the light of Southern France. I paint through all the seasons, searching for the drama of color as the desert for my eyes.

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