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Artist: Tom Bartel


Tom Bartel, OHIO
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Tom Bartel is a ceramic sculptor who maintains a studio in Athens, Ohio where he serves as Professor and Ceramics Chairperson at Ohio University. His works are constructed to refer to both the body and also charged, stylized, surrogates for the body such as dolls, toys, and figurines. 


Press and publications for his work includes Ceramics Monthly, The Nashville Scene, The Columbus Dispatch, Neue Keramik, The Cleveland Free Times, The Oregonian, American Craft Magazine, The NCECA Journal, Ceramics Art and Perception, Confrontational Ceramics, A&C Black, London, Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Image Transfer Techniques, Clay, Ceramics and the Human Figure, A&C Black, London, among others. He is the recipient of residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, McKnight Artist Residency, The Northern Clay Center, Belger Crane Yard Studios, Red Lodge Clay Center, The 21st International Symposium of Ceramics, Bechyne, Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, America: Contemporary Art Ceramics, Seoul Korea and Tokyo Japan. Bartel has exhibited extensively, select exhibits include the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, South Bend Museum of Art, Canton Museum of Art, Northern Clay Center, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe Clay, Seattle Design Center, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, the Buddy Holly Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Albany Institute of History & Art, NY, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, AMOCA (American Museum of Ceramic Art), The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Jingdezhen International Contemporary Ceramic Exhibition,” China Ceramic Museum, Jingdezhen, Taipei County YingKo Ceramics Museum, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums, and Keramikmuseum Westerwald.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018 Solo Exhibition 
Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Oakland, CA
2017 Solo Exhibition 
2017 The Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, KS
2017 Solo Exhibition 
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
2016 Solo Exhibition 
Concord University, Arthur Butcher Gallery, Athens, WV
2016 Solo Exhibition 
Roscoe Gallery, Oakland, CA


Selected 2-3 Person Exhibitions 

2021 Being Human, 3-Person Exhibition
Tom Bartel, Jack Earl, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH
2016 2 person Exhibition 
South Bend Museum of Art, South Bend, IN
2015 3 Person Exhibition 
Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH
2015 2 Person Exhibition 
University of Notre Dame, IN


Selected Invitational Exhibitions

2021 Earth Transformed
Virtual+Physical/Exhibition Programming, the 55th NCECA Conference 
Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH 
2019 An Impolite Aesthetic, National Invitational Exhibit
Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Joseloff Gallery – Silpe Gallery, CT
Mark Burns, Curator.
2019 Material Impulse, Invitational Exhibit (NCECA Conference Exhibit)
The Corner Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2019 From Darkness to Light: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Tempe, AZ
2017 Visiting Artist Exhibition
 Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
2017 Invitational Exhibition: Fluid: The Changing Face of Gender Identity
Idyllwild Arts, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA
2017 Invitational Exhibition, We the People: Serving Notice
AMOCA – American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
2017 Ugly Clay (Invitational)
Elephant Gallery, Nashville, TN

Group Exhibitions

2021 Pearls
The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2020 Smile Pretty 
Tom Bartel, Arthur Gonzalez, Stephanie Hanes, Roxanne Jackson, Doug Jeck
Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
2020 Group Exhibition 
Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, NC, Curator, Anthony Ulinski
2018 Group Exhibition 
Recent Acquisitions to the Archie Bray Permanent Collection
2018 Bray North Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
2018 Residential: Group Exhibition 
2018 The Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
Invited Group Exhibition
2018 NCECA EXPO, Represented by the Northern Clay Center (MN),
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Epics, Myths, Fables
Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT
2017 The Thomas Arlen Wagner Collection 
Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH


Selected Public Collections

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ
AMOCA, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pamona, CA
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
New Taipei City Yingee Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks ND
Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH
Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Museum, Jingdezhen, China
International Museum of Ceramics, Bechyne, Czech Republic 
FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, China
Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
AMACO, American Art Clay Company, Indianapolis, IN
The Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio
The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN



1996 Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Henry Hope Radford School of Fine Art, Bloomington, IN
1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Kent State University, Kent, OH

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