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Walter Bartman, Juror
Walt Bartman identifies himself as an artist / teacher, a path he chose 40 years ago that has led to a long and fulfilling journey.
He grew up "out of the furnace" in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steel town in its heyday near Pittsburgh. He vividly remembers the images of the mills at night. The energy of the rich colors from the steel furnaces reflected in the skies is carried in his work today. Color is what inspires him to paint. He attributes his inspiration to Joe Fitzpatrick, a well known Pittsburgh artist, whom he studied with in his formative years. Any Warhol and Phillip Pearlstein were Fitzpatrick's students as well.
Bartman moved to Maryland to study art at the University of Maryland in the 1960's. In the 1970's he received his MFA from American University in Painting and Art History. He received a Fulbright Grant to study the art of Belgium and the Netherlands.
He has a distinguished career as an artist and teacher. He taught high school art for thirty years at Walt Whitman High School where he was recognized by three Presidents of the United States as one of this country's important educators. In addition to teaching high school, he has taught at the Corcoran School of Art, Montgomery College, Maryland College of Art and Design, and Carnegie Mellon Univerity. He has taught thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to have distinguished careers in the arts. Among his most notable students are: Harry Cooper, Curator of the National Gallery; Jeff Tramaine, film maker; Jason Park, Emmy Award Winner; Sculptor Jean Shin, and noted painters, Trevor Young, Kevin Berlin and Ann Loftquist, to name a few.
In 1993, he founded the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park, Maryland, where he continues to serve as Director. Today, the Yellow Barn Studio is an important center for painting / drawing / printmaking. The Yellow Barn Studio offers over seventy classes and workshops per week.
In 2012, he founded the Griffin Art Center, in Frederick, Maryland. The Griffin Art Center houses twenty-six artist studios and three galleries.
With work in prominent public and private collections, Bartman continues to receive recognition for his remarkable artwork and teaching. He was featured on Charles Osgood's CBS weekly series, "Sunday Morning." He is listed in the Art and Artist Files in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library Collections, and Montgomery County named April 7th Walt Bartman Day. Recently, he was featured in articles in Fluent Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. He was selected as the featured artist for the Oxford Fine Arts Festival and was selected for the prestigious Easton Plein Air Competition.
Walt Bartman's specialty is landscape and figure painting. He can be considered a representational painter, though he introduces an abstract philosphy in constructing a painting. Today, his artwork is about capturing the “Present.” It is about being immersed in the “moment” and experiencing Nature's "gifted” epiphanies.
He works out of his Goldfinch Studio, in Middletown, Maryland, but maintains studios on Tilghman Island, Maryland and at the Yellow Barn Studio, where he teaches classes for all levels of students.
If you are interested in a list of his most recent works, and the classes and workshops, visit www.walterbartman.com