About the Book
This is the first book in a series of books to examine each separate body of work Todd Bartel has developed since he claimed collage as his vocation in 1983. This volume offers a glimpse into Bartel's early collages as an emerging artist. The catalog provides thirty one examples of work created between the artist's late undergraduate years at the Rhode Island School of Design up to the point of pursuing his MFA degree.
Todd Bartel received a BFA in painting from RISD’s European Honors Program (Rome)in 1985 and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 1990, Bartel was awarded the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and in 2000, the Connecticut Council on the Arts Grant in praise of his “Garden Studies” drawing series. Bartel has taught at Harvard, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Manhattanville College and Bridgeport University. He has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, and since 1999 has been an Artist-Teacher and guest critic at Vermont College’s MFA in Visual Art program, Montpelier, VT. Bartel teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston (CSW), Weston, MA. Bartel is the founder and Director of the CSW’s Thompson Gallery, a teaching gallery dedicated thematic inquiry. Bartel's art assumes assembled forms of painting, drawing and sculpture that examine the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture.