Tom Bartel’s Unique Solo Exhibition is on View at the Canton Museum of Art

Experience Evocative Ceramic Works Inside Bartel’s “Dark Forms” Exhibit

Canton Museum of Art presents a unique exhibition of ceramic works entitled “Dark Forms: Tom Bartel.”  This solo exhibition is on view now through October 29, 2017.

Tom Bartel’s life has changed, and so has his work. He is at a re-defining moment after recently becoming a parent, which greatly opened his eyes to the passage of time. An artist hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Tom Bartel is currently Professor of Ceramics at Ohio University, whose Ceramics Program ranks third in the United States. Previously, Bartel’s work was very colorful and patterned, as evidenced by one of his pieces that we proudly own in our Permanent Collection.  However, with his new exhibit – Dark Forms – he has set out to re-invent his work and push himself out of his comfort zone.  His pieces for this exhibit are devoid of color or pattern because he was aiming to reduce his ideas to the essential. The only carry-over from his previous works are his depictions of human forms. What do these pieces say about the passage of time, and how we as humans aim to “live on” through objects? Come see for yourself in Dark Forms: Tom Bartel.


About Tom Bartel
Tom Bartel grew up on the Erie shores of Cleveland, Ohio and is known for his disturbing and humorous fragmented figures that take cues from a “shotgun blast” of influences ranging from antiquity to popular culture. He received his BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington. Tom has lectured, conducted workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work is included in numerous public and private collections and he has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Pennsylvania arts council, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. He has numerous publications to his credit, including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception as well as many other periodicals and books. Bartel is currently an Associate Professor at Ohio University in Athens, Oh.

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. www.cantonart.org, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

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