Todd Bartel
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In an effort to share, explore and expand upon the myriad studio practices found here at ISACA, please consider using this forum to post images and descriptions of the process you use to create your…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by ken coleman Mar 17, 2013.

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What kind of art do you do?
Collage, Assemblage, Conceptual Art, Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media—ready to incorporate any technique
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What is the guiding principle in your art?
The history of collage and the history of landscape painting are the same story.

Todd Bartel received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1985 and also studied in Rome as part of RISD’s European Honors Program between1984-1985.  He achieved his MFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 1990, Bartel was a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.) and in 2000, he was awarded a Connecticut Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in support of the continuation of his drawing series, “Garden Studies” and related “Terra Reverentia” series. Bartel has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Manhattanville College and Bridgeport University. He has been a guest critic at Rhode Island School of Design, and Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lectured at the Alfred University, Chatham College, Western Connecticut State University and the New England Teaching Conference, among others. Currently, Bartel teaches drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art and conceptual art at the Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA. Bartel is a founder and the Director of the Cambridge School’s Thompson Gallery, a teaching gallery dedicated thematic inquiry, and “IS” a proposal-based installation gallery. 

Todd Bartel is a dedicated collage artist. His work assumes assembled forms of painting, drawing and sculpture that examine the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture.

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Strange Glue (Collage & Installation) Catalog Now Available at

Dear collageheads,

I am very pleased to tell you that the third catalog, Strange Glue (Collage & Installation) is now available at The cost of the publication is $35 before shipping. 
Here is the link to find the catalog on Lulu's website:…

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 7:58pm

Kolaj Magazine

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 9:18pm

Todd Bartel on Numéro Cinq

Posted on October 28, 2012 at 12:30pm

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At 9:12am on June 20, 2013, Dick Allowatt said…

Thanks so much Todd! I look forward to being more active here on the site and getting to know everyone's work and exchanging ideas and feedback. Appreciate the kind words.

At 2:48pm on March 22, 2013, W. David Powell said…

thanks to your Blog!

At 12:51pm on March 14, 2013, Kathie Vezzani said…

No digital imaging. These pieces are very hard to photograph. There are three layers that you "see" as you look at the piece. I used paper, a transparency of the girl and a piece of mica.

At 11:06pm on March 13, 2013, Kathie Vezzani said…

I do, Todd,  if you click on the photo you will see the title for each. 

At 9:15pm on November 17, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

Todd, I'm very inspired by your work which I've now had some time to explore...the relationship with nature, and the commitment to collage and assemblage (which is nature itself) and also the ultimate recycler..something you recognized as your calling early in your career. You've given me inspiration, and confidence.  LS

At 9:57am on October 28, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

See if this comes through.  If not, put I Shock Myself in a search'll also find lots of images.  LS

At 10:57pm on October 27, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

Love the reference to Duchamp...In my former life edited the autobio of ceramicist Beatrice Wood, I Shock Myself.  She was one of his lovers, and her work was  influenced by fact, she had a piece at the 1912 NY Armory Show (which is getting some recent attention).  Duchamp was the first to bring pure function into the definition of art... LS

At 8:54pm on October 27, 2012, Lindsay Smith said…

Thanks Todd.  Yes, modularity is a form of collage.  Thanks for seeing that!  LS

At 6:17pm on September 17, 2012, Stephen Mead said…

Thank you for going above and beyond as a curator, artist and teacher, not only going through the rigors of the selection process, but then putting together a book of "Strange Glue", and even a virtual exhibition of those who didn't make the physical space,
Your energy must be boundless!

At 5:00am on July 14, 2012, ken coleman said…

Great! I'm looking forward to it.



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