Current Exhibitions

Rick Bartow:
Things You Know but Cannot Explain

May 24 – July 13, 2016


Rick Bartow is a major American painter. He is also widely recognized as a significant West Coast, American Indian artist who has been an active painter, sculptor, and printmaker since the late 1970s. His art, though deeply personal, speaks to universal experiences and globally minded themes. Animals, self-portraits, and references to cultural traditions appear frequently. As a member of the Wiyot Tribe of Northern California, he has enjoyed a close lifelong relationship with the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians in his hometown of Newport, Oregon. He graduated in art from Western Oregon University in 1969 and then served in the Vietnam War (1969–71).  Internationally exhibited and collected, Bartow’s twenty-foot-high pair of sculptures, We Were Always Here, was installed next to the Smithsonian’s National Museumof the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2012.

Charles Froelick, Mr. Bartow’s long time art dealer, will speak informally at the opening. He is a member of the National Council of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as well as Board Chair of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Bill Avery, an esteemed Bartow collector who has loaned many works to the exhibition,will also attend. Rick Bartow was born in 1946 and died on April 2, 2016.

Rick Bartow, Crow’s Creation V, 1992. Pastel, graphite on paper, 40 x 26 inches. Private Collection © Rick Bartow

Rick Bartow, Deer Spirit for Frank LaPena, 1999. Acrylic on panel, 24 x 24 inches. Private Collection © Rick Bartow


Barton's Place


Barton Lidice Benes lived in a magical apartment in New York City. It was filled with over $1 million in African, Egyptian, South American, Chinese and contemporary art, plus much more as touted in the New York Times when it announced Barton’s intended gift to North Dakota (2/6/05).

Barton Benes and his treasure trove spent decades tucked away in a glorious boxcar space in Westbeth, the artist community in New York’s West Village. There, rare works of art joined ranks with the arcane, the wistful, the amusing, the deeply serious, and a “maddening and morbid array of things” (a human toe found on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge, a stuffed mink wearing a mink coat, an eight-foot giraffe head). This temporary installation suggests the drama and mystery embedded in Barton’s private wonderland. Continue reading...


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Walter Piehl / ULAE print benefits NDMOA


North Dakota artist Walter Piehl collaborated with Bill Goldston, Director of Universal Limited Art Editions on Long Island, to create a work of art as a benefit for the North Dakota Museum of Art. ULAE is known as a pioneer for its work with artists such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist as they introduced lithography as a fine art form to Americans. Only thirty Walter Piehl prints exist. Print number one will go into the Museum's permanent collection. Print two will be raffled off to the general public, and the remaining twenty-eight are available for Museum supporters, Walter's friends, and collectors. Contact the Museum 701.777.4195 to secure your print, destined to take its rightful place in the history of art on the Northern Plains.

Price: Twenty-eight prints to be sold with all proceeds going to the Museum. Graduated price structure: Edition #3-10 for $2,000 each (SOLD); Edition #11-20 for $2,500 (SOLD); Edition #21-30 for $3,000.

    Only 2 prints left

Walter Piehl, Smokey Nellie, Pigmented ink-jet with lithography, 24 x 32 1/4 inches, 2013.
Walter named the work after the two horses his friend Bill Goldston rode as a youngster in Oklahoma.