Bo Bartlett Center Opening

The Bo Bartlett Center an 18,500 square foot exhibition space dedicated to the exploration of the creative process through the visual arts. The Center houses and exhibits a substantial holding of Bartlett’s work, including many rarely seen mural-sized paintings. Archival materials, including sketchbooks, journals, props, and studies will illuminate viewers to the process of creating works of art from inception to execution.

Ongoing programming at the Center will be multi-disciplinary, including music, film, visiting artists, and lectures.

The outreach component of the Center will work with local schools, the homeless community, and mental health facilities, encouraging communication and growth through painting and drawing.

Bo Bartlett (b. 1955) is known for his complex and multi-layered narrative paintings. Working in a tradition that stretches from Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, Bartlett’s bold narrative approach has made him one of the preeminent Realist painters of our time.

Bartlett is a Pew Fellow and the most recent recipient of the Society 1858 Prize for Southern Contemporary Art. He has had more than sixty solo exhibitions, and his works can be found in numerous public collections, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Seven Bridges Foundation, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Bartlett and his wife, artist Betsy Eby, live and work in Columbus, GA, and Wheaton Island, ME.

The inaugural exhibition will be a retrospective of Bo Bartlett‘s work, featuring paintings and drawings from 1977-2017. A companion exhibition, Peers & Influences, will also be on view.