Rick Bartow

Rick Bartow was a Native American sculptor, painter, and printmaker born in Newport, Oregon. He was a member of the Mad River Band of Wiyot Indians, a small tribe indigenous to Humboldt County, California. Bartow earned a BA in Secondary Art Education from Western Oregon State College. He exhibited internationally at institutions including the Froelick Gallery in Oregon, Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut, Chiaroscuro Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Humboldt State University in California, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington; Derek Simkins Gallery of Tribal Art in Vancouver, British Columbia; Yanagisawa Gallery in Japan, and the Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca in Mexico. He also received many awards and fellowships including the Community Legend Award from Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award from the Seattle Art Museum in Washington; a Flintridge Foundation Award for Visual Artists, an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art, a Brandywine Visiting Artist Fellowship and a Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Oregon Arts Commission.

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December 16, 1946

Newport, OR


April 2, 2016

South Beach, OR




Native American

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