Todd Bartel received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design concluding his studies at RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome, between 1984-1985. In 1990, he was a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. He earned an MFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. Bartel was awarded a Connecticut Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant in 2000. Bartel has taught at Brown University, Manhattanville College and Carnegie Mellon University, Vermont College MFA in Visual Art, New Hampshire Art Institute MFA in Visual Art among others. He has been a guest critic at RISD, a visiting critic at Vermont College MFA in Visual Art (between 1999-2015) and New Hampshire Art Institute MFA program since 2014. Bartel has lectured at Kolaj Fest, Alfred University, Brown University, Western Connecticut State University,Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Montclair State University,Chatham College among others. His work has been exhibited nationally at Palo Alto Art Center, Katonah Museum, Brockton Art Museum, The Rhode Island Foundation, Zieher Smith, Mills Gallery (Boston, MA),Iona College among others. He is the founder and Gallery Director at the Cambridge School of Weston’s Thompson Gallery—now in its 13th year—a gallery dedicated to thematic inquiry, including such exhibition series as Sublime Climate,Collage at 100, Kiss the Ground, Nowhere Everywhere, and With Eyes Open. A seasoned teacher since 1986, Bartel currently teaches drawing, painting, collage, and conceptual art at The Cambridge School of Weston. Bartel’s collage-based work examines the roles of landscape and nature in contemporary culture.