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Frank Zoey Pool PartyBig Stories: New York Academy of Art Panel

Originating at the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, GA, the exhibition Big Stories travelled to the New York Academy of Art (on view January 26th to March 4th, 2024). As part of their programming, NYAA had a panel discussion moderated by Carl Dobsky and Noah Buchanan, and it featured Zoey Frank, Bo Bartlett, Amy Sherald, and Vincent Desiderio.

The exhibition Big Stories, curated by Bo Bartlett, Noah Buchanan, and Carl Dobsky, is a survey of large scale Contemporary Figurative painting informed by the narrative tradition. Whether the narratives occur in the imagery on the surface, or are deeply embedded in the paint, the paintings of Big Stories open up the viewers thoughts and feelings about our shared stories and call us to find meaning in this existence.

Please view the artist panel, Big Stories Panel Discussion Video

CompetereCOMPETERE: A Talk With Artist Couples

This talk, moderated by our Interim Director, Michael McFalls, features a panel of six of the artists in our exhibition, COMPETERE: An Exhibition of Artist Couples, on display from April 8th, 2022 – June 17th, 2022. The panel includes artist couples Inka Essenhigh & Steve Mumford, Betsy Eby & Bo Bartlett, and Kate Javens & Wade Schuman, as they go over their work, the show, and what it’s like to be an artist couple.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, COMPETERE: An Exhibition of Artist Couples Video

Raheleh FilsoofiRaheleh Filsoofi Artist Talk

This virtual artist talk with Tennessee Fellow Raheleh Filsoofi is based around her artwork in the South Arts 2021 exhibition in the Bo Bartlett Center.

Artist Biography: Nashville resident Raheleh Filsoofi (b. 1975) was born and raised in Iran and has lived in the US South for more than 17 years. Among her solo exhibitions are those at Spinello Projects Gallery in Miami, FL; Georgia Southern University in Statesboro; Texas University of Houston Downtown; and Abad Gallery in Tehran, Iran. Two-person exhibitions include those at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, and Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery in Davie and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County in Lake Worth, both in Florida. In the United States, Filsoofi’s work has been included in group shows in some 10 states, including at Strohl Art Center in Chautauqua, NY; C24 Gallery in New York City; Brickell City Centre in Miami, Arts Warehouse and Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in Pompano Beach and Art and Cultural Center/ Hollywood, all in Florida; Veronique Wantz Gallery in Minneapolis, MN; and the Imago Foundation for the Arts in Warren, RI. In Iran, Filsoofi has shown at the Contemporary Art Museum of Isfahan and, in Tehran, the Iranian Artists Forum, Saba Art and Cultural Institute and Niavaran Cultural Center. Filsoofi holds a BFA from Al-Zahra University in Tehran and an MFA from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She teaches ceramics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Artist Statement: Through years of multi-disciplinary practice, I’ve kept pace with rapidly changing socio-political debates around the world and their relatively expansive influences on human conditions. Immigration, borders and cultural communications are today’s most fundamental discourses, which are immensely interwoven with notions of identity, belonging and inhabitation. Art can be an intermediary language shared between individuals, nations and cultures, addressing these issues by touching the innermost layers of personality within people.

I’ve used different aesthetic strategies by experimenting with a wide range of materials relevant to my subject matter, such as ceramics, poetry and ambient sound and video. I use those media to negotiate and access concepts of heritage, place of origin, orientation toward or away from origin and cultural adaptability. My multimedia installations are rooted deeply in my cultural, Iranian background and the new identity I acquired as an immigrant. The installations aim to challenge the viewer’s existing point of view and personal perspectives about others and themselves. These interactive pieces invite the onlooker to delve into my recollections of sense, sound, place and memories of my journeys across national and international borders.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Raheleh Filsoofi Artist Talk

Looking Male Artist TalkLooking Male Artist Talk

Watch this virtual recording as the curators of our Looking Male exhibition, Michael McFalls and Rylan Steele, speak with photographers Brittainy Lauback and Carl Martin, as well as poet Nick Norwood, about their work in the exhibition.

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Myra GreeneSouth Arts 2021 Georgia Fellow Myra Greene

Atlanta artist Myra Greene (b. 1975) is a New York City native. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, and the Princeton University Art Museum. She has had 17 solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Among them were those at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA; Atlanta’s Museum of Contemporary Art; and Corvi-Mora gallery in London. Greene’s work has been in more than 50 group shows nationally and internationally. She holds a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and an MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Greene is the chair of the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College in Atlanta.

Artist Statement: “My work explores abstractions of race and the body. Engaging with textiles, the focus of my artistic practice is the manipulation of color and how our understanding of color is completely dependent on its context – materially, culturally and historically. By mimicking and evoking the color brown when printing and dyeing fabric, the resulting colors are reminiscent of my skin tone, creating a conceptual visualization of identity politics.

In Piecework, fabrics are systematically dyed their complementary color in order to create a smooth transition to brown. Inspired by traditional Dutch Wax patterns found on African textiles, I further silkscreen digitally stitched patterns onto the dyed fabric using metallic inks. Laden with cultural and historical references (triangles, for example, provide insight into my personal history as well as into movements in the diasporic slave trade), these works emphasize the power of hue and form and their ability to create an abstraction based in the illusion of space through color.

In Mixed, each piece is a composition of hand-dyed strips of fabric that fade from rich tones to brown. The final construction is a gradation that calls attention to the intricacies of each layer that creates the whole. The dyed textile is seductive in nature. In its lack of uniformity, it undulates, uncovering captivating textures on the surface of the work. The color brown is not a pure color, but a tone, a composite and a beautiful blend of complex information.”

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Myra Greene

Juan Logan Art CollectionVirtual Panel Discussion: Juan Logan: Creating and Collecting

This is a panel discussion with the following individuals:

  • Michael McFalls, Interim Director of the Bo Bartlett Center
  • Chris Whittey, the Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art at Columbus State University
  • Shantay Robinson, Freelance Writer of Black Arts and Culture with Contributions to Burnaway, Black Art in America, and more
  • Juan Logan, artist showcased in Creating and Collecting at the Bartlett Center

Working out of his studio in Belmont, North Carolina, artist Juan Logan continues to expand his art’s unyielding call for social responsibility. A retired University of North Carolina Professor, Logan’s installations, sculptures, prints, and paintings are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Art, and many more. Through his many exhibitions and a very successful career, Juan has amassed a collection of works from his friends and sources of inspiration in the art world. Not only will this exhibition share his many holdings by the most important artists from the 1970s to the present, it will also present Juan’s own work in dialogue with his collection. The galleries will examine the role that Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Motherwell, Thornton Dial, and more have played in Juan’s practice as an artist and how collecting has informed his creative process.

Check out our virtual panel discussion, Juan Logan: Creating and Collecting Video

Painting on a wallVirtual Panel Discussion: Music as Image and Metaphor at the Bo Bartlett Center

This is going to be a panel discussion with the following individuals:

  • Curators of the exhibition: David W. Houston currently the Director of the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi and Florence Neal is Co-Founder and Director of Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Composers: pianist Michael Kowalski and percussionist Allen Otte.
  • Artist and Professor of Art, Hannah Israel

The discussion will center on the exhibition at the Bartlett Center, Music as Image and Metaphor. The exhibit brings together forty-one works by twenty-eight artists from the Kentler Flatfiles focused on the theme of music. The theme of music-as-image includes works that were directly inspired by or are illustrative of sound art, while the image-as-metaphor theme encompasses a diverse group of works that, directly or indirectly, reflect the structure and artistic goals of musical composition and improvisation. We will also discuss the suite of one-minute musical responses to each graphic work, specially created by Michael Kowalski and Allen Otte for the installation at the Center.

Check out our virtual panel discussion, Music as Image and Metaphor at the Bo Bartlett Center Video

Bo Bartlett Interview for "The Artist's Voice" with Jerry Hardesty

The Artist’s Voice podcast empowers artists to share their stories and promote their work. They may share success and challenges with the intent of helping other artists and enlighten the public. Artists from all creative genres are encouraged to guest on the show.

In this episode, Jerry Hardesty interviews Bo Bartlett. Bo is an American Realist painter who has taken his creativity to film and recently released “Things Don’t Stay Fixed.” Bo lives and works in Columbus, Georgia.

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Painting hanging on wallsAlyssa Monks "Hiraeth" Gallery Tour & Talk

On January 7, 2021, The Bo Bartlett center hosted a virtual Art Talk and Gallery Tour. Bo Bartlett, Betsy Eby, and Alyssa Monks treated viewers to a virtual walkthrough and conversation about Alyssa’s exhibition at the Bartlett Center, Hiraeth.

Born in 1977 in New Jersey, Alyssa began oil painting as a child. She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time, she studied painting at Lorenzo dé Medici in Florence. She went on to earn her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art in 2001. She completed an artist residency at Fullerton College in 2006 and has lectured and taught at universities worldwide.

The tension in her paintings is sustained by the composition and also by the surface quality itself. Each brushstroke is thickly applied, like a fossil recording every gesture and decision, evoking the energy of the handmade object. The unpredictable, activated surface recalls the human experience, creating empathy in the work. “I strive to create a moment in a painting where the viewer can see or feel themselves, identify with the subject, even be the subject, connect with it as though it is about them, for them.”

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The jumpsuit projectSherrill Roland Art Talk

Virtual Art Talk from the Bo Bartlett Center featuring Chris Whittey, Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art & Department Chair and South Arts 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellow winner, Sherrill Roland

October 15, 5:30 pm

Sherrill Roland is a North Carolina native, born in Asheville and currently living in Raleigh. Roland received a BFA in design and MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Roland creates art that challenges ideas around controversial social and political constructs, and generates a safe space to process, question, and share. He is the founder of the acclaimed “Jumpsuit Project”, intended to raise awareness around issues related to mass incarceration. The work grew out of personal history, from the ten months he spent in state prison on a wrongful conviction just as he had started his last year of grad school in 2013. Based on new evidence, Roland was exonerated of all charges in 2015. He was awarded the 2020 Southern Prize by South Arts. His work is included in the South Arts Exhibition at the Bartlett Center on view August 18, 2020 – January 8, 2021

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Sherrill Roland Art Talk at the Bo Bartlett Center

Introduction to The Bo Bartlett Center

The Bo Bartlett Center is a multi-functional art space that goes beyond the typical art gallery. With programs that center on the community and exhibitions that showcase a spectrum of possibilities and new ideas, the Center has a multitude of enriching and inspiring practices. Through outreach with children and at-risk populations in the surrounding area, the Center takes on the role of educator by showing communities the ways in which they can express themselves. By having rotating exhibitions of both regional and internationally known artists, the Center gives those who visit a new way of seeing and understanding art. As a whole, the Bo Bartlett Center is an accessible, creative, and enlightening space that serves as a cornerstone in the ever-growing Columbus art community.

Check out our Introduction to The Bo Bartlett Center Video

Damascus RoadDamascus Road

Here, Bo Bartlett focuses on his piece from 1988, Damascus Road, which showcases a contemporary vision of the biblical story. Depicting tragedy and ideas of systems being broken down, Bartlett alludes to ways in which society at the time, and even now, was struggling to simmer down from turmoil.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Damascus Road with Bo Bartlett

Civil WarCivil War

This piece from 1994 depicts Bartlett’s coming to terms with displacement from the South and used the Battle of Nashville as inspiration. Here, Bartlett focuses on themes of race and injustice. Bartlett suggests that the viewer sees past the tragedy and towards a better possible future through masterful painting techniques in light and color.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Civil War with Bo Bartlett


Parents is a painting made in 1984 that depicts Bo Bartlett’s parents in a setting he made from recollections of his own childhood home life. He represents his father standing and staring sternly, a man made from war and religion, and his mother almost in a standby position. It is a scene with contrasting sides.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Parents with Bo Bartlett

Object PermanenceObject Permanence

Painted in 1986, Object Permanence focuses on roles played in the artist’s life by himself and his own family over time. The title alludes to the idea of objects existing even when you do not sense them, something in which babies have not developed yet. Using objects and placement, Bartlett alludes to impermanence in childhood and a family set apart, among other symbolic gestures.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Object Permanence with Bo Bartlett

TarmacTarmac with Bo Bartlett

In this video, Bo Bartlett shows his work, Tarmac, finished in 1986. This work describes a tragic ending to a flight and the aftermath. By using color and placement, Bartlett is able to connect parts of the image to create a story of what happened to cause such a tragedy.

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A popular work at the Center, Hiroshima, showcases Bartlett’s incredible ability to collect stories and ideas and combine them to form an image that tells a different but similar story. In the 1994 piece, the viewer sees a woman looking off into the distance, and through the title, one can allude to the fact she sees the blast from the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima from World War II. This painting is able to capture an imagined moment of what may have been experienced right before the bomb dropped.

Check out our artist talk for our exhibition, Hiroshima with Bo Bartlett

Leviathan painting by Bo BartlettLeviathan

A painting with a straightforward religious context, Leviathan shows the biblical story of Jonah in a contemporary light. Not only that, but Bartlett finds it a way to represent where one can also find themselves in their own lives and how that could connect to the world.

Check out Leviathan with Bo Bartlett

Good Old DaysGood Old Days

Made in 2000, The Good Old Days is a family-oriented image that focuses on Bartlett’s ideas of a fishing family’s life in Maine. Made during a time in which he claims as better days, hence the title, Bartlett focuses on the simple pleasures of family life.

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Bo BartlettP2 Talks High-Density Framed Art Storage

In this edition of P2 Talks, we discuss an art museum high-density art storage project with David Houston, Executive Director of the Bo Bartlett Center in Columbus, GA. The project included static and high-density mobile art rack.

Check out P2 Talks - The Bo Bartlett Center / Art Gallery in Columbus Ga

Bo BartlettBo Bartlett Center Installation, Opening and Insight

Bartlett speaks on his art and process while stills of the installation of his paintings in the Scarborough Gallery are prepared, stretched, framed and hung before the grand opening.

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Bo BartlettNorman Rockwell Museum Lecture

Bo Bartlett offers insights into his artwork at the Norman Rockwell Museum on July 10, 2016 in Stockbridge, MA.

Check out American Realist: An Evening with Painter Bo Bartlett

Bo BarlettBo Bartlett's Magic World

Video journalist Dave Anderson explores Bo Bartlett’s life and work in this short for Oxford American.

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