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STATEMENT

My work begins with looking at my subject matter. I respond with a goal, a method of seeing, a formal technique to make sense of the space I am observing. Successful drawing or painting is dependent on this type of investigation. When a painting is not working, I re-assess methods to find new perspective. Challenges are important in my work, forcing me to learn and unlearn. I purposefully engage with visually foreign or challenging unfamiliar subject matter, and then apply what I learn in discovering its form into everything that I observe. When I apply this discovery approach, I can address any subject matter with the same sense of exploration. When I am drawing, I am not drawing a named thing, but I am drawing a series of visual relationships. These have endless variations. I think of myself as an active painter. Painting for me is a constant searching and finding the perfect relationship of colors, tones, lines, or shapes that represent the feeling or weight of something. Art is a truth, an impression, an understanding of space, and historically a universal language. I work to move beyond representing and object or a space, to concentrate on understanding form and composition. 

Contact

Currently working in Tulsa, OK 

bwalinder@gmail.com 

EDUCATION

•   Master of Fine Art in Painting from The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK Fall 2013 – Spring 2016

•   Bachelors Degree in Fine Art in Studio Art from Rogers State University, Claremore, OK 2010 - 2013

•   The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK Fall 2009

•   Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 2008 - 2009

WORK EXPERIENCE

•   Teach Landscape Painting in Italy. RSU Study Abroad program, Montone, Italy 2018

•   Adjunct Professor of Fine Art, Rogers State University Fall 2017 - Present

•   Adjunct Professor of Art, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa, OK Fall 2016 - Present

•   Foundations Instructor, Belvoir Terrace Girls Camp. Lenox, MA Summer 2017

•   The University of Tulsa Alexandre Hogue Gallery Assistant, The University of Tulsa School of Art, Tulsa, OK Fall 2013 - Spring 2016

•   TA Design II, Sculpture, Drawing I, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK Fall 2013 - Spring 2016

EXHIBITIONS

•   Rogers State Alumni Show, Rogers State University Foundations Gallery. Claremore, OK 2017

•   Re:Collect, The University of Tulsa Group show. Zarrow Center, The Brady Arts District. Tulsa, OK 2017

•   Combined Perspective, Solo show. Chrysalis Salon, The Brady Arts District, Tulsa, OK 2016

•   Annual Gussman Juried Student Exhibition, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Juror: Donna Davies, Vice President of the Art Group for Urban Expositions [First Place: Graduate Student] 2016

•   The University of Tulsa Graduate Thesis Exhibition, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK2016

•   Tulsa Paper and Paint Co., Mainline Gallery Brady Arts District, Tulsa, OK (With Mark Lewis and grad students and alumni) 2015

•   Annual Gussman Juried Student Exhibition, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Juror: Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM) 2015

•   Rogers State University Juried Student Art Show, Claremore, OK [Best in Show] Fall 2012

•   Rogers State University Juried Student Art Show, Claremore, OK [Best Drawing Award] Fall 2011

•   Rogers State University Juried Student Art Show, Claremore, OK [Firsrt Place] Fall 2010

ARTISTS RESIDENCIES/WORKSHOPS

•   Four Pillars Artist Residency, Mount Gretna PA 2018

•   College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles 2018

•   College Art Association Conference, New York, NY 2017

•   Mount Gretna School of Art, Summer Intensive Painting Program, Mount Gretna, PA Summer 2015

•   Joe Cunningham Contemporary Quilt Making Workshop, 3 days Tulsa, OK 2016

•   Study Abroad in Italy, Rogers State University, Montone, traveled throughout Italy. Summer 2012

EVENTS/FUNDRAISERS

•   Featured Artist, Live Painting in the Art Market After Dark, Guthrie Green in the Tulsa Art District, Tulsa, OK 2017

•   Drawing Rally, benefit for art education programs at Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa OK 2016, 2017

•   The Longest Day Alzheimer’s benefit Featured Artist, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK 2015

TECHNICAL ABILITIES

•   Fine Artist 2008 - present

Extensive experience with: oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, India ink, (pen and brush application) charcoal, graphite, collage. Specialize in: observational drawing and painting, perspective, relative color theory. Large interest in methods of seeing/measuring.

•   Adjunct Professor 2013 - 2016

Instructor of Record: Painting I, Drawing I &II, Watercolor I &II, Foundations/Fundamentals, Professional Practice, Art Appreciation. Teach courses in fine art. Work with students who are studying for a degree, a certificate, a certification, or are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills. Develop a syllabus for the course and ensure that it meets college and department standards. Plan lessons and assignments. Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program. Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, presentations, and other work. Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals. Stay informed about changes and innovations in the field, along with advancing my own knowledge in the field.

•   Gallery Assistant, Tulsa, OK 2013 - 2016

Maintain gallery inventory and order supplies. Un-pack and pack artwork. Repair holes/prep walls. Lighting artwork. Assist in curating each show. Install artwork for each show, and install labeling. Co-host visiting artists. Clean and maintain gallery storage area. Work with faculty curator for each show

•   TA Design II and Sculpture 2013 - 2015

Comfortable with woodshop, ceramics, wire, cardboard, mold making, wax, metallurgy. Extensive experience with charcoal, graphite and ink. Basic methods of observation, perspective. Lead and facilitate group critiques, monitor students working in classroom, still life set-up and tear down, assist professor in day to day needs of the classroom

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

College Art Association (CAA)

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)

Tulsa Artists’ Coalition (TAC)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

•   German – Exchange to Austria 2005