Paintings by Robert Cartmell
on display at Firlefanz Gallery, Albany NY
September 14 – October 9, 2004

S t i l l - L i f e s a n d t h e G a r d e n o f E d e n

    Orange and Yellow Flowers
    acrylic on canvas, 2002, 39 x 34 inches

    Artist's Studio
    acrylic on canvas, 2003, 61 x 47 inches

    Musician's Table
    acrylic on canvas, 2004, 60 x48 inches

    Artist's Studio VI
    acrylic on canvas, 2004, 41 x 31 inches

    Carousel Window
    acrylic on panel, 2004, 18 x 18 inches

    Garden of Eden
    acrylic on canvas, 2002, 87 x 75 inches
    $3500. (sold)

    Vase with Flowers
    acrylic on canvas, 2004, 17 x 11.5 inches

    Noah's Ark
    acrylic on canvas, 75 x 48, inches

    Still Life with Hammer
    acrylic on canvas, 2004, 51 x 39 inches
    $3000. (sold)

Robert Cartmell's statement for the Firlefanz show:

“Instead of my usual roller coaster renderings my recent paintings are of “still-lifes” usually dominated by flowers and often with musical instruments. Occasionally roller coasters are included but only as part of the background. I am happy working with these balances and will always love paint for what is—juicy and colorful, loving and erotic.”

Robert Cartmell received his MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in 1968 and he is now Professor Emeritus of Art and Chair of Graduate Printmaking of the University of New York State in Albany. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and awards and has shown extensively locally, nationally and internationally.


MA, MFA, University of Iowa, 1969
BFA, University of Chicago and Art Institute of Chicago, 1961

Professor Emeritus of Art (Printmaking, Painting and Drawing), Chair of Graduate Printmaking, State University of New York at Albany

Awards, fellowships, and grants:
$8000 FRAP Grant and Fellowship for Research for Glass Transfer Painting
$32,500 grant from Smithsonian Institute for Invisible Light, infrared photography exhibition
$32,500 grant from Smithsonian Institute for exhibition on roller coasters, Coast to Coast Coasters
$65,000 grant from NEH for TV script for The Great American Midway, a three-part series on the history of amusement parks
Winner of 35 awards in printmaking (17 purchase awards include the Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum, UCLA)
1984 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York at Albany
James Nelson Raymond Foreign Traveling Fellowship, Art Institute of Chicago

Selected exhibitions:
Robert Cartmell: Paintings, Prints, Drawings, 1971-1996, SUNY Albany Art Museum; Color Catalogue
Photographers: Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York, 2002
Abstract Paintings: Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson New York, 2003
Robert Cartmell: Recent Paintings and Prints: Haenah-Kent Gallery, New York, 1995; Color Catalogue
In the Tradition: Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York 1992

Other shows include a traveling exhibition in Korea and exhibitions in Moscow and Leningrad; One-man shows in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, plus many juried and invitational exhibitions; Contemporary American Prints, COLORPRINT U.S.A., Modern Printmakers, Silvermine International Print Exhibition, American Graphics, International Triennial of Colored Graphic Prints (Switzerland), American Graphics, Boston Printmakers, Library of Congress National Print Exhibition, MULTIPLES U.S.A., International Graphics, and over 80 others.
Art galleries:
Firlefranz Gallery, Albany, NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, New York
Pace Editions, New York
Pro Grafica Arte, Chicago
Print Cabinet, Wilton, CT
Anderson Gallery – former Martha Jackson Gallery, New York and Buffalo

The Great American Scream Machine: A History of the Roller Coaster, Amusement Park Books,Inc., 1988. 362 pp and 254 illustrations

Appearances in:
Time, Life, Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, Us, Smithsonian, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Omni, Wigwag, Popular Mechanics, Money, Ladies Home Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Forbes, Newsday, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, six Associated Press stories, two United Press International stories, and many others

Radio and television appearances
1996 – PBS “Protection of the Red Angels,” a PBS-Michael Agat film documentary