• Selected Solo Exhibitions
    2017
    This Much Is True, Claire Oliver Gallery, NY, NY

    2016 (April)
    Krause Gallery, New York, NY

    2015
    Smoke Screens, Alfstad Contemporary, Sarasota, FL

    2013
    All Ages, Krause Gallery, New York, NY

    2012
    Bird-Like Things and Things Like Trees, White Box, New York, NY
    Bird-Like Things and Things Like Trees, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

    2011
    Vitreous Humor, Krause Gallery, New York, NY

    2010
    Follies of the Wise, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA
    Ride, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Heads or Tails, The Art Registry Group, Washington, DC

    2009
    Meet the Struggles & Smoke Rings, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    Diagnostics, Smoyer Gallery, Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA
    Smoke Rings, Gallery Imperato, Baltimore, MD
    New Work, Krause Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    Absence & Presence, Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH

    2008
    No Mirrors, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
    The Struggles Play Nice, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA

    2007
    New Struggles, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Replacements, Art6 Gallery, Richmond VA

    2006
    Birding, North Gallery, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville,


    Selected Group Exhibitions
    2017
    Skyway Selections: Curators' Choice, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
    Skyway, St Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, St Pete, FL

    2016
    London Art Fair, London, U.K. ((Decorazon Gallery)

    2015
    Texas Contemporary, Houston (Decorazon)
    Asia Contemporary Art Fair Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China (Decorazon Gallery)
    SCOPE: New York, New York (Krause Gallery)
    Select 2015: Washington Project for the Arts Art Auction, Artisphere, DC. (Jennifer Farrell, Curator; catalog)
    The Gypset Art Series, Decorazon Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    Past and Present, Krause Gallery, New York

    2014
    SCOPE: Miami, Miami (Decorazon Gallery)
    3 in 1: Ringling Faculty Exhibition, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
    Nexus, SECAC: Juried Exhibition, Art Center Sarsota, Sarasota, FL, (Matthew McLendon, Juror)
    Scorch, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
    SCOPE: NYC, New York (Krause Gallery)
    Made in Sarasota, Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, FL

    2013
    Face Off: Skull-A-Day vs Street Anatomy Show, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
    Crossing Borders, Susan Mumford Art Projects, Oxford American, Little Rock, AK
    Alchemical Vessels Benefit, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Smith Center, Washington, D.C.
    Circus Pony, Liminal Alternative Artspace, Roanoke, VA
    Animatopoæa: A Most Peculiar Bestiary, Galleries @ Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (January)

    2012
    Summer, Decorazon Gallery @ Delicate Mayhem Gallery, London, England
    Distilled Memory, Decorazon Gallery, The Framers Gallery / Artefact Showroom London, England
    Deviations From Comfort, National Council for Education of Ceramic Arts, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA
    Mimesis, Intersections - A New America Arts Festival, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
    Catch 22, Art Auction Exhibition, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

    2011
    Let There Be Light, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA
    Black & White, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    Anniversary Show, Krause Gallery, New York, NY
    New Waves, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

    2010
    Fire Works, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
    Medium & Mystery, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
    Isolation, Hemphill - Carrol Square Gallery, Washington, D.C.
    In the Beginning, Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA

    2009
    Art of Play, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, California
    Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL (Krause Gallery & Les Yeux du Monde)
    Creatures Great & Small, Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY
    Sweet Summertime, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
    Juried Exhibition, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, New York (2/26 - 3/7)

    2008
    Washington Project for the Arts Art Auction, The Katzen Center for the Arts at American University, Washington, DC. (catalog)
    Black & White, Krause Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    Biennial 2008, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA (Mark Richard Leach, Juror)
    Small Works, Krause Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    International Exhibitions at Xian, Lian Bao Lou Gallery, Bejing, China
    Art Registry 2008, Chase Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.
    17th San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
    Washington Project for the Arts Art Auction, The Katzen Center for the Arts at American University, Washington, DC. (Emily Smith, Curator; catalog)
    Interrogating Beauty, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE. (Eleanor Heartney, Curator)
    Zelli Porcelain Award, Zelli Porcelain, London, England. (Paul Atterbury, Sister Wendy Beckett and Tony Laverick, Jurors)

    2007
    Salon Selectives 2, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Extremely Superficial, Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, TN
    Let There Be Light, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA (site specific)
    Yongsanh International Art Exhibition, Daegu Cultural Arts Center, Daegu, South Korea (catalog)
    Loyola National Works on Paper, Crown Center Gallery, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
    Emerging & Established, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA
    Yongsanh International Art Exhibition, Chungpah Gallery, Sook Myung University, Seoul City, Korea (catalog)
    Artificum of Humanitas, Traveling Exhibition: Shang-Shang Gallery, Bejing, China; Seoul Hae-Tae Gallery, Seoul, Korea (catalog)
    Anonymous III, Washington Project for the Arts, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC
    Radius 250, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA. (Ragan Cole-Cunningham, Juror)
    31st Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University Gallery, Peoria, IL (Judith Brodsky, Juror)
    Art Auction a la Mode, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Drawing No Conclusions: Survey of Contemporary Drawing, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI (Dominic Molon, Juror)

    2006
    Silent Night, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
    SCOPE: Miami, Miami, FL (ADA Gallery, flat files)
    ART 212 Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY (ADA Gallery, flat files)
    Biennial 2006, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA (Drawing Award, Tony Hepburn, Juror)
    SCOPE: Hamptons, Hampton, NY (ADA Gallery, flat files)
    Group Show, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Do Not Fold, Bend, Spindle or Mutilate, Visual Arts Center, Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science, Sioux Falls, SD
    Montpelier Center for Arts & Education, Montpelier, VA
    1708 Gallery Goes West, Capital One Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Ten Reasons to Collect Art, Art Auction, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA

    2005
    Small Works, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
    Charlottesville, VA
    14th Annual New Images Exhibtion, New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

    2004
    Gallery Artists, LYdM, Les Yeux du Monde, Charlottesville, VA

    2003
    Art In Place, Juried National Public Sculpture Exhibition, Charlottesville, VA
    3rd Photo & Digital Image Biennial, Wellington Gray Art Gallery, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (catalog)


    Awards, Fellowships & Residencies
    2014
    Residency, Hermitage Artists Retreat, Englewood, Florida
    The John Ringling Towers Visual Artist Grant, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
    Juror’s Award, NEXUS, SECAC: Juried Exhibition, Sarasota, Florida, (Matthew McLendon, juror)

    2010
    Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France
    Residency, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia
    Residency, Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
    Artist in Residence, Weir Farm Art Center, Wilton, CT (unable to attend)

    2009
    Residency, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia

    2007
    Professional Artist Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
    Semi-Finalist, Trawick Prize, Bethesda, MD
    Honorable Mention, Loyola Works on Paper, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
    Purchase Award, 31st Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, Il

    2006
    Drawing Award, Peninsula Fine Art Center: Biennial, Newport News, VA


    Collections

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Orlando, Fl
    William & Pamela Royall, Richmond, VA
    Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
    Bradley University, Peoria, IL
    City of Charlottesville, VA
    Four Seasons, Washington, D.C.
    Houston St Regis Hotel, Houston, TX
    Roanoke College, Salem, VA
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


    Selected Publications
    2015
    Villareal, Ignacio, “Sarasota-based Artist Unveils a Dramatically New Thematic Direction,” ArtDaily.org, Nov 5, 2016.
    Lederer, Phil. “Brush Fire” SRQ Magazine, August, 2015.

    2014
    Moret, A. “Rob Tarbell: from All Ages to Failure to Appear” Installation Media and Magazine, December 5, 2014.
    http://installationmag.com/rob-tarbell-from-all-ages-to-failure-to-appear/
    New American Paintings, Edited by Steven T. Zevitas. Vol 112. Boston, MA: The Open Studios Press, 2014.
    Gnaegy, Mallory. “Secondhand Smoke” Observer Sarasota, FL April 23, 2014.

    2013
    Moret, A. “Evolve” Installation Media & Magazine, Issue 06 May 1, 2013. www.installationmag.com
    Lee, Sarah. “Portraits of Circus Scenes Created by Smoke” Taxi, March 7, 2013.
    http://designtaxi.com/news/356372/Portraits-Of-Circus-Scenes-Painted-By-Smoke/
    Czek, Jessica. “Up In Smoke: Circus Scenes Painted with Smoke” Visual News, March 6, 2013.
    http://www.visualnews.com/2013/03/06/up-in-smoke-circus-scenes-painted-with-smoke/

    2012
    The Southeast Review, featured artist summer 2012, Florida State University, www.southeastreview.org.
    Sargent, Sarah. “Abstract Grace” C-Ville Weekly, July 10, 2012.
    Netke, Shefali. “Rob Tarbell’s Spectacular Smoke Circus” My Modern Metropolis, March 16, 2012.
    http://www.mymodernmet.com
    Enoch, Nick. “That’s One Way to Burn a Living” Daily Mail, United Kingdom, January 26, 2012.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092339/Rob-Tarbell-The-artist-creates-amazing-pictures-using-SMOKE.html
    UK Culture Editor. “An Oxygen Mask And A Burning Credit Card: Rob Tarbell’s Amazing “Smoke Art Technique”
    Huffington Post, United Kingdom, January 26, 2012.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/27/rob-tarbell-smoke-art_n_1236375.html?ref=uk-arts
    Yoo, Alice. “Ghostly Circus” My Modern Metropolis, January 17, 2012.
    http://www.mymodernmet.com


    2011
    Lark Books. Lark Studio Series: Ceramic Sculptures. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2011.
    International Drawing Annual 5. Edited by J.Franz. Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press, 2010.

    2010
    Brennan, Coogan. “Checking in with Rob Tarbell” C-Ville, October 19, 2010.
    Parsons, Laura. “Ethereal Material” The Hook, September 30, 2010.

    2010
    Mike Dullin. “Smoke and Mirrors” Style Weekly, July 7, 2010.

    2009
    Jon Brezeale. “Rob Tarbell at Decorazon” Dallas Fine Art Examiner, December 31, 2009. www.examiner.com
    Cox, Bird. “Struggle Not” Brick Weekly, November 26 - December 2, 2009.
    Rebecca Barnabi. “Tarbell’s Struggles.” Richmond Art Gallery Examiner, December 11, 2009. www.examiner.com
    Studio Visit. Edited by Steven T. Zevitas. Vol 8. Boston, MA: The Open Studios Press, 2009.
    Jones, Rob. “Sneak Peek: Rob Tarbell.” artPark, September 9, 2009. http://www.artpark.typepad.com/
    Seibert, Lauren. “Smoke Signals.” Baltimore Style, September - October, 2009.
    Yalkut, Yalkut. “Dual Perspectives.” Dayton City Paper, January 28, 2009.
    Dillon, Pamela. “Visions from Fire and Earth.” Dayton Daily News, January 11, 2009.
    Tourtillott, Suzanne. 500 Ceramic Sculptures. Juried by Glen R Brown. Asheville: Lark Books, 2009.

    2008
    Scalin, Noah. Skulls. Asheville: Lark Books, 2008.
    Parsons, Laura. “Split Personalities, Artists Switch Hit at PVCC” The Hook, July 31, 2008.
    Sommer Shallet, Karen. “Scene in DC.” DC, May 2008.
    Fitzgerald, Brendan. “And Now for Something Completely Different.” C-Ville Weekly, May 27, 2008. (cover)
    Parsons, Laura. “Smoke and Mirrors.” The Hook, April 24, 2008.
    Yenke, Sara. “Struggles and Smokes.” C-Ville Weekly, April 22, 2008.
    Roberts-Pullen, Paulette. “Peep Show.” Style Weekly, April 16, 2008.
    Strickler, Whitney. “The Smokes.” Art Park Blog, http://artpark.typepad.com/artblog, April 15, 2008.
    Parsons, Laura. “Crispy Critters, Tarbell Smiles Through Struggles.” The Hook, February 7, 2008.
    Nieman Culpepper, Carrie. “Ones to Watch: Emerging Local Artists to Collect Before It’s Too Late.” R-Home Magazine, February 2008.
    Latter, Ruth. “Kim Puts New Face on Second Street.” The Daily Progress, February 14, 2008.
    Campello, Lenny. Daily Campello Art News. http://dcartnews.blogspot.com, (accessed January 2008).
    Studio Visit. Edited by Steven T. Zevitas. Vol 1. Boston, MA: The Open Studios Press, 2008.

    2007
    Mauer, David A. “Some Enchanted Evening.” The Daily Progress, December 13, 2007.
    Kenyon, Theo Jean. “Paper Creations.” Peoria Journal Star, March 4, 2007.
    Proctor, Roy. “Smoke Signals.” Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 18, 2007.
    Hershey, Greg. “Smoke’em If You Got’em.” Brick Weekly, February 1, 2007.
    Latter, Ruth. “Piedmont Is Really Driven by Altars.” The Daily Progress, February 1, 2007..
    Parsons, Laura. “Praiseworthy, PVCC Offers Artful Altars.” The Hook, January 25, 2007.

    2006
    National Drawing Annual, 2006. Edited by Jason Franz. Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Creative Research Gallery–Manifest Press, 2006.
    Latter, Ruth. “Piedmont Soars as New Year Opens.” The Daily Progress, September 7, 2006.
    Parsons, Laura. “Creative Evolution: Watching Two Artists Push Forward.” The Hook, September 21, 2006.
    Sherman, Linda. “Culture Vulture,” editorial cartoon, The Hook, May 25, 2006.

    2005
    Latter, Ruth. “Drawn into the Surprises of Motherhood” Daily Progress, November 10, 2005.
    Latter, Ruth. “Experiments Open Impressive Paper Trail.” Daily Progress, January 27, 2005.

    2004
    Parsons, Laura. “Flight Lines: Rob Tarbell Takes Off.” The Hook, November 5, 2004.
    Fain, Paul. “Here Comes the Sun.” C-Ville Weekly, October 26, 2004.

    2003
    Stuart, Courteney. “Art in Face.” The Hook, December 11, 2003.


    Education

    MFA Drawing & Painting, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
    BFA Painting & Graphic Design, Auburn University, Auburn, AL