Brooklyn Museum Art School, 1977, Max Beckmann Fellow in Painting
...define place – explore the nature of space and time, seek out the source of light, react to change and the experience...my studio practice continues to evolve with the exploration of visual and conceptual abstraction and the expressive use of mixed media. In this case, aligned with new paintings, images of previous and recently created works are repurposed, as well as new photographs taken while in Santa fe, New Mexico this past year are digitally altered – as an example, as in this recent "spirit line” and "portal" series – explorations of resource material and new tools, resulting in a hybrid of elements, digital imagery painted into, latex enamel, acrylic, layered in compound color, texture and image integration on canvas – all while considering new applications for the work, whethter 2-D or 3-D…for many years, I have been exploring the synesthetic potential of abstraction in painting. Inspired by the natural world and the human condition, for me the creative process is a form of communication. Non-representational painting, I feel, has the potential to generate a formidable intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional response while engaging the viewer’s experience, altering preceptions of time, space, and place in a complex global context...MD - '17
Martin DeWitt is Emeritus Professor in the School of Art & Design, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee and Asheville, North Carolina. He was Founding Director and Curator of the Fine Art Museum/WCU and formerly Director and Curator of the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth. DeWitt has remained a working artist with an extensive exhibition record spanning over four decades, in addition to his art administration career, research and curatorial endeavors. Martin’s paintings, drawings and mixed media constructions have been exhibited widely and his artwork is included in numerous public and private collections. After relocating from Asheville, North Carolina, DeWitt and his wife Sharon returned to the north shore of Lake Superior to live and work in Duluth, Minnesota, where he maintains his studio practice and serves as an independent writer, curator and fine art consultant.
- Professional visual artist with active studio practice, exhibition record at local, national, international venues; arts writer; fine art consultant.
- Partnerships in inter-cultural collaborations, strengthening relationships.
- Established leader in arts administration on local, regional, national, international levels –25 years success as senior level arts administrator, museum director and curator in higher education and non-profit sector.
- Extensive managerial, fiduciary, grants, development, endowment, fundraising success.
- Exceptional communication skills, passionate for the arts in all its varied forms and processes.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain positive collegial and working relationships with artists, faculty, students, university administration, Board members, staff, local, regional, national arts and community cultural organizations, volunteers, elected government officials on local, state, national, international levels.
- Coalition, consensus and capacity builder, inclusive decision maker, consultative leader.
- Recognized mentor, arts advocate, known for high level of integrity and diplomacy.
- Established record of promoting and increasing diversity, inclusivity and social justice.
Martin DeWitt Studio & Fine Arts Services:
2017/18 Community Liaison - The Cuba Exchange Project: The School of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth
2017 Invited artist, Standing Strong for Our Precious Water: Benefit exhibit for Standing Rock, American Indian Housing Resource Center, Duluth, MN
2017/18 Grant Advisor – pro bono: Quitman County, Marks, MS, “The Martin Luther King Mule Train Interpretive Markers” grant application: National Park Service/Smithsonian Institution/Civil Rights Grant
2107 Invited artist, AICHO Pop up Gallery, Lincoln Park Arts District, Duluth, MN (American Indian Community Housing Organization)
(Ongoing) American Alliance of Museums, Museum Accreditation Program Team (Ex Offico member), Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 2010-up for AAM Accreditation review, 2017
2015 Guest Writer, exhibit catalog essay, Luzene Hill (Cherokee): Free Falling Up, Conversations: Fellowship Exhibition, Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indians & Western Art, Indianapolis, IN
2015 Juror and Critique, Swannanoa Art League Annual Exhibition and Awards, Black Mountain, NC
2014-15 Selected Artist - 4a Feria de Arte CHIAPAS - Asheville (NC) Sister Cities San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico - exhibit exchange project planning
2010-13 Board of Directors, Heliker-LaHotan Foundation/Artist Residency, New York/Great Cranberry Island, ME/www.helikerlahotan.org
2012 Project Team, “Palenque Rojo” performance, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico/Asheville Sister Cities, Inc., Western Carolina University, Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center/Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC http://news-prod.wcu.edu/2012/09/ace-to-open-with-palenque-rojo/
2011-14 Environmental/Historic Preservation/consulting – NM, CO, VA, IL, MN, and NC: historic structures/Tribal cultural properties - Disaster Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Glensheen Historic Estate (2012 flooding damage assessment and FEMA application review)
2011 Selected Artist - 3a Feria de Arte CHIAPAS (Mar ’11) - Asheville (NC) Sister Cities San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, MX - exhibit exchange project planning
MARTIN DEWITT SOLO EXHIBITIONS – studio practice, research and exhibition record:
2016 Martin DeWitt: ColorSpace + Hybrid forms, Zeitgeist Arts, Duluth, MN
2013 Martin DeWitt Space/Form: color variations+, Zeitgeist Arts, Duluth, MN
2012 The Mexico Paintings: Martin DeWitt, Asheville Sister Cities Center, Asheville, NC
2011 New Paintings: Martin DeWitt, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN
2011 Martin DeWitt: The Maine Paintings, Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, Great Cranberry Island, ME
2011 Martin DeWitt: Nuevo Trabajo, Oconaluftee Institute of Tribal Cultural Arts, Cherokee, NC
2003 redwhiteblu: Martin DeWitt, Waters of Superior Gallery, Duluth, MN
1998 Martin DeWitt: The Yellow River Paintings, Nordstrom Gallery, LaCrosse, WI
1991 Martin DeWitt: Paintings+Drawings+Constructions, Duluth Art Institute, MN
1987 Surface Imagery: Martin DeWitt, Robert Thomson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS – studio practice, research, collaborations and exhibitions:
2019 Three Views: Pam Davis, Martin DeWitt, Adu Gindy, Oracle Center for the Arts, Oracle, AZ
2018 The Nature of Place: DeWitt Brothers – MartinMichaelTerry - Playhouse on the Square Gallery, Memphis, TN
2017 Standing Strong for Our Precious Water: Benefit exhibit for Standing Rock, American Indian Housing Resource Center, Duluth, MN
2016 Make your Mark: Drawings, Duluth Timber, benefit for Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN
2015 North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Duke Energy Center, NC
2015 Alumni Spectacular, Visual Arts Center, Illinois State University, IL
2014 San Cristobal Group, Asheville Sister City Center, Asheville, NC
2013 My Duluth & Recent Selections, Lizzard’s Gallery, Duluth, MN
2012 IMPRESSIONS: LightColorSound – Martin DeWitt, Michael DeWitt, Kathy McTavish, Treuer Residence, Duluth, MN
2012 Precious Water, Whole Foods Cooperative, Duluth, MN
2011 3a Feria de Arte CHIAPAS, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
2011 Color! Digital Image Screening, Grove Arcade, Asheville Art Museum, NC
2011 Featured Artist – “Martin DeWitt paints the Spiritual in Art” – Peace Church Galleria, Duluth, MN
2010 Alumni Spectacular, Illinois State University, IL
2010 Gallery 310, Asheville, NC
2010 Faculty Biennial, Fine Art Museum-Western Carolina Univ., NC
2010-07 River Arts District Open Studios, Martin DeWitt: Riverview Station, Asheville, NC
2009 Alumni 40th Anniv. – Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
2008 ICONS & Abstraction, MG Gallery, Asheville, NC
2008 Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center Friends Auction, Asheville, NC
2006 Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center Friends Auction, Asheville, NC
2006 Secret lives of... LIFT Contemporary Gallery, Cherokee, NC
2005 Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center Friends Auction, Asheville, NC
2004 Studio Art and Design Faculty Exhibit, Western Carolina University, NC
2003 Lake Superior Group, MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN
2002 Lake Superior Group, Northfield Art Guild, Northfield, MN
2001 Duluth Art Institute Friends, Lizzard’s Gallery, Duluth, MN
2000 Galeria de Arte La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
2000 College of St. Scholastica, President’s Inaugural Exhibition, Duluth, MN
98-00 International Salon, Union of Writers & Artists (UNEAC), Pinar del Rio, Cuba
92-98 UofM Art Faculty and Workshops, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
99 De Witt + de WITT + DE WITT/Three Brothers, Lizzard’s Gallery, Duluth, MN
95-96 American Indian Artists and Friends, University of Minnesota Duluth, MN
95 Non-Objective Artists, Steensland Museum of Art, St. Olaf College, MN; Icons
of Abstraction, Thomas Barry Fine Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
92 Healing & Art/Nobel Exhibition, Shaeffer Gallery, Gustavus Adolphus College, MN
Mail Art to Petrozavodsk, Petrozavodsk Cultural Center, Russia
77-90 Martin DeWitt’s art work has been selected for over 100 exhibitions to include: Minnesota Abstraction, Art Center of Minnesota, Wayzata, MN; National Works on Paper, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL; Max Beckmann Scholars, Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn, NY; Video group/w Douglas Davis, Manhattan Cable TV, New York, Brooklyn Museum, NY; New Talent, Worthington Gallery, Chicago, IL; Emerging Artists, Gilman Gallery, Chicago, IL; 77th Chicago and Vicinity, Art Institute of Chicago, IL. * Selected Listing
79 Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
77-78 Max Beckmann Scholar in Painting, Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn, New York
76 Master of Arts in Painting, 1976, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
70 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
67 Associate of Arts, Fine Art Emphasis, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, California