"Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain" : Rick Bartow touring retrospective exhibition:

14 May 2015 - 15 February 2020
Conceived and organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, in cooperation with Froelick Gallery, this retrospective exhibition represents nearly forty years of work. Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain features over 100 sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints dating back to 1979 that were drawn from public and private collections, including the artist's studio.  The exhibition affirms his regional, national, and international impact and culminates in outstanding examples of Bartow's most recent work, which evidenced a new freedom of scale and expression.

Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalog, with excellent essays by co-curators Jill Hartz, executive director, and Danielle Knapp, associate curator, and by Lawrence Fong, curator emeritus of American and regional art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The catalog is available for purchase at each venue, thru Heyday Books, and through Froelick Gallery.

Current venue:


Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, CA

May 12, 2018 - January 6, 2019


Upcoming venues:


High Desert Museum, Bend, OR

February 2 - April 14, 2019


Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

October 4, 2019 - February 15, 2020


Past venues:


Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, Aurora, IL

January 23 - April 13, 2018


Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID

August 11 - December 16, 2017


Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

April 22 - July 9, 2017


Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA

January 23 - March 11, 2017


IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM

August 19 - December 31, 2016


North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

May 24 - July 10, 2016


Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK

January 15 - April 30, 2016

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

April 18 - August 9, 2015


Please contact us for a complete list of available work.