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Robert Tarbell is an accomplished fine artist and graphic designer who earned his B.F.A. in Painting and Graphic Design from Auburn University; an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and an M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction in Art Education from the University of Tennessee.

Tarbell began teaching K-12 art in Charleston, S.C. before moving into higher education at Limestone College and continued teaching with James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, New College of Florida and Ringling College of Art and Design. He also served as Coordinator of the Graphic Design Program at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Va.

As a designer, he has freelanced and worked with the Ringling Museum of Art in the Exhibition Design and Preparation Department as a graphic designer and exhibition preparator. Recently he has partnered with Artist & Title, working on projects for City Acres grocers in New York City and the luxury watch line, Gunhild.

Over the past 15 years, Tarbell has honed his own fine arts studio practice by developing a unique process based in smoke.  His work has been shown in 20 solo exhibitions and more than 75 group exhibitions throughout the United States, Korea, China and England. He has been featured in publications worldwide, including New American Paintings, the Huffington Post UK, Daily Mail UK and the Kultura Zabaikalya in Transbaikalia, Siberia.

In 2007 Tarbell received the VMFA Professional Artist Fellowship and is an artist fellow at VCCA Amherst, VCCA Auvillar, France, and was an artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation and Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Fla. His work is included in the permanent collections at the Tampa Museum of Art, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and Ripley’s Believe It Not in Orlando, Fla.

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