Education: 

2011            MFA, Sculpture, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

2007          BFA Magna Cum Laude, Sculpture, Minor in Art History, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

           

Exhibitions: (* denotes solo exhibition)            

2016           

Kolkata International Art Exhibition, Rabindranath Tagore Centre', Kolkata, India

Maíz, Museo de Filatelia, Oaxaca, Mexico

A YEAR OF LIES and Other Stories…*, The Garden of the Zodiac, Omaha, NE

The Language of Patterns, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Fusion: Art Inspired By Science, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, White Plains, NY

Sensory: Please Touch the Art, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

Patchwork & Thread, Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

Veteran/Mentor Exhibit, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE

Real/Surreal, New Century Art Guild, Bellevue, NE

The 10th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Art Awards Visual Showcase, KANEKO, Omaha, NE

sweetARTs, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA

Murder/ed by Art, Petshop Gallery, Omaha, NE

PAPER, Cali Commons, Omaha, NE

RYTHYM, House of Loom, Omaha, NE

OUTSIDE IN, Bancroft Street Market, Omaha, NE

2015   

The IV International “From Waste to Art” Exhibition, Tamiz Shahar JSC, Baku, Azerbaijan

MANDALAS*, Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, Omaha, NE

Latino/Latin American Artists: Exhibition and Conversations, Bancroft Street Market, Omaha, NE

Queering Our World Exhibition, Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA

Imagine The Fantastic, LH HORTON Jr. Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA

“Money, Power, ________”, The New Bohemian Gallery, Brainerd, MN

GEOMETRY, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

The N.E.W. Show, The Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC   

EARTH Exhibition, Dubuque Area Arts Collective, Dubuque, IA

Maíz, El Museo Latino, Omaha, NE

One Day At A Time, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA

MANDALAS*, Jewish Community Center, Omaha, NE

Large Works, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

Abstract Sanctuary, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards Visual Arts Showcase, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA

Faculty Exhibition, UNO Art Gallery, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

2014           

Portals and Gateways*, Four Solos, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

cardBORED, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA

Circuit For The Senses: Bemis 16th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Military and Veteran Juried Art Exhibit, Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Omaha, NE

Los Dias De Los Muertos Exhibition: Mementos, Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Omaha, NE

Carver Artists in Residence Exhibition, Carver Bank, Omaha, NE

Chromatic, LUX Center for the Arts, Offsite exhibition at the Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Unraveled (traveling exhibition), Project Interfaith, Multiple Locations and Cities

25th Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV

MYTHICAL BEASTS II, Choice Gallery, Omaha, NE

2013

REMAINS*, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA

Subverting the Authority of the Square*, Petshop Gallery, Omaha, NE

POWERS*, Hoover Studios, Mastercraft Building, Omaha, NE

We Are All Made of Stars*, Norfolk Art Center, Norfolk, NE

Every Destination Requires a Journey*, Hillmer Gallery, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

Bemis 15th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Los Dias De Los Muertos Exhibition: Stories By Heart, Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus, Omaha, NE

Green Revolution, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Bellevue, NE

WORDS, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

The Museum of Alternative History, RNG Gallery, Council Bluffs, IA

Faculty Exhibition, UNO Art Gallery, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

2012            

The 1st Santorini Bienniale for the Arts, Santorini of the Past Cultural Village, Santorini, Greece

WORDS*, The Benson Star Deli, Omaha, NE

The Universe In My Backyard*, Anderson O'Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE

REDUX: Repurposed Materials, DuPont Gallery, UMW Galleries, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Bemis 14th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Triangular: Mentor Exhibition, Sweat Shop Gallery, Omaha, NE

Los Dias De Los Muertos Exhibition: Music to my Bones, Bancroft Street Market, Omaha, NE

Contemporary Indigeneity: The New Art of the Great Plains, The Great Plains Art Museum, Lincoln NE

New Artists Exhibit, Moberg Gallery, Des Moines, IA

The Power of Nine, Bancroft Street Market, Omaha, NE

7th Annual Human Rights Exhibition, South Texas College in McAllen, TX

Wet Paint, The Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2011             

Alchemy*, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Dayton, OH

XXL, The Burnsville Performing Arts Center, Burnsville, MN

Bemis 13th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

ABSTRKT, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH

Common Roots, Common Roots Café, Minneapolis, MN

Home, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN

26th Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

Eco-Byway, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, St. Joseph, MN

Spring Flight, Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Everybody is an Astronaut: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for the Arts, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MN

Resource-Return-Recycle, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Louisiana Purchase: National Biennial Juried Exhibition, Louisiana Tech University School of Art, Ruston, LA

4Square, Squeeze Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

Expanded Field, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

2010  

The Fourth Beijing International Art Biennial, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

SUPERNOVA*, Anderson O'Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE

Collective Reasoning, St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO

Objects and Encounters, Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Greetings from Minnesota, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY

The Kinsey Institute 2010 Juried Art Show, School of Fine Art Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Sustain, UIS Visual Art Gallery, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL

Foot in the Door 4, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Gendered, Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, GA

Bemis 12th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

19th Annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

31st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, The Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ     

Tangible Digital Matter, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

2009            

SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling, The Phillips Museum of ArtFranklin & Marshall CollegeLancaster, PA                                                                          

Bemis 11th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha,NE

Small Multitudes, City Union Rotunda Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE                                                                                                                      

Pathos Revealed, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2008             

TRAJECTORY*, Anderson O'Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE

61st Juried Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA, 2008

UNO and Beyond: Alumni Exhibition, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

Bemis 10th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

Fresh Works, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Crazy Eights, Hot Shops Art Center, Omaha, NE

Raw Talent, Artist’s Cooperative Gallery, Omaha, NE

2007            

Garbage Art*, Corning Center for the Fine Arts, Corning, IA

One Man's Trash*bemisUNDERGROUND, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

O! Public Art Project, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Omaha, NE

Green Art, Bellevue University Gallery, Bellevue, NE

Bemis 9th Annual Art Auction, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE

2006            

The Nest*Dr. CC & Mable L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

speculatio verto: observation interpreted - BFA Thesis ExhibitionUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha, NE

The Red Chair Show, Organization for the Advancement of Art,  Bemis Underground, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

BarkerArt Residency Show, Hot Shops Art Center, Omaha, NE

Artist and Mentor ShowHillmer Art Gallery, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE

Speaking Volumes: Acts of Defacement, Omaha Public Library, W. Dale Clark Branch

Expressions of the Hilton OmahaHilton Omaha

Big O Small Show, Organization for the Advancement of Art, Big O Bookstore, Omaha, NE

 

Awards & Residencies: 

2016           

Artist in Residence, El Museo Latino, Omaha NE

2013            

Artist in Residence, Carver Bank, Omaha NE

2012    

Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

Best Visual Artist, Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, Omaha, NE

2011            

Artist in Residence, Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

Recipient, Hsiao Scholarship, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Recipient, Red Pocket Scholarship, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

2010    

International Sculpture Center 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

Joye G. Harris Fellowship, University of Minnesota Department of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Juror’s PickNew American Paintings No. 89, Midwest Edition 2010

1st Prize Non-Representational Category, Utrecht Art Supplies 60th Anniversary Student Art Competition

2009    

Best of 3-DSALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling, The Phillips Museum of ArtFranklin & Marshall CollegeLancaster, PA

2008            

RecipientDiversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2007            

Artist in ResidenceKimmel Harding Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE

Visiting Artist, Corning Center for the Fine Arts, Corning, IA

Best Emerging Visual Artist, Omaha Entertainment Awards, Omaha, NE

Artist of the Year, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. University of Omaha Section

2006

Artist in Residence, BarkerArt Residency, Hot Shops Art Center, Omaha, NE

Best of Show, Big O Small Show, Big O Bookstore, Omaha, NE

 

Bibliography & Press:

Vargas, Bart. “Cover Art, Mandala 9.” Desert Center. By Miles Waggener. Nacogdoches, Texas: Stephen F Austin UP, 2016.

Williams, Tess: ‘Please Touch the Art’ exhibit aims to make art more accessible to the blind, visually impaired, Omaha World-Herald, October 26, 2016

Carpenter, Kim: Carver Bank’s art Program To Operate Under New Banner, Omaha World-Herald, October 1, 2016

“Bart Vargas: A Year of Lies and Other Stories…” Review. Web log post. Darger HQ’s art Files of the Flatlanders, 15 July 2016. 

Dunlop, Scott, prod. "Broken Records." The Real Housewives of Orange County: Season 10, Episode 17. Bravo. New York City, New York, 28 Sept. 2015. Television.

Vargas, Bart. "Mandala 16." Thirty-six Views of O. Omaha, NE: The National Institute for the Lost, 2015. 73. Print.

Bridges, Bryce: A brief conversation between Artist Bart Vargas and Editor-in-Chief Bryce Bridges, FLYOVER, Issue 1.2, 2015

Morain, Michael: Moberg Gallery thinks big in new show, Des Moines Register, January 24, 2015

Dunn, Jancee: decorating via email :), HGTV Magazine, September 2013

Hansen, Matthew: Artist Enlists Science to Answer Nagging Question – Who Am I?, Omaha World-Herald, July 2, 2013

Biga, Leo Adam: Artists Running with the Opportunity to go to the Next Level, Omaha World-Herald, May 30, 2013

Friend, Dennis: Students Work with Noted Artist, Daily Nonpareil, June 25, 2012

Williams, David: Road Warrior for Art, Encounter Magazine, March/April, 2012

Yalkut, Jud: Alchemy of Art, Dayton City Paper, November 24, 2011

The International Sculpture Center 2010 Outstanding Student Achievement In Contemporary Sculpture Awards, Sculpture Magazine, October 2010

Bart Vargas, artistaday.com, September 23, 2010

Krainak, Michael: One Man’s Treasure, The Reader, July 21, 2010

Pitcher, John: Near Death Experience Inspires Artist’s Exhibit, Omaha World-Herald, July 22, 2010

New American Paintings No. 89, Midwest Edition 2010

The Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University 2010

Stienstra , Anita: National Show, Illinois Times, April 1, 2010

Geltman, Liz: SALVAGE: Reclaiming Recycling, A National Juried Exhibition, DC Museum Examiner, October 2009

Knowles, Laura: Salvaged, Shuffled and Reshaped, Trash Becomes Art, DC Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, September 2009

Bloomfield, Maureen: Omaha, Nebraska, The Artist’s Magazine, July 2008

Hetland, Patty: Signature: Bart Vargas, From House to Home, July 2008

Deskins, Sally: Recycled Art, The Reader, May 15, 2008

Stickney, Dane: Artist makes his point Omaha World-Herald, May 1, 2008

Simons, Will: All Signs Point to…, The Omaha City Weekly, April 30, 2008

Schweppe, Fred: One Man’s Trash, UNO Alum, Fall 2007

Baker, Sarah: Sculpted City, The Reader, July 12, 2007

Stickney, Dane: Standing O!, Omaha World-Herald, June 11, 2007

Baker, Sarah: Trash Talk, The Reader, February 1, 2007

Krainak, Michael: One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure in Vargas’ Show at

bemisUNDERGROUND, The Omaha City Weekly, February 1, 2007

Stickney, Dane: Trash Transformed, Omaha World-Herald, January 25, 2007

Krainak, Michael: Eco-smart Art ‘Green Art’ Program Highlights Environmental Issues at Bellevue University, The Omaha City Weekly, January 24, 2007

Baker, Sarah: Tangible Thinking, The Reader, March 9, 2006

 

Collections:

Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

The Tamiz Sharar: From Waste To Art Museum, Baku, Azerbaijain

Sioux City Art Center Permanent Collection, Sioux City, IA

O Meredith Wilson Library Collection, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

El Museo Latino, Omaha, NE

Kimmel Harding Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE

University Foundation Collection, University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE

Gordmans Corporate Collection, Omaha, NE

The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA                                                                                         

Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, SD

South Texas College, Malvern, TX