STEPHEN PENTAK

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Stephen Pentak received his BA from Union College in New York, and his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He is Professor Emeritus of Art, and a past Associate Dean of the College of the Arts at Ohio State University. He has been the recipient of four Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and he has been a visiting resident artist at Delfina Studios in London, and Glasgow School of Art. In 2007 he taught in Cortona Italy at the University of Georgia Program. Pentak is co-author of Color Basics and Design Basics published by Wadsworth.

Pentak’s serene landscapes radiate an inner light. Surfaces are built up of many thin layers of oil paint, pulled and crosshatched, one over another. Brighter under-layers gleam through shadowy upper layers, acting as the sun on the horizon, gliding over the edges of trees, lakes and mountains, on its way to the other side of the earth. 
His approach is rigorously consistent. Starting with a base layer of golden yellow, Pentak builds densely forested landscapes by dragging palette knives and large brushes across a wood- panel surface. The backgrounds are panoramic, while the foregrounds are dotted by sparse collections of trees — often birches, with their white bark formed by the delicate lines of individual bristles.

Pentak’s paintings are based on his maquettes; drawings inspired by nature but drafted with a conscious mind to the abstract. He is informed by his surroundings but holds fast to his freedom to create and invent space. The paintings have changed subtly over Pentak’s expansive career as he determinedly works in an extended series. This persistent image is a means to discovery; to exploring light and mastering the balance between representation and invention.

EDUCATION

1978 - M.F.A. (Painting), Tyler School of Art, Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA. Painting Department Fellowship
1973 - B.A. (Arts) with honors, Union College, Schenectady, NY

SOLO, TWO PERSON AND THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2016    - Kurt Meer and Stephen Pentak, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
            - Creative Transition, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2015    - “Here nor There”, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York
            - “The Landscape: Classical to Modern”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            - “Rhythm and Hues”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            - “Nature of Color”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2014    - “The Landscape: Real to Abstract”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            - “Incomplete”, Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH
            - “A Moment’s Respite”, The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC
2013    - “The Modern Landscape”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2012    - “Lay of the Land”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
            - “Persistent Image”, The Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH,  April
            - “Nearly Opposite”, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY,  January
2011    - The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC, April
2010    - Kinderhook Creek, Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH, November
            - Stephen Pentak and Clayton Merrell, Concept Art, Pittsburgh, PA, April
            - Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta GA
2009    - Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY, November
            - Tender Rivers, Susan Street Fine Art, San Diego, CA, October
            - The Haen Gallery, Asheville, NC, April
            - Marie Park, Dallas, TX, March
2008    - Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH, November
            - Gibsone Jessop, Toronto, March
            - Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH, April
2007    - Trasimeno, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY, October
            - Trasimeno, Susan Street Fine Art, San Diego, November
            - Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis TN, February
2006    - Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto September
           Union College, Schenectady NY September
            - Susan Street Fine Art, San Diego, CA October
2005    - Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY September 8
           Gallery V, Columbus, OH March 4- April 15
            - Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis TN February
2004    - Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA Sept. 18 – 24
            - Unending River Susan Street Fine Art, San Diego, CA April 15 – June 24
2003    - Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY, Oct. 9-Nov. 8
            - Gallery V. Columbus, OH, January
            - Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, CA, March
2002    - Linda Schwartz Gallery, Cincinnati, OH – Sep. 13-Oct. 18
            - Perry Nicole Fine Art, Memphis, TN October
            - Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, CA –March
           Susan Street Fine Art,San Diego, CA- May 9 – June 30
2001    - Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY – November 15 – December 22
            - Jan Cicero Galllery, Chicago, IL - March 25 - April 29
            - Denise Roberge, Palm Desert, CA – March
            - Juniata College Museum of Art, Juniata, PA – February 2, March 3
2000    - Gallery V, Columbus, OH – November 30 – January 13
            - Bonfoey Co., Cleveland, OH – October 26 – November 25
            - Concept Art, Pittsburgh, PA - April 13 - June 14
1999    - Rivers Revisited, Linda Schwartz, Cincinnati, OH
            - Denise Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
1998    - Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, OH
            - Marie Park, Dallas, TX
            - Gallery V, Columbus, OH
1997    - Linda Schwartz, Lexington, KY
1996    - Spangler Cummings, Columbus, OH
1994    - Spangler Cummings, Columbus, OH
            - Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1993 - Elemental Structures, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland,        
           OH
1992 - J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
        - Paintings From The Broadwaters, The Wexner Center for the Arts,                                
           Columbus, OH
1988 - Hopkins Gallery, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1987 - Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH
1986 - Belmont Gallery, Columbus, OH
        - Abstraction, (Three Person Show), Toni Birckhead Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1985 - People, Places, Pictures, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
        - John Pearson and Stephen Pentak, O.S.U., Newark, OH
1983 - Noel Butcher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
        - Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
1980 - Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO
1979 - Swarthmore College, Wilcox Gallery, Swarthmore, PA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012 –  “Lay of the Land” Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2011 -  “Wet”, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth OH
        - “Matter of Representation”, The Works, Newark, OH
2010 - Four Artists, Costello Childs Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ March
2007 - Chautauqua Summer Festival. Chautauqua NY
2003 - “Landscapes: Real and Imagined” Susan Street Fine Art, San Diego, CA April-May
2003 - “Untrodden Paths” Massilon Museum, Massilon, OH May 24-August 3
2002 - 25th Anniversary Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY Sep. 21-Oct. 26
        - Navy Pier Art Expo, Chicago, IL May
        - San Francisco International Art Expo, San Francisco, CA January
2000 - “Common Ground” The Artists House, Jerusalem Israel (currated by Nella Cassouto and
            David Johnson. Catalogue: color illustration)
1999 - “Fall”, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
        - “Common Ground” Riffe Gallery Columbus, OH, Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
1998 - “Back to Reality, More and Less”, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH
        - “Earthly Visions”, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997 - “Four Landscape Painters”, Concept Art, Pittsburgh, PA
1995 - Delfina Studios, London, England
        - Linda Schwartz, Cincinnati, OH
        - Hammond Galleries, Lancaster, OH
        - “Off The Wall”, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
        - Toni Birckhead, Cincinnati, OH
1994 - Stephen Boody Fine Art, St. Louis, MO
1993 - Galbreath Gallery, Lexington, KY
1992 - Toni Birckhead, Cincinnati, OH
        - Kathryn Fleck Gallery, Aspen, CO.
        - Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH.
1992 - Gallery Group Show, J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL.
        - Ohio State University / Ohio University Exchange, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
1991 - J. Rosenthal Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
        - Ohio State University Painting Faculty, Indiana University at Bloomington, IN
        - Roberta Kuhn, Columbus, OH
1990 - Artists Who Teach, Emery Center of the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
        - Ohio Selections IX, Cleveland Contemporary Art Center, Cleveland, OH
1989 - Landscape, Roberta Kuhn Gallery, Columbus, OH
1988 - Landscape Anthology, Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York, NY
        - Columbus Collects, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1987 - Accent on Landscapes: Paintings by Ohio Artists From the Permanent Collection, Columbus
           Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1986 - O.S.U. Painting Faculty, Denison University, Granville, OH
        - Governor's Residence Collection, Columbus, OH
        - Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
1985 - Columbus Art League, Columbus, OH
        - Belmont Gallery, Columbus, OH
1984 - Columbus Art League, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
        - Summer Group Show, Noel Butcher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
        - Gallery Group Show, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
        - Chicago Navy Pier International Art Expo
1982 - Chicago Navy Pier International Art Expo
        - New Drawing in America, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (catalogue): selected work,
           traveling exhibitions: Sutton Place Museum, London, 1982; and Gallerie d'Arte Moderna di
           Ca'Pesaro, Venice, Italy, 1983
        - Paint on Paper, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
1981 - Statements on the Picture Plane, Butcher and More Galleries, Philadelphia, PA
        - Untitled: 1981, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA
1980 - Third Anniversary Exhibition, The Drawing Center, New York, NY, Symposium
1979 - New Shipment, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
        - Faculty Exhibition, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1978 - Neill Gallery, New York, NY   
        - Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Clark State Performing Arts Ctr., Springfield, OH
The Columbus Library, Columbus, OH
The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
The Free Library of Philadelphia
The Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH
The Schenectady Museum, Schenectady, NY
The Wexner Center, Columbus, OH
Mr. Bruce Berry, Chicago, IL
Borden International, Columbus, OH
Central Trust Bank Corporation, Cincinnati, OH
The Chubb Group, Cleveland, OH
Cincinnati Gas and Electric, Cincinnati, OH
Conair, Pittsburgh, PA
The Continental Corporation, Chicago, IL
Coopers, Lybrand, Columbus, OH
Frank Elmer and Ruth Gless, Columbus, OH
Emmends, Hurd, Kegler and Ritter Co., Columbus, OH
Fidelity Investments, Blue Ash, OH
Fishel Co., Columbus, OH
General American Life, St. Louis, MO
Mr. William Ginn, Cleveland, OH
Hallmark, Kansas City, MO
Mrs. Joanne Hickey, Baltimore, OH
Huntington Mortgage, Columbus, OH
The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, OH
Kaiser Permanente, Cleveland, OH
Mr. And Mrs. Rich Langdal, New Albany, OH
Robert Liebert, Delaware, OH.
William H. Mercer Inc., Columbus, OH
NCR, Boston, MA
Ohio Bar Association, Columbus, OH
Mr. William E. O'Reilly, Salander & O'Reilly Galleries, New York, NY
Hahn Loeser Parks, Cleveland and Columbus, OH
Louisville Water, Louisville, KY
Ponoma Valley Medical Ctr., Santa Monica, CA
Ron Pizutti, Columbus, OH
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ritter, Columbus, OH
Susan and Rocky Saxbe, Columbus, OH
PharmaNet, Princeton NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey McMullen, Bucks County, PA
Thomson Electronics, Circleville, OH
Scripps Howard, Cincinnati, OH
Spruce, Chicago, IL
State Automobile Insurance, Columbus, OH
U.S. Shoe, Cincinnati, OH
Visiting Nurses Association, Cleveland, OH
Wendt, Bristol, Columbus, OH
Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ
Wood Development, Columbus, OH
Yellow Freight, Kansas City, MO

GRANTS AND AWARDS
2002 - Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
2001 - O.S.U. College of the Arts
2000 - O.S.U. College of The Arts Travel Grant to Israel
1997 - Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
1996 - O.S.U. College of The Arts Level One Research Grant
1994 - O.S.U. College of The Arts Research Grant
1993 - O.S.U. College of The Arts Research Grant
1991 - O.S.U. Faculty Research Grant
1989 - O.S.U. Faculty Research Grant
        - Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
1988 - GCAC Commission: Purchase of a painting for Business-Arts Partnership Award
1986 - GCAC Commission: Purchase of two paintings for Business-Arts Partnership Award
        - O.S.U. Seed Grant, Research and Graduate Studies
1985 - Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship
1985 - O.S.U. Research Grant, Research and Graduate Studies
1984 - O.S.U. College of the Arts Faculty Research and Development Grant
        - Columbus Museum of Art Award for Painting, and Simson Purchase Award

AUTHOR
2013 - Design Basics 2D and 3D, co author with Richard Roth and David Lauer
2013 - Design Basics 3D, co author with Richard Roth
2012 - Design Basics, Eighth Edition, co author with David Lauer, Cengage, Wadsworth
2003 - Color Basics, co author with Richard Roth Cengage/Wadsworth
1998 - Interview with Edgar Heap of Birds, published in : Beauty is Nowhere, C & B Arts,
           Amsterdam (ed. Richard and Susan Roth)
1994 - Design Basics, Fourth Edition, co author with David Lauer
           Published by Harcourt Brace.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014 – Art Previews, Santa Fean, October/November 2014, p.70
2012 - Review, Melissa Starker, The Columbus Dispatch, Sunday April 22
2010 - “Color and Construction”, Kate Seegraves, CityScene, Columbus, OH (color illus.)
2009 - “The Artist’s Way”, Wendy Pramik, Ohio Magazine July (color illus.)
2007 - “Shore Things”, Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch, April 20 (color illus.)
        - “River’s Edge” The American Art Collector, June (color illus.)
2005 - “Surrounded by Nature” Décor and Style, Kathleen McMillen, November (color illus.)
2003 - “Untrodden Paths: Contemporary Landscapes”, Massilon Museum, May 24-August 3, 2003
        - The New York Sun, October, 28 2003, page 18. (color illus.)
2002 - Catalogue: San Francisco In ternational Art Expo (color illus)
        - Catalogue: Chicago Navy Pier Art Expo (color illus.)
2002 - “Unending River” Jane Durrell, Dialogue, Nov.-Dec. (color illus.)
2000 - “Painter Pentak…”, Jean McKig, Palm Desert –Desert Dispatch, (color illus.) March 4, 2000
        - “Pentak goes with flow…”, Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch, (color illus.) Sunday, Dec.
            24, 2000
        - Unknown Landscapes, Ronnen Meir, Jerusalem Post, March 10, 2000
1999 - Shared Horizons and Broadwaters, Rivers, Melissa Starker, Columbus Alive. August 13,
1999, Illus. Also color illus. on www.
1999 - Pentak’s Remarkable Landscapes Fran Watson, Citybeat (Cincinnati, OH) Illus.
           November 11, 1999
        - Common Ground, David Johnson and Nella Cassouto, The Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH
1998 - New American Painting, (Color Illus.) July/August
        - “Views of Ohio...”, Jacquelyn Hall, Columbus Dispatch, August 23, 1998 (Color Illus.)
        - “New Pentak Landscapes...”,Steve Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 30, 1998 (Illus.)
1997 - “dormant Trees...”, Mike Holdren, Lexington Herald Leader, September 1997 (Illus.)
        - “Landscapes of Vision”, Mary Thomas, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, July 12, 1997
1996 - “Dynamism Pervade Visions of Nature”, Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch March 31, 1996
            (Color Illus.)
1995 - “Stephen Pentak at Spangler Cummings”, Sally Vallongo, Artnews March, 1995 (Illus.)
        - New American Painting, Quarterly Autumn 1995 (Color Illus.)
1994 - Review (Exhibition at Spangler Cummings), Tracy Hummer, Columbus Dispatch September 25,
           (Illus.)
        - The River-Spawned Art of Stephen Pentak - Columbus Monthly, Kaira Sturdivant-rounda,
           September, 1994 (Color Illus.)
1992 - Review, David Minton Lexington Herald - Leader, Lexington, KY
        - Review of Wexner Exhibit, Columbus Art, Lorraine Padden
        - Review of Wexner Exhibition, Leslie Constable, Columbus Dispatch, January 26, 1992
1990 - Ohio Selections IX, Review by Helen Cullinan, Cleveland Plain Dealer July 19, 1990
1989 - Ideas of Landscape, Review, Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch, Sunday October 29
        - Group Show at Roberta Kuhn, Review, Leslie Constable, Columbus Dispatch, Sunday, July 9
1988 - Review (Exhibition at Roberta Kuhn), Leslie Constable, Columbus Dispatch, February 14, 1988
          (painting reproduced)
1987 - Accent on Landscapes, Catalogue, Columbus Museum of Art (painting reproduced)
        - Review (Accents on Landscape), Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch, December 27, 1987,
           (painting reproduced)
        - Review (Taber Group Show curated by Alan Crockett), Jacqueline Hall, Columbus Dispatch,
           December 6, 1987
        - Artist Statement, (in conjunction with Akron One Man Show), Dialogue, April 1
          (painting reproduced)
1986 - Governors Residence Collection, Catalogue, organized by OAC, (painting reproduced)
1985 - Dialogue (Sept.-Oct.) Catalogue Page, Show at Cleveland State, and accompanying
           photograph
        - Columbus Monthly (July), Review, Sid Chafetz of Columbus Art League Exhibition
           at Columbus Museum of Art
1984 - Professional Listings: (1984 - present) Who's Who in American Art,
           Art in America. Annual Guide to Galleries, Museums & Artists
1983 - Review, Edward Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 11, 1983
        - "Stephen Pentak: Review, Garrett Holg, The New Art Examiner, March, 1983
1982 - New Drawing in America, Martha Beck and Marie Keller, The Drawing Center, New York,
           NY, illustrated catalogue; separate catalogue for Venice, Italy
        - "Paint on Paper", Timothy Porges, The New Art Examiner, March, 1982   
        - "Creativity Unfolds at Paper Art Show", Harold Haydon, Chicago-Sun Times, February,

EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University
2003 - 2006 Associate Dean, College of the Arts, The Ohio State University
1996 – 2003 Professor, Department of Art, The Ohio State University
Teaching responsibilities in Undergraduate Foundation, Painting and Drawing Program,
and the Graduate Program
CIC Academic Leadership Fellowship, 1997-98
1989 - 1996 Foundation Program Director, Associate Professor Department of Art, The Ohio State
University
1983 - 1988 Assistant Professor, Department of Art, The Ohio State University
Painting and Drawing Area Coordinator, 1985 - 87
1982 Visiting Instructor, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1981 - 1982 Visiting Assistant Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1979 - 1980 Visiting Instructor, Tyler School of Art, Painting and Drawing, Philadelphia, PA
1979 Visiting Lecturer, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
1979 - 1981 Adjunct Instructor, Trenton College, Trenton, NJ
1977 - 1978 Teaching Assistantship in Drawing, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

VISITING ARTIST, LECTURES AND RESIDENCIES
2009 - Savannah College of Art and Design
2007 - Visiting Professor, University of Georgia Program in Cortona Italy
2006 - Union College, Schenectady NY
1998 - Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
1995 - Delfina Studios, London, England
1994 - Visiting Artist, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Scotland
1990 - Quilt Symposium, Columbus OH
1988 - Design Collective, Columbus, OH, color workshop
        - Columbus Museum of Art, Artist Lecture
1987 - Columbus Museum of Art, Lecturer on color theory
        - University of Akron, Akron, OH, Visiting Artist lecture
1986 - Columbus Museum of Art, Lecture on color theory
        - Cardinal Industries, Columbus, OH, color workshop
1985 - Columbia College, Chicago, IL, Visiting Artist lecture
1984 - Union College, Schenectady, NY, Visiting Artist lecture
1980 - Symposium (in conjunction with exhibition), The Drawing Center, New York, NY

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