March 28 –May 22, 2020
Gibbs Street Gallery
“My roots as an artist are in traditional, observational painting. Although now my work is nominally abstract, I still owe a great debt to the external visual world. Form, light, and space have always been important to me. Things which I observe in the course of my everyday life – structures, patterns, objects, and relationships become internalized in an organic process and emerge in the work, often in unpredictable ways. That some of the paintings evoke a sense of place is the result of this connection to the world I observe.”
About the artist:
Bill Schmidt was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1947. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (BFA, 1969) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine before moving to Baltimore in 1969. He received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting in 1971.
He has received numerous grants and awards including the Semmes G. Walsh Award (Baker Artist Awards, 2016) and the Bethesda Painting Award (2015). He has exhibited his paintings, drawings, and sculpture extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region. Recent shows include “Baker Artist Awards 2016” at the Baltimore Museum of Art, “Squared” at the Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; ”Variations in Paint” at the Painting Center, NY, NY; and “Interior Space – Small Scale Abstract Painting”, Salena Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY.
He recently retired after 18 years as the director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Fine Art at Maryland Institute College of Art.
In addition to his involvement with art, he is a musician who has been playing traditional American music on fiddle, banjo and guitar for over 40 years. He has recorded numerous times, and has performed in Canada, Europe and the United States.