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Creighton University to Host Bartek Retrospective

Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts Gallery will host a retrospective exhibition of the works of Omaha artist Tom Bartek, Sept. 14 - Oct. 12. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14.

The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 1 to 4 p.m., and during special events in the Lied Education Center.

The work of the award-winning artist’s paintings, prints, and assemblages are in collections throughout the world. Born in 1932 in Omaha, Bartek is a graduate of Creighton Prep, and studied at Creighton University and Cooper Union Art School in New York.

Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Bartek has taught at Creighton as well as the Joslyn Art Museum and the College of Saint Mary. During his more than 60 years as a professional artist, Bartek has exhibited his work from Mexico City to Tokyo, from Los Angeles to New York, in addition to regular local shows.

His work has won awards from the City Center Gallery in New York, the Midwest Biennial at Joslyn, the American Art—Challenge of the Land Exposition at the Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis, the Mid-Four Exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and many more.

In 1967 he created the designs that commemorate Nebraska’s centennial in glass mosaic murals on the Woodmen building. From 1975 to 1985 he operated a storefront gallery and studio, first near Omaha’s Old Market then in a historic building downtown on the mall.

Bartek’s popular serigraph prints, which he made from 1971 to 1986, were nationally distributed by Ferdinand Roten Galleries, Macmillan Publishers, and Brentano’s. In 1975 Opera Omaha commissioned him to design and produce a poster. In 1980 he exhibited at the International Arts Expo in New York. Over three decades, he had one person shows in New York, in 1974, 1988 and 1998. His art has been reproduced on book covers, calendars, and stationery. His originals are displayed in museums, universities, libraries, corporate collections, and in private homes.