Over the past ten years, Rob Tarbell has shown in twenty solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States, Korea, China, and England. In 2014, Rob was awarded the John Ringling Towers Visual Artist Grant by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota.
In 2009, he was awarded a fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. In 2007, he was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Artist Fellowship, received an Honorable Mention from the Loyola Works on Paper Exhibition at Loyola University and was the recipient of a Purchase Award at the 31st Bradley International Print & Drawing Exhibition. In 2006, Rob was awarded the Drawing Award at the Peninsula Fine Art Center Biennial.
Rob has been featured in more than 50 articles in publications, and blogs, including New American Paintings, the Huffington Post UK, Daily Mail UK, Installation Magazine, and Studio Visit (volumes 1, 4, 6 and 8). Lark Books featured a Smoke and a Struggle in the books: Skulls in 2008, 500 Ceramic Sculptures in 2009, and Ceramic Sculptures in 2011.
In 2010, Rob was awarded four residencies, two from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia and Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France and Ragdale Foundation. In 2015, Rob will be a resident at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida.
Rob began his education at Auburn University receiving his BFA in Painting and Graphic Design. At the University of Tennessee, Rob earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction.
Since 2000, Rob has taught art and design at Limestone College, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and most recently at Ringling College of Art and Design and New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida.
Currently Rob’s smoke work is represented by Decorazon Gallery (London & Dallas) and Krause Gallery (New York) and Alfstad Contemporary Art (Sarasota, FL). His work can also be seen at Dolby Chadwick Gallery (San Francisco), Les Yeux du Monde (Charlottesville, VA), and Page Bond Gallery (Richmond, VA).
Rob lives in Sarasota, Florida with his wife, Anna von Gehr, and daughter, Dottie.