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Walter Bartman


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alter Bartman, Director and Founder of the Yellow Barn, has taught art in the Bethesda, Maryland area for over thirty years. Specializing in landscape and figure painting, he is known as one of Maryland's finest painting teachers. He is listed in the Art and Artist Files in the Hirshhorn Museum and Scupture Garden Library Collections.

Walt Bartman has been teaching at Glen Echo Park, Maryland since 1987. In 1994, when he was named a resident artist at the park, he established the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. At this location and others, he continues to teach and inspire students of all ages, levels and backgrounds. Additionally, he conducts an exciting array of national and international workshops. His students are consistently the recipients of the most prestigious awards and  scholarships available. Thus far in his career, he has taught over 9,000 students. 


With work in prominent public and private collections, Bartman has and continues to receive national recognition for his remarkable artwork and teaching. In 1998, he was featured on CBS's Charles Osgood Show, "Sunday Morning." He was personally recognized by President George W. Bush and President Clinton for teaching 10 Presidential Scholars in the Visual Arts. Other noteworthy awards include: Art Educator of the Year in Maryland (Maryland Art Association, 1991); Distinguished Teacher in the Arts (National Foundation for the Arts, 1991); Mark Mann Award for outstanding teaching in Montgomery County, MD (1993); the Robert Rauschenburg Fellowship for work with students with special needs (the Lab School in Washington, DC, 1994); 25 Years of Outstanding Commitment to Education (Maryland State House of Delegates, 1995); and the Millie Scott Award for outstanding art and teaching (Strathmore Hall, 1998).


Bartman began his career in 1971 as the Advanced Placement Studio Art Teacher at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. Throughout his thirty year tenure at Whitman (he retired in 2001), he established an award winning program which guided, encouraged, and inspired hundreds of young artists. Bartman has  taught at many well-known art schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Montgomery College, and the Corcoran School of Art. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Bartman graduated from the University of Maryland in 1970 with a BA in art education. In 1978, he received a Fulbright grant to study art in Belgium and the Netherlands. He was conferred a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from the American University in Washington, DC in 1979.  


Walter Bartman resides in Middletown, Maryland. 


Bartman can be reached via e-mail at: walt@yellowbarnstudio.net. Examples of his artwork can be viewed in the Yellow Barn's Virtual Gallery

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