Randy Bolton (b. 1956, Dallas, TX) is known for his innovative work as a print artist and teacher. Bolton received a BFA from the University of North Texas in 1978 and a MFA from the Ohio State University in 1982. Bolton has taught in many visiting artist positions across the country, including four years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1989-2002, Bolton was Professor of Art and Printmaking Area Coordinator at the University of Delaware. In 2002, Bolton was appointed Head of the Print Media Department and Artist in Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills,
Bolton’s work has been widely exhibited in hundreds of one-person and group shows since 1982 throughout the USA, and in Europe and Asia. Selected one-person exhibitions include: Have A
Terrific Great Nice OK Day 🙂 at the Kittredge Art Gallery, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA; Scene Better Daze at Gallery II, Washington State University in Pullman, WA: Scene Better Daze, Gallery II at Washington State University in Pullman, WA; Nothing More; Nothing Less at George School, Anderson Gallery in Newtown, PA; Yes We Can, Things Are Rarely What They Seem and Chase, Tumble, Slide at Schmidt/Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; Books of Nonsense at Evergreen House in Baltimore, MD; Two Sides to Every Story at Littlejohn Contemporary in NYC.
Selected group exhibitions include: Animatopoeia: A Most Peculiar (Post Modern) Bestiary at The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH; Encountering Nature at the Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD; Bestiary at Garvey Simon Art Access and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY; Nowhere Backwards at Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis, MO; The Cat, the Dish, and the Spoon at Wonder Fair in Lawrence, KS; Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings That Tell Stories at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI; Wit, Wisdumb & Worry at the Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI; Windsor Biennial at the Art Gallery of Windsor in Windsor, Canada; No Object is an Island at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI; The Altered Landscape at the Hines Lobby Gallery in NYC; Three American Artists at Glasgow Print Studio in Glasgow, Scotland; Bitter & Sweet at the Ruffin Gallery in Charlottesville, VA; Trouble in Paradise: Examining Discord Between Nature and Society at the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, AZ; Tales From an Imaginary Menagerie at the Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, CA; Inner Child: Good and Evil in the Garden of Memories at the Hunterdon Museum of Art in Clinton, NJ; I’d Rather Be Drawing at Dennis Morgan Gallery in Kansas City, MO; New Prints 2004/Spring at the International Print Center in NYC; Popular, Pop & Post-Pop: Color Screenprints, 1930s to Now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA; Sculptural Prints and Digital Press: Artists Exploring New Technologies at The Print C enter in Sight/Insight: Visual Commentaries on the Physical World in the Print Gallery at the New York Public Library in NYC.
Bolton has been selected for many artist residencies, including the Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium (2011, 2009, and 2007); the Evergreen House in Baltimore, MD (2001); the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France (1997); the MacDowell Art Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire (1999 and 1996); and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York (1996). His prints are in the collections of many corporate and museum collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York Public Library. Bolton received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in 2000; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Special Opportunity Stipend Program grants (2003 and 2001); an Art Matters Fellowship (NYC) in 1996; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1989.
- “Have a
Terrific, Great, Nice, OKDay 🙂 ,” Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, 2013
- “Animatapoeia: A Most Peculiar (Post Modern) Bestiary,” The Galleries at CSU, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, 2013
- “Bestiary,” Garvey Simon Art Access and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY, 2013.
- “Scene Better Daze,” Gallery 2, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
- “Nothing More; Nothing Less,” Mollie Dodd Anderson Library, George School, Newtown, PA
- “Wit, Wisdumb & Worry,” Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
- “Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings That Tell Stories,” Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
- “Encountering Nature,” Center for the Arts Gallery, Towson University, Towson, MD
- “Nowhere Backwards,” Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO
- “The Cat, the Dish, and the Spoon,” Wonder Fair, Lawrence, KS
- “2010 IFPDA Print Fairm” Stewart & Stewart, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY (November 3 – November 7, 2010).
- “New Fables For Our Time: Randy Bolton & Margaret Meehan,” Texas State University Art Gallery, San Marcos, TX (September 27 – October 21, 2010).
- “The Now: Contemporary Prints/Historical Perspectives,” Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (October 12 – November 14, 2010).
- “A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking,” Gray Gallery, School of Art and Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC (September 7– October 2, 2010).
- “Yes, We, Can,” Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (March 19 – April 24, 2010).
- “Three American Artists: Randy Bolton, Michael Krueger & John Schulz,” Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, Scotland (January 8 – February 27, 2010).
- “The Altered Landscape,” Lobby Gallery at Hines, New York, NY (November 10 – February 12, 2010).
- “Illustration Bitter and Sweet,” Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (October 30 – December 6, 2010).
- “Truth, Beauty & Other Prints,” Kamer 108 Gallery, Academy of Visual Arts, Gent, Belgium (May 17-June 3, 2010).
- Tate Foley. “Nowhere Backwards: Tom Reed, Michael Kreuger, and Randy Bolton at Des Lee Gallery” Printeresting, December 15, 2012.
- Jessica Baran. “In the Galleries – Nowhere Backwards Closes November 17 at Des Lee”, October 18, 2012.
- Andrew Mangravite. “Randy Bolton’s New Prints at Schmidt Dean.” Broad Street Review, July 21, 2010.
- Allan Radcliffe. “Three American Artists: Randy Bolton, Michael Krueger & John Schulz.” The List, (), January 8, 2010.
- Tiernan Alexander, “Print, Clay and Sculpture Shine at Bahdeebahdu and Schmidt Dean”, The Artblog, April 10, 2010.
- Laura Parsons, “Picture Book Pathos: Artists Deliver Bitter Pill”, The Hook, November 22, 2009.
- S. Elizabeth Grabowski and William Fick (editors), Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials & Processes, pp. 36, 50-51, London, UK: Lawrence King Publishers, 2009.
- Sutlief, Shannon. “Fairly Dark Tales.” Dallas Observer, May 14, 2005.
- Green, Roger. “Banners Provide Differing Views of Life.” Mlive.com, January 4, 2005.
- Sousanis, Nick. “Randy Bolton, Twice-Told Tales.” The Detroiter, February 3, 2005.
- Walker, Barry. “New Prints Program: New Prints 2004/Spring Essay” (exhibition essay). New York: International Print Center New York, May 6 – June 12, 2004.
- Fallon, Roberta. “When It’s Public It’s Got to Be Big.” ArtBlog, December 28, 2004.
- Hagan, Susan. “Creatures From Another Dimension: Two Shows Make Prints Pop.” Philadelphia City Paper, October 16 -23, 2003.
- Fallon, Roberta. “Popular, Pop and Post-Pop.” Philadelphia Weekly, November 25, 2003.
- Hagan, Susan. “Good Neighbors.” Philadelphia City Paper, February 8-15, 2001.
- Sozanski, Edward J. “In The Pink – and Red.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 16, 2001.
- West, Judy. “Randy Bolton: Chase Tumble, Slide.” CitySearch, March 2000.
- Fallon, Roberta. “Rated PG-13: Randy Bolton’s Spooky Take on Children’s Literature Isn’t Exactly Kiddie Stuff.” Philadelphia Weekly, March 22, 2000.
- Korotkin, Joyce B. “Randy C. Bolton @ Littlejohn Contemporary.” NY Arts International Edition 5, no. 4 (April 2000).
- Hirsch, Faye. “Working Proof: Review of Prints, Photographs and Multiples.” Art On Paper 4, no. 5 (May-June 2000): 71.
- Fallon, Roberta. “Living in the One-Dimensional.” Philadelphia Weekly, September 29, 1999.
- Sozanski, Edward J. “Art, Galleries: Digital Printing That Measures Up as Art.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 1, 1999.
- Sozanski, Edward J. “Art, Galleries: Inkjet Puzzles.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 20, 1998.
- Brody, Jacqueline. “Prints and Photographs Published.” The Print Collector’s Newsletter XXVII, no. 1 (1996).
- Fortunato, Monique. “Artistic Social Commentary: New Exhibits at CEPA.” The Spectrum (Buffalo, NY), February 5, 1996.
- Tallman, Susan. The Contemporary Print from Pre-Pop to Postmodern. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996.
- Waddell, Roberta. Scene at a Place and Time: The 69th Annual Print Competition (exhibition catalog). Philadelphia: The Print Club, December 10, 1994-January 21, 1995.
- Larson, Carol. “Randy Bolton: Interview.” Contemporary Impressions: The Journal of the American Print Alliance 2, no.1 (Spring 1994):8-10.
- Mangravite, Andrew. “Not to be Missed: Art; The Print Club’s 69th Annual Competition.” Philadelphia Welcomat, December 21, 1994.
- Cope, Penelope. “Unsettling Images.” Delaware Today (March 1993): 12-13.
- Mangravite, Andrew. “Galleries; One Artist A Leapin’.” Philadelphia Welcomat, December 29, 1993.
- Cunningham, Eldon L., ed. Printmaking: A Primary Form of Expression. Niwot, CO: University Press of Colorado, 1992.
- Rice, Robin. “From Nostalgia to Disgust.” Philadelphia City Paper, January 2, 1992.