Rick Bartow (1946-2016) Native American: Mad River Band of Wiyot

The light floods in, love returns, and the hand begins its labors in color and line. - Rick Bartow


Upcoming Exhibit

Rick Bartow: Myth/Reality

Our largest Bartow exhibit yet, featuring paintings, pastel drawings, prints and sculpture from the estate.

Born in Newport, Oregon, in 1946, Bartow is a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and has close ties with the Siletz community. He graduated in 1969 from Western Oregon University with a degree in secondary arts education and served in the Vietnam War (1969-71).

His work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. A recent career highlight was the completion of We Were Always Here, a monumental pair of sculptures over 20 feet high installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The work was commissioned by The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.