James C. Bongartz

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Artist Bio 2022
James C. Bongartz
website: jamesbongartz.com

Turning to acrylics, Jim paints images inspired from his photography referencing the camera’s digital interpretations of light, color, motion, and time. Allowing the camera to capture an exploratory moment in travel, play or daily life, Jim transforms the graphic nature of photography to a painterly world with layers of bold color and brushwork.
Jim has been awarded gallery representation and exhibitions in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Jim has been an active member of ART+10 (a Princeton-based artist collaborative), AOY Art Center, New Hope Arts League, ArtsBridge, Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Greater Norristown Art League.
Jim is currently the Director of Education for the AOY Art Center in Yardley, PA coordinating adult/ youth classes and workshops since 2012. He also teaches classes at AOY in painting and abstraction. James served on the AOY Art Center’s Executive Board for three years and was Vice President for two years.
Jim Bongartz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he began studies at Carnegie-Mellon University followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1982. While maintaining a 30-year career in art education, K-12, Jim continues to keep a working studio in pursuit of his painting career.
Recent exhibits:
2023: Artist Residency, Naples, Italy, L'appartamento Napoli, May, 4 weeks
2023: AOY Art Center, Pop Works, Solo Exhibit, March 25 - April 2
2022: AOY 10th Annual Juried Show
2022: Monmouth Art Alliance Juried Show, Red Bank, NJ
2021: Points Of View, Invitational, Stockton, PA 2021: Solo exhibit: “March to March”, Pennswood Gallery, Newtown, PA
2020: Solo exhibit: “Nexus”, Pennswood Gallery, Newtown, PA
2019: AOY 8th Annual Juried Show, Second Place
2019: Lambertville NJ Historical Society Invitational
2018 - 2019: Touchstone Gallery, Yardley, PA, Solo exhibit, and ongoing representation.
2018: New Hope Art League Juried Show, Merit Award.
2018: "Humanesque", ART+10, Present Day Club, Princeton, NJ
2017 - 2018: Solo exhibit, “Philly Lights”, Jerry's Bar, Philadelphia, PA
2016 - 2019: AOY 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Annual Juried Exhibit.
2015: 86th Juried Art Exhibition at Phillips' Mill.
2014: Arts Council of Princeton, “Looking In/Looking Out”, Invitational Group Show, Art+10.
2014: AOY 3rd Annual Juried Exhibit, Juror: David Shevlino.
2013: Solo exhibit: “Sights and Sounds of Spain" St. John’s Lutheran Church, Melrose Park, PA
2012: Solo exhibit: “Playback", Cafe 44, Princeton, NJ.
2012: "A Slice of Life", ART+10, Group Show, Cafe 44, Princeton NJ.
2009: Solo exhibit: “The Nature of Things”, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Melrose Park, PA.
2008: Newman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Members show, Philadelphia Sketch Club.
2007 – 2008: Verde Home, Ambler, PA. Gallery member.
2006 – 2007: Swan Gallery. Gallery member.
2006: Solo exhibit: Phoenix Village Art Center, Phoenixville, PA. 2006: “All Fired Up”, The Plastic Club, Juried Show - Second Prize.
2005: Cheltenham Art Center, Juried Show - Honorable Mention.
2005: Abington Art Center Juried Show