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Lived/Active: Ohio      Known for: abstract painting

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Timothy App is a contemporary American painter whose works are in numerous private and public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Timothy App attended Kent State University in Ohio, where he received a BFA degree in painting in 1970. He continued his study of painting at Tyler School of Art of Temple University and in 1974 received an MFA. During his thirty-two years of teaching, he has taught at Pomona College in California, the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and since 1990 at MICA. With many one-person and group exhibitions, he has shown his abstract paintings regionally, nationally and abroad. In 1988, his work was the focus of a 20-year survey exhibition. Most recently, his work from the last seven years was the subject of an exhibition with a catalog at Goya Contemporary in Baltimore, where his paintings and prints are represented. His work is included in many private and public collections. He is a recipient of a NEA fellowship in painting, as well as an individual artist's grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Twice he has received the Trustee's Award for Excellence in Teaching at MICA, and has been nominated for the Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. In addition to teaching and painting, he has written on the work of other artists, lectured on his own work and curated exhibitions of abstract painting.

Non-Gallery Group Exhibitions:
“The Grey Zone: Abstraction and/or Representation Paintings and Drawings by Timothy App and Howie Lee Weiss,” Howard Community College, Columbia, MD

“Works on Paper: The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection,” (catalogue essay by Lilly Wei),  Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Denise Bibro Fine Art, Platform Project Gallery, New York, NY, “Strictly Painting 6,” (curated by Kristen Hileman), McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT, “By Any Means: Works from the National Drawing Invitationals,” (essay by Donald D. Perry)

Brooke Lampley, and Lauren Pennell), 20th Annual Critics' Residency Program Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

University Center Galleries, J. Wayne Stark University, College Station, TX
Art Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX    

“Soft Openings,” American University Museum at the Katzen Center, Washington, DC

 “Engaging the Structural,” (Essay by Lilly Wei), Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

 “The Forman Collection,” (catalogue essay by Lilly Wei), Albright-Knox Art Gallery,  Buffalo, NY

“Conversations with the Collection,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, “Conversations,” (catalogue, curated & essay by Barry Nemett)

Evergreen House, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD          
Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY


“2002 Biennial Exhibition,” (curated by Cynthia Thompson. Catalogue essay by Faye Hirsch), Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
“Poetic Minimalism,” District Fine Arts, Washington, DC
 “In Good Form,” Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA
    “Strictly Painting III,” McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

Public Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Forman Collection), Buffalo, NY
Alston & Bird, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Art & Automation, Burlington, Ontario, CA
Atlantic Richfield Company, Denver, CO
Avalere Health, Washington, DC
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Bernalillo County Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS
Freddie Mac, McLean, VA
Gensler & Associates, San Francisco, CA
Hallmark Cards, Inc, Kansas City, MO
Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
McDermott, Will & Emory, Washington, DC
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Inc, New York, NY
Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS
Museum of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA
Registry Hotel, Dallas, TX
Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell NM
Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Baltimore, MD
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Washington, DC
Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM
The Cordish Company, Baltimore, MD
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Westin Galleria, Houston, TX
Ziger Snead Architects, Baltimore, MD

Selected Bibliography

Jervey, Gay. “Timothy App’s Studio Sanctuary,” Art Calendar, June, 2008.
Bowers, J. “Point of View,” City Paper, Baltimore, October 25, 2006.
McNatt, Glenn. “Show Nurtures Some Talents Better Than Others,”  The Baltimore Sun, May 25,      2006.
McNatt, Glenn. “Artists Portrayed as Objects Are Among the Views at Goya,” The Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2006.
McNatt, Glenn. "Geometric Art," The Baltimore Sun, May 24, 2005.
Bowers, Jessica.  “Living Large: Size Matters in the Minimalist Paintings of Timothy App,”  Baltimore City Paper, June 22, 2005.
Wei, Lilly.  “Geometry Reloaded,”  NY Arts, May-June, 2005.
Varrone, Kevin. “Gallery Talk,” Chesapeake Home, February, 2005.
Shannon, Joe. "Timothy App at District Fine Arts," Art in America, February, 2004.
 McNatt, Glenn. "Season of Abstraction Takes Shape," The Baltimore Sun, September 23, 2003.
 Goodman, Janis. "Timothy App at District Fine Arts," WETA, Channel 26, Washington, DC, May 8, 2003.
 O'Sullivan, Michael. "On Exhibit," The Washington Post, May 2, 2003.
Dorsey, John. “Timothy App, Artist,” Roland Park News, Fall, 2002.
Giuliano, Mike. “Master Class: Those That Teach, Do,” Annual Faculty Exhibition, City Paper, October 3 2001.
“Mixing Realities in Art,” Gazeta Wyborcza, Bydgoszcz, Poland, September 21 2001.
“Life is Movement,” Gazeta Wyborcza, Bydgozcz, Poland, September 24, 2001.
Giuliano, Mike. “Artists Shine in Summer Showcase,” Baltimore Messenger, Baltimore, Maryland, Vol. 32, No. 39, July 19, 2001.
 Sheldon, Louise. "Tension and Balance Coincide at Goya Girl," The Baltimore Chronicle, April, 2001.
 Proztman, Ferdinand. "Strictly Painting," The Washington Post, July 6, 2000.
 Cullum, Jerry. "Shapes that Reverberate with Rich, Subtle Energy,"  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 28, 2000.
Lerner, Adam J. “Chance and Necessity,” Art Papers, March-April, 1999.
Giuliano, Mike. “Driven To Abstraction: Area Artists Keep Nonfigurative Art Alive,” City Paper, December 9, 1998.
 Dorsey, John. "Shared Humanity Lies at the Core," The Baltimore Sun, December 1, 1998.
 Dorsey, John. “Ripened Fruits of Seven Sabbaticals,” The Baltimore Sun, September 1, 1998.
O’Sullivan, Michael. “The Artists as Lobbyists,” The Washington Post, December 11, 1997.
Dorsey, John. “Art Review,” The Baltimore Sun, October 22, 1997.
Dorsey, John. “Quality Unifies Exhibit,” The Baltimore Sun, July 18, 1997.
Giuliano, Mike. "Geometric Abstraction at the C.Grimaldis Gallery," City Paper, May 17-24, 1995.
Giuliano, Mike. “The Top 10 Art Exhibits of 1994,” City Paper, Baltimore, MD, Vol. 18, No. 52, Dec. 28 1994-Jan. 4 1995
Giuliano, Mike. “Back to Basics,” City Paper, Baltimore, MD. Vol. 18, No. 23. June 8-15, 1994.
 Dorsey, John. "Zero Defect," Baltimore Sun, June 6, 1994.
 Turner, David C. “Artists of 20th Century New Mexico,” Museum of New Mexico Press, 1992.
 Laird, Linda. “Best of Region on Display,” The Topeka Capitol Journal, July 31, 1992.
Brunetti, John, “Timothy App,” Art-Break, May 14, 1991.
Peterson, William. "Timothy App: The Values of Abstraction," Artspace, January-February, 1991.
 Frank, Peter. "Reconstructivist Painting: Neo-modern Abstraction in the United States," Artspace, March-April, 1990.
Ballatore, Sandy. "App's Canvases Proclaim Vitality of Geometric Painting," Albuquerque Journal, October 29, 1989.
Ballatore, Sandy. “Two Spaces, One World: From Los Angeles to New Mexico,” Artspace Magazine, May/June, 1989.
 Shields, Kathleen. "Timothy App at Linda Durham," Art in America, June, 1989.
Peterson, William.  “Abstract Painting in New Mexico,” Artspace, Vol. 12, No. 4, Fall, 1988.
 Peterson, William. "Timothy App and Constance De Jong at Linda Durham," ARTnews, January, 1988.
 Wolfe, Theodore. "Sharp Eclecticism Marks Exhibition," Albuquerque Journal, February 2, 1988, and Artspace, Spring 1988.
Ashton, Dore. "Notes From a Specialized Tourist," Albuquerque Journal, February 2, 1988, and
Artspace, Spring, 1988.
Peterson, William. “Reviews: Santa Fe: New Spaces, New Faces,” ARTnews, Vol. 87, No. 3, March, 1988.
Peterson, William. Timothy App: A Survey of Paintings:1968-1988, Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1988.
Bell, David. Review, Journal North, July 13, 1987.
Gubrud, Jennifer. “Teaching Gallery Features work by UNM Professors,” New Mexico Daily Lobo, November 20, 1987.
Peterson, William. “New Mexico, Part III,” Artspace, Vol. 11, No. 4, Fall, 1987.
Neill, Jeanne. “Museum, Art Center’s Exhibition Underway,” Roswell Daily Record, September 15, 1986.
Bell, David. “…At the Linda Durham Gallery,” The Journal North, July 13, 1985.
Price, Max. “Denvers’s Sebastian-Moore ‘Testing the Waters’ with Santa Fe Gallery Trade,” Denver Post, April 22, 1984.
Clurman, Irene. “Eye on Art,” Rocky Mountain News, May 6, 1984.
Clega, Nancy, “Trading Places,” Westword, May 1984.
Wilson, Malin. "Two Views of Night," Artlines, September, 1983.
 Traugott, Joseph. "Timothy App, Recent Paintings," Albuquerque Journal, August 21, 1983.
“Regional Art Shows Choices,” Daily News-Sun, May 26, 1983.
Andrew, Chuck. “A Biennial by Any Other Name,” New Times, May 18-24, 1983.
Young, Joseph. “Biennial Exhibit Invites Controversy,” Scottsdale Daily Progress, May 8, 1983.
Mortini, E.J. “Beauty or Beast? Phoenix Biennial Exhibition Tests Views, Sensibilities,” The Arizona Republic, May 12, 1983.
Peterson, William. "Timothy App," Artspace, Fall, 1982.
Hicks, Mary. "Nuances Within Austerity," Artweek, November 22, 1980.
Muchnic, Suzanne. "From Flamboyant to Delicate," The Los Angeles Times, November 10, 1979.
Mallison, Constance. "Timothy App's Abstract Classicism," Artweek, October 20, 1979.
Reather, Keith. "App Paints Clear Vessels of Light,"  The Albuquerque Tribune, March 14, 1979.
2007    McLean Project for the Arts Prize, VA (Juried by Kristen Hileman)
2000    McLean Project for the Arts Prize, VA (Juried by Terrie Sultan)
1999    Individual Grant, Maryland State Arts Council
1988    National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1987    Purchase Prize, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM
            National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship


“An Artists’ Forum on Ad Reinhardt,” Artspace, Vol. 16, No. 1 and 2, January-April, 1992.
“Calculated Wit: The Recent Sculpture of David Furman,” David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1977.
“Chromatic Explorations,” (Paintings of Karl Benjamin), Artweek, Vol. 6, No. 38, November 8, 1975.
“Constance Dejong,” Artspace, Vol. 5, No. 3, Summer, 1981.
“Ellen Feinberg,” Artspace, Vol. 8, No. 1, Winter 1983-84.
“Four Claremont Painters,” Artweek, Vol. 6, No. 27, August 9, 1975.
“Gallery as Studio,” Artweek, Vol. 6, No. 37, November 1, 1975.
“The Gentle Rigor of Patsy Krebs,” Artweek, Vol. 7, No. 23, June 19, 1976.
“Karl Benjamin: Recent Paintings,” Catalog Essay, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, California, 1978.
“Meditation on Painting,” Linda Durham Gallery Newsletter, No. 1, Fall, 1982.
“Six Approaches to Formalist Abstraction,” Artweek, Vol. 8, No. 10, March 5, 1977.


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