Well-planned negative space and proper font kerning inspire me. Folks with their own unique voice that do good work simply for the sake of doing good are also at the tip top of my list.

I am a communicator, a graphic designer, a mixed-media artist, an educator, and an award-winning storyteller with a genuine love for good design.

I share my studio with three of the most loving rescued man’s best friends in the world. The four of us laugh every single day. They are my rock. Never too far out of reach is always a cookie jar chock full of peanut butter dog biscuits, a mug of coffee, several vintage film cameras, and a guitar or two.

Music has always surrounded me and often drives my creativity. For me, it’s simple. Songwriters are poets and guitarists are painters. I read liner notes as if they were novels, consider album covers museum worthy works of art, and strongly believe that a complete record album delivers far more of an experience than any trendy “song of the week” radio single.

My creative path is pretty simple. Smile on the world, document life, dance with pups, and do the best you can to leave plenty of goodness along the path. Period.

Gary Garbett

 

Gary Garbett Art & Photography

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Career Highlights

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Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2008 – present Senior Communications Coordinator
VCU Technology Services

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2014 – present Adjunct Faculty
Robertson School of Media and Culture

Circuit City Corporation, Corporate Headquarters, Richmond, VA
2004 – 2005 Corporate Manager and Promotions Director
Trading Circuit Division

The Musicland Group, Fredericksburg and Richmond, VA
1997 – 2004 Corporate Retail Manager
Suncoast Motion Pictures Company

Exhibiting Studio Artist, Goochland, VA
1988 – present Fine Artist and Photographer

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU da Vinci Center
2013 Master of Product Innovation
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.9
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of the Arts
2010 Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Studio Arts Concentration in Photography and Painting
Graduated Summa Cum Laude, GPA 4.0
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
University Honor Council 2008-2010

Virginia Commonwealth University
2008 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication Arts and Media Studies
Graduated Cum Laude, GPA 3.38
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
University Honor Council 2007-2008

Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA
2008 Career Studies Certificate in Photography Minor in Internet Applications Development
Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
Student Ambassador 2007

Fine Art Exhibitions: Selected Highlights

2014
Silent Conversations 
(Solo Exhibition), VCU Health, MCV Hospital Gallery
Richmond, VA

2010
Insequential Sequence (Solo Exhibition), Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA

2008
Rawls Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA
Juror: Nancy Sausser

2005
Meandering & Escapism (Solo Exhibition), Avenue 805
Richmond, VA

Flashback, Flash Forward Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA

2004
Searching Truths (Solo Exhibition), West Liberty State College
West Liberty, WV
Curator: Robert Villamagna

2003
Searching Truths (Two-Person Exhibition), Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA

40th Rawls Museum Arts Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA
Awarded Merit Award

10th Annual Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Jo Ann Rose Gallery
Reston, VA
Awarded Equal Merit Award
Juror: David Tannous

Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA
Awarded 2nd Place Award
Juror: Jeffrey Allison

2002
Rawls Museum Annual Juried Exhibition, Rawls Museum Arts
Courtland, VA
Awarded 1st Place Award

Biennial 2002 Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Newport News VA
Juror: Philip Pearlstein

Art on the Half Shell,
Urbanna, VA
Awarded Best In Show Award
Juror: Paul DePasquale

1998
Icons, Dreams, & Wishes, (Solo Exhibition), Phenomenon Gallery
Richmond, VA

1995
Paint + Words,
(Solo Exhibition), Mabey Gallery
Richmond, VA
Curator: Martha Mabey

1994
Crucifiction of the Feminine,
Mabey Gallery
Richmond, VA
Curator: Martha Mabey

Annual Humor Fine Art Exhibition, Zenith Gallery
Washington, DC

Art on the Wing, Richmond International Airport
Richmond, VA
Juror: Beverley Reynolds, Richard Waller

Artomotives (Solo Exhibition), Williamsburg Art Center
Williamsburg, VA

Images ’94, Regional Juried Exhibition, Hub Galleries
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Juror, Elizabeth Osborne

1993
Sylvan J. Rienks Memorial
Competition, Gallery West
Alexandria, VA
Awarded Second Place Award
Juror: Patrick Craig

Greater Reston Arts Center Annual Juried Exhibition, Greater Reston Arts Center
Reston, VA
Juror: Jeremy Strick

Central South Art Exhibition, Nashville Parthenon Museum
Nashville, TN
Juror: Judith Ellen Stein

Florida National 1993, Florida State University Gallery and Museum
Tallahassee, FL

48th National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
Colorado Springs, CO
Juror: Warren Wolf

CCA Competitive Exhibition ’93, Community Council for the Arts
Kinston, NC
Juror: John Beerman

1992
Dimensions 29th Annual Exhibition, Sawtooth Building Gallery
Winston-Salem, NC
Awarded Award of Excellence and 1st Place Award
Juror: David N. Lauderdale

Route 66 Revisited National Juried Exhibition, Red Mesa Art Center
Gallup, NM and Near Northwest Arts Council, Chicago, Ill

Measuring Up National Juried Exhibition, Virginia Beach Center for the Arts
Virginia Beach, VA
Juror: Brooke Alexander

56th National Midyear Exhibition, Butler Institute of American Art Museum
Youngstown, OH
Juror: Terry Dintenfass