Bruce Garrity’s paintings are poetic explorations of pictorial inventions and equivalents for visual experience. The paintings act as sites for events that stem from perception, memory and the experience of history/art history. Utilizing a broad vocabulary of painterly means in the pursuit of pictorial drama, the paintings emphasize an uncanny aspect of these moments. The spaces depicted are the more intimate surroundings of interiors and objects, whether of the studio or even when outdoors, the being in as opposed to the looking upon these circumstances. These juxtapositions suggest the human presence even when the figure is unseen and focus on engaging the viewer as an implicit participant.
Garrity received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Alaska, he lives and works in Penns Grove, NJ, on the Delaware River.
The artist’s work is in numerous private and public collections including The Stedman Art Gallery of Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey; The Hoyt Institute in New Castle, Pennsylvania; Cooper Medical Center, Camden, New Jersey; and Capital One Financial, Wilmington, Delaware.
He has taught at Rutgers University in Camden since 1997. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Delaware, Stockton College, Rowan University, Delaware College of Art and Design, and several area community colleges.
2001 The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA MFA, Painting
1984 University of Delaware, Newark, DE BFA,Painting and Drawing
Awards & Honors
2010 Sybil S. Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rutgers University
1998 – 2001 The University of the Arts Merit Scholarship
1995 Purchase Award, Southern New Jersey Artists X, Stedman Art Gallery
1984 Honors Faculty Award, University of Delaware
1983 Purchase Award Hoyt Juried National Hoyt Institute
Honors Grant for Film, University of Delaware
2002 Besso, Michelle. “Mural Unites Ballet and Nature”. Wilmington News Journal (Wilmington, DE), August 20, 2002
Nutter, Tom. “Two Arts Merge”. Wilmington News Journal (Wilmington, DE), August 20, 2002
Smith, April R. “The Great Wall of Newark”. Newark Post (Newark, DE), August 16, 2002
“A Colorful Welcome”. Photo: John Llera, Newark Post (Newark, DE), October 25, 2002
1995 McGuire, Nancy. “Southern New Jersey Artists X”. Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University (Camden, NJ), 1995
Public (partial list) The Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University Camden, NJ The Hoyt Institute of the Arts, New Castle, PA Cooper Medical Center, Camden, NJ Capital One Financial, Wilmington, DE
2015 Juror, Large Works, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
2006 JurorRehoboth Plein Air Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE
2001 Visiting Artist Lecture, Foundations Colloquium, Department of Art, University of Delaware
1989 Visiting Artist, Painting Department, Department of Art, University of Delaware
Present Adjunct Professor of Art: Rutgers University Camden, NJ
Adjunct Professor of Art: Stockton University, Pomona, NJ
1999 - 2009 Adjunct Faculty: Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ
1997- 2004 Adjunct Faculty: University of Delaware, Newark, DE