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 Justin Bernhardt



2013: MFA Goddard College, Plainfield, VT; Painting/Drawing Concentration

2010: Study towards an MFA at Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2005-2006: Study towards an MFA at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI; Painting/Drawing Concentration

1996, 2006: Studied Landscape Painting at Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI

2000-2002: Studied Web Design, Animation, and Computer Art at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, MI 

1999: BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Painting/Drawing Concentration 


2014-2018t: Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2012, 2017: Main Street East Atrium, Kalamazoo, MI

2017: De Luna Fine Art Gallery, Freeport, IL

2016: Websters, Kalamazoo, MI

1996, 2016: Tromblay’s Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

2003, 2010, 2014: Willow Lake Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

2012, 2014 Ninth Wave Studio, Kalamazoo, MI

2013: Western Michigan University CHHS, Kalamazoo, MI 

2013: Amy Zane’s, Kalamazoo, MI

2011: Bronson Hospital, Plainwell, MI

2009: A Food Affair, Galesburg, MI

2008: Martini’s, Kalamazoo, MI

2007-2008: The Lucid Gallery (owner), Kalamazoo, MI

2004: Kingscott Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

2001-2005: Lovell Street Gallery (owner), Kalamazoo, MI

2012: Midtown Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI

2011, 2012: Kalamazoo Valley Community College Center For New Media, Kalamazoo, MI

2011: Gallery 344, Kalamazoo, MI

2010: Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI

2004-2007: The Timmel Collection, Saugatuck, MI

2005: Lowell Art Institute, Lowell, MI

2004: Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI

2001: Art on the Hill, Grand Rapids, MI

2000: Park Trades Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Teaching Experience

2018: Guest Art Lecturer at Spring Valley, Kalamazoo, MI

2016: Guest Art Lecturer at Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI

2002-Present: Art Instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, MI 

Instructed the Following Courses: 

-Figure Painting: Created this as a new course for KVCC in 2004 

-Life Drawing 

-Drawing and Composition I 

-2-D Design and Color Theory 

-2-D Design and Appreciation

-Digital Painter 

-Drawing the Human Figure in Motion 

-Painting I 

-History of Illustration

2013 Summer: Taught an ongoing en plein air painting workshop at Parkview Hills, Kalamazoo, MI

2005-2006: Worked as a graduate Teacher’s Aid at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Art Teaching Volunteer Experience

2014, 2016, 2017: Taught painting classes at Friendship Village Senior Living Community, Kalamazoo, MI

2006-2007: Held weekly art class at Ministry with Community, Kalamazoo, MI 

2004-2006: Worked with kids’ art projects at Vineyard Outreach Ministries, Kalamazoo, MI

Art Business Experience

2007-2008: Owned, curated, and operated the Lucid Gallery on the Kalamazoo Downtown Mall, MI 

-Exhibited own work and the work of multi-disciplined artists 

-Worked on commissioned artwork

2001-2005: Owned, curated and operated the Lovell Street Gallery in downtown Kalamazoo, MI 

-Exhibited own work and the work of multi-disciplined artists 

-Worked on commissioned artwork

2002: Paid Internship as the Art Director for a publicity video for the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International

Bibliography of Articles

Mark Schwerin: “Awareness Merges with Object in ‘Essential Rhythms’ Art Show,” WMU, September 25, 2013.

Carole Davenport: “High Art, Small City: Meet Kalamazoo’s Justin Bernhardt”, Paragon Life, December 10, 2010.

John Liberty: “Artist’s portrait of Local Man Featured on Founder’s Label”, Kalamazoo Gazette, Tuesday February 05, 2008.

Marion Riedl: “Young artist captures Best of Show award at art fair”, Ludington Daily News, July 3, 2000.

Purchase Collections

-Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services, Kalamazoo, MI 

-Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI

-Spectrum Health Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

-Holland Hospital, Holland, MI 

-Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI 

-Kalamazoo Academy, Kalamazoo, MI 

-Founder’s Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI 

-Many other Corporate and Private Collections Worldwide

Selected Background Notes

2015, 2017: Artwork selected as a finalist for the Art Comes Alive exhibit competition, Cincinnati, OH

2015, 2016: Awarded the “Purchase Prize Award”  from the East Lansing Art Fair, East Lansing, MI

2006: Awarded the “West Michigan Merit Scholarship” to study at Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI

2002: Awarded First Place in Painting and Purchase Prize Award, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo, MI

2000: Awarded "Best of Show" in the Ludington Art Fair, Ludington, MI

1997: Awarded “Lang Art Scholarship” from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC