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Marvin Bartel, Emeritus Professor of Art, was a member of the art faculty at Goshen College from 1970 to 2002. Prior to coming to Goshen he originated the ceramics curriculum in the art department and served on the art faculty at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University). Earlier he taught art at Bethel College (Kansas), and Topeka High School (Kansas). Bartel has master's and doctor's degrees in art education from the University of Kansas.  He majored  in art at Bethel College (Kansas), also studying art at Washburn University and Wichita State University. 

Bartel is a practicing exhibiting artist, maintaining his own ceramics studio in Goshen, Indiana. Bartel’s work has been shown in many national, international and regional exhibitions including the 24th and 25th Ceramic Nationals, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; American Jewelry Today, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Craftsmen of the Central States, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; 9th Annual Own Your Own Exhibition, Denver Art Museum; 18th Annual Decorative Arts and Ceramics Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas; Cerritos Ceramic Annual, Cerritos, California, National Cone Box Show, Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas; National Cone Box Show, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; and Ceramics International, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bartel's work is a regularly selected for the Annual Elkhart Juried Regional Exhibitions, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana. He won best in ceramics awards in 1992 and 1995.

In 2004, Bartel has work in, "A Sense of Identity: Contemporary Ceramic Art".  This exhibition runs from January 12 to February 14 at Indiana U. - Purdue U. in Ft. Wayne and at the U. of Indianapolis, March 6 to April 16, in conjunction with the National Council on Education in the Ceramics Arts 38th Annual Conference.

Bartel taught university and college ceramics from 1965 until 2001.  From 1970 to 2002, he also taught art education courses.  Other courses he has taught include photography, drafting and design, and house design. 

Currently, Dr. Bartel writes on art education and other topics, produces web pages, designs buildings, produces tile work, sinks, pottery, sculpture, design-builds patented energy efficient kilns, has a small orchard and garden. He and Delores are participants at the Eighth Street Mennonite Church congregation, Goshen, Indiana. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Art Education Essays

Updated: January - 2003

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