Bart Vargas says, “Aspects of salvage, collection and repetition run through all my works […] I paint patterns represented universally throughout human history, including rays, concentric circles, stripes, grids and color fields.” He received his BFA in Sculpture, with a Minor in Art History, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (Omaha, NE); and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN). He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Vargas’ works have also been featured in many publications, including Sculpture magazine, New American Paintings, and HGTV Magazine. His many awards include the 2012 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Visual Artist; and the 2012 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service, College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE . Vargas was Artist in Residence at Shangyuan Art Museum, Beijing, China in 2011; Carver Bank, Omaha, NE in 2012; and at El Museo Latino, Omaha, NE, in 2013. He is currently a full-time Art Faculty member at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.