- January: upside down house: unconventional family portraiture by Robert Cantor, Maura Doern Danko and Amanda Demos Larsen is on display January 14 to March 22 at the historic
Greenbelt Community Center in Greenbelt, MD. It contains 11 paintings from my Snapshots and Sharpeners series. There is a reception on February 15, from 6:30 to 8.
- August: Tacky Treasures, an exhibition of my recent paintings, is on display until August 26 at the The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, MD.
- December: Pigs Night Out and
POB Thrift Shop were accepted in the
Small Wonders show at the MFA Circle Gallery
in Annapolis. They were on display from Dec 1 to 23.
Collection #1 was awarded an honorable mention at the
Delaplaine's Annual Juried Exhibit in Frederick, MD.
Three Figures and
Two Clowns were also accepted in the show and were on display from May 6
through June 18.
- October: The Comedians was in the show
Strokes of Genius at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis. The show ran from October 28 to November 26.
October: Three Bottle Openers and
Girl With Ball #2 were accepted in a juried show at the
Howard County Center for the Arts. The show ran from October 28 through December 9.
October: I'm scheduled to be the featured artist at the
Montgomery Art Association gallery
in Wheaton Plaza. I'll provide more information as we get closer to the date. CANCELLED - the gallery will be closing on September 21.
February: Sharpener Images was on display at the
The Delaplaine Arts Center
in Frederick, Maryland, from February 6 to March 20. This show featured all
the new sharpener paintings created since my last show there and
several older ones not shown before.
January: American Frame publishes an interview they did with me over the phone.
November: I was the American Frame Featured Artist contest winner for the month of November. You can read all about it on their blog.
March: I joined the Montgomery Art Association and began showing works in their gallery at Westfield Wheaton (aka: Wheaton Plaza) and staffing it on 2 volunteer shifts each month. The gallery is on the second floor, about halfway down the wing with the Costco. Stop by and see me!
June: Storyland 1960
and Autumn Carnival
were selected for the Regional Juried Art Show at the
Hill Center Galleries on Capitol
Hill in Washington, DC. The show was on display from June 26 to September 28.
The Juror was Philip Kennicott, Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post.
June: Puntgaaf was
selected for the MDArt@College Park show. The show ran from June 25 to August 3 at The Art Gallery of the
University of Maryland.
June: The Upside Down House was one of four paintings awarded a Juror's Choice Award
in the Maryland Federation of Art's
MD Art@College Park juried show.
A total of three paintings from my Snapshots and Sharpeners series
were accepted in the show
and were on display in The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland from June 14 to August 2.
The juror was Dan Mills, Director of the Bates College Museum of Art.
May: I was awarded First Prize in the Annual Juried Exhibit at
at The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland.
Three paintings were accepted in the show and were on display from May 4 to June 23.
Gerald Ross, Director of Exhibitions at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), was the juror.
November: I've created a store front at
It currently has refrigerator magnets, tile coasters and one t-shirt design
available for sale.
October 11: The Frederick News-Post
runs an interview with me about my show at the Delaplaine.
September-October: The show Snapshots and Sharpeners was on display in the New Gallery at
The Delaplaine Arts Center in
In this solo exhibition of 24 small oil
paintings, toy pencil sharpeners from my extensive collection replaced my brothers and myself in vintage family snapshots.
They were on display from September 1 through October 21.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the opening reception of the show such a great success!
- June: A Fast Rooster was accepted
in a juried show at the Maryland Federation
of Art in Annapolis. Strokes of Genius: All Painting National Exhibition
ran from July 15 to August 14.
- June: My pencil sharpener
collection was featured at the Obsessionista web site. Look for collector #0031!
- March: I've completed the first painting in my new series called
Snapshots and Sharpeners. These works
combine my pencil sharpener still-life paintings with snapshots from an old
family photo album. Read more about it here.
- March: Web Site redesign!
- February: A Fast Rooster was accepted in the 13th Annual National Juried Show at
Gallery West in Alexandria, VA. The show was on display from February 3 to 28.
- December: Two of the small Duck in Boat paintings, number 1 and number 2, were accepted into a national juried show at the
Maryland Federation of Arts in Annapolis.
Small Wonders, a show for small works of art, was on display from November 27 to December 27.
- November: Julie and the Monkey is a portrait of my wife which I gave her on our second wedding anniversary. Traditionally, that's the cotton anniversary and it's painted on cotton canvas. I worked from a photograph which she had previously suggested was the one she'd want me to use if I ever did paint a portrait of her. It was still a huge surprise since I managed to keep the entire thing secret from her while I was working on it.
- June: While painting the
The Feast of the Dogs, I took photographs of it at each step to document its creation and
have combined these in
The Making of The Feast of the Dogs.
This video shows how the painting was created by starting with a monochrome
grisaille and using multiple layers of glazing to add color.
- July: The Bald Musician was awarded with an Honorable Mention at the
Arts Council@GRACE 2008 annual juried exhibition. Both The Bald Musician and it's companion
piece Party Animals
were selected for the juried exhibition.
- June: Ducks in Boats
was selected to be in the VMRC's 5th Annual Juried
Multimedia Art Exhibition at the
Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
The Bald Musician
was selected for the
10th Annual All-Media Show and
was on display from February 6 to March 8.
Haven't been doing much painting lately... but I did get married this month!
- September: I've moved to a new studio/home in Silver Spring, Maryland. This has
slowed me down a bit, but I should be up and painting again in no time!
- July: I have completed
The Bald Musician,
my most ambitious pencil sharpener painting so far. The painting was
based on the Manet masterpiece The Old Musician.
Chu Pa Kai and
were on display at the Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake in Houston, Texas,
after being accepted
National Society of Artists
23rd National Juried Show.
- February: Ducks in Boats
was recognized with an Honorable Mention at the
Gallery West 10th
National Juried Show in Alexandria, VA.
Sun Wu Kung was
accepted in the 2006 National Small Works Show at the
Main Street Gallery in
Groton, NY. A
review in the Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY) by Katherine Rushworth mentions the
"Miro-like" painting as one of the notable entries among those which
didn't win an award.
Sha Wu Tsing
was awarded an Honorable Mention from the 15th Annual National
Juried Open Media Competition at the
Art Institute & Gallery
in Salisbury, MD.
- September: My web site has moved to www.bobcantor.com!
- September: Giclee reproductions of selected images may now
be ordered on-line at the
American Frame Company.
- July: From July 14 to August 9,
Coach and the Cowry Fisherman was
on display in the the Fraser Gallery's
10th International Fine Arts Competition in Bethesda, MD.
- June: From June 4 to July 4, Purple Gorilla, with Banana
and Lady Bug Pencil Sharpener
were both on display at the VMRC 3rd Annual Juried Multimedia Art Exhibition at the
Park Gables Gallery in Harrisonburg, VA.
- February: Pencil Sharpener: Banana
was accepted and displayed in the 8th Annual All-Media Exhibition at the
Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC.
- December: Pencil Sharpener:
Eggplant Bunny was included in the Winter Group Exhibit
at the Fraser Gallery
in Bethesda, MD.
- August: Pencil Sharpener:
Sun Wu Kung wins First Place Award at the
9th Annual Georgetown International Art Competition in Washington, DC.
The juror was Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the Katzen Arts
Center at American University.