Robert Bingaman is an artist, writer, filmmaker, and content creator based in Kansas City, Missouri. His pursuits are far-ranging, with the most significant focus in engaging brand narratives, content strategy, and painting. In the last three years, he has provided consulting and art direction for a number of public brands. 

In 2014, selections from “Night Pools”, an ongoing series of paintings, were shown in his first one-person museum show at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. More recently, he expanded upon the pool motif with large-scale paintings for “Until It’s All You See”, a solo exhibition at Studios Inc, a three-year residency program in Kansas City. In September of 2016, he debuted a new body of work, “Memorial”, at Haw Contemporary, in Kansas City, Missouri. His work is in collections including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Capitol Federal Hall at the University of Kansas, Emprise Bank Collection of Art, and significant private collections across the United States.

 
 
 

Education

  • MFA, 2007, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • BFA, 2005, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Awards & Honors

  • New American Paintings, Issue 113, The Open Studios Press, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, 2014
  • Residency Award Recipient, Studios Inc., Kansas City, Missouri (2013-2015)
  • Participating Artist, The Kansas City Collection, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012
  • Editor's Selection, New American Paintings, Issue 101, The Open Studios Press, 2012
  • Editor's Selection, New American Paintings, Issue 90, The Open Studios Press, 2010

Solo Exhibitions

  • "Memorial", Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri, 2016
  • "Until It's All You See", Studios Inc, Kansas City, Missouri, 2015
  • "Night Pools", Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, 2014
  • "Successu", University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, 2012

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • "Chlorine (Cl)", All is Fair, Kansas City, Missouri, 2016
  • "New American Paintings: Midwest Edition", Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois, 2015
  • "You People", Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri, 2015
  • "Studios Inc: 2015", Studios Inc, Kansas City, Missouri, 2015
  • "On Behalf of One's Obsessions", Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
  • "9", Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
  • "Kansas City Flatfile Biennial", H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
  • "The Center is a Moving Target", Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
  • "Sunday Painter", Greenlease Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
  • "Studios Inc: 2013", Studios Inc, Kansas City, Missouri, 2014
  • "Thanks for the Warning", Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2013
  • "The Urban Suburban", Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas, 2013
  • "Have I been here before?", La Esquina Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri, 2013
  • "Auxiliary Power", University of Kansas, Department of Visual Art, Lawrence, Kansas, 2012
  • "Kansas City Flatfile Biennial", H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012
  • "Curatorial Studies", Subterranean Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012
  • "The Frontier", Paragraph Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012
  • "I AIM TOO HIGH", Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012
  • "Shallow", Red Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2011
  • Untitled Group Exhibition, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2011
  • "What's Up", Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2011
  • Untitled Group Exhibition, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2010
  • MFA Thesis Exhibition: "American Nocturnes", Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri, 2007

Public Collections

  • The Art of Emprise, Emprise Bank, Wichita, Kansas
  • The University of Kansas School of Business, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas

Corporate Collections

  • Hufft, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Inergy, Kansas City, Missouri
  • KPMG, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Lockton, Kansas City, Missouri
  • The National Center for Drug Free Sports, Kansas City, Missouri

Projects and Collaborations

Founder of KC PAC, Kansas City's Premier Plein Air Coterie, a social practice of plein air painting and community (2012-14)

Writer for Wheelhouse Review, a collaboration with photographer Mike Sinclair; a semi-regular digest of mid-American studios (2011-present)

What the Left Hand is Doing A 28-page printed, editioned book that presents the writing of Lucas Wetzel and artwork of Robert Josiah Bingaman in tandem, with high-quality, full-color facsimiles of the writer’s notebook entries and the artist’s sketches and paintings. (2014)

Selected Curatorial Projects

  • Jacob Banholzer, "Between Places", Kansas Union Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas, 2013
  • Rodolpho Marron III, "There's only one person here, that's so weird", Kansas Union Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas, 2013
  • Roger Spohn, "Winter Images", Kansas Union Gallery, Lawrence, Kansas, 2013
  • "Road Does Not End", Paragraph Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri, 2012

Selected Writing

Selected Bibliography