selected works

  • Artist’s Statement

    My name is Marvin Tadlock, and creating sculpture is my passion. As a Professor of Art at Virginia Intermont College, I have made my living for the past thirty-six years teaching, making art, and helping others to discover, enjoy, and make art. My heroes are David Smith, Edward Kienholz, Claes Oldenburg (earlier work), and Lewis Grizzard. My preferences are rusty steel over bronze or marble, tee shirts and Jeans over suits, Tuesdays over Sundays, and, show me rather than tell me. I love dogs, nature, storms, humor, passion for a cause, and fire. I prefer contemporary art above art from the past, peace above war, and religion with room for human frailty.


    • B.F.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro 1971
    • M.F.A., University of North Carolina, Greensboro 1972
    • Ed.D., University of Georgia 1990

    Taught over thirty-six years at Virginia Intermont College, Served as: Faculty President, Fine Arts Division Chairperson, and Art Department Chairperson. Tenured 1980. Promoted to Full Professor 1989.

    Selected Professional Activity

    I continue to build sculpture, ranging from very large to small. I compete for, and exhibit in national and regional outdoor and indoor sculpture competitions. My large work is on yearly loan across the Southeast, and smaller ones are in competitions in the U. S. and abroad. Current and recent exhibitions include: Art in Place, Charlottesville, Virginia; Art in Public Places, Bristol, Tennessee, Peoples Choice Award; Sculpture Visions,Chapel Hill, North Carolina. One person Exhibition, Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon, Virginia; From These Hills, biennial exhibition William King Regional Arts Center, Abingdon Virginia; MicroMonumentals, a traveling exhibition, Southeastern United States.