dw martin
                 
       
         
  1961

Born the youngest of three kids in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

 
  1966

Moved to Edmond, Oklahoma started first grade.

 
  1967-68

The start of building things in my Granddads’ workshop and finding the joy of working with my hand and imagination..

 
  1969

Drawing abilities emerged during third grade and recognized by private drawing tutor. Encouraged to practice visual observations and develop drawing skills.

 
  1970-73

Developed a reputation for being the class artist. Continued exploring various art mediums that won me grade school art contest.

 
  1974-78

Focus became less in art and more on sports. Actually started wrestling in fifth grade and continued through junior year, also played football and ran track. However, simultaneously was awarded yearbook cover designs and interior art projects around school i.e. mascot murals.

 
  1979-80

Attended vocational school in commercial art during high school. Developed silkscreen photo stencil set-up to produce multi-color screen prints in my parents garage. This work earned me a scholarship to attend “On Stage Arts Institute” for young artist in Oklahoma for two years consecutively as a printmaker. This is where I met a mentor, Dan Kiatz who encouraged me to seriously think about art as a profession.

 
  1980

Graduated high school and voted most artistic in my senior class.

 
  1980-82

Hired and worked for a large commercial printing company. I
quickly earned rank of lead man working with artist, organizing
jobs, cutting stencils, prepping film positives, and training new employees.                     

 
  1982

Resigned from commercial job, toured Europe for three months, returned to start formal fine art education at The University of  Oklahoma as a printmaker working under Dan Kiatz.

 
  1984

Awarded a Ben y. Barnett Art Scholarships while paying for school as a bus driver. Concurrent to this, became very interested in sculpture under the influence and encouragement of Ken Little. I seriously started developing a sculpture portfolio in hopes of getting into graduate school.

 
  1985

First solo exhibit  titled “Art Labour”, Pinks Gallery, Norman, Oklahoma

 
  1986

Graduated earning BFA with distinction. Began search for graduate programs in sculpture while doing various jobs to pay the bills.

 
  1987

Applied to and excepted into three major graduate programs.   Excepted offer at Virginia Commonwealth receiving tuiton waivers and assistantships for two years. Moved to Richmond, Virginia began master work in sculpture.

 
  1989

Graduated with MFA Established studio in downtown Richmond while applying for teaching positions.

 
  1990

Acquired gallery representation in Washington D.C. at Henri Gallery and was given a solo exhibition.

 
  1992

Solo Exhibition, “Henri Gallery”

 
  1993

Acquired gallery representation, “Astra Gallery”, Richmond, VA.

 
  1994

Solo Exhibition, “Henri Gallery

 
  1990-95

Teaching as adjunct faculty at VCU and at other various instructional     situations I continued to apply for full time teaching jobs nation wide. I worked as a carpenter and at other various jobs producing architectural details, furniture, restaurant and bar interiors, as well as a general construction worker. Also built displays for a while at The Science Museum of Virginia.

 
  1995

Excepted a technician job in the Art Department at Ohio State University for the sculpture and glass art programs.

 
  1996

Attended Pilchuck Glass School on a scholarship.

 
  1997

Excepted a full-time faculty position at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania teaching 3D foundations and sculpture.

 
  1998

Solo exhibition,” Elements of Art Gallery”, Columbus Ohio

 
  1999 Married my wife Christina  
  2000

Earned full-time tenure track position as Associate Professor at Edinboro University teaching all levels of sculpture.

 
  2001

Solo exhibition, “Shortest Distance” Main Art Gallery, Richmond VA. The show opened days before the Twin Tower Tragedy 9/11.

 
  2002

First son born, Calder Ellis

 
  2004

Second son born, Owen sander

 
  2005

Promoted to Associate professor at Edinboro University.

 
  2006

Solo exhibition, ”Borderline Bliss” Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield,  Michigan.