A Short Biography

Born in California in 1937, he was educated at the University of California Santa Barbara, UCLA, and California State College at Long Beach.

Over the entirety of his professional career he has devoted his energies equally to teaching and painting. In 1969 he joined the faculty at the University of South Florida, and taught there until retiring, as Professor Emeritus, in 2003. He has exhibited his paintings extensively in Florida and the Southeast, and has had exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. He has had five Museum shows over the past 3 years, a solo exhibition at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, and group shows at the Baker Museum, Naples FL., Tampa Museum of Art, and the Maitland Museum of Art and Art History.

During the past 25 years a major part of his efforts have been devoted to large scale paintings for public spaces. Last year he has completed two large (4’ X 15”) paintings for the Houston Methodist Hospital and a large canvas (4’ X 14’) for a private collection.

He is very involved in working directly from the figure, and has hosted a weekly Figure Drawing Group at the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin, since 2015.

His work has been primarily based on landscapes, and is centered on his interests in perception and intense observation. Always hoping for magic.

Over the past few years he has been working on a series of complex paintings of groups in very ordinary situations and places, primarily from his Florida suburban surroundings.

Here is a detailed curriculum Vitae;

Bruce L. Marsh

1105 10th St. S.W.

Ruskin, FL 33570

(813) 641-8635


1965 - MA, Painting. California State College at Long Beach

1960 & 1963 Graduate Studies in Painting, UCLA

1959 - BA, Fine Art. University of California at Santa Barbara


2003-present- Professor Emeritus

1969- 2003 - Professor, Visual Arts, University of South Florida

2000 Directed USF Art Dept. Summer Paris Program

1997-Professorial Excellence Award

1995- Teaching Incentive Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching;

1994-95 - Designed and Developed WWW Site for USF Department.

1993 - Sabbatical Leave - Fall Semester

1993 - Research Grant: Digital Prints

1991-94 - Designed and Implemented new Visual Concepts Curriculum;

1989-91 - Acting Chairperson, USF Art Department.

1989- President's Council Research Grant; Collaborative Digital Performance Piece; "Smarter Than Dogs".

1987 - Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching

1986-1996- Developed Art Department Computer Lab and Curriculum

1983 - Visiting Professor, FSU Study Center, Florence Italy

1979-80 - Sabbatical Leave

1965 - 69 - Instructor, St. Petersburg Junior College


2010 and 2009: Invitational Wekiva Plein Aire Festival, Wekiva Springs, Florida. Week long onsite painting festival

2009 Invited and participated in “Maynard Dixon Country”, Week long Paintng Festival, Mt. Carmel, Utah.

2008 “Double Take” Dual Exhibition with Dolores Coe, Sept-Oct.,

Clayton Galleries, Tampa.

2008 57TH Florida Biennial Exhibiton, Boca Raton Museum, 1st Award of Merit

2007- Allyn Gallup Contemporary, Sarasota, March

2006 and 2007- Escalante Working Art Festival, Escalante, Utah. October.

2005- Solo Exhibition, Clayton Galleries, March.

2004 – Group Show, “Small Works”, Clayton Galleries

- Group Show, “Landscapes II”, Miramar Gallery, Sarasota

2003- “Exeunt Omnes” Group Show, Contemporary Art Museum, USF

2001- Solo Exhibition, Clayton Galleries, Tampa

2000- Florida Painting Invitational, Museum of Art, Tallahassee

1998- Solo Exhibition, Clayton Galleries, Tampa.

1996- Video Installation, “Home on the Range”, Collaboration with Dolores Coe, Maria Castagliola, Salt Creek Art Works, St Petersburg.

1995 - Gasparilla Anniversary Exhibit, Tampa Museum of Art

1995 - Solo Exhibition: Prints and Painting, Dunedin Fine Arts Center

1994 - Solo Exhibition: Images: Analog/Digital, USF Teaching Gallery

Florida Landscape: Another Look. Ormond Art Museum and Valdosta Art Center, Valdosta, Georgia.

1993 - 55th Annual National Exhibition of American Painting

Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach

-Solo Exhibition, Recent Paintings, Clayton Galleries, Tampa

1990 - Polk County Museum, Annual Juried Exhibition

1989 - Five Artist Invitational Exhibition, Tampa Museum of Art

1988 - Individual Artist Fellowship, Div. of Cultural Affairs,

State of Florida

1985 - Littlejohn-Smith Gallery, NY, NY. Group Exhibition

Solo Exhibition, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota

Tampa Triennial, Tampa Museum of Art

"Pairs" Gallery 600, Largo, Florida

1982 - Solo Exhibition, Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota

"Florida Painters", Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville

1981 - Individual Artist Fellowship, Div. of Cultural Affairs,

State of Florida

1979 - Two Person Exhibition, Joyce Hunsaker Gallery, Los Angeles

Solo Exhibition, Trend House Gallery, Tampa

Winter Haven Fine Arts Competition, Award of Merit

"Contemporary Realism" Art Sources Gallery, Jacksonville.

1977 - "Photorealism" Invitational Group Exhibition, Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida

1st Annual Southeastern Painting and Sculpture Exhibition,

Jacksonville Museum of Art, Jacksonville. Award of Merit

1976 - "Florida Painters", Invitational, St. Petersburg Museum of Art

Annual Exhibition of American Art, Society of Four Arts,

Palm Beach. (Also 1975, 1973, 1972, 1970, & 1966. Atwater Kent Award of Merit in 1966 and 1975)

1975 - Solo Exhibition, University of South Florida

"Florida Creates" Invitational Circulating Exhibition. Also 1974

Gasparilla Art Festival, Tampa. Also 1971 & 1972.

Best of Show Award, 1971 & 1972, Award of Merit 1975

1974 - Solo Exhibition, Simonne Stern Gallery, New Orleans

1973 - Ocala Art Show, Ocala, Florida. Also 1970 & 1971

Major Awards in 1970, 1971, & 1973

1972 - Solo Exhibition, Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans

" Festival of States Exhibition", St Petersburg, Florida

Also in 1969, 1970 & 1971

"Students of Howard Warshaw", University Museum

Univ. of California at Santa Barbara

1971 - "Southeastern and Texas Artists Biennial"

Isaac Delgado Museum of Art, New Orleans

1970 - Solo Exhibition, Florida Presbyterian College, St. Petersburg

"15 Florida Artists-Teachers", Cummer Gallery of Art

Jacksonville, Florida

Group Exhibition, Ringling Museum of Art

Invitational Exhibition of Florida Artists,

Gallery of Contemporary Art,Winston-Salem, NC969 - Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Gallery, St. Petersburg

Florida State Fair, Fine Arts Exhibition, Tampa

Award of Merit

1968 - Southeastern Bi-Annual Exhibition, Gallery of Contemporary Art

Winston Salem, NC

Arvida Mural Competition, Sarasota, Second Prize

Annual Mid-Year Exhibit of American Art, Butler Institute

Youngstown, Ohio. Also 1966.

1966 - Solo Exhibition, Esther Bear Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

Florida State Fair, Fine Arts Exhibition, Tampa

1965 - Solo Exhibition, University of Tampa, Tampa.

MA Thesis Exhibition, Calif. State College at Long Beach

1957 - 1964 Various group exhibitions as a student.


Clayton Gallery, Tampa, 1992 – present

Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art, Sarasota, 2005- present

Gillman-Stein Gallery, Tampa, 1988 - 1991

Littlejohn Smith Gallery, NYC, 1985 - 1987

Hodgell Gallery, Sarasota, 1976 - 1988

James Yu Gallery, NYC, 1976 - 1978

Hunsaker-Schlesinger, Los Angeles, 1976 - 1986

Trend House Gallery, Tampa, 1969 - 1978