Neoteric Art was launched in 2008 by Norbert Marszalek and William Dolan to encourage open dialogue with artists concerning work, issues and the art world. Comments are welcome—let us know what you are thinking. Contact us at info@neotericart.com.

Neoteric Art Staff:

Norbert Marszalek – Co-Founder and Editor
Norbert’s work was recently featured in New American Paintings, Midwest Issue #125. His work has also been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Holter Art Museum in Helena, Montana; Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the South Bend Regional Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana; the Texas Artist Museum in Port Arthur; the International Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas; the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois; and the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida.

William Dolan – Co-Founder
William is a Chicago-based painter. His work explores serenity and solitude one can find walking the city streets. He has a BA in Studio Art from DePaul University and received a Smith Post-BA Scholorship for continued studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2004, he was nominated for a Grammy for album cover art. His career spans two decades and he has work in several private collections.


Matthew Ballou
Matthew is an artist and writer originally from upstate New York. In 2007, after nearly ten years in Chicago, he took a Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing position at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. His works have been recently exhibited at the Stedelijke Musea in Sint Niklaas, Belgium, the Elder Gallery of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska, Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis, IN, and have appeared in juried shows from Missouri to Maryland and Massachusetts over the last six months. His essay Second Horizon: The Changing Vision of Odd Nerdrum was the featured article in the Summer 2006 edition of Image Journal and he continues to pursue art theory and narrative writing. After starting his undergraduate career at Pratt, Ballou left for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a scholarship, earning a BFA in 2001. He would go on to receive an MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2005.

Michael Hopkins
Michael is a writer and artist who makes drawings, paintings and sculptures. He has work in numerous museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago. He has work in numerous corporate art collections including the Progressive Collection and the Wellcome Trust Collection in London, England. He is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient.

Bruce Thorn
Bruce earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1987. He has maintained a vibrant art practice throughout his life. His works have been exhibited in the United States, Czechoslovakia, Canada and the Netherlands.

Dave Richards
David Richards was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1952 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He is a visual artist, writer and educator. He has work in numerous permanent collections including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Dmitry Samarov
Dmitry Samarov paints and writes in Chicago, Illinois.


  1. Gabriella Boros
    May 8, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

    Great interviews! How do I get to be interviewed?

  2. Norbert Marszalek
    May 9, 2008 @ 7:47 am

    Thank you for your interest. Bill and I pick and choose the painters we want to interview.

  3. Dave Himmelblau
    May 13, 2008 @ 12:05 pm

    Very interesting postings. While I live in California rather than Chicago, I’d like to be on e-mail distribution for these postings if that is possible. Maybe I’ll provide my impressions of the various Art Chicago venues when I get a little time.

  4. Norbert Marszalek
    May 29, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    Thanks for the comment Dave. You can RSS to keep up with current postings. Your comments are always welcomed.

  5. michael hedges
    June 30, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

    Hello how are you? you came by my work at the art chicago a few months back i just wanted to let you know i have my 2008 works up and if you get a chance to look that would be great hope all is well michael

  6. Jay Jurisich
    July 26, 2008 @ 4:32 am

    Ah, the return of the Neoteroi. Nice. I especially like the one question interviews. Eventually perhaps shaved to one word. What would that one word be? We must all have a special word we’d use, or gasp trying to choose. I might choose imunu if I had to pick one RIGHT NOW. That of course will change a minute later. Cheers.

  7. Victoria Webb
    March 5, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

    I found this site from another artist’s interview; Sandra Flood. Very appreciative of all you bloggers doing interviews with us painters. It’s a great way to get our work seen.


  8. Victoria Webb
    March 5, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

    oops, just realized you’re both working artists. So a double thanks.