B.F.A. Western Carolina University 2012
M.F.A. University of California, Santa Barbara 2016

Solo Exhibitions

The End is the Beginning – Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology, CA
Bright Abyss: Sunrise in the West – The Basic Premise, Ojai, CA
Into Nothing – Architectural Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA
American Gothic – Red Barn Project Space, UC Santa Barbara, CA
The Darkest Day – Red Barn Project Space, Goleta, CA
Montani Semper Liberi - Glass Bos Gallery Room 1330, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Histories of Ambiguity – with Patrick Gilbert, Napa Gallery, CSU Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
Cabin Fever – Glass Box Gallery, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Twenty Years of Progress – Pink Dog Creative, Asheville, NC
Twenty Years of Progress – Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
apotheosis - The Artery, Asheville, NC
Americarcana - Push Gallery, Asheville, NC
Untitled show - The Skinny, Sylva, NC
Prophecy - Grace Centre Gallery, Mills River, NC
New Paintings - Pump Gallery, Asheville, NC.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Wasted on the Banks of Lethe – The Basic Premise, Ojai, CA
Infinite Shades – Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Protest – ArtShare LA, Los Angeles, CA
Incendiary Devices – POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive – Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA
The Artists of UCSB – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
The Crew: Underpinnings - Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology
The Future Can Only Be Told In Reverse - CCS Gallery, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Open Show – curated by Anna Katz, Gallery 825, West Hollywood, CA
Alumni Exhibition – Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC
100 Grand – Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
Artists Without Limits – Art From Scrap, Santa Barbara, CA
Personal Vacation – Gallery 825, West Hollywood, CA
Open Studios and Exhibition – Chateau Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France
Stepping Into the Unknown – Silo 118, Santa Barbara,CA
Black and White (Mostly…) – Silo 118, Santa Barbara, CA
Out of Place – Ridley-Tree Art Museum, Westmont College, Montecito, CA
Expo Contemporary – The Reef, Los Angeles, CA
Artists Without Limits – Wildling Museum, Solvang, CA
Artists Without Limits – Art From Scrap, Santa Barbara, CA
Beyond Walls - Casa Magazine Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
UCSB 2016 MFA Exhibition - AD&A Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
LightWorks - Isla Vista, CA
Unintended Consequences – The ArtsFund, Santa Barbara, CA
Surface Tension – Saatchi Art at Parasol Projects, New York, NY
Open Studios – MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Republic
UCFZ – Gone Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Current Focus – Red Barn Gallery, Goleta, CA
Look Again – The Artery, Asheville, NC
Seeing is Believing – Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC
Parallax - Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC
44th Annual Juried Art Exhibit – Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina U, Cullowhee, NC
Color Study - Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
State of the Art, Art of the State - Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Alchemy Art Salon - Sante Fe, NM
Line in Landscape - Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC,
A-B Tech Student Art Show- Pack Place, Asheville, NC.
Oh Kaos! - Flood Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Bring Us Your Best - Transylvania Arts Council, Hendersonville, NC.
Sightings - Upstairs Artspace, Tryon, NC.
A-B Tech Student Art Show - Pack Place, Asheville, NC.
Group Exhibition - Three Flights Up Gallery, Knoxville, TN.
The Doors of Asheville - Exhibition and Auction, Asheville, NC.
Group Exhibition - Front Gallery, Asheville, NC.
Landscape and Location - Statesville, NC.
The Doors of Asheville - Exhibition and Auction, Asheville, NC.
Transformations in Form - The North End Gallery, Asheville, NC.
The Doors of Asheville - Exhibition and Auction, Asheville, NC.
The NCCCS Art Show - NCCCS Headquarters, Raleigh, NC.
Underground Art Show - LAAFF Festival, Asheville, NC.
Student/Faculty Art Show - A-B Technical Community College, Asheville, NC.
For The Birds - Transylvania Arts Council, Brevard, NC.


The Crew: Underpinnings – co-curated with Debra Herrick, Ph.D,
Santa Barbara Center for Art Science and Technology, Santa Barbara, CA
Somewhere or Nowhere At All - Red Barn Project Space, UC Santa Barbara,CA

Public Art Projects

Outpost - a temporary public art installation, Isla Vista, CA


Community Artist - Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA
Chateau Orquevaux, Orquevaux, France
Red Barn Project Space - University of California Santa Barbara, CA
MeetFactory - Prague, Czech Republic
Studio Trafo - Trafacka Projects, Prague, Czech Republic


November 2, 2017 – Window to the Arts, live painting pop up event sponsored organized by Silo 118 and Squire Foundation, 927 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
April 7, 2012 – (Re)Happening at Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, NC
December 3, 2011 - Variations on the Long Note in conjunction with exhibition John Cage: A Circle of Influences – Black Mountain College Museum, Asheville, NC

Teaching Experience

2018 Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria, CA
‘Working from Photographs’ workshop

2016 –2017, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA,
Lecturer of Visual Art - Drawing

2015-2016, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Graduate Teaching Assistant,
Visual Literacy, Printmaking, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Reader for 1C Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Public Lectures and Media Appearances

December 13, 2018 – The Unrealized Immigrant, panel discussion, SBCAST, Santa Barbara
April 28, 2018 – ACDC Conference round table organized by Artists Without Limits, SBCC, Santa Barbara
March 16, 2018 – Art and Antiques Talk Show with Elizabeth Stewart, KZSB 1290 AM
March 18, 2017 – ‘Art(ists) of Survival’ with curator Maiza Hixson, Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara.
November 3, 2016 – From Concept to Career, panelist, CSU Channel Islands, CA
May 27, 2016 – Art and Antiques Talk Show with Elizabeth Stewart, KZSB 1290 AM
February 25, 2016 – Towned Podcast
March 11, 2015 – Cabin Fever, Visual Literacy series, UC Santa Barbara, CA


Santa Barbara Office of Arts and Culture
Richard Ross, Santa Barbara, CA
Nancy Escher, Ojai, CA
Western North Carolina Museum of Fine Arts, Cullowhee, NC
The Ray Griffin/Thom Robinson Collection, Asheville, NC
Lisa Belcher, Glencoe, IL
Paul and Cherry Saenger, Asheville, NC
Trip Huxley, Asheville, NC
John Geck, Greenville, SC
Laurie and John Meyer, Asheville, NC

Awards and Fellowships

Golden Ticket Fellowship, Chateau d’Orquevaux, France
Artist in Residence Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Doctoral Travel Grant, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Florimbi/Simon Award, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Howard Fenton Award for Painting, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Department of Art Block Grant, UC Santa Barbara, CA
UCIRA Grant, University of California, CA
New American Paintings Artist, MFA Edition
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Regents Fellow, Regents Special Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, CA
Regional Artists Project Grant, Toe River Arts Council, NC
Undergraduate Research Grant awarded by the Honors College of WCU, research “A Study of
Issues Concerning the Production of Photographic Collagraphs”
Philosophy essay “The Reversal of the Noir Hero” accepted to NCUR 2013
Member Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Independent Study and Research Abroad, Czech Republic, Summer
Best in Show, 44th Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Fine Art Museum of WCU, juror Stephen Wicks,
Cullowhee, NC
Dean’s List, Western Carolina University School of Art
WCU School of Art and Design Scholarship
Michael Patrick Metcalf Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Juried Exhibition, Grace Gallery, juror Craig Drennen, Mills
River, NC,
Honorable Mention, A-B Tech Student Art Show, juror Richard Tichich, Asheville, NC.
Dean’s List, AB Technical Community College, Fall, Asheville, NC
Best 2-D work, A-B Tech Student Art Show, juror Robert Tynes, Asheville, NC.
Honorable Mention, Bring Us Your Best Juried Exhibition, Hendersonville, NC.

Articles and Publications

Herrick, Debra. “Tom Pazderka: Interview With an (Inward) Immigrant.” LUM Art Zine. November 27, 2018.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Santa Barbara Painter Tom Pazderka Makes Art From the Ashes.” LA Weekly. April 25, 2018.
Woodard, Josef. “The World is a Campus.” Scene Magazine. May 18-24, 2018. P. 27-28
Botts, Jackie. ‘’Stepping Into the Unknown’ Explores Political Anxiety.’ August 9, 2017.
Silo 118 Presents Black and White “(Mostly)” May 24, 2017.
Dark Mountain. Dark Mountain Project. Issue 11. Spring 2017. P. C3
Anamesa Interdisciplinary Journal, New York University. Fall 2016. Vol. 14. No. 2. p. 99
Calitri, Joanne A. “Pazderka Curates Group Showcase.” Montecito Journal. March 16-23, 2017. Vol. 23. Issue 11. Pg. 41
Donelan, Charles. “Into Nothing.” Santa Barbara Independent. March 9-16, Vol. 31. No. 582. Pg. 49
Pazderka, Tom. “Ideology of the Cabin.” Dandelion Journal. Birkbeck University of London. Vol 7. No. 1. 2016.
Pazderka, Tom. “Nostalgia and the Cabin.” Dandelion Journal. Birkbeck University of London. Vol7. No. 1. 2016.
Donelan, Charles. “UCSB MFA Exhibition 2016.” Santa Barbara Independent. May 25, 2016.
Woodard, Josef. “Forging New Pathways.” Scene Magazine. May 27, 2016.
Lazo, Gabriel. “Grads Present Theses at AD&A.” The Daily Nexus. May 26, 2016
Trafology. Prague: Astron a.s. 2015. p. 80
Anamesa Interdisciplinary Journal. New York University. Fall 2015. Vol 13. No. 2. p. 23-25
Calitri, Joanne A. “Unintended Consequences.” Montecito Journal. Nov 19-26, 2015. Vol. 21 Issue 46. Pg. 26
Woodard, Josef. “Art: Rough, Ready and Meditative” Scene Magazine. Nov 13, 2015
Osborn, Lisa. “Unintended Consequences” Edhat. Nov 14, 2015.
Caldwell, Ellen. “On Monuments and Memories, Flags and Fire: the Art of Tom Pazderka” New American Paintings Blog. July 29, 2015.
New American Paintings. MFA Edition. 2015
“Review: UCSB Open Studios”. Santa Barbara Independent. Nov 11, 2014.
Sherard, Kyle. “State of the Arts: Past and Present Tense.” Mountain Xpress, Aug. 12, 2014,
Motsinger, Carol. “Turning the Page.” Asheville Citizen-Times. July 28, 2014
Brown, A. Will. “Fan Mail: Tom Pazderka.” Daily Serving. Jan 31, 2014.
Art Bets. Mountain Xpress. Vol 19. No. 34. March 13-19,2013
The Laurel of Asheville. March 2013. pg. 65
“Talking the Walk”. Mountain Xpress. Vol 19. No. 2. Aug. 1-7, 2012
Nomad, WCU’s Journal of Art and Literature, 2012
TV Appearance. WLOS. Summer, 2011
Clark, Paul. “A Mid-Century Modern Tale”. Asheville Citizen-Times. February 25, 2011
Tech Talk. ABTCC. May 2010. Vol 16. Issue 5.
Doors of Asheville 2010 Calendar
AB Technical Community College Annual Report. 2008-2009
Tech Talk. ABTCC. February 2006. Vol 12. Issue 2.