bibliography and press

Bob Trotman's work has received notice or been written about in Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture, Artpapers, Hyperallergic, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.


"Carolina Art Crush" by Happenings CLT

"A Diverse but Directionless Survey of American Art Today" by Grace-Yvette Gemmell

"The State of 'State of the Art'" by

"Clock Punching" by Amanda Dalla Villa Adams

"Business as Usual Features Edgy Sculptures in Absurdist Officelike Arena" by Joan Tupponce

"Bodies at Play, Bodies at Work: Bob Trotman and Jody Zellen," by Dan Weidkopf.

"Old Medium, New Ideas," Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

"Flipping your perspective: Bob Trotman’s Inverted Utopias," by Ashley Klann


Brennan, Anne. 1995-1996 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Recipients Exhibition. (Wilmington:St. John’s Museum of Art) pp.37-39.

Brown, Charlotte, V., et al. Bob Trotman: A Retrospective of Furniture and Sculpture. (Raleigh:North Carolina State University Visual Arts Program, 1994)

Brown, Patricia Leigh. "They Ride the New Wave in Furniture," The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 1985, pp.9-10.

Campbell, Omnese. Bob Trotman/Ginny Ruffner, ARTPapers, vol.19, no.3, (April-May 1995) P.54

Castle, Wendell. “The Leading Edge."Popular Mechanics. November 1986, pp.88,90.

Dougherty, Linda, Inverted Utopias, catalogue essay, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Giovannini, Joseph, “Chairs that Roar," The New York Times, March 19, 1987, C-1

Hanzal, Carla. “Interview with Bob Trotman.” Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution. 2005.

Heartney, Eleanor, “Art and the Spiritual”, Thresholds, South Carolina Arts Commission, 2003.p. 23
Bob Trotman and the Religion of Capitalism, catalogue essay, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Doomsday Dreams, 2019, Silver Hollow Press

Herman, Lloyd E., Art that Works:The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. (Seattle:University of Washington Press, 1990) p.35.

Huber Chris. “North Carolina Artist Exhibition 1990.” Preview. (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, Summer 1990) Cover and pp. 2-5.

Hull, James.” Bob Trotman: Recent Work.”ARTPapers, vol.17, no.6

James, Curtia. “Bob Trotman at Hand Workshop Art Center." Review. ARTPapers, January, 2003.

Joslin, Nell. "Illusions Carved in Wood." Sunday Feature. The News and Observer, (May 9, 2004), Raleigh.

Kistler, Ashley. ”Bob Trotman:Model Citizens.” Essay. Hand Workshop Art Center. Richmond, 2002.

Koplos, Janet. “Bob Trotman at Franklin Parrasch," Review, Art In America, October 2001, pp. 168-169.

Leach, Mark R. “ArtCurrents 20:Bob Trotman," Interview. (Charlotte: Mint Museum of Art)

MacDougall, Frances M. “Philosophical Furniture," Southern Accents, (November-December 1995) pp.116-122.

Meyer, Jon. “1988 Mint Museum of Art Biennial." ArtNews, vol. 87, no. 7 (Sept 1988) p. 176

Ryan, Dinah. “Bob Trotman at Hand Workshop Art Center." Review. Sculpture. Dec 2002.

Ryan, Dinah, et al. Bob Trotman Business as Usual, exhibition catalogue (Staniar Gallery, Washington and Lee University)

“Post Conventional Generativity." Review. ARTPapers, (Nov-Dec 2006) p.59.

Scala, Mark W. "Bob Trotman: Model Citizens." Essay. Frist Center for Visual Arts. Nashville, 2006

Smith, Paul J. et al. The Poetry of the Physical (New York: American Craft Museum, 1986) Craft Today USA (New York: American Craft Museum, 1989) p. 77.

Tilly, Katie. “Bob Trotman:Woodworker Plus." North Carolina Homes and Gardens, vol.2, no.2 (March-April 1991) p.127.

Tyndall, Katie.” Sitting Pretty with Art Furniture," Insight, vol.2, no.41 (October 134, 1986) pp. 64-65

Washburn, Mark. "Leaning Into the Unknown," Sculpture Magazine, vol 3, no. 1 (Jan-Feb 2011) p. 40.

Welton, Michael. "Norman Rockwell Goes Gonzo," ARTWORKS Magazine, Winter 2011, p. 54.

White Clarence D. “The Furniture/Sculpture Nexus,” ARTPapers, vol.16,no.4, (Nov-Dec 1992) p. 31.