My challenge as an artist is to engage the viewer’s mind beyond the image. The message may be abstract and present more questions than knowledge. I would like my work to bring a thoughtfulness or meditative approach to the images.
My process begins with an image, phrase, or question. From there it moves to possibilities; in mediums, combinations of forms, color and always ‘How might it be otherwise?’. As the work begins to take shape the problem solving becomes complex – that is the challenge and the reward.
Receiving her BFA from Plymouth State College in 1983, Barbara went on to become a member of the Phoenix gallery in Soho and exhibited there for three years before completing the MFA program at Bard College in 1989. She has exhibited widely in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, including The Currier Museum, Colby College, Anselm College, University of New Hampshire, Lehigh University, Northampton Community College, Muhlenberg College, Allentown Museum, Reading Museum, Penn State Berks, Reading Area Community College, The Freedman Gallery at Albright College, the Fleisher Memorial in Philadelphia, the Yocum Institute and the Goggleworks Center for the Arts.
Barbara served as gallery director at Penn State Berks from 1989 to 1991. She was president of the Penn State Berks Fine Arts Council from 1992 to 1995, and chair of the "Landmarks" Outdoor Sculpture exhibition of 1997. From 1997 to 2000 Barbara was president of the Friends of the Freedman Gallery at Albright College and served as chair of the Albright Fine Arts Commission. Barbara is a past trustee of Albright College, and in the greater Reading community, she has been a member of the Reading Museum Board and is now a member of the Goggleworks Community Art Center Board.
1989 MFA, Bard College
1983 BFA, Plymouth State University 1960 BS, Ohio State University