Art Bldg, Room 316
MFA-University of California, Berkeley
Barbara Penn uses poetic, literary and everyday sources in paintings, drawings and installations, together with personal and socio/political themes. Penn and her works have traveled nationally and internationally through fellowships, artist residencies, and solo and group exhibitions. Penn's work was exhibited at Rattviks Konstall and Galleri Se Konst in Sweden. Solo exhibitions include Harwood Museum Foundation Studio (Taos, NM), Gallery A (Chicago, IL), ARTEMISIA (Chicago, IL), Gallery Paule Anglim, (San Francisco, CA), Galerie Napela (Berlin, Germany) and Studio Lo-do Contemporary Arts Gallery (Phoenix, AZ).
Penn's early work is part of a current exhibition at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Public Trust: It's About What We Do, June 4-Sept 18, 2016. Her work was also selected for a contemporary art exhibition originating in Yuma Art Center's 2015 Southwestern Invitational and toured statewide to four galleries and finally her work was selected as one of eight artists showcased at the Phoenix Airport Museum through August 28th of 2016. Recent highlights in Tucson include Focus-Five Women Artists, Davis Dominguez Gallery and Rearranging the Sands at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. Topical and recent two/three person exhibitions include Domestic Wild, College of Idaho (Caldwell, ID), On Common Conscience, Keene State College (Keene, NH), and Ground Game, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO). Penn’s work appeared earlier at the Academie of Beeldende Kunst (Gent, Belgium), Galerie Schoen + Nalepa (Berlin, Germany), Basel Miami International at Artpoint (Miami, FL) The Navy Pier (Chicago, IL), The Educational Alliance (New York, NY), The Mead Art Museum (Amherst, MA) and the Obere Galerie im Haus am Lutzowplatz (Berlin, Germany).
Barbara Penn's Emily Dickinson inspired installations were featured in Kore Press's 2011 BIG READ TUCSON, (funded by the N.E.A. in partnership with Arts Midwest. In the same year, Penn was invited as Artist in-Residence to Orsa Graphic Print Studio, Orsa, Sweden. Invitational residencies include Harwood Museum and Foundation (NM), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), Organizatorzy Pleneru (Poland), Millay Colony for the Arts and Yaddo (NY). Penn also made work at four privately sponsored residencies, one in Montreuil near Paris and a second near Marrakech in Morocco in 2012.
Citations have appeared in the 'Dala-Demokraten', the 'Dalarnas Tidnigar' and in the 'MORA Tidning' (Sweden), in 'Tempo' (Taos), 'Art in America' (NY), and in 'New American Paintings' (Boston). Penn was a panelist at the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson in 2008, and she received an Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant in 2006. Early in her career, she was awarded a fellowship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan (NY/Maine, 1985). Barbara Penn joined the faculty of the School of Art in 1991 and teaches painting, drawing and classes about 'alternative process and material'.