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Lisa Marie Barber


January 13 – April 8, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018

For most of my professional career, I’ve created large-scale ceramic installations where passive figures occupy dense arrangements as if centerpieces to improvised shrines. While my aesthetic and process have stayed the same, I have cropped down the work over the years, making it easier to transport, install, and store—the mundane practicalities most artists have to consider. (And my getting older makes the change easier on my body!)

Regardless of size or medium—ceramic or fabric—my artwork is a reflection on life, home, gardens, peacefulness, playfulness, and celebration.

My aesthetic sensibility is rooted in Central American Folk Art and the Mexican Catholic shrines of my heritage and upbringing. For most of my childhood in Southern Arizona, this was the artwork I knew and I practiced making creations in similar ways. Whether it was through my novice interpretation or some forgotten informal training I received as a child, I came to believe that ornamentation and excess denoted value and importance. Materials weren’t required to be “fine” and tools were expected to be simple. Evidence of “the hand” (the maker) was never something to be self-conscience of or craftily removed. Throughout my life, I’ve remained loyal to this style of making.

My artworks, while not simple compositions, are simple in concept and method. At their heart, they serve as personal meditations on the ease, happiness, and beauty that outlines every day.

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona in a Mexican-American home. Like many artists, I made all sorts of creations for as long as I can remember, often inspired by the artwork of my heritage.

Before moving to Kenosha, WI in 2003 to begin my professorship at UW-Parkside, I lived in the California Bay Area where I taught ceramics and drawing at universities, art centers, and public high schools. I have always enjoyed teaching young artists while maintaining my studio practice. I am grateful to have an active career where I can do both.

While busy as the current chair of the UW-Parkside Art Department, I stay active in my studio and value being a practicing artist. My artwork has been featured in several publications including American Craft Magazine, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, 500 Figures in Clay, and multiple reviews. I exhibit my work nationally and have held Artist-in-Residence positions at the City University of New York-Hunter College in Manhattan, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in New Castle, ME, and the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. In addition to creating art, I am a passionate gardener and think of my garden as a living, interactive installation.

Curriculum Vitae

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Scholastic Art Awards 2018

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February 2 – March 10, 2018
Warner and Jerome J. Crowley Community Galleries
(Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m.)

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 4, 2018 | Location TBD
1:30 p.m.: Junior High  |  2:30 p.m.: Senior High

Presented by

Scholastic Art AwardsThe NW Indiana & Lower SW Michigan Region of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
South Bend Museum of Art and Friends of Scholastic Art Awards

Learn more about the Scholastic Art Awards!

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Eric Souther & Katie Duffy: Conversation Series

March 31 – June 24, 2018
Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 6 2018

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2017 College Residency Exhibition

March 31 – May 6, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: April 6, 2018

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Alan Larkin

April 21 – July 1, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Women’s Caucus

May 26 – August 12, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Sandra Perlow

July 14 – September 16, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: September 7, 2018

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Saint Joe Valley Watercolor Society: Juried Members Exhibition

September 1 – November 11, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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On The Move:
A Selection of Contemporary Animations

October 21–December 31, 2017
Project Room
Reception: Friday, November 3 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

As with any artistic medium, the history of animation has been intrinsically tied to technology. New inventions have repeatedly opened new possibilities for making moving images. The magic lantern (1659) allowed images to be projected, phenakistiscope (1833) made fluid loops of drawn images possible, zoetrope (1866), and even the flip book (1868), helped lead up to the first film-based and hand-drawn animations in the early 20th century. 

Today artists have all of those strategies available to them, as well as those made possible by computers, tablets, and applications for rendering movement in both 2D and 3D. Drawing upon this rich history, the artists in On the Move offer a small sampling of what is being practiced today. Artists included in the exhibition are Lilli Carré, Jake Fried, Lauren Gregory, Amy Lockhart, Richard McGuire, and Jim Trainor.

This exhibition marks the re-opening of the SBMA’s Project Room as a new exhibition space dedicated to new media, animation, sound, etc. On the Move is the first of many exciting exhibitions to come!

image: Jake Fried, still image from Night Vision, 2015, hand-drawn animation with ink and white-out.

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The Best American Comics
Selections: 2014 – 2017

October 21 – December 31, 2017
Art League Gallery

Reception: Friday, November 3 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Each year, The Best American Comics presents readers with a selection of outstanding comics from the previous year. The annual series, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, offers a snapshot of the contemporary comics scene, and features a dizzying array of visual, narrative, and thematic approaches. Works selected for inclusion each year include comics originally published as graphic novels, as ’zines, online, and more. This exhibit will showcase original artwork for comics selected to appear in the series’ past several volumes. Artists include Lynda Barry, Marc Bell, Nina Bunjevac, Roz Chast, Farel Dalrymple, Jaime Hernandez, Aidan Koch, Raymond Pettibon, John Porcellino, Keiler Roberts, Deb Sokolow, Chris Ware, and Sophia Zdon. Curated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Series Editor, The Best American Comics). 

IMAGE: Marc Bell, cover of the 2016 edition of The Best American Comics

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