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Barbara Marks (b. 1952) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Connecticut. She uses color to create space.
I grew up in Westport, Connecticut, my dad’s hometown. My mom was from Iowa. Both of my parents were makers of things, which is where my love of working with my hands must have come from. I attended college, studying anthropology, until I fell into graphic design. In 1978, I started my own studio specializing in book design. In 2001, I left that behind to study painting at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, earning a BFA (2005) followed by an MFA from Brooklyn College CUNY (2008). Since then, I’ve been awarded artist residencies in Italy, France, and across the United States and I have shown my work throughout the Northeast. My favorite color is green—from light to dark; from warm to cool—any and every green.
Barbara Marks has been a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY), Jentel Foundation (WY), L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design (CA), The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences (GA), The Research Studio at Art & History Museums-Maitland (FL), and Moulin à Nef (Auvillar, France). She has twice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. Barbara’s work has been shown at the Cape Cod Museum of Art (MA); Providence Art Club (RI); Painting Center, and First Street Gallery (NYC); Ground Floor Gallery (Brooklyn), Drawing Rooms (NJ); New Britain Museum of American Art; DaSilva Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Whitney Center, Serendipity Gallery, The Loft Gallery, Five Points Gallery, and The Chase Family Gallery (CT); McLanahan Gallery at Penn State Altoona (PA); The Affordable Art Fair (NYC); and Artist-Run at Satellite (Miami). Barbara is an artist member of The Painting Center (NY); NY Artists Circle (NY); Westport Artists Collective (CT); and a Guild Artist at Silvermine Arts Center, (CT). Her work on paper is represented in the flatfile at Artspace New Haven. She is a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center and a former board member of Artspace New Haven. Barbara divides her time between Connecticut and NYC.