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Barbara Marks (b. 1952) is a Connecticut-based visual artist. 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 focused my eﬀorts on strengthening my studio practice, getting traction and exposure for my work, and deepening my involvement in the greater arts community.
Barbara has been a resident artist at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fowler Dune Shack (Cape Cod), MIRA (Martignano, Italy), and Jentel Foundation (WY). 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); Ground Floor Gallery, (Brooklyn, NY), The Painting Center, and First Street Gallery (NYC); Drawing Rooms (NJ); New Britain Museum of American Art; DaSilva Gallery, Silvermine Arts Center, Whitney Center, and The Chase Family Gallery (CT); 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 a Trustee of the Vermont Studio Center and a former board member of Artspace New Haven. Since 1976, Barbara has lived and worked in the coastal village of Stony Creek, CT.