Biographical Information
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.

MFA (painting), Brooklyn College (CUNY), Brooklyn, NY (2008)
• Graduate Dean’s List in Recognition of Excellence in Scholarship
• Charles G. Shaw Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting
• Graduate Investment Program Research Materials Grant
BFA (painting), minor in Art History, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT (2005)
• Award for Excellence in Art History

Residencies/Fellowships/Visiting Artist
L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA (upcoming, June 2017)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, WY (2017)
American Academy in Rome—Visiting Artists and Scholars Program, Italy (2015/2016, 2011)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA (2016)
Jentel Foundation, WY (2014)
Vermont Studio Center, VT (2013, 2010)
Fowler Dune Shack, Cape Cod National Seashore, MA (2013)
MIRA—Martignano International Artist Residency, Italy (2011, 2010)
International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy (2004)

2017 National Juried Exhibition—First Street Gallery, New York, NY (2017)
Mighty Minis—Souterraine Gallery, West Cornwall, CT (2017)
Current Locations—Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017)
Nasty Women New Haven Exhibition—The Institute Library, New Haven, CT (2017)
Nor’Easter—New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (2017)
Freedom of Expression—Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA (2017)
Making Your Mark—Providence Art Club, Providence, RI (2017)
In This Place—Pleat Gallery (online exhibition), (2017)
Looking Then Reading—The Institute Library, New Haven, CT (2017)
New Members Exhibition 2017—Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (2017)
The Big Small Show—Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ (2017)
Metamorphosis: Lyme Alumni with a Master of Fine Arts Degree—Chauncey Stillman Gallery, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT (2016)
Match Game: New Work from the Artspace Flatfile—John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT (2016)
Recollection (solo)—DaSilva Gallery, New Haven, CT (2016)
Paintings (solo)—Keyes Gallery, Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library, Stony Creek, CT (2016)
‘Art in America’ on Tour—Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC (2016)
Traduzindo Cor (Translating Color)—Perspectives . . . The Gallery at Whitney Center, Hamden, CT (2016)
Mostre di Arte Internazionale—Palazzo dell’Annunziata, Matera, Italy (2016)
‘Art in America’—Curated by Julie Torres for Tiger Strikes Asteroid’s Artist-Run, The Satellite Show, Miami (2015)
Going Big—Offline at Central Booking, New York, NY (2015)
Coloration (solo)—The Chase Family Gallery, Mandell JCC, West Hartford, CT (2015)
The Big Small Painting Show—Victory Hall Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ (2014)
Art of the Northeast (Andrew Russeth, juror)—Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT (2014)
2014 National Juried Exhibition (Jed Perl, juror)—First Street Gallery, New York, NY (2014)
Working It Out—The Painting Center, New York, NY (2013)
Handful of Art—John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT (2013)
Five Course Meal—Katalina’s, New Haven, CT (2012)
Out of Nature: An Exhibition of Alternatives—The Institute Library, New Haven, CT (2011)
Casetta Suite (solo)—Galleria Il Grifone, Lecce, Italy (2011)
New Work: Italy 2010 (solo)—Moira Fitzsimmons Arons Art Gallery, Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, CT (2011)
Collettiva d’Arte: MIRA—Accademia di Belle Arti di Lecce, Lecce, Italy (2010)
Flower (Re)Power—Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT (2010)
Barbara Marks and Vanilia Majoros—Gallery 195, New Haven, CT (2009)
Art Place XV—Art Place, Yale Medical Group-Yale Physicians Building, New Haven, CT (2009)
Cosmos 1208 (solo)—Atticus, New Haven, CT (2009)
Noir Transformed—A-Space, West Haven, CT (2009)
CONNcentric—ArtSpace, New Haven, CT (2008)
Barbara Marks: New Work (solo)—The Farm on Adderley, Brooklyn, NY (2008)
MFA Thesis Exhibition—New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY (2008)
National Competition Juried Show—Bowery Gallery, New York, NY (2007)

Podcast Interview with David Linneweh, Studio Break, February 2017,
“Studio Visit: Barbara Marks,” online interview with Beth Collins, Pleat Gallery, February 2017,
“Artist Captures the Shapes of Memory,” Allan Appel, New Haven Independent, September 9, 2016
“Il Salento nelle tele di Barbara Marks,” Lorenzo Madaro, La Repubblica, (Italy), April 21, 2011
“Barbara Marks, Jan 2011,” video interview, Gorky’s Granddaughter, a documentary art project produced by Chris Joy and Zachary Keating,
“An Intimate Exhibit at Gallery 195 Gives Glimpse into Artists’ Studios,” Judy Birke, New Haven Register, February 7, 2010
“Best of 2009: The Art that Lingered Touched Both the Mind and Eye,” Judy Birke, New Haven Register, December 27, 2009
“The Faith Middleton Show,” WNPR, interview, March 9, 2009
“Artspace’s ‘CONNcentric’ A Good Idea Not Fully Realized,” Judy Birke, New Haven Register, October 19, 2008

Vermont Studio Center—Trustee,
Artspace New Haven—Former board member,
The Painting Center, New York, NY—Member artist,
Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT—Guild artist,
Artspace New Haven—Flatfile artist,
Westport Artists Collective—Member artist,
NY Artists Circle—Member artist,


Barbara lives and works in Connecticut; she divides her “free” time between Connecticut and NYC.