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Elizabeth Barnes Biography

Elizabeth Barnes was born and educated in the United States and currently resides in Vancouver. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

Her paintings are informed by an interest in science and technology, as well as by her interest in the science of pigments and color theory. Through a ritual process of self-imposed restrictions, involving the mediation of tape and observation of digital colour processing, Barnes has simulated a reflexive condition referencing the past as well as the present and possible future.  Colour acts as both data and energy, while the touch of the hand connects to our human core. The work asks the beholder to allow for meaning to become latent, latent in the sense of a time delay within the system, in turn, allowing for a holistic consideration of what it means to be human.

 

Citizenship  
Dual American and Canadian

Education 

1993        MFA Studio Art, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1990        BFA Painting & Printmaking, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2000/01  Multimedia Certificate, Portland Community College, Portland, OR

Professional Experience

2009-present    Faculty of Fine Arts, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC
2006-2015         Non-regular Faculty, Emily Carr University or Art and Design,                                            Vancouver, BC
2010-2011         Non-regular Faculty, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbottsford, BC
2001-2005         Adjunct Assistant Professor, Portland State University, Portland,                                       Oregon
1998-2005         Instructor, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon
1997-2002         Community Artist, Regional Arts and Culture Neighborhood Arts                                      Program, Portland, Oregon 
1991-1993         Teaching Assistant (instructor of record), University of North                                              Carolina, Chapel Hill,  North Carolina 

Solo/Two/Three-person Exhibitions 

2018        Arbutus Gallery, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC (upcoming                                 solo)
2016        Geometric Repetition, Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, TX (3-person show)
2015        An Assurance of Doubt, guest artist, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC (3-                                    person show)
2013        Colourplay, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC (3-person show)
                 Endless Murmuring, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)
2012        Where Do You Want To Go Today? Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)
2009        Juice, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)
                Network, View Modern Art, Victoria, BC (solo)
2008        New Work, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2-person show)
2007        Chroma, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB (solo)
                Pure Concentrate, Winsor Gallery, (two-person show),
2005        New Work, Studio 333 Artist Collective, Portland, OR (solo)
2004        The October Show, Studio 333 Artist Collective, Portland, OR (solo)
2003        The October Show, Studio 333 Artist Collective, Portland, OR (solo)
2002        The October Show, Studio 333 Artist Collective, Portland, OR (solo)
1999        New Work, Blackfish Gallery (Artist cooperative,) Portland, OR (solo)
1998        Natural Order/ Disorder, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR (2-person show)
1993        The Metaphorical Shadow (thesis exhibition), Hanes Art Center, Chapel                                   Hill, NC (solo)

 


Group Exhibitions

2017        Shift, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2016        Core, Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, TX (guest curated group show         
2015        Infinite Space, ARC Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, BC
2014        Summer Group Show, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                 Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, Fir Gallery, KPU, Surrey, BC
                 Art for Food, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, BC
2012        Rotating Gallery Group Exhibition, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                 Art for Food, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB
2011        Summer Group Show, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                 Summer Group Show, Calgary, AB
2010        Toronto International Art Fair, w/ Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Toronto, ON
                 Art School Confidential, Kwantlen Gallery, Surrey, BC
                Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, BC
2009        Neo Minimalism, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB
2008        Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB
2007        The New, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, ON 
                 Inaugural Exhibition, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                 Summer Group Show, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB
2006        Juice, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
                 Introduction, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary, AB 
                East West North, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2005        Defrost, Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004        Saturated, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
                Dialogue, Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
                Roots and Routes, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Centre, Portland, OR
                Digital Rev(s)olution, Mount Hood Community College
                Faculty Show, Northview Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland,                                   OR
2001       Art Fills the Void, Northview Gallery, Portland Community College,                                              Portland, OR
2000/1999    2x2x2000, Blackfish Cooperative Gallery, Portland, OR
1999       Faculty Show, Northview Gallery, Portland Community College, Portland,                                OR
1998       Images of the Virgin, Galeria Tonantzin, San Juan Bautista, CA
               Us/ Them: Breaking Down Barriers, Orange County Centre for                                                  Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
1997       The Four Elements, Blackfish Cooperative Gallery, Portland, OR
               The Brain and Self, University of Arizona, Copenhagen and Elsinore,                                         Denmark
1993       Prescriptive Memory and the Residual Body, Victoria Room, San                                               Francisco, CA
               Eight Artists Here and Now, Ackland Museum of Art, Chapel Hill, NC


Bibliography

2012    “Pick of the Week,” Swerve Magazine, The Calgary Herald, by Jon Roe,                                       October 19, 2012,  p. 19
2007    “Controlled Chaos,” Fast Forward Weekly, Calgary, AB, exhibition review by                              Janelle Dubois,  June 2007.
             “Colibri”, feature image, The Province E-List, February 1, 2007, p. C12
2004    “Saturated” Willamette Week pick and review by Richard Speer,  Vol. 31,                                  Issue 3, November   24, 2004, p. 57.
             “Dialogue”, Exhibition Catalogue, Littman Gallery, Portland, OR, October                               2004, p.5.
1999     “Blackfish Gallery 2x2x2000” catalogue, Portland, Oregon, December 1999,                          p. 10.
1997     “Elusive Mind”, Exhibition Catalogue selected image, Copenhagen and                                 Elsinore, Denmark, August 1997, p.12.


Publications / Presentations

2017    Barnes, E.A., Repetition, Permutation, and Incidental Resonance,                                             presentation at annual conference of the University Art Association of                        Canada, Banff, AB

1998    Barnes, E.A., Review of Francis Alys Solo Exhibition and Installation,                                      Anodyne, Vol. 2, No. 12,  September 1998, p. 40.
            Barnes, E.A., Review of Collaborations, a group show curated by Paul                                    Arensmyer, Anodyne,  Vol. 2, No. 11, August 1998, p.7.
            Barnes, E.A. Review of Oregon College of Art and Craft Thesis Exhibition,                              Anodyne, Vol.2,  No.10, July 1998, p.38.
            Barnes, E.A.  Review of Ralph Rosenborg Solo Exhibition, Anodyne, Vol. 2,                           No. 9, June 1998, p.41.
            Barnes, E.A.  Review of Valeska Soares installation, Anodyne, Vol. 2,  No. 8,                          May 1998, p. 40.
            Barnes, E.A., Review of The October Show from interviews with artists at                            Studio 333,  Anodyne, Vol. 3, No.1, p. 36.


Grants and Awards

2014              Dorothy Wiegner Fellowship for Artist Residency at Vermont Studio                                   Center
1993              Smith Fund Grant for Artists, Chapel Hill, NC
1991-1993     Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel                                  Hill, NC
1990              Magna cum laude, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
                      Philadelphia Women’s Art Club Annual Award for Excellence,                                                 Philadelphia, PA

Collections 

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Cenovus Collection, Calgary, AB
Encana Collection, Calgary, AB
Polygon Collection, Vancouver, BC    
Portland Community College, Portland, OR
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Various private collections in North America and Europe

Professional Organizations

2013-present        University Art Association of Canada, member
2001-present        College Art Association of America, member
2003-2005             Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, charter member
1997-2000             Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, Chair, Exhibition Committee,                                             artist, owner/ member