Winston-Salem Journal Reviews Frank's Fall 2017 Salem College Exhibit

Paintings and Personal Essays: Images and Stories, Barbara Frank's Work Exhibited at Salem College August 28 through October 15, 2017. The exhibit of more than 15 large paintings, drawings, and mixed media works was reviewed in the Winston-Salem Journal. The exhibit also included half a dozen personal essays related directly and indirectly to the stories in the paintings.  More than fifty enthusiastic students, faculty and administrators attended Frank's lecture about her life and work.  A crowded public reception followed.

http://www.journalnow.com/visual_arts/approaching-nature-the-natural-world-provides-imagery-and-themes-for/article_d1d3dbf5-2345-585e-b240-bf38615348c0.html

12 Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975 opens at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

December 13 opening was attended by over 200 at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum. This well-researched exhibition explores all aspects of what it was like to be aa citizen in the community and in the street during this pivotal period in the civil rights movement in Washington, DC.  A four-minute exceprt of Assistant Director Sharon Reinckens' interview with me about the women's art movement in Washington in the 1970s and 80s runs continuously with interviews with Arturo Grifffiths founder of the Latin American Youth Center, and Lambda Rising Book Store founder Deacon Maccubbin.  The show will be up through October 23, 2016.

http://www.si.edu/exhibitions/details/Twelve-Years-that-Shook-and-Shaped-Washington-1963-1975-5986?fb_action_ids=10153797823381369&fb_action_types=og.likes

   
  
 
  
    
  
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   … Washingtonians experienced their first meaningful presidential vote, elected a city council and mayor for the first time in a century, and became the largest majority African American city in the country. Freeways and suburbanization transformed the face of the city. New public housing accompanied the nation’s most ambitious urban renewal effort, and thousands of residents were displaced in the effort to build a modernist vision of the city. New trends in music, theatre, art, and dance transformed popular culture. Change was in the air, some of it unsettling and threatening. Against a national background of Lyndon Johnson’s “great society,” anti-war protests, black power and feminism, this exhibition focuses on events, people and challenges that transformed the city between 1963 and 1975.

… Washingtonians experienced their first meaningful presidential vote, elected a city council and mayor for the first time in a century, and became the largest majority African American city in the country. Freeways and suburbanization transformed the face of the city. New public housing accompanied the nation’s most ambitious urban renewal effort, and thousands of residents were displaced in the effort to build a modernist vision of the city. New trends in music, theatre, art, and dance transformed popular culture. Change was in the air, some of it unsettling and threatening. Against a national background of Lyndon Johnson’s “great society,” anti-war protests, black power and feminism, this exhibition focuses on events, people and challenges that transformed the city between 1963 and 1975.

Salem College Exhibition Liminal/Subliminal Images Opening November 20, 2015

“Dancing on the Boundary between Liminal/Subliminal Images: From Mark Making to Picture Composing with Geometric Forms”
November 20, 2015-February 7, 2016

Artists:  Cynthia Bickley-Green, Mark Dagley, Scott Eagle, Barbara Frank,  Harriet Hoover, Marvin Liberman, David Modler,  Sam Peck,  Robert Quinn, Renee Sandell, Rosemary Wright .

A survey of abstract and representational images that explore art-making processes and investigate the threshold between subliminal and liminal imagery/the space in between. These creative processes include stream of consciousness mark making; surrealist automatism; dream images experienced just before sleep (hypnagogic) or upon awakening (hypnopompic); and representation of subconscious order of geometric or biomorphic forms. Many of the artists describe their creative process as beginning with an idea/sketch/mark that grows through iterations into an elaborate composition. An essay by Rosemary Wright accompanies the exhibition.



The Legacy Project, 2015-2016

The Legacy Project (formerly Art Cart: Saving the Legacy) has selected the third cohort of artists (and I'm one of them) for its pilot program in New York City and Washington, DC. The program addresses the challenges faced by artists to manage and preserve their life’s work by providing direct, hands-on support and guidance

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2nd Annual Alchemical Vessels Exhibit 2014 April 26 - June 7. Auction May 17.

A great chance to support the Smith Center and own art by your favorites.  Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 | P 202.483.8600 F 202.483.8601. Featured Curators: Felix Angel, Myrtis Bedolla, Margaret Boozer, Lenny Campello, Richard Dana, Mary Early, Lillian Fitzgerald, Helen Frederick, Mel & Juanita Hardy, Laila Jadallah, Bridget Lambert, Wendy Miller, John Paradiso, Annette Polan, Alec Simpson, Ellyn Weiss, and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. 

 

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Frank and Platt Give Gallery Talk At Gallaudet University

Michael Platt and I had the pleasure of speaking about our work to 35 art students and professors at Gallaudet University on September 20.  I'm standing in front of two of my works in the Jordan Gallery show. Mike's in the doorway watching. 

The pieces in this show are my original paintings and large prints that Michael made of them.  I worked on top of the prints and created new pieces.  Mike talked to the group about his imagery and how it evolves through his working methods.  Student ASL interpreters provided simultaneous interpretation for our presentations.  The students visited both of our studios later in the semester.  We all had fun.

Alchemical Vessels - Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

'Alchemical Vessels'  offers a bowl full of healing By Mark Jenkins May 30, 2013

Alchemical Vessels

Asking multiple artists to execute variations on a single item is a familiar gambit, as anyone who happens upon a tricked-up fiberglass donkey or elephant around town will be reminded. The object in the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery’s “Alchemical Vessels” is a bowl, but the 125 contributors to this show didn’t begin with a piece of identical crockery to decorate. The finished objects are made from — to list only a few — acrylic, wood, pumice, raw clay and red flocking. The variations don’t stop there: The pieces include Barbara Frank’s spiraling twigs that penetrate the surface

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VCCA Residency after SANDY

I'm so happy to be at VCCA, I was delayed in getting here by FEMA!!  They deployed me for a four-week training, which was abruptly ended when Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29.  Being in Breezy Point one day after the deluge, then in the Rockaways for days, is giving me a lot to work with. I can't stress enough what a relief it is to be in the studio.  I'm supported here by a Cafritz Foundation Fellowship.

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