Barbara Frank



Selected Exhibitions

2017    Paintings and Personal Essays: Images and Stories, Solo Show, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC

2016    Large Paintings and Drawing on Paper, Shepherd U., Shepherdstown WV

2016    50th Anniversary Faculty Exhibit, NVCC, Annandale, VA

2015    Art and Theory Related to Art and Subliminal Imagery, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC

2015    The Cosmos at the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC

2013-14 Alchemical Vessels, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Smith Center for the Healing and the Arts

2012    Linda K. Jordan Gallery, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC, Group Exhibit

2011    Montpelier Art Center, Laurel, MD, Group Exhibit

2010   Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, EJ Montgomery Ancestral Box Installation and permanent collection

2010    Busboys and Poets, Washington, DC, Alice Walker Exhibit

1996    N. Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA, Big Works on Paper

1986    Sinai Drawings, Addison Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC & JCC of Greater Washington, Rockville MD

1984    Addison Ripley Gallery, Washington, DC, 2-person exhibit

1983    Still Life, Barbara Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC

1982    Gallery K, Group Exhibit

1981    Gallery K, Solo Show

1980   Representation and Realism in Washington, DC: Foundry Gallery, Delaware Museum of Art, Richmond Museum of Art, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL

1980    Gallery K, Group Exhibit

1980    The Founders, Washington Women’s Arts Center, Washington, DC

1978    Miniatures, Foundry Gallery. Washington, DC

1977    Artists Company Traveling Exhibit, Mint Museum, Charlotte NC, The Art Center, Waco TX, Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

1976    The Year of the Woman: Reprise, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx NY,

1976    Irene Leach Memorial Exhibit, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

1976    Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL

1976    St. Johns College, Annapolis, MD

1976    Erotic Art, Washington Women’s Art Center

1975    Talking of Michelangelo Gallery, Washington, DC

1974   Images of Ourselves, WomanSphere Inter Arts Festival, Glen Echo, MD

1972    Art Originals and Copies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD



2016    Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Artist Grant

2015   Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Barbara Frank Papers Collected

2012    Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cafritz Foundation Fellowship

1993    The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Individual Artist Fellowship

1970-1972 Graduate Fellowships, University of Maryland, College Park



The MacDowell Colony, 1984, 1983   

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2014, 2012, 1983, 1984

Hilai Artist and Writer Colony, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, 1985


In Print

 “Approaching nature: The natural world provides imagery and themes for two solo show at Salem College,” T. Patterson, Winston-Salem Journal, Sep 23, 2017

"Memories of Protest Years Featured in New Exhibition, Anacostia Community Museum Showcases Formation of Chocolate City," D. Kein McNair, The Washington Informer, 12/16/2015

"Liminal and Subliminal: Artist-curator casts a wide stylistic net," T. Patterson, Winston-Salem Journal, January 16, 2016

12 Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975,: Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum, December 2015-October 2016, oral history interview video

“Alchemical Vessels,” Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, May 30, 2013

“From Argument to Agreement:  A Mediation Case Study,” Barbara Frank, Arts Washington, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, March 1996, Vol. 19, Number 2

“Who’s Responsible for Damaged Artwork: A Mediation Case Study,” Barbara Frank, Maquette January 1995

“Mediation: Turning Conflict Into Agreement,” Barbara Frank, Maquette, International Sculpture Center, October 1994

“Feature Interview,” KOAN (Ken Oda News Letter), July/Aug 1994

“Putting Art in Its Place”, The Washington Post Magazine, April 7, 1991

“Dine Art”, Today’s Home, The Washington Times, January 3, 1991

“Beyond Still Life”, Cynthia Bickley-Green, Southline Magazine, vol 3, no.9, Ap 8, 1987

”Frank/Haley at Addison/Ripley”, Paul Richard, The Washington Post, April 1986

“Gallery Features Sinai Drawings and Jerusalem Paintings by Local Artists,” Jewish Community Center Scene, Vol. 19/Number 8, March 1986

“Frank’s Primordial Images”, Joanna Shaw-Eagle, The Montgomery Journal, March 27, 1986

“Colorful Landscapes”, Washingtonian Magazine, April 1986

”1980s Art Renews the Recognizable”, Smithsonian News Service, September 1985

“The MacDowell Colony: where artists ‘burnish’ their talents in situations without any distractions,” James A. Rousmanier, Jr., The Monadnock Observer, June 16-22, 1984.

Exhibit Review (Gallery K), Benjamin Forgey, The Washington Post, March 1984

DC Magazines:  A Literary Retrospective, ed. Richard Peabody, published 1981 (works reproduced)

“Holding a Mirror to Nature”, Paul Richard, The Washington Post, December 3, 1981

Dryad Literary Journal, Vol. 15 and 17, 1977 (works reproduced)

“Southern Women in the Arts:  Washington Women:  The Power of Nine Times Thirteen,” Women Artists Newsletter, vol.3, No.3, Summer 1977

 “A Good Beginning for the Women’s Art Center,” Benjamin Forgey, The Washington Star, Friday, May 9, 1972

“Barbara Frank, The Washington Women’s Arts Center”, Roxanne Doye, Cityscape Magazine, 2/1975

“Women’s Art Center to Open April 1”, Advocate, April 1975

“Women Artists on Q” Sue Sievers, The Washington Times, April 25-May 8, 1975

 “Celebrating a Sphere of Women Artists,” The Washington Post, October 21, 1974

“Songs of Women, By Women, For Women,” Diana McLellan, Washington Star-News, Oct 17, 1974

“A Portrait of Women as Artists,” The Washington Post, October 16, 1974

“Glen Echo Celebrates Women,” Pied Beauty, the Potomac Journal of Crafts, Vol 2, Sept 1974

“Women’s Art Center to Open April 1,” Advocate, April 1974

“Women’s Art Center Looking for Space to House Exhibits, Studios, Workshops,” Nanci Bross, The Collective, Vol II, No.2, NVCC, Alex, VA, Nov. 15, 1974

“The Women’s Conference at the Corcoran,” Cindy Nemser, Art in America, April 1972

“Conference for Women in the Visual Arts,” Paul Richards, Washington Post, Feb. 1, 1972

“Female of the Species”, Joanna Eagle-Shaw, Art Gallery Magazine, Washington, Ap 1972

“No More Raw Eggs at the Whitney?” Grace Glueck, New York Times, Sunday, Feb 13, 1972

“Women Artists Protest,” Tela Dubin, Artists News Unlimited, April 1971

“Sexism in the Arts,” Paul Richard, Washington Post, March 27, 1972

“Looking Back at ‘Old Mistresses,’” Washington Post, April 20, 1972

“Women and the Arts,” Meryle Secrest, Washington Post, April 20, 1972

“The Sisterhood Besieges the Art Museum Walls,” B.Gold, Baltimore Sunday Sun, April 30, 1972


Selected Teaching/Professional Activities

Panelist, Feminist Art History Conference, American University, 2014 “The 1972 Corcoran Gallery Conference for Women in the Visual Arts:  the Conference, Outcomes, and Echoes”

Instructor: Painting, Drawing, Design and Art Appreciation, 1970s - 1980s

Northern Virginia Community College, Prince Georges Community College, and University of Maryland, College Park    

Mentor, Corcoran Art Mentorship Program (CAMP), 1995, 1996

Coordinator, Face of Breast Cancer Exhibition, National Breast Cancer Coalition, 1995-1996

Director, Arts Mediation Service, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, 1993-1995

Founder and Executive Director, Washington Women’s Art Center, 1973-1976

Coordinator, Womansphere Inter-Arts Festival Glen Echo National Park, Maryland, 1974

Steering Committee, Conference for Women in the Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1972

(Plus multiple other panels, radio and tv interviews)



MFA     University of Maryland, College Park, MD

BA        University of Maryland, College Park, MD