Lisa Marie Barber - Biography

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona in a Mexican-American home. Like many artists, I made all sorts of creations for as long as I can remember, often inspired by the artwork of my heritage and environment. Although I never thought I’d pursue art as a profession, it was the support and encouragement of my family, friends, and teachers that finally convinced me to try it. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship, and later, a full fellowship to attend the Master of Fine Arts, Visual Art program at the University of Texas at Austin; it was there I committed to a career in art and received my MFA in 1998.

Before moving to Kenosha, WI in 2003 to begin my professorship at UW-Parkside, I lived in the California Bay Area where I taught ceramics and drawing full-time at Santa Clara University, and also as a youth art teacher for the Palo Alto Art Center and the San Jose public school system. I truly enjoy teaching young artists while maintaining my studio practice. Everyday I am grateful to have an career where I can do both.

While busy as the current chair of the UW-Parkside Art Department, I stay active in my studio and value being a practicing artist. My artwork has been featured in several publications including American Craft Magazine, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, 500 Figures in Clay, and various reviews in publications across the country. I exhibit my work nationally and have held Artist-in-Residence positions at the City University of New York-Hunter College in Manhattan, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in New Castle, ME, and the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. In addition to creating art, I am a passionate gardener and think of my garden as a living, interactive installation. It inspires me everyday.

Image: Lisa Marie Barber with a section of 2017 ceramic piece, "Happy Garden Tapestry"