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 Iā€™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.

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"