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Lisa "Lisa Marie" Barber, MFA

  • Professor, Art / Director, Liberal Studies / Academic Director, UW Collaborative AAS
  • Art and Design Department
  • MFA (master of fine arts), University of Texas at Austin, 1998
  • PHONE: (262) 595-2707
  • EMAIL: barberl@uwp.edu
  • http://www.lisamariebarber.com
Lisa Barber

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Artist
  • Ceramic Sculpture
  • Mexican American Art
  • Ceramics
  • Art Education
I am originally from Tucson, AZ and in 2003 moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Kenosha to begin my professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I exhibit nationally, including solo shows in New York City, California, and the Milwaukee-Chicago region. My work has been featured and reviewed in several publications, including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, National Council on Education in the Ceraamic Arts (NCECA), and several Lark Craft books. I’ve given workshops, lectures, and classes at various professional venues around the country, and I've held Artist-in-Residence positions at CUNY Hunter College, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Northern Clay Center (as a McKnight awardee), the University of Arizona, Mendocino Arts Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Clay Studio of Missoula, and Works San Jose.

Teaching Interests

I truly enjoy having a career where I can create artwork and encourage others to do the same. I feel very fortunate to work with the variety of students present at UW-Parkside, whether they are art majors/minors or not.

In my art courses, I strive to give students very flexible parameters to create whatever interests them while also providing technical information and constructive feedback. I aim to create a studio environment that is fun and supportive. I work every day to be a sounding board, cheerleader, and helpful mentor to students' various artistic and professional endeavors.

Research Interests

My aesthetic sensibility is rooted in Central American Folk Art and the Mexican Catholic shrines of my heritage and upbringing. During my childhood in Tucson, Arizona, this was the artwork I knew and I practiced making creations in similar ways. Whether it was through my novice interpretation or some forgotten informal training I received at the time, I came to believe that ornamentation and excess denoted value and importance. Materials weren’t required to be “fine” and tools were expected to be simple. Evidence of “the hand” (the maker) was never something to be self-conscience of or craftily removed. Throughout my life, I’ve remained loyal to this style of making.

The majority of my studio practice consists of creating large-scale ceramic sculptures from recycled clay multi-fired with ceramic materials at low temperatures. I also create large mixed-media quilts where I employ various drawing, dyeing, printing, and applique techniques.

My works encompass imagined conceptions of home, gardens, peacefulness, playfulness, and celebration. Although the majority of my studio practice consists of creating large ceramic sculptures, I also create mixed-media quilts.

Regardless of material, my embedded concepts and style are consistent. My works are personal meditations on the happiness and beauty that outlines every day.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2014: "Yellow Hearted Woman", Ceramics Monthly (19 pp.)

Teaching Awards

2020: I'm honored to have received another nomination for this award.

, Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award Nominee, UWP
2019: I am honored to have been nominated for the Advising Excellence Award multiple times during my time at UW-Parkside., Nominee: Advising Excellence Award,
2014: Was nominated for this award. I submitted materials but was not ultimately chosen., Stella Gray Teaching Award, UW-P
2013: Was notified by the commit. on academic advising (Teresa Coronado) that I was a finalist for this award., Advising Excellence Award finalist, UW-P

Research/Creative Awards

2017: $500 awarded; selected by juror Alison Wong. Nearly 600 entries; 28 artists included in the exhibition., Best in Show, 95th All Media National Exhibition/Ann Arbor Art Center
2017: $1,000 awarded. Over 450 national entries; nearly 40 pieces selected for the exhibit. , Lonnie Eugene Stewart Special 2017 Sculpture Award, Buchanan Center for the Arts 64th Arts National
2016: My artwork "Yellow Hearted Woman" was awarded by juror/international artist Verne Funke, 2nd Place, 5th Central Time Ceramics/Bradley Univesity
2015: My artwork "Wish (solo figure arrangement)" was selected as "best in show" by Silvia White, curator, gallery owner, and art consultant in Southern California. , Best in Show, Flow Art Space Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2014: This is a competitive award available every 2-years to those in the SE Wisconsin region. Given the international reputation of the Racine Art Museum in the area of Contemporary Fine Craft (and in particular, Ceramics) this is even more of an honor to me. , Racine Art Museum Fellowship Award, Racine Art Musuem

Service Awards

2015: Nominated for this award, Faculty Outstanding Service Award, University, UW-Parkside

University Service

: Other - Head Marshal for Commencement Ceremonies
2019: Committee Member - University Committee
ART 203 - BEGINNING CERAMICS
ART 299 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 299 - INDEPENDENT STUDY:
ART 303 - INTERMEDIATE CERAMICS
ART 331 - LIFE DRAWING
ART 392 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
ART 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY:
ART 403 - ADVANCED CERAMICS
ART 431 - FIGURE STUDIO
ART 493 - SENIOR STUDIO
ART 494 - ART INTERNSHIP
ART 497 - SENIOR CRITIQUE SEMINAR
ART 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
ART 499 - INDEPENDENT STUDY:
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