Barbara Swan Bio

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         School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1943-48
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, B.A. in Art History, 1943

 S O L O  E X H I B I T I O N S

           Barbara Swan: Portraits and Still LifesMuseum of Art, University of New
Durham, 2012
           Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA; 1996, 1992, 1987, 1984, 1980, 1976, 1973, 1970
          Barbara Swan: A Retrospective of Drawings, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA,

          Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 1985
          Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, 1980
          Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA, 1973
          Cober Gallery, New York, NY, 1968
          Boris Mirski Gallery, Boston, MA; 1965, 1963, 1957, 1953
          Crapo Gallery, Swain School of Art, New Bedford, MA; 1964

S E L E C T E D  G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S

          The Expressive Voice, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, 2011-2012
          Gallery Selections, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2011
          The Expressive Voice, St. Botolph Club, Boston, MA, organized by the
 Museum, 2011
          Women Artists from the Cape Ann Museum Collection: A Survey Exhibition, Cape
Museum, Gloucester, MA, 2009-2010
          Gallery Selections, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2010
          Painting in Boston: 1950-2000, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln,
The Visionary Decade: New Voices in Art in 1940s Boston, Boston University
Gallery, Boston, MA, 2002
            Against the Grain: The Second Generation of Boston Expressionism, The Art Gallery
            at University of New Hampshire, Durham, 2000

          Paris, 1949, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, 1999
          Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston Center for the Arts, 1998
          Gallery Selections, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1998
          Be Still Dear Art, New England School of Art & Design, Boston, MA, 1998 (curated
 Charles Giuliano)
          Still Life and Portraits: Paintings by Frances Gillespie, Marci Gintis and Barbara
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 1997
            Working Sources: The Painter and the Photographic Image, Alpha Gallery, Boston,
          Memento Mori, New England School of Art & Design, Boston, MA, 1996
          Eighth Triennial, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA  1996
          Boston’s Honored Artists: Still Working, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, 1995
          Gallery Artists, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1995
          Then & Now: Celebrating 50 Years of the Cambridge Art Association, 1944-1994,
           Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 1994

          Art Chicago 1994: The New Pier, Chicago, IL, 1994
          Small Scale, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 1993
          Women in Watercolor, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA, 1993
          Self aMUSEd: The Contemporary Artist as Observer and Observed, Fitchburg Art Museum,
            Fitchburg, MA, 1993
            The Object: Found, Observed, Imagined, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA,
            Invitational Exhibition, Northeastern University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, 1988
Boston Expressionism, 1945-1985, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park Lincoln,
            MA, 1986 (catalogue)
          Collected Visions, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, MA, 1986
          Portraits: Artists by Artists, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, 1985
           Boston Arts Festival, Boston, MA, 1985

          Homage, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 1981
          Directions in Realism: Boston, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 1980
          New England Realists, Northeastern University Art Gallery, Boston, MA, 1980
          New England Artists: Works on Paper, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1980
          Award Candidates Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letter,
New York, NY, 1976
           Boston Area Artists, Brockton Museum of Art, Brockton, MA, 1975

          New England Women Artists, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA,
           Biennial Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum of Art. Brooklyn, NY, 1965
           New England Art: Drawing, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA,

          View 1960, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, 1960
          Contemporary American PaintingUniversity of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1950
Carnegie Annual, 1949

Selected Collections

Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA
American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Anderson Enterprises, Rockford, IL
element79partners, Chicago, IL
Farnsworth Art Museum & Wyeth Center, Rockland, ME
William Louis-Dreyfus, New York, NY
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
Stephen & Sybil Stone Foundation, MA
RFT Associates, Minneapolis, MN
Wareham Public Library, Wareham, MA
Wellington Management, Boston, MA

Selected Bibliography

Ian Paige, Gideon Bok’s analogous response at USM Gorham, The Phoenix, March 19, 2008
Avery Yale Kamila, Go-Go Gallery, The Maine Switch, March 20–26 2008
Cate McQuaid, Unfolding Space, The Boston Globe, May 24, 2007
Gideon Bok, (essay by Joanna Fink), Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA, 2007
Martha Schwendener, Art in Review, New York Times, November 3, 2006
Gideon Bok: Time Fades Away, (essay by Chad MacDermid) Plane Space Gallery, New York, NY, 2006
Nick Smith, A Room with a View: a New York Artist Paints his own Studios’ Many Moods, Charleston City Paper/Arts Entertainment Weekly, February 22, 2006
Bob Keyes, In the Studio with Gideon Bok, Maine Sunday Telegram, October 23, 2005
John Reed, Review, Time Out New York, April 29–May 6, 2004
Ken Johnson, Art Guide, The New York Times, April 23, 2004
Andrew Forge, Ten Figurative Painters in New England: An Artist’s Choice, exhibition catalog with introduction by William Bailey, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT, 2000.
Ken Shulman, The Ghost in the Studio, ARTNews, October 1999
New American Paintings, Steven Zevitas, ed., Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA, 1998
Ben Harmon, Refining Lines, Bay Windows, November 28, 1997
Cate McQuaid, Inside Bok’s Strange Studios, The Boston Globe, November 27, 1997
Miles Unger, Review, Art New England, August/September 1996
Cate McQuaid, Review, The Boston Globe, May 23, 1996
Nancy Stapen, Review, New Talent at Alpha Gallery, The Boston Globe, June 22, 1995

Teaching/Visiting Artist/Curator

MFA non-resident studio mentor, Massachusetts College of Art, 2010
Brandeis University Post-Baccalaureate Painting Prorgam, 2010-2011
Marlboro College, 2010, 1999
Curator, Sound and Vision: Circuit, Tube and PrismSPACE Gallery, Portland, ME, 2009
MFA Program, University of Indiana, Bloomington, 2008
Visiting Artist-in-Residence, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, 2008
University of Oklahoma, Tulsa; Univesity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, April 2008
New York Studio School, New York, NY; Visiting Artist Lecture Series, 2006
Juror, Young Contemporaries, Boston (with Kiki Smith & Laura Donaldson) 2006
Juror, Young Contemporaries, Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, 2006
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 1998-2006
Curator, 3 Painters: Meghan Brady, Karen Dow & Gina Ruggeri, Hampshire College Main Gallery, 2006
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 2006
College of Charleston, SC, 2006
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 2005
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2004
Boston University, MA, 2001
Art Institute of Boston, MA, 2001
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2001
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2001
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2001
Kansas City Art Institute, MO, 2000
Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, 1999
Yale Norfolk Summer Program, 1998 (1997, 1995)
Yale University School of Art, 1995-1996


Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund Purchase Award, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2005
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2004
Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial Juried Exhibition, Best in Show, 2004