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Barbara Jo McLaughlin

5401 S. Joseph Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85757, U.S.A.
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Phone: 520-883-6532
Email: artstar3d@earthlink.net
URL: http://barbarajosculptor.com

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I observe nature closely and take from it what I want: key elements and referential shapes, forms, textures, movements, and  concepts.  Nature seems grounded in perfection and logic, but upon closer scrutiny its imperfections and illogic pervade. It is these inconsistencies that I enjoy - as if the creator is showing us “the hand of the artist” in its most basic form. 

There is an underlying hum to nature: the hum of life and movement.  It is this beat,  this thrum, this excitement that I try to access and express through my work.  I work intuitively and  spontaneously, endeavouring to capture this elusive force.  The look that I seek has the freshness of a sketch.  I work to music and move to its rhythms and it becomes a part of the sculpture.

The materials that I choose are ordinary and even ugly.  They are not the accepted materials of past sculptors, bronze and marble,  but the natural and industrial materials of today - anything that strikes my fancy.  The idea of choosing a beautiful material that becomes the whole of the sculpture is unacceptable to me. 

Scale is important in my work.  Large scale creates a presence that cannot be denied.

Surfaces are an integral part of my sculptures, rather than a decorative afterthought.  They are natural, textured, irregular and tactile.

Presentation has to include the viewer.  The idea of bases and pedestals that separate  art from the viewer does not interest me; reaching and interacting with the viewer is my goal.  Large-scale pieces on the floor, leaned against a wall, or suspended from the ceiling with tactile surfaces that invite touch become a part of the viewer’s world and provide a link to  universal consciousness. 

I am an explorer and I want to take my viewers with me to a new place.

EDUCATION

  • Post Graduate Study, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Graduate study, Mayan anthropology and archaeology, Copan, Honduras
  • M.A., M.F.A., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, Major: sculpture
  • Vermont Studio School
  • B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Major: sculpture

COMMISSIONS

  • "Anticipation", outdoor public sculpture for Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • “Stack”, outdoor public sculpture for Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • “Pegasus”, for "Ponies del Pueblo" charity auction, Tucson, AZ
  • Sakellar Associates: designed and painted concrete columns, Tucson, AZ
  • Private sculpture and furniture commissions  

COLLECTIONS

  • Tucson Airport Authority, Tucson, AZ
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • City of Chandler, Chandler, AZ
  • Borg Warner corporate collection, Chicago, IL
  • Rockford Manufacturing Group, Rockford, IL
  • Taylor Freezer, Rockton, IL

AWARDS & HONORS

  • 2011 Volunteer of the Year, Tucson Museum of Art
  • 2005 Nominated for Governor’s Art Award
  • 2000 Purchase Award, City of Chandler, Chandler, AZ
  • 1996 Artists' Fellowship Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council, Tucson, AZ
  • 1989 Illinois Arts Council grant
  • 1988-89 Full, tuition waiver, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
     

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*solo shows)

  • 2016 *West Meets East, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2015 Small Works Show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2014 Small Works Show, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2013 *50/50: A Tribute to My Father, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Faculty Exhibition, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Small Works, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ
  • Paper in Particular, Tohono Chul, Tucson, AZ
  • Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2012 Six-Person Exhibition, Hanson Gallery, New York, NY
  • *The End of Time: Considering the Mayan Prophesy, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • The Shape of Things, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • Small Things Considered, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2011 Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Monsoon, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2010 *Impressions of India, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 20th Small Works Exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Women, Woman, Mujer, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Juried One-Year Installation, Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden, Tucson, AZ
  • Four Seasons, Stone Dragon Gallery and the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Faculty Exhibition, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Dia de los Muertos, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2009 Beneath the Bark, Chandler Centre for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
  • Mesa Contemporary Arts' Resurrect: The Art of the Reclaimed Object, Mesa Art Centre, Mesa, AZ
  • 19th Small Works Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Glow, temporary installation at Triangle L Ranch, Oracle, AZ
  • Women, Woman, Mujer: voces y visiones, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2008 *The Journey, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Glow, temporary installation at Triangle L Ranch, Oracle, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2008, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Group Invitational, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Rain, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2007 Contemporary Abstraction, three-person exhibition,  Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Dia de los Muertos, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2007, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Group Exhibition, Tucson International Airport
  • Women, Woman, Mujer: voces y visiones, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006 *Earthy and Ethereal, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2006, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Birds of a Feather, Tucson  Museum of Art, Tucson , AZ
  • Persona, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Alter Ego, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 Bare Walls, invitational, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Tucson Collection 2005, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Recuerdos/Remembrances, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Women, Woman, Mujer: voces y visiones, Raices Taller 222 Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2004  *Chambers, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Wood From the Hood: Arizona Wood Artists, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ 
  • Conduit, Faculty Exhibiton, Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Headdresses, Tubac Centre for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
  • Here I Am, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2004, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson., AZ
  • 2003  Bare Walls, Invitational, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Women of the Forest, Z Forest Gallery, Tubac, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2003, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Iconoclash, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2002   6x6: Six Women Artists, Chandler Centre for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
  • Rings of Time, Mohave Community College-Kingman, Kingman, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2002, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2001   Arizona Biennial 2001, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • *Words/Matter, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2001, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Rings of Time, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ
  • Rings of Time, Navajo Nation Museum, Window Rock, AZ
  • Flora, Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2000   Mixed Metaphors, three-person exhibition, Yavapi College, Prescott, AZ
  • Tucson Collection 2000, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Museum of Art Faculty Exhibition, Temple Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago Auction Fundraiser, Ox Bow, MI
  • 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA
  • Art on the Square, one-year installation, Chandler, AZ
  • Rings of Time,  Arizona Commission on the Arts traveling exhibition
  • Rings of Time, Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, AZ
  • Rings of Time, Peoria School District, Peoria, AZ
  • Shemer Art Centre & Museum, Auction Fundraiser, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1999   Arizona Biennial '99, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • *Legs: Elevating the Masses, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Rings of Time: Wooden Visions for the Millennium, West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ
  • The Shape of Things to Come '99, Shemer Art Centre, Phoenix, AZ
  • Art on the Square '99, one-year installation of 2 works, Chandler,AZ
  • Tucson Collection ‘99, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1998   *Foster City Sculpture Competition, winner: one year display, Foster City, CA
  • Facultease II, Mesa Art Centre, Mesa, AZ
  • Art From the Heart, Cultural Exchange Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tucson Collection '98, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1997   *Land Forms/Life Forms, Scottsdale Centre for the Arts , Scottsdale, AZ
  • Three-person exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Collection '97, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 1996  Close to the Border, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • Three-person Exhibition, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ
  • Summertime: Images and Objects of Summer, Tempe Arts Centre,  Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson Collection '96, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Los Alamos County Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, Los Alamos, NM
  • 1995   Strictly Sculpture, Orange County Centre for Cont. Art, Santa Ana, CA
  • Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
  • New Artist Series, three-person exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson,AZ
  • Transformations, Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Arizona Artists, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
  • 1994   Small Works Show, Elaine Horwitch Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sedona Sculpture Walk, Sedona, AZ
  • Members Show, Tubac Centre for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
  • 1993   *Where the Buoys Are, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, IN 
  • *Bobber Series, Rosewood Art Centre, Kettering, OH
  • *Where the Buoys Are, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • Summer Show, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • *The Bobber Show, Gallery 451, Rockford, IL
  • Norris Invitational, Norris Cultural Centre, St. Charles, IL
  • 36th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Centre, Beloit, WI   Best of 3-D Award
  • New Art, New Life, Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI
  • 1992 Midwestern Sculpture Competition, South Bend Regional Museum, South Bend, IN
  • 63rd Rockford & Vicinity Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • Corporate Collects, Rokford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • 36th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Centre, Beloit, WI
  • Sedona Sculpture Walk, Sedona, AZ
  • Furniture as Art: A Local Perspective, Visitors & Convention Bureau, Rockford, IL
  • Shared Lives, loft space, Chicago, IL
  • Prints, Rockford Area Arts Council, Rockford, IL
  • 1991 *New Work, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
  • Group Invitational, Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Members Show, Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago, IL
  • Open Spectrum, David Adler Cultural Centre, Libertyville, IL
  • New Horizons, Old Orchard Plaza, Skokie, IL
  • Death and Transfiguration, Contemporary Art Centre, Arlington Heights, IL    Award
  • 1990 Midwestern Sculpture Competition, South Bend Regional Museum, South Bend, IN
  • Chicago International Art Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Group Show, Campanile Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Group Show, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • 14th Alice and Arthur Baer Exhibition, Beverly Art Centre, Chicago, IL
  • 33rd Annual Beloit and Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Centre, Beloit, WI     Best of 3-D Award
  • Old Orchard Arts Festival, Skokie, IL
  • Furniture: Fantastic and Functional, curator and exhibitor, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • 1989 Chicago International Art Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Flow Within Form, two-person exhibition, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
  • The Fine Art of Texture, Norris Cultural Centre, St. Charles, IL
  • Contemporary Ceramics, Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 13th Annual Alice and Arthur Baer Competition & Exhibition, Beverly Art Centre, Chicago, IL
  • Group Exhibition, Barrington Area Arts Council, Barrington, IL
  • Gallery X Regional Juried Exhibition, Rockford, IL
  • New Work, Barrington Library, Barrington, IL
  • Figuratively Speaking, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • The Airport Show, curator and exhibitor, Greater Rockford Airport, Rockford, IL
  • 1988 Union League Club Exhibition, Union League Club, Chicago, IL
  • Pulliam Hall Sculpture Competition and Exhibition, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  • Baskets, Imagery Gallery, Glen Ellen, IL
  • Chicago International Art Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • Dolls By Artists: Fetish Objects, Textile Arts Centre, Chicago, IL
  • *New Work, Barrington Area Arts Council, Barrington, IL
  • Portraits, Real or Imaginary, Countryside Art Centre, Arlington Heights, IL
  • 31st Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Center, Beloit, WI
  • Gallery X Regional Exhibition, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • 1987 Gallery X Regional Exhibition, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • Contemporary Artifacts, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • Eleventh Annual Alice and Arthur Baer Competition & Exhibition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • Painting and Sculpture, Countryside Art Centre, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Works on Paper, Countryside Art Centre, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Small Works, Countryside Art Centre, Arlington Heights, IL
  • All media Peace Show, Countryside Art Centre, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Group Show, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
  • 1986 Coquettish Fetishes and Concrete Objects, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • Points of View, Gallery X, Rockford, IL
  • 29th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Center, Beloit, WI
  • 1985 Day of the Dead, Cameron University, Lawton, OK
  • Women in Art II, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • Rockford Art Expo, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
  • 1984 Rock Prairie Showcase Festival, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
  • 1983 59th Annual Rockford & Vicinity Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • 26th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition, Wright Art Center, Beloit, WI