Thursday, April 26, 2012

Barbara Bullock

Collage and Acrylic Constructs
Healing Feeling, 1998
    Barbara Bullock is a “maker of art”, creating works in the abstract, some of which lie between paintings and sculptures. Her media include painted paper constructions, various acrylic materials, mixed media, and water color paper. The images in Bullock’s art are fabulous inventions of life forms and figures, set in a vibrant relationship to richly patterned backgrounds. She creates a personal form of story telling drawn from African American culture and spirit. The final work and the process of making art weigh equal in importance. Her very contemporary creations, centered on black identity, reconcile ancestral aesthetics and Western ideals, bringing the two together, showing that they can live in harmony.     
 Barbara Bullock’s career as an artist, teacher and administrator spans more than forty years. She is a recipient of a 1997 Pew Fellowship in the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Visual Arts Residency Grant; and a  Leeway Bessie Berman Grant, Philadelphia, PA. Included among her honors are a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a city of Philadelphia One Percent for Art commission at the Philadelphia International Airport. Barbara Bullock was named a NJSCA Distinguished Teaching Artist in 1997 and 2001.
Her work is part of the permanent collection of  the Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa; Lafayette College, Easton, Pa; Philadelphia International Airport; Jane Voorhees Zimmer Art Museum, NJ; Rutgers State University, NJ; Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia, Pa; the African American Museum in Philadelphia; and the Lewis Tanner Moore Collection, Philadelphia, Pa. Bullock has exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Art Alliance Philadelphia, PA; The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio; The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ; the African American Museum,  Philadelphia, PA; Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA;  and ACA Gallery, New York, NY.


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