Barbara Owen


Owen graduated from Bennington College with a dual bachelor’s degree in sculpture and poetry. She wrote a creative thesis under the direction of the poet Ben Belitt and studied sculpture with Brower Hatcher and Lee Tribe, and painting with the painter and art critic Sidney Tillim.


Her work is influenced and characterized by her study of sculpture, but she identifies as a painter. Her use of vibrant color, shape, and form is loaded with concepts about history, feminism, and painting. Her work has been featured at numerous venues, including the Minor Injury Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Arts Center, Troy, NY; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown RI and UMass Dartmouth’s Art Gallery, New Bedford, MA. In 2016 two paintings were included in exhibitions with the Arts in Embassies (AIE) program, Paramaribo, Suriname and Ports Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


Owen has participated in artist residency programs nationwide, including the MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists in 2015. She was also a featured artist in the NetWorks 2015 Artist Video Portraits series.

Coastal Contemporary Gallery
491 Thames Street, Newport RI 02840  401.612.6121

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