Barbara returned to Pittsburgh in 2013 after living in Budapest Hungary, Albany NY, and Providence RI. Over the past several years, she’s been pushing the boundaries between various art processes…photography, collage, and mixed media painting.
From 2011-2013, Barbara left art-making behind (but took her camera) when she moved to Budapest Hungary to teach English as a foreign language. During that time, she visited Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
Prior to living in Budapest, she lived in upstate NY (2007-2011), where she was a member of the Upstate Artist Guild, the River Front Art Cooperative, and the Saratoga Arts Council. She exhibited her work at the UAG Gallery in Albany, the Albany Institute of History and Art gift shop, the Grand Street Community Arts BoardedUP Project, and the Albany First Friday gallery walks. In Saratoga, her work was exhibited at the Saratoga Arts Center and Art in Public Places venues.
In Providence RI (2001-2007), she was selected to be on the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts artist-educator roster. Through RISCA funding, she facilitated weekly art workshops with newly arrived refugees and immigrants at a community literacy center. She also worked as a program coordinator at Brown University. She exhibited her work at the Holden Street Gallery, at Gallery Night Providence, the DeBlois Gallery in Newport, the Pawtucket Arts Festival, and the Bristol Arts Festival.
Until Barbara left Pittsburgh in 2001, her art focused on relief printmaking and b/w photography. She was a member of The Pittsburgh Print Group, and also the Greensburg Art Club in the 1970s. In those early years, she participated in the Artist Market of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Arts & Heritage Festival at Twin Lakes Park, and Greensburg Art Club shows at the Westmorland Museum of Art.
She has an undergraduate degree in Art Education from IUP, and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Carlow College. At IUP, she did graduate work in printmaking with George Johnson and ceramics with Frank Ross. She also studied b/w photography at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers with Lonnie Graham.
Barbara’s current work is mixed media paintings using acrylic paint or printers ink and pencil, crayon, ink, or marker on heavy watercolor paper. Layers of paint are applied to the paper and then scratched into, rubbed out, or painted and drawn over. Barbara’s creative process manifests in the physicality of applying the layers of paint with different utensils, and drawing on, or scraping and scarring the painte surface to uncover what’s underneath.
After returning to Pittsburgh, her art was represented by Gallerie CHIZ until its recent closing. Her art is on display at the gift shop of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts & Media at Shady & Fifth. She lives in Regent Square.
Additional work can be seen at: http://BarbaraShemaArt.blogspot.com