Meet The Artist

Barbara Joann Combs, artist, art educator, community arts collaborator born in Los Angeles, California, has worked within the discipline of visual arts since childhood. Barbara holds a B.A. with distinction in visual arts from Fayetteville State University, has written and taught curriculum for art fundamentals courses at Seventy-First High School, North Carolina for seven years. Awarded a MA and MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Barbara has worked within five Baltimore communities facilitating four quilt projects and two summer youth programs creating murals. A community mural was a collaboration with the Johnson Square neighborhood at Ambrose Kennedy Park and pool. During the pandemic a virtual community workshop was developed with Greenbelt Recreation Arts for African American History Month.

Barbara’s recent exhibits include "What Is Ours", Songs That Make Us Move", and “Hand Made” in Maryland, "Occupy the Moment: Embracing Our History, Enhancing Our Impact", Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL. Within the Greenbelt community at the City Council Chambers, Greenbelt News Review, and New Deal Cafe. Past exhibits include Lowe House, Montpelier Arts Center, Serendipity Labs, Gallery Miriam, and Pyramid Atlantic.   

Ms. Combs currently teaches art education in Prince George's County at Gaywood Elementary. She paints murals on the walls and doors of the school with Pre-K through 5th grade students. In addition, Combs partners with high schools to facilitate mural painting within Gaywood to fulfill students’ Service Learning hours. You can visit Barbara in her studio in Greenbelt.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

"Using acrylics and watercolors, along with printmaking and mixed media, my artworks are created to be a conduit for beauty, peace, and joy in spite of the conflicts prevalent in life. Everyone experiences conflicts and we all need moments of beauty, peace, and joy in our lives."


CONTACT INFORMATION

createdbybarbara@gmail.com 

 

COMMUNITY ARTIST PORTFOLIO

mica.digication.com/barbarajoanncombs 

 

EXHIBITIONS

2022 
-
What Is Ours | Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
- Songs That Make Us Move 
| Friendship Heights Village Gallery, Chevy Chase, MD
- Handcrafted | BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
- Occupy the Moment | Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
- New Scene | New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt MD

2021
- Abstraction, Barbara Joann Combs & Kathy Karlson | Greenbelt City Council Chambers, MD
- All That Jazz | New Deal Café, Greenbelt, MD

2020
- Hello, Growing Together | New Deal Café, Greenbelt, MD
- Perspectives: Prince George’s | Lowe House, Annapolis, MD

2019    
- Reflections of Self | Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD

2018   
- Bright & Bold Exhibit | Serendipity Labs, Bethesda, MD

2016   
- Depression Awareness | Bohrer Park, MD
- Art Critic Exhibit | Gallery Miriam, Decatur, GA

2015   
- Process and Purpose: Reflections of Art Teachers | Pyramid Atlantic Center, MD

2011   
- Abstract Fine Art Exhibit | Art Institute & Gallery, MD
- You Are Here | Convening | Maryland Institute College of Art, MD

2010   
- Whiteness | 15 Art Actions | Maryland Institute College of Art, MD 
- Quilting for Social Justice |Maryland Institute College of Art, MD      

2009   
- Enter/Face | Maryland Institute College of Art, MD      

2007   
- An Evening of Art & Jazz | North Regional Library, NC

2006   
- Fine Arts Festival, | Arts Council of Moore County, NC
- 3rd Annual Changing of the Art | Gallery 208, NC
- Black History Month | Cape Fear Studios, NC

2005   
- Where Are They Now | Rosenthal Gallery, NC

2004   
- Memorial Day & Local Artists’ Show | Amazing Grace Gallery, NC

2003   
- The Opening | Amazing Grace Gallery, NC

2002   
- What’s Inside | Rosenthal Gallery, NC
Jenkins & Friends | Cape Fear Studios, NC

2001   
- Personalities…Abstract + Expression | Arts Council, NC
Various Artists | Gallery Advertising, NC                                
Brochure | Fayetteville State University, NC                      
- Web Page Design | Fayetteville State University, NC
Monthly Display | Fort Bragg Main Library, NC  
Public Exposure, Arts Council, Fayetteville, NC

2000  
- Student Exhibit | Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC                           
Shadows and Dreams | Rosenthal Gallery, NC  
                               

Commissions          

2009  
- Acrylics & Watercolors, Cliffdale Christian Center
          Three -11"x14"; One- 50"x50" acrylic on canvas
          One- 16"x 20"; Ten - 22"x 30" watercolors on paper

2008  
- Family Portrait | Wayne Rothwell                                     

2007  
- Butterflies & Magnolias | Christopher Rivera                            

2005  
- Personal Narrative | Yyonette Rhodes
Daffodils 1 & 2 | Wayne Rothwell            

2004  
- Shemar & Parents | Wayne Rothwell

 

Collections

- Erykah Badu | Health Pavilion North, Cape Fear Valley Health System, NC

 

Publication

- Greenbelt Art Gallery | Greenbelt News Review, https://www.greenbeltnewsreview.com

- Greenbelt Artists Keep Working Through Many-Month Lockdown | Greenbelt News Review, Thursday, February 18, 2021

- Greenbelt Recreation Arts Hosts Studio Tour | Greenbelt News Review,
Thursday, May 27, 2021