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University of Central Oklahoma

About

Born and raised in Montana, Barbara’s formative years were enriched by many outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking, in the Rocky Mountains. She went to Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana majoring in Art.  Her college education was cut short when she enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Her service in the Armed Forces as an Army nurse enabled her to travel and live all over the United States. Barbara’s military training allowed her to have a career in nursing but her passion was always to pursue the arts. She returned to school obtaining a BFA in sculpture from Sonoma State University and an MFA in ceramics from San Diego State University. Barbara is Professor of Art/Sculpture at the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Classes Taught

Barbara has taught a wide variety of art classes as both a sculptor and drawer she is capable of teaching a large array of art subjects.  Here is a cross section of the classes taught:

  • Drawing 2/Life drawing
  • 2 D Fundamentals
  • Mixed Media 1 & 2 
  • 3 D Fundamentals
  • Beginning sculpture
  • Intermediate scultpure
  • Advanced Sculpture 1 & 2 
  • Paper sculpture
  • The book as an art form 
  • Figurative Clay Sculpture

Honors and Awards

  • Best of Show, Metamorphosis,Women’s Caucus of Art, Colorado Chapter, Annex@Core New Art Space, Denver, CO 2017
  • Silver Award, Spooky, Art Ascent Art & Literature Journal, vol.22, 2016
  • Merit Award, What goes bump in the night, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2016
  • Merit Award of distinction, Layers, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, ILL, 2014
  • Artistic Merit Award, Real People 2014 Exhibition, The Old Court House Figurative League, Woodstock, Ill 2014
  • 2nd Place Award, Clay, 2013 National Juried Exhibition, Norman Firehouse Art Center, Norman, OK 2013
  • Juror’s Choice Award, Possession National Juried Exhibition, Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, Minnesota Women Ceramic Art, Duluth Minnesota 2013
  • 3rdPlace Award, IEA EncaustiCon International Juried Exhibition, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX 2012
  • Juror’s Award, Materials: Hard & Soft, 25th Annual National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, The Meadows Gallery, The Center for the Visual Arts, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, 2012

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Professor Weidell's published work is seen in the art exhibitions she has shown in.  Listed below is selection of exhibition she has shown within the last few years.  

Solo Exhibitions: 

  • Barbara Weidell, Studio Six, Oklahoma City, OK, May 2017
  • Barbara Weidell, Studio Six, Oklahoma City, OK, June 2014 
  • Obsession, JRB Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK, October 2010  

International/ invitational Group Exhibitions

  • Fierce & Frail: Of Beings, Beasts, and Seed, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2018
  • A Generous Kingdom II, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2018
  • The Story of the Creative, Aragon Art Gallery, New York, NY, 2013

International Juried Exhibitions

  • Chasing Ghost II, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2017
  • A Generous Kingdom, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR, 2016
  • Spooky, Art Ascent Art & Literature Journal, vol.22, 2016
  • Fabulous Figures Show, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2015, Mark Burns Juror
  • Real People 2014,The Old Court House Figurative League, Woodstock, ILL, 2014
  • Hidden,ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal, www.artascent.com, 2014
  • Twentieth San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, TX, 2014
  • Clay V?, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA, 2014

National Juried Exhibitions

  • Metamorphosis, Women’s Caucus of Art, Colorado Chapter, Annex@Core New Art Space, Denver, CO, 2017
  • What goes bump in the night, Clay Arts Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, 2016
  • Materials Hart & Soft, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, 2016
  • Imagine the Fantastic, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Delta Center for the Arts, 
  • San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA, 2015
  • Visions in Clay 2015, LH Horton Jr Gallery, Delta Center for the Arts, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA, 2015
  • Fabulous Figures, Clay Arts Vegas, Los Vegas, NV, 2015
  • Layers, 2014 National Juried Exhibition, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, ILL, 2014

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