Beth Barron

Artist Statement

 

Following a loss in 1999, as I walked in grief around one of the many lakes in Minneapolis, I found my first band-aid on the pavement. I thought about how easy it is to soothe a child’s wounds, and give comfort. How often had I relieved my wailing child’s grief simply by applying a band-aid? And I laughed at myself, wishing it was as simple to repair a broken heart.

Since then, I have developed an uncanny ability to find these discarded coverings (at parks, playgrounds and on sidewalks). I know that somewhere another wound has been exposed. And, prodded by these symbols, I continue to discover metaphors to contemplate. I question how it is that we heal ourselves—body and soul—after personal or social devastation, whether our healed scars protect us in some new stronger way, and how fragile or resilient we will be once we have been wounded.

 

Lives:  Minneapolis, MN

 

Selected Exhibitions

2012

ArtQuilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

 

2011

Craftforms 2012, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Women’s Caucus for Art, National Juried Exhibition, New Century Artists Gallery, New York, NY

 

2010

Sacred Space, Sabes Jewish Community Center, Tychman Shapiro Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

2009

ARTmn 2009: The Precious Object, Hennepin County Central Library, Minneapolis, MN

Nothing New, Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

2007

Mantras & Mandalas, solo exhibition, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

 

2006

Folk Nouveau, Metropolitan State University Gallery, St. Paul, MN

Memory from a Place: Beth Barron & Lewis Knauss, Society for Contemporary Craft, One Mellon Center Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

 

2005

Craftforms 2005, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

National Juried Bead & Fiber Exhibit, The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD

 

2004

All the WiserWomen’s Art Institute Faculty Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Strands of Fabrication, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

 

2003

Solo Exhibition, Hennepin County Medical Center, Public Art Program, Minneapolis, MN

 

Selected Grants and Awards
2012 Best New Artist Award, ArtQuilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2012 Juror’s Award, Craftforms 2012, Wayne Art Center Wayne, PA

2009 Juror’s Award, Nothing New, Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

Selected Collections

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

Peregrine Capital Management, Minneapolis, MN

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

 

Website: www.bethbarronart.com