Artist CV

BARBARA LEE SMITH
www.barbaraleesmith.com

EDUCATION
Northern Illinois University, MFA Mixed Media 1979 
Douglass College, Rutgers University, BS 1959 
Further study: 
Governor’s State University IL 1976 
College of DuPage IL1974-76 
Smithsonian Institution 1973 


AWARDS, HONORS & POSITIONS HELD 
University Fellow, Northern Illinois University 1977-78 
Honorary Member, The Embroiderers’ Guild, London, UK Honorary Member, DuPage Textile Art Guild, IL 
Residencies:  
The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL 2000, 1998, 
1997, 1996, 1994 
Named Distinguished Resident, The Ragdale Foundation 2002- present 
Brisons Veor, St. Just, Cornwall, UK 2004 
Senior Resident: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland 1996 Commencement Speaker, Oregon College of Art and Craft 2002 Archives of American Artists, Smithsonian Institution 2009 Margaret K. Williams Arts Career Award, Pierce County, WA Arts Commission 2009 
Board of Trustees, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA 2012-2015 


MUSEUM & UNIVERSITY COLLECTIONS  
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Indianapolis, IN Museum of Art 
Tacoma, WA Art Museum, the Aloha Collection 
Racine, WI Art Museum 
American Embassy, Lima, Peru (Art in Embassies) 
American Embassy, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Art in Embassies) Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 
Embroiderers’ Guild Museum, Manchester, England 
Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 
Moraine Valley Community College, IL 
Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business 
Tacoma Community College, WA 
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Minneapolis, Textile Arts Center (May, June) 
2016 Vashon Island (WA) Allied Arts (October) 
2016 Tacoma Community College (Jan-Feb) 
2014 Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia 
2014 Intersections: Recent Work Visions Art Museum, San Diego 2011 Pull of the Moon, Gregg Museum, North Carolina State University, Raleigh 
2010 Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe 
2009 Snyderman/Works Gallery, Philadelphia 
2008 Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe 
2006 Tacoma Community College 
2006 Knitting and Stitching Shows (Birmingham, London, Dublin, Harrogate UK) 
2005 University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
2002 Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe 
2000, 1996 Orie Gallery, Tokyo  
1997 The Source Fine Art, Kansas City 
1994 Ginza-Eye Gallery, Tokyo  
1994 Peden Gallery II, Raleigh, NC  
1985 Ariel Gallery, Naperville, IL  
1983 Kretzman Gallery, Concordia University, River Forest, IL  1982 Art in Fiber Gallery, Washington, DC  
1979 Crescent City Guild Gallery, New Orleans 
1979 Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI  
1978 Hays Art Center, Hays KS  
1978 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL  
1977 Public Museum, Kenosha, WI  
1976 All of the Above Gallery, Chicago  
1975 Chicago Public Library  
1975 College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL  


TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS  
The Source Fine Arts, Kansas City 2000 
SouthWest Craft Center, San Antonio 1997 
The Farrell Collection, Washington DC 1993 
Interwoven Designs Gallery, St. Louis 1989 
Textile Arts Center, Chicago 1987 
Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis 1978 


THREE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS 
Insights, Barbican Centre, London and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, England 1999 
Fiber Invitational, Baylor University, Waco, TX 1996 
Three Fiber Artists, Lee Gallery, Washington DC 1986 
New Artists, New Approaches, Gayle Willson Gallery, Southampton, NY 1985  


INVITATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Connections, Selections from the Permanent Collection, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2016 and continuing 
Flight Patterns, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 2014-2015 and Georgia State University, 2015 
Bellevue Arts Museum, Fiber Biennial 2012 
Korea Quilt Festival, Seoul 2012 
Sense of Place, Philadelphia Art Alliance 2012 
Mighty Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum 2010-11 
Reflections on Water, Nash Gallery, U. of Minn. 2011 
Beijing Art Salon, China, represented by Jane Sauer Gallery 
2006 Bellevue Arts Museum , On Mapping  
Fiber Biennale, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia 2006, 2008 Material Difference: Soft Sculpture and Wall Works, Chicago Cultural Center 2006 
Baskets: Beyond Structure, Jane Sauer Thirteen Moons Gallery Santa Fe 
50th Anniversary Exhibition, Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA; Contemporary Craft 
Museum, Portland; Bellevue Arts Museum (traveling 2004-6) 
(catalog) 
Recent Acquisitions, Indianapolis Museum of Art 2000 
9th Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland 1998 (catalog) Embroidery Now, Denver Art Museum 1977 
Art Embroidery: A wide focus on new territories, (traveling 2004-05, England and France) (catalog) 
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco 2004 
Crossing Borders, Highland Park, IL Arts Center 2004 
Prism, Mall Galleries, Trafalgar Square, London 2004 
Natural Elements: Sculptural Expressions, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 2003 (catalog) 
Survey Fiber, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia 2002 (CD catalog) 
Pertaining to Line, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia 2000 (catalog) 
Embroidery 2000, Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ 2000 
Faculty Exhibition, Joshibi College of Art and Design, Tokyo 2000 (catalog) 
Surface-Strength-Structure, Snyderman-Works Galleries, Philadelphia PA 1999 (catalog) 
SOFA NY and SOFA Chicago, 1996-2008 (catalogs) 
Art PalmBeach3, represented by Jane Sauer Gallery 2009 
New Traditions, Worcester MA Center for Crafts 1999 
50th Anniversary Traveling Collection, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, MS 1998 Lin Majuscule, 1st Linen and Flax Biennial of Upper-Normandy, France 1996 (catalog) 
Lin (traveling) Hotel des Archeveques de Sens, Paris, Museum of Textile, Ecomuseum of the Region Fourmies-Trelon, Fourmies, France 1996 
Artists in Residence, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Hoffman Gallery, Portland 1996 
A Textured Language: Honoring 20 Years of Fiberarts Magazine, Blue Spiral I Gallery, Asheville, NC 1996 (catalog) 
The Essential Textile: A National Exhibition of Unconventional Fiber Art, The Guilford, CT, Handcraft Center, 1995 
Shaw Cramer Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA 1995 
Homage: Inspirational Leaders in Regional Fiber Arts, 1920s-1980s Art St. Louis, MO 1995 
Artists and Architects: Influence and Collaboration, Chicago AIA, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago 1995 
DMC-HIA Euro Fair, Maastrict, the Netherlands 1995 
Au Fils Du Temps, (traveling) Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Yokohama 1994 (catalog) 
Small Works, Gallery at Studio B., Lancaster, OH 1994 Celebrating the Stitch (traveling) USA, Canada, UK, Japan 1992-95 (book and catalog) 
Uncommon Threads, Atlanta 1994 
Needle Expressions (traveling) 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992 (juried) 
(catalogs) 
Inspirations: Artists working in fiber find inspiration in architectural forms, O’Connor Gallery, Rosary College, River Forest, IL 1992 Expanding the Medium: Works by the Art Quilt Network/New York, Rockville, MD Arts Place 1992 
Thread Dimension, North Arts Center, Atlanta 1990 
Tapestry Today, Holthaus Gallery, Pt. Washington, NY 1989 Redefining the American Quilt, Pennsylvania State University 1987 Celebration in Embroidery, Carnegie Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand 1986 
Fiber II, The Mindscape Collection, Chicago 1985 
Made in Chicago, Festival of the Arts 1985 
Fiber I: Concepts and Constructions, The Mindscape Collection, Chicago, 1984 
6th Annual National Textile Invitational, Weber State College, Ogden, UT 1982 
Fibers for Architectural Spaces, Houston 1981 
Well Bred Threads, Columbia College, SC 1981 
The Enchanted Object, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Asso. MI 1979 Textiles, Art Gallery, Southampton, England and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, England 1977 
Illinois Craftsmen 1975, Illinois State Museum, Springfield 1975 


REPRESENTED BY: 
Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia PA 
Carol Rubenstein and Associates, Philadelphia 


ARTS RELATED EMPLOYMENT 
International 
Visiting Professor, Department of Design and Embroidery, Joshibi College of Art and Design, Tokyo 2000-2005 
Stik Plus, the Netherlands (workshops and lectures) 2004, 
2002, 2000, 1999, 2014 
Netherlands Textile Museum, Tillburg, (lecture and workshop) 2000 Visiting Lecturer, Windsor College, England 1991, 1995, 2000, 2004 
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Design and Embroidery, Joshibi College of Art and Design, Tokyo 1999 
Swiss-Bernina of Japan, Tutor, 1994, 1999-2005 
Designer/Consultant for Aid to Artisans, Central Yucatan, Mexico 1991 
Canadian Embroiderers Guild, London, Ontario (workshops, lectures, judging exhibition) 
Embroiderers Guild UK, First International Tutor in England and Scotland (taught and lectured) 1991 
Association of New Zealand Embroiderers (teach and lecture) 
1990 
Australian Embroiderers Guilds (teach and lecture) 1990 Association of New Zealand Embroiderers, (teach and lecture) 1987 
Brescia College, University of Western Ontario (workshop) 1979, 1983 
Ontario Crafts Council, Chatham College (teach, lecture,  
judging exhibition) 1975 
National (Selected) 
Self-Employed Studio Artist since 1979 
Lectures: SOFA-Chicago 2004, 2005 
Visiting Artist, U Mass/Dartmouth 1997 
Visiting Artist, Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio 1997, 1995 Visiting Artist, Colorado State University 1995 
Workshop Instructor/Lecturer (Selected) 
Split Rock, University of Minnesota 1999 
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland 1995, 1991 
Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 1991, 1983, 1977 Council of American Embroiderers Study Retreats 1988, 1985 
Council of American Embroiderers Annual Seminars (instructor) 1986, 1983, 1980, 1979, 1977, 1976, 1974 
Artist in Residence, College of DuPage, IL 1977 
Part-time faculty, College of DuPage, IL 1974-78 
Juror: Tacoma Community College Summer Show 2005, 2003 Juror: Fiberart International, Pittsburgh, PA 2004 
Juror: Beadworks, The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH 1998 
Juror: Fiber Focus, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 1995 
Juror: Betty Park Critical Writing Award, Surface Design Journal 1994 
Juror: Texas Fiber Artists State Exhibition, San Antonio 1994 Juror: Needle Expressions 1984 


CURATORIAL
Traces, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, North Carolina State University 2011, Exhibition of 40 works by 12 artists 
Celebrating the Stitch: Midwest Artists, Textile Arts Center, Chicago 1991 
Celebrating the Stitch, Exhibition of 140 works of contemporary embroidery (traveling) Newton, MA Arts Center, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Traveled to 11 venues in USA, Canada, UK and Japan 
The US and Us. Exhibit sponsored by the Association of New Zealand Embroiderers, toured New Zealand 1996-97 


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 
Abbott Laboratories, N. Chicago, IL 
Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL 
American Express, Chicago 
American Investors Life Insurance 
American Medical Association, Chicago 
American National Bank 
Aquilacorp, Kansas City 
Baker, Knapp and Tubbs, Chicago 
Beatrice Foods Inc. 
Borg-Warner Corporation 
Citicorp, New York City and Brussels, Belgium 
Chicago Board of Education 
Controller of the Currency, Chicago 
Dow Chemical Co. 
Duff and Phelps, Chicago 
Enterprise Savings and Loan 
Evanston Hospital, IL 
Gildorn Savings and Loan, Chicago 
Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup WA 
Itabashi Housing Loan Bank, Tokyo 
Lakeside Bank, Chicago 
Lincoln Marriott, Dallas, TX 
Madeira UK Ltd., Thirsk, England 
Marshall Fields, Chicago 
MacNeal Memorial Hospital, Berwyn IL 
Mercy Hospital, Chicago 
Mirabella Retirement Community, Seattle 
Mitsubishi Financial Services, Tokyo 
Naperville, IL National Bank 
National Boulevard Bank, Chicago 
Northern Trust Bank, Chicago 
Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago 
Packaging Corporation of America 
Pittsburgh, PA National Bank 
Renwick Gallery, Washington DC 
Resurrection Health Care, Chicago 
Ramada Hotels 
Rockwell Industries 
Salvation Army Headquarters, Dallas TX 
Schuyler, Roche and Zwerner, Chicago 
St. Anthony's Hospital, Gig Harbor WA 
Swiss-Bernina Headquarters, Switzerland 
Universal Access, Chicago 
Washington National Insurance Company, Evanston IL West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park IL 


VOLUNTER & ART-RELATED POSITIONS 
Board of Trustees, Bellevue Arts Museum 2012- 2015 Hand to Hand project that encouraged donations of books on craft to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt in response to the Iraq wars, 2002 
Editorial Committee, Surface Design Journal 2002-2011
Tacoma Community College, % for Art Awards Committee 2004 Tacoma Community College, Gallery Board 2004-2006 
DuPage Textile Art Guild, Founding President 
Design Review Commission, Village of Oak Park, IL 1982-86 Community Design Commission, Oak Park, IL 1982-86 
Textile Arts Center, Chicago, Board of Directors 1986-87 
Textile Arts Center, Advisory Board 1984-85 
Friends of Fiber Arts International, Professional Board 
Editorial Advisory Board and Contributing Editor, The Working Craftsman 1974-78 
American Crafts Council, Illinois Representative 1974-80 


PUBLICATIONS, BOOKS & ONLINE
Rooney and Lee, Artistry in Fiber Vol. 1, Schiffer Publishers 2017 Atkinson, Craft for the Modern World: The Renwick Collection 2015 Flight Patterns, An Exhibition of Fiber Art curated by Dorothy Moye, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 2014-2015 Intersections: Recent Work of Barbara Lee Smith, Visions Art Museum, San Diego 2014  
Pull of the Moon, 2011Monograph with essay by curator LynnJones Ennis, Gregg Museum, NCSU 
Traces, Exhibition catalog, curatorial essay and artist profiles, NCSU 2011 
Going Out, Going In: The Language of Landscape with essays by Rick Snyderman and Carla Seaquist in conjunction with solo exhibition at Snyderman/Works Galleries 2009 
Barbara Lee Smith, Monograph 2006 with essays by Patricia Malarcher and Lynda Lowe 
The Fiberarts Design Books #s 1, 2, 4 and 5, 1980, 1983, 1991, 2004 
A Common Thread: US Embassy, Colombo (catalog) 2005 
100th Anniversary Exhibition catalog: Joshibi College of Art and Design, Tokyo 2003 
Morrell, Contemporary Embroidery: Exciting and Innovating Textile Art, London, Studio Vista 1994 
Wood, Everyday Encounters, Belmont, CA (work illustrated) 1995 Smith, Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America, Taunton Press 1991 
Fanning, The Complete Book of Machine Embroidery, Chilton 1986 
Lambert, Staepelaere and Fry, Color and Fiber, Schiffer Publishers 1986 
Feisner, Needlepoint and Beyond, Scribners 1980 
Appel, The Fiber Craft Sampler, Chilton 1979 
Belfer, Weaving: Design and Expression, Davis 1978 
Michaels-Paque, A Creative and Conceptual Analysis of Textiles 1976 


MAGAZINES 
Barbara Lee Smith: Water-Washed Light, Fiberarts, Summer 2006 Jane Friedman, Making Connections, American Style, Oct. 2004 Janneken Smucker, Review. Philadelphia’s Month of Fiber, Fiberarts 9/10 2004 
Ruta Saliklis, Review. Natural Elements: Sculptural Expressions, Fiberarts 2003 
Barbara Lee Smith: Visual Artist, World Traveler, Ragdale Foundation Newsletter 2002 
Review: Embroidery 2000: A Wealth of Creative Expression, Fiberarts 2001 
Profile, Shenshoku-Alpha, Japan 2001 
Judy Weisman, Fiber in Philadelphia, James Renwick Alliance Quarterly 1999 
Review, Lodz Triennial, Textiel Forum (Europe) 1999 
Gallery of Embroiderers: Barbara Lee Smith, Layers of Meaning, Embroidery, UK 1999 
Camille Cook, Lodz Triennial, Fiberarts, Summer, 1998 
Aaron Fine, Beadworks: A New Exhibition, Interweave Beadwork, Fall, 1997 
Tilleke Schwarz, De Droomboten van Barbara Lee Smith (The Dreamboats), Texteil Plus, the Netherlands October 1995 Interview, Needle Art Magazine, Tokyo 1995 
Cover Art, The Flying Needle, February 1993 
Working on a Wide Canvas: The Art of Barbara Lee Smith, Madeira News, UK Fall, 1992 
Needle Expressions ’90: The Traveling Show, The Flying Needle Feb. 1991 
Barbara Lee Smith, Threads (New Zealand) April, 1991 
Patricia Malarcher, Embroidery: State of the Art, Fiberarts, Nov/Dec 1991 
Judith Schonbak, Review. Exhibiting the Thread Dimension, 
Fiberarts 1991 
Cover art. Threads (New Zealand) 1986 
Textile Trends: Collecting in Chicago, Fiberarts 11/12/1985 
Jane Lucas, Barbara Smith: Views from Within, Fiberarts Sept/Oct 1983 
Loraine Meyer, Barbara Lee Smith, Fiber Artist, Needle Arts, Fall,1983 
Robbie Fanning, B.L.S. Open Chain, July 1983 
Objects of Play, Review. School Art 1/19/1979 
Newspapers: Betty Freudenheim, Review. Uniting Tapestry and Technology, The 
New York Times, Sunday 10/15/1989 
Jacqueline Hall, Review. Fabric the medium for brilliant creativity, Columbus, OH Dispatch 6/12/94 
Blue Greenberg, Review. Stitched with a godly touch. Durham, NC The Herald Sun, 1/30/1994 
Mary Breslin, Weave World (profile), Forest Park Review, 
11/9/1994 
What a Stitch, Kirkland, WA Eastside Week 6/23/93 
Renee Enna, Exhibit celebrates fabric of art, Pioneer Press, IL 
9/9/1992 
Mary Houlihan-Skilton, Stitching in a New Light (profile), Chicago Sun-Times, Sunday 7/26/1992 
Roberta Morgan, ‘Expanding the Medium’: quality quilts at R.A.P. (review), The Rockville MD Gazette, 8/5/1992 
Susan Phinney, The New Art of Crafts, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 5/11/1992 
The Bridge is Embroidery, Kerrville, TX Mountain Sun 9/23/92 Profile. Auckland, New Zealand Herald 1990 
Melisse Laing, Workshop participants have designs on words, Longview, WA Daily News 9/23/1988 
Eve Dumavich, Colorful Threads trap feelings in fabric (profile), Tacoma WA News Tribune 5/31/1986 
Marie Irvine (review) Weber State National Invitational, Craft Range, 5/6/1982 
Fiber as Structure, Review. Artweek 12/11/1982 
Marion Beam, Stitcher’s Studios, Flying Needle, May 1978 
Carla Kelson, Something Different, Chicago Magazine, Nov 1976 Author: Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America. 
Newton CT, The Taunton Press 1991 
Forward, Threads of Experience: Fabric and Thread Imagery by Deidre Scherer, Papier Mache Press 2003 
Catalog Essay, Renie Breskin Adams 2002 
Needle and Thread: Old Tools, New Magic, Surface Design Journal, Summer 2007 
Audrey Walker:The Textured Figure. Surface Design Journal, Summer 2006 
The Presence of Absence, Surface Design Journal, Winter 2005 Review: Selvedge Magazine, Surface Design Journal, Spring 2005 Review: Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit, Fiberarts, Summer 2004 Review: Jac Scott, Textile Perspectives in Mixed-Media Sculpture, Fiberarts, 11/12 2004 
Beadwork of Laura Willitts, Surface Design Journal , Summer 2003 Found in Translation: Three Artists from Japan, Fiberarts 11/12 2001 
A Spiritual Collection: Fiberarts, 9/10 2001 
Judith Scott: Finding a Voice, Fiberarts, Summer, 2001 
Profile: Lynda Lowe, Surface Design Journal, Winter, 2001 Textured Time, Surface Design Journal Spring, 1999 
In Praise of Amateurs, Fiberarts Commentary 3/4 1999 
A Brief History of Mine, Fiberarts 9/10 1999 
Deceived by Ornament, Surface Design Journal Winter, 1998 Reviews: Art Textiles of the World: Great Britain and Japan, Laury, Imagery on Fabric, Fiberarts, Summer, 1998 
Collaborating with Nature: From Photo to Fiber, Surface Design Journal Spring, 1997 
Visual Journals: Ways of Seeing, Fiberarts 11/12 1997 
Reviews: Wells, Creative Bead Weaving and Contemporary Beads and Beadwork, Loveland Co Museum catalog, Surface Design Journal, Summer 1997 
Mending Lives: Art and Healing, Fiberarts 1996, reprinted in Social Issues Resources Series, Renaissance Electronic Database CD The Weight of Shadows: Noriko Narahira’s Reinvented Lace, Surface Design Journal 1996 
Essential Stitches: Marks of Memory, Magic and Meaning, Surface Design Journal Fall, 1995 
Art and Illness, Fiberarts 1995, reprinted in Social Issues Resources series 
Three Years on the Road and Some Thoughts on Embroidery, 
Flying Needle, May 1995 
Review: The New Beadwork, by Moss and Scherer, Fiberarts 3/4 1994 
Connecting Threads, Craft Arts International, Australia Volume #27, 1993 
Review: Flowers for Embroidery, Box, Threads USA 1993 
The New Embroidery: Tradition and Innovation, Surface Design Journal Summer, 1992 
A Song Without Words, Embroidery UK 1990 
Paints, Brushes and Stitches: Artists at the Sewing Machine, Threads USA Dec. 1991 
On Creativity, Threads NZ 1988 
Four Embroiderers: Small and Large Scale, Fiberarts 9/10 1989 Creativity: It’s the Work that Counts (also cover photo) Flying Needle, Nov. 1987 
Creativity, Threads NZ 1987 
On Design and Creativity, Handwoven 11/12 1984 
Guest Column on Design, Open Chain, July 1984 
Restorations: A Personal Approach to Design, Flying Needle, August 1980 
Book Columnist, The Working Craftsman 1976-78 
On Mixing Media, Flying Needle, Winter, 1976