Barbara Gothard is a visual artist who considers herself a “fighting optimist’ channeling global business and educational experiences into the joys of the creative process. From Illinois roots to global residencies, she learned that obstacles are opportunities, translating these into the unfolding mysteries of complex spatial relationships that compel her to paint.
2015 exhibitions include: Group of 7: International Women Artists at Jorge Mendez Gallery, March 14, 2015; “Most Inventive Award”, Invention and Reinvention Exhibit at Copper Mountain College, February 14, 2015; The Saguaro Hotel Exhibit, January 7, 2015. Other selected exhibitions include: Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Exhibit; ArtSlant 8th 2013 Showcase Winner, New York; Linus Gallery Dream State juried exhibit, Long Beach/Pasadena; Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG) “Places” Invitational; City of Palm Springs Pedaling and 75th Anniversary Exhibits; In Memorial, 10th Avenue Gallery, San Diego; Easel Show, Alexander Salazar Fine Arts, San Diego; Twenty-Six at the 10th Avenue Arts Centre, San Diego. Creative Arts Gallery, Central Michigan University; Delta College Fine Arts Center Galleria, University Center, MI; Eighth Annual Eastern Michigan International Juried Art Exhibition, Port Huron, MI; Fourth Annual Exhibit, Gallery 7, Detroit, MI; Irving Galleries, Milwaukee, WI; Long Island University, Greenvale, NY; Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI. Her oil and watercolor paintings are in private and institutional collections in Arizona, California, Connecticut, France, Illinois, Michigan, South Africa and Wisconsin.
Gothard is a 2011-2012 recipient of The Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Artists Grant, Art and Sustainability. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council and former Chair of Space 4 Art, and received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University, Master’s degree in Art from Long Island University, and Bachelor’s degree in Art from Mount Mary College.