MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)Prior to 2012
Artist StatementMake Art a Lifestyle!
Denee Barr is an artistic chameleon who melds the artistry of fine art photography, printmaking, and papermaking. Denee's work is based on the belief that we can nurture our own creativity by appreciating what brings us personal joy, happiness, balance, and peace. Her work celebrates nature, faith, culture, transcendence. Denee creates visual diaries which explore how we perceive photography through subject, form, texture, composition, perspective, light, and process. The artist captures images with black and white film negatives and each unique print is created in the darkroom. A Washington, DC native, Denee Barr studied engineering, radio, television and film, painting, papermaking, and printmaking at the University of Maryland College Park. Denee Barr is a 2003 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award Grant Recipient for artistic excellence in photography. Denee has taken photographic journeys through the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Her photographs have been internationally exhibited in the U.K. through the Ikon Gallery of Birmingham, England, a world renowned art venue for cutting edge and conceptual based modern art. Unique and visionary Denee Barr's photos are in the Heart of DC: Wilson Building City Hall Permanent Public Art Collection in Washington, DC and Corporate Office Properties Trust in Columbia, Maryland in the Fish Out of Water Group Sculpture entitled "Fish Eye" by the American Society of Media Photographers Baltimore Chapter. Selected Regional Exhibitions: The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland, Organization of American States, Washington, DC, The Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, Maryland Baltimore World Trade Center, Baltimore, Maryland Carroll Arts Center, Carroll County Arts Council, Westiminster, Maryland Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California, Maryland University of Maryand University College, Adelphi, Maryland Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, Maryland Thomas Hunter Lowe House of Delegates, Annapolis, Maryland James Backas Gallery, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, Maryland DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Collection, Washington, DC Columbia Foundation, Columbia, Maryland Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, Maryland Millennium Arts Salon Gallery, Washington, DC Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Gallery, Washington, DC Columbia Art Center, Columbia, Maryland Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Maryland Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland Washington Photography Gallery/Washington School of Photography, Bethesda, Maryland Elkton Arts Center, Cecil County Arts Council, Elkton, Maryland Kent Island Federation of Art, Stevensville, Maryland School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland Ice House Gallery, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia The Art Gallery of University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Washington, DC National Women's Business Center, Washington, DC Artists' Gallery, Columbia, Maryland Borders Books and Music, Columbia, Maryland Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, Maryland Slayton House Gallery, Columbia, Maryland Gomez Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland Greater Homewood Community Center, Baltimore, Maryland Howard County Center of African American Culture Museum and Library, Columbia, Maryland Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland Howard County Library, Columbia, Maryland Howard County Board of Education, Ellicott City, Maryland