Barbara Robertson


Seattle based artist Barbara Robertson is known primarily for her work in experimental printmaking. Over the last ten years, she has expanded her practice to include digital animation, installations, paintings and mixed media works on paper. Awards for her work include grants from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture City Artists program, 4Culture Individual Artists award, 4Cullture Artists Projects grants, Artists Trust GAP grant, a KALA Art Institute Fellowship, the Neddy Fellowship from the Behnke Foundation and Oxbow, Seattle residency in 2018. In 2004 her work was included in “Events,” a collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Joyce Theater, New York. In 2012, her work in animation was exhibited at the 4Cutlure Electronic Gallery in Seattle, in 2012 at “aproject space” in Seattle, Washington, at Trykk 17 Art Center, in Stavanger, Norway and at the Eleftherias Art Center in Athens, Greece. In the winter of 2013, her animation “Three Phases,” was exhibited on a large outdoor screen at the Gates Foundation in Seattle. In 2014, three animations and one work on paper were part of a large special exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum, titled “Ink This! Contemporary Print Art in the Northwest.” Robertson's work shown in 2014-2016 as part of "The Intersection Between Science, Art and Technology" exhibition at the American Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. In 2015, her work in animation and print was exhibited at "Impact", Hangzhou, China. Three animations were shown in 2016 and 2018 at 4Cullture's E4C electronic gallery and at the Gates Foundation Seattle Headquarters. Robertson’s work is included in private and public collections including the State of Washington Percent for Art, King County Public Art Collection, the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, Harborview Medical Center, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Washington Special Collections, US Trust and Safeco Corporation, Scripps College and the University of Washington Special Collections. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. She established the print art program at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle and served for six years on Pratt’s board of directors. She is the founder and past president of Seattle Print Arts. In 2016 she curated and organized a satellite exhibition in conjunction with the Seattle Art Fair, “In Context” exhibiting large scale work by thirteen regional artists. In winter 2017 she produced an installation of six site specific projected animations at Oxbow Art Space in Seattle. Her work was recently on display at the Tacoma Art Museum as part of the “Familiar Faces & New Voices: Surveying Northwest Art” exhibition and at Zinc Contemporary Gallery, Seattle.