RESUME

EDUCATION
 

•MFA, Painting, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles. 1991

 

•BFA, Painting, Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), Philadelphia. 

AWARDS
 
  • Outstanding ArtistJudi Jasek Award, PASSIONATE FOCUS, at The Art Club, Chicago, IL. 2012

  • Teaching Artist Fellowship, V SA arts, affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.  2007

  • Artist in Residence, City of Los Angeles Department ofCultural Affairs 2005-06 & 2006-07   

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Columbia College Hollywood, , 2007

  • 2-Person Exhibit Award, result of National Juried competition, Satsuma Gallery, 2007    

  • First Prize, Walter Knott Annual Art Award, Goodwill Industries, 2003

  • Finalist Award:  Metro Transit Authority Poster Contest 2003

  • Artist in Residence, California Arts Council, 1998-99, 1999-00, & 2000-01.

  • Commission--Echo Park Targeted Neighborhood Initiative, for two public art projects, 2001.

  • First Prize, Artists Beyond Disability, National Juried Exhibit, 1998.

  • Jerry Dean Medallion Award--Calif. Continuation Education's highest honor, 1993

  • City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department grant for "Whose Myth Are Youse With?" at Watts Towers Art Center Gallery, 1993.

  • "Gilding the Building" competition for "Las Angelinas” mural at former Women's Building site, Los Angeles, 1990.

  • Philadelphia Board of Education 4-Year Art Scholarship.

TEACHING/ EDUCATIONAL
 
  • PROFESSOR, COLUMBIA COLLEGE HOLLYWOOD, School of Film & Television (Tarzana, CA)
    Department of Visual Art & Design,  1992--present
     

  • CO-FOUNDER/DIRECTOR, ART OPTIONS, an arts-based, interdisciplinary,  general education program for high-risk, inner-city teenagers in Los Angeles, 1992 to 2007.
     

  • INSTRUCTOR, Art Institute of California, Los Angeles (Santa Monica) 2003
     

  • INSTRUCTOR, AHCOP Program, Charles R. drew University, (Los Angeles.) 1999—2005
     

  • ASSOCIATE EDITOR , Heat Press, Open Mouth Poetry series, 1994
     

  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre As A Learning Tool program, 1986-9

EXIBITIONS& INSTALLATIONS
 

SOLO EXHIBITS/INSTALLATIONS
 

  • WRITING ON THE WALL, Satsuma Gallery, North Hollywood, 2007

  • BAD EYE ON THE GOOD FOOT, Art Around Gallery, Philadelphia,  2005

  • ECHO LOVE, permanent installation at bus shelter in Echo Park, 2002

  • TRAVEL TO THE INTERIOR,  Installation/exhibitat Zyrex, Inc., Alhambra, CA2001

  • WHOSE MYTH ARE YOUSE WITH? Installation & performance atWatts Towers Art Center Gallery, 1993

  • LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER, Grand Lobby, 1991

  • LAS ANGELEINAS, mural at formerWomen’s Building, downtown Los Angeles, 1990   
     

GROUP SHOWS
 

Current & Upcoming:
 

  • SPEAKING VOLUMES/TRANSFORMING HATE, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY NYC. Feb 24-Apr 8, 2016 

  • ART ABILITY, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA Nov. 2015-Jan. 2016.  

  • SHARING VISIONS 2016, Marshall Ketchum University, Anaheim, CA Spring 2016-Spring 2017

  • BLIND ARTIST SSOCIETY,  Albany Center for the Arts, Albany NY  2016.

  • SHARED VISIONS, Marshall Ketchum University, Fullerton, CA 2015. 

  • BLIND ARTIST SSOCIETY, The Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsberg, NY & Albany Center for the Arts 2015.

  • SPEAKING VOLUMES/TRANSFORMING HATE, originally Holter Museum, Helena MT (now travelling exhibit, now in Tulsa OK, in 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC.

  • BACK TO THE ROOTS, Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, June 2015,

  • PASSIONATE FOCUS, The Chicago Cultural Center, May 2015,     

  • SHARED VISIONS, Marshall Ketchum University, Fullerton, CA 2015. 

  • BLIND ARTISTS SOCIETY, The Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsberg,  NY. May2015. 

  • SPEAKING VOLUMES/TRANSFORMING HATE, Holter Museum, Helena MT (traveling exhibition, currently in Tulsa OK.)

  • COLORS! UPSTREAM PEOPLE GALLERY on-line, www.upstreampeoplegallery.com. MEMPHIS GEORGE, Fine Arts & Crafts, Los Angeles, SHARED VISIONS, Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton, CA. SPEAKING VOLUMES/TRANSFORMING HATE, Holter Museum, Helena MT (traveling exhibition.) 

 

 

  • SACRED MEMORIES, Pico House Gallery, El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Site, Oct.-Nov. 2015. 

  • CON)TEXT: RETHINKING LANGUAGE IN ART, San Diego Art Institute, 2015

  • 8th ANNUAL DEPT OF DISABILITY ART EXHIBIT,  Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall, Sept-Oct..2015.  

  • ART BLIND, Berufsverband, Bildende Kunstler, Cologne, Germany 2013,   

  • CONTEMPORAR L.A. ARTISTS, Michael Kate Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA2013  

  • DO YOU DREAM IN COLOR? Concert/exhibition UCLA, 2013.

  • CORE 9: DEFINING OURSELVES, Gallery Expo, Long Beach Arts Center, 2013 ,   

  • ART ABILITY, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Malvern, PA.  2011 & 2013

  • SPEAKING VOLUMES/TRANSFORMING HATE Gotthelf t Gallery, La Jolla,  2013.  

  • COLORS, COLORS! Upstream people Gallery online,. 2013

  • FAITH, MYTH & LEGEND, Long Beach Arts Center,  Long Beach, CA2012

  • PASSIONATE FOCUS 2012, The Art Club of Chicago

  • COLORS, COLORS! Bridge Gallery atCity Hall, Los Angeles, CA2012

  • BRAILLE PRINTMAKERS, Café Cultural, Los Angeles, 2012

  • ART ABILITY, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center, Malvern, PA, 2011CORE 7, The Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA2011

  • BAS FALL SHOW, Cooperstown Art Center, Cooperstown , NY, 2011

  • INTERNATIONAL ACQUISITIONS, Viewpoint Gallery, Schenectady, NY, 2011

  • PASSIONATE FOCUS 2011, Zhu B Art Center, Chicago, IL2011.

  • ALL ABOUT ART, Einstein MedicalCenter, Elkins Park, PA 2011

  • BLIND ARTISTS SOCIETY,, Old Forge Art Center, Old Forge, NY, 2011,

  • SCAPES/URBAN & RURAL:  Long Beach Arts Center Gallery, L. .B, CA 2010`` 

  • BLIND ARTISTS SOCIETY, Art Center for the Capital Region, Troy, Ny 2010,  

  • ALL ABOUT ART, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Elkins Park, PA2008 & 2010

  • DERIVATIVE COMPOSITIONS, Terrace Gallery, John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 2008

  • CORE 5, Second City Gallery, Long Beach, CA 2009

  • SPACE& NEBULAEcho Curio Gallery, , Los Angeles, 2009  

  • ART SLAM, de Young Museum, San Francisco, 2009 & 2010

  • INNER LIGHT, Forest Lawn Museum, Glendale, CA, 2009

  • PASSIONATE FOCUS, ChangeWest Gallery, Chicago, 2009,

  • EMERGING ARTIST’S EXHIBIT, Downtown Art CenterGallery, Los Angeles, 2008

  • INSIGHTS, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery at City Hall, 04, 05, 06, 07. 2008

  • OUT THERE, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, 2008

  • ART BEYOND SIGHT,  Wayne Art Center Gallery, Wayne, PA, 2007

  • NATIONAL ACQUISITIONS EXHIBIT, Viewpoint Gallery, Schenectady, NY, 2007,     

  • HOLOTN LEE OPEN COMPETITION, Faith House Gallery, Dorset, England, 2007

  • TEXTURE, Art & Literature Laboratory(ALL) Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2006

  • THE WOMEN’S SHOW, Cactus Gallery,  Los Angeles, 2006, 

  • NEW BEGINNINGS, Satsuma Gallery, North Hollywood, 2006

  • DEFINING OURSELVES, George Deneff Gallery, Long Beach, CA, 2005 & 2006

  • ART BEYOND SIGHT, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2004

  • VSA INT’L FESTIVAL, Union Station & Washburn Gallery, Washington, D.C. 2004.

  • 40 x 40, Coronet Theater, Hollywood, 2004

  • ARTISTS BEYOND DISABILITY, Cal State U @Long Beach, 1998 & 2002.  

  • ECHO PARK ARTISTS FESTIVAL, Exhibit & Artist's studio tour , 1999-- 2002

  • PORTRAITS:  DEFINING OURSELVES , City of Pico Rivera Center for the Arts, 2001

  • NEW VISIONS GALLERY, Louisville, Kentucky, 2001

  • MOVING TOWARDS THE MILLENNIUM, City Biennial, Watts Towers, 1999

  • POETICS, (3-person show) The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, 1998.

  • BODIES & VESSELS, (3 PERSON SHOW) VSA Gallery, Beverly Hills, 1998.

  • RESONANCES: VISIONS OF ECHO PARK, El Centro del Pueblo, 1996.

  • INDUSTRIAL/TRIBAL,  Ivy Substation, Culver City, 1996

  • ABOUT FACE, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery,  1996

  • MTA Bus Bench, temporary installation at Glendale Bl. & Temple Ave., LA,  1996

  • DOWNTOWN LIVES!  DaDa Annual, Spring Street Gallery, Los Angeles 1996, 1995

  • WORDS AND SYMBOLS, Artspace Gallery, Woodland Hills, 1994

  • CROSSING L.A./LOS ANGELES FESTIVAL, Museum of African-American Art, 1993

  • CONTEXTUAL TURBULENCE, John Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, 1993

  • BIENNNIAL JURIED EXHIBITION, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1993

  • DIVERGYNCE X 5, Lamb Realty, Studio City, 1992.

  • ISSUES OF CHOICE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits, 1992.

  • MFA SHOW, Otis College Art Gallery, 1991

  • ABC, temporary mural installation, MacArthur Park Lake, 1989

  • GROUP SHOW, Ivey Gallery, Los Angeles, 1988

  • IN HER EYES/IN HER I'S , 2-person show,  Rebel Gallery, Hollywood, 1986GROUP SHOWS, Los Angeles Artists Association Gallery, 1985-8.

  • GROUP SHOW, Antigallery, Los Angeles, 1985

  • BASFAP, Brothers and Sisters From Another Planet)  Installation for performance, Los Angeles City College and various sites, 1986

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS
 
  • WHAT’S IN A NAME? an Art Options project in collaboration with Walt Whitman Continuation High School and The Workmen’s Circle, 2007   

  • WHAT’S IN A NAME? Installation /performance Van Nuys Performing ArtsHigh School, with participants from workshops at Delano Recreation Center, 2006

  • MY NEIGHBORHOOD, Ceramic tile installation on trash receptacles on sunset Blvd. with students at Logan elementary School , 2002

  • SIGNS OF LIFE, Art Options interior 1600sq. ft. mural at La Casa, Los Angeles, 1999
     

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS PRESENTED
 
  • Guest Lecture, Otis College of Art & Design, Integrated Learning Program, 2012 - 2015.

  • Teaching Artist Fellows,  VSA Arts Education Conference, Wash, D.C.. 2010

  • Arts and Inclusion “, workshop at Common Ground Arts Ed. Conf. Albany, NY2008  

  • “Arts Based Learning”, workshop at VSArts Education Institute, Stevenson , WA, 2006

  • VSA ARTS CONFERENCE FOR AFILIATESWashington, D.C.  2006. Resume & Exhibition History. 

  • INSIGHTS 2006, Artist’s Day, San Francisco, 2006

  • “Art Options”  CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL, BIENNIAL CONFERENCE Asilomar, CA,   2002  

  • “LET X=EDUCATION” an Art Options seminar series Los Angeles, 2003-04.
     

CURATORIAL
 
  • CORE: DEFINING OURSELVES, national Juried group Exhibit, Second City council Gallery, Long Beach, CA2007
     

PERFORMANCE
 
  • APOTHEOSIS, film by Rasika Ruwanipathirana, 2005

  • THE PHYLUM, film by Dwan Abledsol, 2005

  • WHO KILLED DESDEMONA? film by Rasika Ruwanipathirana 2005

  • CRAVING VISIONS, Gray Pony Ensemble, Celtic Arts Center, Los Angeles, 2005

  • THE SILLY SHOW, wag, 2002

  • NEW BEGINNINGS, Women Artists Group (WAG)    Mostly Spoken series, Galaxa Theatre, LA, 2000

  • SISTERS, WAG, Mostly Spoken series, Eclectic Theatre, North Hollywood, 1999.

  • SAVING GRACE, collaborative writing & performance by WAG, Eclectic Theater, North Hollywood, 1998.

  • THE CHRIS & BARBARA SHOW, WAG Playwrighting Festival, Eclectic Theatre, 1997.

  • WEEGEE PLAY, WAG Playwrighting Festival, Eclectic Theater, 1997.

  • MOSTLY SPOKEN, Eclectic Theatre Company, 1996.

  • THE CHRIS & BARBARA SHOW/HOW TO MAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WORK, WAG, Mostly Spoken series, Eclectic Theater Company, North Hollywood 1995. 

  • ETHNICS ENCOURAGED, with Perimeter Arts Collective, at Highways, & Occidental College, 1995

  • ANTIGONE, with Art Options, at UCLA as part of the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater Festival, & at La Casa, 1995. 

  • TOO MUCH PINK CAN MAKE YOU CRAZY, with Perimeter Arts Collective at World Stage, 1994.

  • SEE?, at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, 1994

  • MO CHEESE!!, with Art Options at Hollywood Moguls, 1995

  • DEPENDENCY, with Perimeter Arts Collective, as part of BROAD DEFINITIONS, at Hollywood Moguls, 1994.

  • THE CHRIS & BARBARA SHOW/A TALE OF TWO CITIES, with WAG, at Highways, 1993.

  • WORDS ARE MY WEAKNESS, with WAG, at Theatre 6470 and LATC, 1993.

  • DANCING WITH THE DEAD, with Gray Pony Ensemble, at Onyx/Sequel, 1993.

  • WHOSE MYTH ARE YOUSE WITH? at Watts Towers Art Center Gallery, 1993.

  • EXCUSE ME!! Art Options at LATC, 1993.

  • MORE aka GINGER SVERLO at LATC, Every Picture Tells a Story Gallery and California Rehabilitation Center for Women at Norco; 1992. 

  • MIRACLE PLAY at Oddity Theatre; 1992. 

  • aka GINGER SVERLO, at Igloo Theater, Hollywood, 1991. 

  • SALOME, with Gray Pony, at Igloo Theater, 1991. 

  • FESTIVAL DIONYSIS with Gray Pony, at Igloo Theater, 1990.

  • LOVE SLAVES, with Gray Pony Ensemble at Onyx/Sequel and Highland Grounds, 1989. 

  • BASFAP (Brothers and Sisters from Another Planet) at various LA sites, 1988-89.
     

PAINTINGS HAVE APPEARED IN OR BEEN CREATED FOR:
 
  • SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE, “Rock On”, Prom Issue, 2009

  • STARTING OVER NBC-TV series , Fall season 2005-06

  • Live at ROULETTE, painting on cover of CD by jazz vocalist Bonnie Barnett, 9 Winds .

  • DOES IT SWING?, painting reproduced on cover of book of poetry by Elliott Levin, Heat Press, 1997.

  • FALLING DOWN, mural shot, Warner Brothers Films, 1992.

  • THE PLATFORM, painting reproduced for posters, flyers of political cabaret at L.A. Theatre Center.   1989

  • THE HIP-HOP WALTZ OF EURYDICE, special program art for play by Reza Abdoh at LATC., 1988

  • SARAH'S STORY, paintings for set for play by Susan Rubin at LATC, 1991. 

  • PASOS EN LA OSCURIDAD, special program art for play by Reza Abdoh at Park Plaza Hotel, 1989.

  • THIRTY-SOMETHING, shot of painting in gallery,  ABC-TV, 1988  

  • MINIMATA, special program art for play by Mira-Lani Oglesby & Reza Abdoh at LATC., 1988

  • ETTA JENKS , painting reproduced on program cover for play by Marlane Meyer at LATC, 1986

  • NORTH AMERICAN IDEOPHONICS JOURNAL

  • LOS ANGELES 1956, THE MAGAZINE.
     

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
 
  • THE RESILIANCE OF BARBARA ROMAIN, bill Mohr, Poetry Loves Poetry, 2014.

  • Scot Kassel, “The Power of Positive Painting.” Scene, Braille Institute, Summer, 2007

  • “Teaching Artist Fellows”, The Creative Spirit/VSA in Actiont, Vol, 11, Issue 3, 2006  

  • Judy Birke, “Message Sometimes Lost in Medium in ALL’S Texture”, The New Haven Register, September 9, 2006  

  • Sophia Louisa Lee, “Satsuma Gallery Celebrates Vibrant Summer Solstice”, Studio City Sun, July 14, 2006, page 21  

  • Rachael Steele, “Barbara Romain--Depth Perception;” Newsletter on the Arts,  Fall 2003

  • Don Wanlass, “Art Enthusiast Uses Local Business for Exhibits”, La Ola/The News(Serving Montebello, Pico& Santa Fe Springs), June 28, 2001  

  • Leslie Berestein, “A classic Culmination”, Los Angeles Times, City Times, May 7, 1995

  • Nancy Kapitanoff, “Mixing Media,” Los Angeles Times, Valley Edition, p. 6, March 1, 1994  

  • Erin Aubry, “Don’t Myth It”, Los Angeles Times, p. 24, (March 28, 1993)

  • Lisa Priester, “The Ego & Eye/the World of the Arts/Barbara Romain & Mark rude”, Fiz Magazine, Vol. 1 #3 p.90 (September, 1992)

  • Mira-Lani Oglesby, “On Barbara Romain’s Poolshark”, Newsletter on the Arts, 1989.
     

BIOGRAPHICAL
 

Barbara Romain was born and raised in Philadelphia.  She moved to Los Angeles in 1972 where she married and raised a son. In 1984 she was diagnosed with a retinal degenerative disease and since then has been legally blind. Besides teaching and painting, she studies piano as well as attending ceramics and printmaking workshops at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.