Born in Wichita, Kansas, Deborah Barr holds a Masters of Fine Art Degree from San Jose State University and a BA from Mills College where she studied with Hung Liu. She has held exhibitions of her work in the USA; Colombia, South America; Nairobi, Africa and Moscow, Russia. She has won sundry awards for her work, including the American Business Women’s Association National Achievement Award. She won a scholarship to study at The National Academy of Art and Design to study mural making and has completed murals at the MJC Performing Arts Center and Kaiser Hospital to name a few.
Barr has taught art at Colombia College, Merced College, San Jose State University, and is a full time Professor at Modesto Junior College in California, USA. She teaches Beginning Painting, Advanced Painting, Basic Drawing, Art Appreciation and Color and Design.
Deborah has also been the US representative (1997-99) for the Bevey-Gate International Youth Programme, Heal The World, a project based in Nairobi, Kenya; US representative (1997-99) for the Russian based project Children’s Dreams, an international traveling art and concert exhibition; and the officially designated U.S. representative (1996-98) for the organization “Wings Of The World”, an idea which originated in Russia that is intended to bring attention and assistance to the needs of children around the world.
Barr draws on her interest in anthropology and the worlds spiritual and cultural traditions.