Biography

Barbara Groh is a visual Artist who has immersed herself in the creative process for over four decades creating highly personal works of art. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums and has appeared in numerous publications and collections. Groh, who holds a MFA from Vermont College of Norwich University, has shared her talents and life experiences through teaching as well, connecting with and furthering the explorations of students of all ages. She had been on numerous art faculties, primarily the Drawing and Painting Faculty at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She has recently moved her primary residence and studio from the countryside in Sweden, to her studio in Brooklyn, NY. The numerous travels between the two continents continues to inform her visual language as her sense of place, space and time are now influenced by a new home and landscape.



Artist Statement

My visual heritage developed from Abstract Expressionism. As I am primarily an abstract painter, I aspire to have my work affect others as I have been, by provoking thought, emotional experiences, moods, and aesthetic pleasure.


Through my act of exploring in the studio, I strive towards transforming a state of mind, infusing living energy, intuition and concrete particulars into a physical reality. I gather internal and external forces around me to evoke images and expressions onto the canvas: forms in nature, movement, private thoughts and emotions. I use my art to define and enlighten my purpose, in honest expression, in sharing and responding to life in all its reality and mystery.


My painting in oil and acrylic is a continuing narrative focusing on a practice of noticing daily phenomena as it encompasses past experience to the most current expression. A painting may reflect a quiet practice of noticing inner space, peace and presence, and another may reflect a desire and will to express freedom and unencumbered thought. Both encompass the moment and the past – a synthesis of physicality, perception, meditation and inner movement. I hope to instill in the viewer a sense of place and personal recognition through universal states of being.

My earth and clay works serve as grounding meditations. The act of digging, grinding, kneading and sanding is an intuitive transmission that comprises the language of abstract art – the state of self-discovery while creating primary expression.


My drawings serve as calligraphic meditations. Creating and shaping line is an intuitive process of centering myself in the moment – and out of this intimate expression comes fundamental questioning, and rewarding answers.


I see my process of creating visual statements as a transitional passage - to hold the mystery and life force I seek in my work – mirroring my own transformative process and dedication to the power of art in our daily lives.


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WORK AND EDUCATION

1986/02    

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, Fine Arts faculty


2008         

Art Residency through Art Study, Giverny, France


2000          

M.F.A., Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, VT


1995          

B.F.A., Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO


1991/04     

Colorado State University, Denver, CO, faculty


1966/09     

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013          

Cosmic Ebb and Flow, The Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO


2009          

Ritual Circle, Ripagården, Båstad, Sweden


2002          

Images and Inscriptions, Wylie Art Center, Woody Creek, CO


2000          

Vermont College of Norwich University, M.F.A. Graduate Exhibition, Montpelier, VT
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO


1996          

Collective, Foundry Arts, Studio 211, Denver, CO


1995          

Recent Paintings, Broadway Studio, Denver, CO


1989          

Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO


1986          

Carson-Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO


1984          

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO


1983          

Carson-Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2020        

USPS Art Project, InLiquid, Pennsylvania, PA  

USPS Art Project, Art Gym Denver, Denver, CO

USPS Art Project, Sunset Art Studios, Dallas, TX


2018          

High Line Open Studios, Chelsea, NYC, NY


2017          

Moore College of Art Alumni Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA


2016          

Moore College of Art Alumni Exhibition, Curators Kelsie Halliday, Sylvie Patry, Philadelphia, PA
High Line Open Studios, Chelsea, NYC, NY
Postcards From The Edge, Visual Aids, NYC, NY


2015          

High Line Open Studios, Chelsea, NYC, NY


2014          

High Line Open Studios, Chelsea 2014, NYC, NY
Mo’Prints, The Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO
Blurred Lines, The Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO


2013          

New Beginnings, The Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO


2012          

HEDBERG, GROH, KÅBERG, Hallavara, Sweden
Threads, The Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO


2011          

Brooklyn / Hallavara, Groh Studio, Båstad, Sweden


2009          

Side By Side, Ripagården, Ripagården, Båstad, Sweden


2008          

Painting in the Garden, Alliance Francaise de Art Gallery, Denver, CO


2004          

Solsidan Hotel and Conference Center, Torekov, Sweden


2002          

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO


2000          

Dragons / The Sensational Line, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, Denver,CO

39th Annual Faculty Exhibition, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO
Structure and Past Present, Carson Mazuoka Gallery, Denver, CO
Gridlock, Mizel Arts Center / Singer gallery, Denver, CO
Collecting, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO


1999          

Contemporary Colorado, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO


1996          

Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO


1995          

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Fine Arts Faculty, Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Alumni Exhibition, Denver, CO


1994          

Art Students League, Denver, CO


1993          

Recent Acquisitions, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY


1992          

Sangre De Christo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Faculty Drawing Exhibit, Denver, CO


1991          

Diverse Works, One West Contemporary Art Center, Fort Collins, CO


1999          

Broadway Gallery, Denver, CO


1989          

Colorado Chamber of Commerce, selected painting exhibition, Denver, CO


1984          

Brush It On, Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, CO


1986          

Carson-Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO
Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth, TX

1984          

Evelyn Siegel Gallery, Fort Worth, TX


1983          

Houseguests, Linda Durham Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


1982          

Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO


1981          

Immediate Concerns, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO

Three Artists at the Putney, Putney Gallery, Aspen, CO


1980         

 Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO
 3rd Annual Roaring Fork Arts Exhibit, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO


1979          

American Portraits of the Sixties and Seventies, Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Aspen, CO

Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen, CO


1976          

Laguna Gloria Arts Museum, 65th Texas International Art Exhibition, Austin, TX


COLLECTIONS (selected)

The Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY
The Society Center, Cleveland, OH
Snowmass Club, Snowmass, CO
Signature Club, Dallas, TX
Bill Walters Company
Bates Container Corporation
Public Service Company
Deloitte Haskins & Sells
Coopers & Lybrand
Amaco Production Company
Jones Intercable
Karen Kielpikowski
Colorado Bank Shares
Bellco
Cook Energy
Piton Oil Corporation
Embassy Suites Hotels
The Regent Corporation


PUBLICATIONS

Nordvästra Skånes Tidningar
The Denver Post
The Rocky Mountain News
New American Painting
Westword Magazine
The Aspen Times
Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine
Artspace Magazine