Barbara Takenaga

1949, North Platte, NE –

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Born in 1949, Barbara Takenaga was raised in North Platte, Nebraska, where her father was a doctor. In 1972, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree followed by a Master of Fine Arts in 1978, both from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Takenaga resides in New York City and Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she is a Professor of Art at Williams College.

Solo exhibitions have been shown at the Brattleboro Museum of Art, Vermont; Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado; CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas; McKenzie Fine Art, New York; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, California; James Graham & Sons, New York; Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and the College of Wooster Art Museum, Ohio. Selected group shows include Big Bang! Abstract Painting for the 21st Century, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; Invitational Painting of Arts and Letters, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; 179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, The National Academy of Design, New York; Accumulations; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York; New Prints 2003/Winter, International Print Center, New York; and Elbows and Tea Leaves, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado.

Takenaga’s work is included in numerous public collections including Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock; CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts; The Hallmark Fine Arts Program, Kansas City, Missouri; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California; and Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney

The Museum of Nebraska Art holds 4 works by Barbara Takenaga.

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Barbara Takenaga, Red and Pink, acrylic on dried roses on wood panel, 2005