Barbara Joann Combs, artist, art educator, community arts collaborator born in Los Angeles, California, has worked within the discipline of visual arts since childhood. Barbara holds a B.A. with distinction in visual arts from Fayetteville State University, exhibited in galleries, completed commissioned works and has a silkscreen mosaic acquired by a permanent collection in North Carolina. She was prompted to pursue a degree in community art after seven years of dialogue with teens wrestling with issues of self esteem, lacking direction and needing to discover their potential.
Awarded a MA and MFA in Community Arts with a Certificate in the College Teaching of Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, Barbara has worked with five communities facilitating quilt projects. Currently she works with children, teens and adults at the Goodnow Community Center. “I want to inspire people’s creativity, strengthen their self-esteem and help them find peace and joy through art that expresses their individual voice.”
Currently working part-time for Civic Works, Inc as an Education Program Assistant Supervisor at Goodnow Community Center.