Allen Barber

Allen Barber (1939 - 1994) was born in Philadelphia, PA and received his BFA from the Tyler School of Fine Arts. His extensive career ranged from international and domestic exhibitions in Peru, Amsterdam and Portugal to Philadelphia, Michigan and New York.  His passion for teaching led him to be chosen as an instructor at both the Brooklyn Museum Art School and Parsons Fine Arts. Barber created an extensive body of work that touches on the political, social and humorous aspects of the world we live in. Working across varied media; painting, drawings, prints and sculpture, Allen’s unique perspective and engaging imagery sets his work apart while inviting the viewer into Barber’s world.

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Born September 24, 1939 Philadelphia, PA 

Died July 15, 1994 Brooklyn, NY

Posthumous Exhibitions

2012 Works from the Estate of Allen Barber, Adamari Fine Art, New York, NY

2008  Wit on Wry, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

1972-2007  Margro Manor – Yearly Group Art Show

1997  The Joe and Emily Lowe Gallery at Hudson Guild, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions

1993  “Observations of the Human Condition” 

              Kaaterskill Gallery, Hudson, NY

1991  United Artist Theatre, New York, NY

1990  Green County Council on the Arts, Catskill, NY

              Israel through a friends eyes” Hamburger Exhibition Hall, Bloomfield Hills, MI

              A Friends View of Israel Today” March 24-31 Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit,               West Bloomfield, MI

1989  Fine Arts Galålery, Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Israel

               Clover Hill, Brooklyn, NY

1988  Binational Center for USIS, Lima, Peru

1983  Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn NY

1979  Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn NY

1978  West Beth, New York, NY

1972  The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

1969  252 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1968  The Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY

               York Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

1967  252 Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

               Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, PA

               Philadelphia Print Club, Philadelphia PA

1966    Socrates Parakis Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

               The York Art Center, York, PA

1965  University of Arkansas Medical School, Little Rock, AR

               University of S.W. Missouri, Springfield, MI

               Kansas State College, Pittsburgh, KS

               Towne Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1964  DeBorge Gallery, Curacao, Netherland Antilles

               Galerie de Drie Hendricken, Amsterdam

               Galerie de Boog, Curaco

1963  Pratt Graphic Art Center, New York, NY

              Dirhencrick Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

 Galerie Gravura, Lisbon, Portugal

1962  Pratt Institue, New York, NY

               Philadelphia Print Club, Philadelphia, PA

Group Shows

1993  Greene County Council of the Arts, Inc. DINNER IS SERVED

               Mountaintop Gallery: MONOCHROME DRAWINGS

               E.S. Vandam: A-Z 0-9

               The Drawing Center: THE RETURN OF THE CADAVRE EXQUIS

               Galeria Icpna Miraflores, Peru: SSANOS DE ARTES PLASTICAS EN EL ICPNA

1992  A.I.R. Gallery: CHOICE

               Brooklyn Waterfront Artists: OUT OF THE WOODS

               Coldfish Gallery: WOOD

               Parsons School of Design: SMALL WORKS

1991  Parsons School of Design: ANNUAL LEAVE SHOW

               A.I.R. Gallery: SMALL WORLS INVITATIONAL

1987  Lehigh Valley Arts Project

              Easton Arts Conservatory

1967  Hunterdon County Art Center

1965    DeCordova Museum

               The Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress

               Oklahoma Museum of Art, Spring Field Museum

               Ball State Teachers College, Indiana

               Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Tennesee

1964  Nelson Gallery, Kansas City MO

               Parsons School of Design

              Cowles Myles Collier Art Galleries Weslyan College

1962  Pasadena Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum,               Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY, , A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn Downtown Artists, Greene County                Council of the Arts, The Drawing Center, NYC, E.S. Vandam, NYC, Mountaintop Gallery, Windham,                NY. Traveling prints exhibition through Latin America.


The Museum of Modern Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Philadelphia Museum of art; Yale University; U.S. Embassy, Lisbon Portugal; Binational Center, Lima, Peru; Philadelphia Free Library; Stephens College, MO; Arkansas College, Batesville, AR; Patten Corporation; Computer Training Systems, and other private collections.


BFA, Tyler School of Fine Arts; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

S.W. Hayter, Paris France

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR


1972-1994  Parsons School of Design, NY, NY

1988-1989  Bezalel Academy of the Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

1969-1972  Hunter College, New York, NY; Instructor, beginning and advanced sculpture

1968-1974  The Brooklyn Museum Art School; Instructor in the Max Beckman Scholarship Class and                             Director of Public Information

1967-1968  Prints in progress, Philadelphia, PA; Lecture series sponsored by a Ford Foundation Grant

1965-1966  Kansas State College, Pittsburgh, KS: Instructor of design,  drawing and watercolor


AWARDS  New York Art Directors Club; The American Institute of Graphic Arts; The Copy Club of New York; The AD Club of Chicago; The Advertising Club of New York; The Philadelphia Print Club; The Society of American Graphic Arts; New School Development Gran, Interarts.

ARTICLES   Commercial art has been written about in Life, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Advertising Age, CA Magazine Paris Match, Stern and Graphics.

REVIEWS  Shows have been reviewed by the New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Albany Times Union, The Woodstock Times, Newsweek, Time, European, as well as South American and Middle Eastern dailies and Magazines. Additionally, shows have been featured on cultural programming of Voice of America, and television/radio stations in the Americas.