Barbara Straussberg

Painting/Fiber Arts

Archived Works

Artist's Biography

Barbara Straussberg's acrylic paintings are included in numerous corporate, museum and private collections including: Biggs Museum of American Art, Fox Rothschild, and Brandywine Realty Company. She was recently awarded an artist Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a merit-based grant to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a Distinction in Art History, and studied painting and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her studio is located in the Norristown Arts Building, a vibrant collective of artists’ studios and galleries in the Philadelphia area.

Artist's Statement

As an artist, my materials and how I use them, are the essence of my art. I am always looking for new ways to apply the paint. Painting and drawing work in unison to form a complete and truthful painting. The act of painting is a personal journey to find out how I can more fully express my response to my surroundings. Subconsciously, I draw from nature and the world around me to record in a personal language what I see and feel through paint. A distinct palette emerges and my work conveys a strong sense of moment and place. Color is my primary form of expression, but I also rely on line, form, surface texture, pattern and collage.

Along with my paintings, I produce a series of works on paper which inspire and inform my paintings. There is a unique dialogue between the two forms, which is integral to the development of my entire body of work. I employ a variety of techniques in applying the paint such as dripping, rubbing, and scratching. The tools I use to paint can be as simple and immediate as my fingers and paper rags, which bring me in direct contact with my medium. I am ultimately concerned with my relationship to the painted surface.

In recent years, I have been concentrating on the potential of painting and drawing to go beyond the canvas. Through the medium of printmaking, I was introduced to the ancient Korean paper-manipulating technique of Joomchi, where an artist works layers of handmade paper while wet to form one sheet of paper. I roll the papers to bind the fibers together and open up the paper to create transparency. Additional fragments of paper lithographs are incorporated into the layers using a collage technique.

I approach Joomchi from a painterly background. My focus is on the potential of the paper to reveal the printed image underneath and provide visual interest through texture, lace and line. I’m drawn to the possibility of taking a traditional craft technique used to make clothing and functional objects and reinterpreting it into a contemporary art form.

Selected Exhibitions

Pathways, URBN Headquarters Naval Yard, Philadelphia, PA

Barbara Straussberg, Carolyn and Howard Alber Gallery, Allens Lane Art Center, Philaelphia, PA

Natureworks, Freeman's Auction, Wayne, PA

Amis Trattoria, Devon Yards, Devon, PA

Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Solo, Wayne, PA

Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Solo, Wayne, PA

The Lawrence Gallery at Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA

The Community Music School, Trappe, PA

Virginia S. Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Mona Lisa Gallery, Maplewood, NJ

Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia, PA

The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE, 2007.

JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

JMS Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

Atelier Fine Art Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ

Rosenfeld Gallery, Solo, Philadelphia, PA

Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Une Exposition d'arts Obessionels de la Fibre, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

CRAFT!, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

Into the Woods, InLiquid at Park Towne Place Museum District Residences, Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Craft Exhibition, The Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

The Physicality of Painting, InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Nature of Abstraction, Henry Gallery at Penn State Great Valley, Malvern, PA

New Paintings, Three-Person Show, The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

Biggs Picture Landscape Exhibition , Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE
Purchase Prize

A Celebration of Art & Life, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Three-Person Show, The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

Select New Artists, Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

35th Anniversary Show, The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

Mixed Media: Paintings, Pots and Clay Monoprints, The Station Gallery, Greenville, DE

Small Works Show, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Gawanghwamoon International Art Fair (GIAF), Seoul, Korea

Asian: American: Homogenous, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA

Considering Collage, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ, Invitational

Beneath the Layers, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, NJ

Art Matters 20th Anniversary Show, The Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Non-Objective Abstraction, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

92nd Annual Student Exhibition, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

"Artshow Interview" hosted by Executive Director Craig Stover, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Lieberman, Michael "Nineteen years and counting for Norristown’s Pagus Gallery" Art Blog

Johnson, Tara Lynn "Norristown Arts Building welcomes visitors during Open Studios event" Ticket/Arts & Entertainment, Montgomery Newspapers, December 2014

Cover/Feature Article, Ticket/Arts & Entertainment, Montgomery Newspapers, May 2013

Dell, Larry "Get Out: Hot Stuff" Local Maplewood - New York Times Blog, 2010

Gaslight, Arts &Entertainment, NJ, August 2006

Ticket/Arts & Entertainment, Montgomery Newspapers, March 2005

Strauss, R.B., Art Matters Magazine, PA, January 2005

Nouveau Delaware Valley, PA, October, 2003

Strauss, R.B., Art Matters Magazine, PA, March 2002

Reality Check, ICS Deloitte Employee Quarterly, PA, 1995

Awards and Honors

Artist Fellowship, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

Merit Grant, The Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT

Purchase Prize, Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover, DE

Founder’s Award, The Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltnham, PA

Jim Bachman Memorial Award, Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

American Framing Award, Phila./Tri-State Artists Equity, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA

Liquitex Excellence in Art Product Grant Award, Binney & Smith

Cuff/Samack Prize for Abstract Painting, Honorable Mention, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Atochem Competition Winner, The Annual Beaux Arts Ball, The Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia, PA


Biggs Museum of American Art, Permanent Collection
Fox Rothschild, Wilmington Office
Workplace Environment, Partners Office
Brandywine Realty Corporation, Lobby
SAP America
Nicholson Associates, Board Room
and Private Collections


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Painting Major

The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
BA, Distinction in Art History

1979 - 1980
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL