Barber Paints People is a celebration of Barber's work in deconstructed portraits of people. Join and discover the humanity that unites us, through the scope of Barber's painted collages. PACE will be exhibiting 13 of Barber’s works.


Barber was born in Detroit, the youngest of four children. Inspired by his mother and family, and hoping to use his art to support the transition from youth to adulthood, he attended the Atlanta College of Art, where he majored in painting. He continued his education journey at the University of Iowa, studying conceptual art. He ultimately graduated cum laude with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Barber found his way to the Omaha metro via his fellowship at The Union for Contemporary Art.


“Art is a conversation… My art isn’t just one thing. I want people to find themselves in their own way, in the work, and to identify with it on their own terms,” said Barber. His work moves away from conventional figurative painting, representing the subject of the painting and their body abstractly with varying materials, which removes preconceived notions and allows the viewer to experience the piece with fresh eyes, unweighted by assumptions. 


An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 3 from 6:00-8:00 PM, with short remarks from Barber the Artist and Community Leader, Adam Van Osdel, PACE Program & Gallery Director, and Danna Kehm, PACE CEO. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.


Barber will also speak more in-depth about his work and process on Thursday, September 17 from 8:00-9:00 PM.


This post originated as a press release from Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment (PACE).

This post was originally published on September 2, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.