Lives in Las Cruces, NM
1971 B.A., University of Illinois, Chicago (Plastic and Graphic Art: printmaking)
1973 M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago (photography)
2016 Society for Photographic Education Honored Educator, presented at Midwest Region Conference in St. Louis
2023 Doña Ana Arts Council, Newcomer Award
2015 Retired, now Professor Emerita of Art/Photography, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
1998-2015 Professor of Art, Coordinator of Photography, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
1992-1998 Chair and Professor of Art, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
1986-1990 Chair of Art Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver.
1974-1992 Professor of Art/Photography and Electronic Media at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Solo Exhibitions: (selected)
2013 Power & Protection, Hutson Gallery, The Carnegie Art Center, Director's Award Exhibit, Covington KY
2010 Changing India, One Woman at a Time, sabbatical photographs, Third Floor Gallery, Northern Kentucky University
2007 dancing with galileo, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY (installation with video)
2006 dancing with galileo, Carnegie Center for Visual & Performing Arts, Duveneck Gallery, Covington KY(Installation with video)
2000 Digital Art Museum, online solo exhibition (February) (Invitational)
1999 Journey, Northern Kentucky University (Installation of digital photographs and objects)
1989 Fate or Fortune, Regis College, Denver.
1985 Learning the Sport, University of Arizona, Tucson. (Installation)
1983 Learning the Sport/ Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Sebastian-Moore Gallery, Denver. (Important, invitational, four one-person shows-installation piece)
1983 Learning the Sport/Baseball, Museum, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO. (Important, invitational, three one-person shows---installation and performance piece)
1982 B.C. Space, Laguna Beach, California
1981 Color Works, Santa Barbara, California
1978 University of Colorado, Boulder, University Memorial Center
1976 UCLA, Photography Studios.
1976 University of New Mexico
1975 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1975 Phoenix College, Phoenix, Arizona
1975 University of Colorado, Boulder, Art Department
Group Exhibitions: (selected; scope and importance noted)
2023 50th Anniversary Print Sale, LightWork, Syracuse NY (national, curated)
2023 Last Minute, La Mecha Gallery, El Paso TX, (regional group)
2023 Unfinished Business:Women's Power of Persistance, Doña Ana Arts Council Gallery, Las Cruces NM (regional, curated)
2022 PhotOH2, Iris Cafe, Cincinnati, OH (regional curated)
2020, 20121 Think Square 4 and 5, COLAB, Cincinnati, OH (regional, curated)
2019, 2022 Think Square, Think Gallery, Newport, KY (regional, curated)
2019 Auto/Update, The Carnegie Art Center, main gallery, FotoFocus exhibit (regional, juried)
2019 Lensless, University of Louisville Cressman Center for Visual Arts (national curated by Mitch Eckert)
2018 FotoFocus ARCHIVE[negative] project, Manifest Drawing Center, curated and produced by Michael Wilson
2017 International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, Passageways II: SPE Honored Educators and their students, curated by Susan Dooley
2016 Foto Founders, curated by Diane Kruer for FotoFocus at Beheringer-Crawford Museum, Covington KY
2014 Global Focus, Xavier University (FotoFocus Exhibit)(curated, regional)
2014 INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum (juried, international)
2014 Community Sourced Art Portfolio (CSA), The Carnegie Art Center, Covington, KY (curated by Matt Distel 1 of 9 artists)
2013 Artist as Activists, Northern Kentucky University Galleries (curated by Saad Goshn, regional exhibit and book)
2013 Tangibles: Beauty and the purpose in the Art of the Book, Northern Arizona University Museum (juried, national)
2013 40 Artists/40 Years: Selections from the Light Work Collection, NYC and Syracuse NY, (curated, historical, national, representing 1978)
2012 Reporting Back, a survey of documentary photography, FotoFocus Cincinnati 2012, NKU Art Gallleries (curated, national, important)
2011 Science, Poetry and the Photographic Image, Trois Gallery SCAD, Atlanta and ASU Northlight Gallery (curated, national traveling)
2011 Artists as Activists, Artisans Enterprise Center, Covington, KY
2010 Outside America, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago
2010 Astronomy, Central Booking Gallery, Brooklyn NY (national, invited)
2008 Monuments to the Passing Epoch, Borey Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia (international, curated)
2008 Art and Amnesty International, Greenwich Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (regional, curated)
2007 Rebels and Revelers: Experimental Photography 1970s & 1980s - Gifts from the Joyce & Ted Strauss Collection, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (historical national, group)
2006, 2005. 2004 Print Collector's Auction, Texas Photographic Society, Austin, TX (regional, curated)
2006 Altered States, Riffe Gallery of the Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, OH (regional, curated)
2006 Members Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, San Francisco and Houston (national, juried)
2005 Altered States, Weston Art Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH (regional, curated)
2004, 2006 Carnegie Art Center fundraising auction exhibition, Covington, KY (regional, invitational)
2004 The Walking Up Is Equal to the Walking Down, Kings College, Hampstead, London (show with students of CCSA)
2004 Stand and Be Counted, Visual Artists for Kerry, Glassworks, Louisville (invitational)
2004 SummerFair Select: An Exhibition of Grant Winners 2001-2003, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (group, curated)
2004 Postcards, Gallery Salveo at the Health Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, (group, curated)
2003 Traditional Values/New Directions, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH (3 person, invitational)
2003 OKI, New Art, Northern Kentucky University (regional, juried)
2003 Digital, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH (national, curated)
2002 Photographic Edge Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (national, curated)
2002 Ars Akademia, Artery Gallery, Newport, KY (invitational)
2001 Visions of Italy, Risch Gallery, Ft. Thomas, KY (invitational);
2001 Mertin Viewed, pARTs Photographic Arts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (invitational);
2001 Kentucky Foundation for Women Grant Recipients exhibit, ArtsWatch, Louisville, KY;
2000 Latest Development: Focus on Regional Photographers, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington WV (invited)
2000 Regional Group Show, Chitlaw Gallery, Art Academy of Cincinnati (invitational)
1998 Visiting Artist Alliance Group Exhibit, Machine Shop, UC, Cincinnati (regional, invitational)
1997 Digital Visions, Chidlaw Gallery, Art Academy of Cincinnati (national, curated)
1995 Art on the Square Sculpture Invitational, Tower Place, Cincinnati, OH (local, invitational)
1994 Art on the Square Invitational, 5/3 Bank, Cincinnati, OH (local, invitational)
1994 Camera Obscura/Obscura Camera , alumni photography exhibit, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (national, curated)
1993 New to the Collection, Scripts Howard Corporation, Cincinnati, OH (national, curated)
1993 New Selections - Our Collections, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (faculty show)
1993 New Acquisitions Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO (Curated)
1991 Under Southwestern Light, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO (Regional, juried)
1990 Metro Faculty Group Exhibit, Gensler and Associates/Architects, Denver (Local, invitational)
1990 LEARNING THE SPORT: UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS, Auction Nine-Oh! For the Love of Art, Denver Art Museum, Alliance for Contemporary Art Auction with catalog. (Regional, invitational, purchased for the collection of the DAM)
1989 Out of Context, Pirate Gallery, Denver, CO. (Local, invitational, installation)
1989 Sculpture in the Park, Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, CO. (Regional, invitational, installation)
1989 Books in the Mind, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO. (Regional, invitational, video installation)
1989 The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO. (Regional, invitational, video installation with Mary Hemmingway-Emrich)
1989 Photography is Dead, Sibyl-Wohle Gallery, Fine Art Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. (National, invitational, computer graphics)
1988 DENVER, 22 Views, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO. (Local, invitational, sculpture/sound installation piece)
1988 New Tools: Computer Art, Grant Street Art Center, Denver, CO. (Local, invitational, installation piece)
1987 A Book of Family Tales, River Gallery, Denver, CO. (Local, 2-person, invitational, video/book/installation piece)
1987 Small Sculpture and Painting, Department of Art, University of Denver, Denver, CO. (Regional, invitational)
1987 Art to Own, YWCA Gallery, Denver, CO. (Local, invitational)
1986 What's New, Hudson's Gallery, Denver, CO. (Local, invitational)
1986 With the Land, Sonoma State University, CA. (National, invitational)
1986 Dave Adams Selects: Group Show Power Plant Art Center, Fort Collins, CO. (Regional, invitational
1986 I Always Cheat at Croquet, Center for Idea Art, Denver, CO. (Local, two-person, invitational, photo/video installation)
1986 Prisoners of Conscience, Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada, CO. (Important regional, invitational, video/sculpture installation)
1986 Metro Art Faculty Show, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO. (Local, video installation with memos entitled A Rain of Terror)
1985 Photograms, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI. (Important, national, invitational)
1985 The Art of Tattoo, City of Denver, CO. (Large exhibition including installation piece with videotape, photographs, and large photo cut outs. Produced with Mary Jones for a city arts festival.)
1984 Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge. (Invitational, installation)
1984 Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Artium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs. (Invitational, 2-person, installation)
1984 The Miracle Girl, Emmanuel Gallery, Auraria Campus, Denver. (Local, invitational, photo/video installation)
1984 El Dia de Los Muertos, Pirate Gallery, Denver. (Invitational, photo installation)
1983 New Epiphanies, Ohio Foundation on the Arts. (Important traveling invitational show)
1982 Sacred Heart Schools, Menlo Park, California. (Invitational)
1982 American Photography Today, University of Denver. (National, invitational)
1982 Colorado: State of the Arts, Colorado Photographers, Denver Art Museum. (Important, local, invitational)
1982 New American Photographs, San Bernadino State University, San Bernadino, California (Important, national, invitational)
1982 Lensless Photography, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA. (Important, national, invitational)
1981,1983 Contemporary Photoworks, AUA, Albuquerque. (National, juried)
1981 University Memorial Center Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder. (Invitational)
1980 Four Corners Show, Arizona State University, Tempe. (Important, regional, juried)
1980 Colorado Photographers Show, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Group Show, invitational)
1979 University of Northern Michigan, Marquette, Michigan. (Invitational)
1979,1982 Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge. (Local, invitational)
1978 University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. (Invitational)
1978 Apieron Workshops, Millerton, New York. (Invitational)
1977,1979 J. Magnin Gallery, Denver. (Local, invitational)
1977,1979 Boulder Art Center, Boulder. (Local, juried)
1977 Franconia College, Franconia, New Hampshire. (Invitational, 3 person)
1977 Three Visiting Artists, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. (Invitational)
1977 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. (Invitational)
1976 Contemporary Women in Photography, Womanspace, Boulder. (Local , invitational)
1975 First Innerview, University of Nebraska. (National, juried)
1975 Hand Colored Photographs, Ohio Silver Gallery, Los Angeles. (Invitational)
1975 University of Colorado, Boulder. (Local, juried)
1975 Photography, a Women's Show, Denver. (Local, juried)
1974 First National Bank of Chicago. (Important, local, Invitational)
1974 Metropolitan State College, Denver, Two person show. (Local, invitational)
1973 74th Chicago and Vicinity Show, Art Institute of Chicago. (Important regional, juried)
1973,1975,1976 New Photographics, Central Washington State University. (National, juried)
Visiting Artist and lectures: (selected)
2016 Honored Educator Presentation at Midwest Region Society for Photographic Education conference in St. Louis.
2008 The Democratization of the Photo Book panel, National Society for Photographic Education Conference, Denver.
2008 Resource Artist for Kentucky Foundation for Women workshop on Art Meets Activism Grant, Boone County Library, Burlington, KY
2005 Lecture on state of digital photo in higher ed, 2nd International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, Hyderabad India
2005 Workshop: Curriculum 101: integrating digital into your classes, National Society for Photographic Education Conference.
2001 Image Maker presentation, Midwest Society for Photographic Education conference
1996 Memphis College of Art (2 day residence)
1995 College Art Association, San Antonio, TX (panel lecture)
1993 University of Kentucky, Lexington. (lecture)
1991 California State University, Fullerton. (lecture)
1990 London Semester Program, American Institute for Foreign Study at University of London College, MSCD faculty, Fall semester 1990.
1990 Middlesex Polytechnic, London, GB. (lecture)
1990 Derbyshire College of Higher Education, Derby, GB. (lecture, seminar)
1985 University of Arizona. (lecture)
1984 University of Connecticut. (lecture)
1983-1976 Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, CO. (workshops)
1982 Florida State University, Tallahassee. (lecture)
1978 Light Work, Artist in Residence Program, Syracuse University. (resident, lecture, workshop)
1978, 1976,1975 University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. (lectures and workshop)
1977 University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO. (workshops)
1976,1972 University of Illinois, Chicago. (resident, lecture)
1976,1975 Summervail Workshop, Vail, CO. (workshop)
Photographs/writing/books published or articles about: (selected)
2021, 2022 Colorado Photo History Blog, Rupert Jenkins curator, Barbara Houghton interview: part 1 &2, Outside Influences.
2015 Greater Cincinnati, Artists as Activists, Saad Goshn, editor/curator, Goshn Publishing. Chapter about my work.
2011 Street Vibes Newspaper, Artists as Activists: Saad Goshn, contributing writer, April 18th, http://streetvibes.wordpress.com/2011/04/18/women-helping-women/
2008 Visual Art Blog, Sara Pearce, Cincinnati Enquirer, 3/13/08
2008 Design Notebook, blog article Web Site of the Week: Barbara Houghton by Melanie Spencer, Austin American Statesman newspaper, Austin, TX 2/08/08
2007 Photograph published in Robert Hirsch’s Light and Lens
2005 Chapter on Art and Music co-author for textbook for Prentice Hall by Author M.D. Roblyer 4th Edition Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching
2004 Stand and Be Counted: Visual Artists for Kerry website
2004 SummerFair Select, An Exhibition of Grant Winners 2001-2003 catalog
2003 irhine.com on-line local magazine, issue September 2003, OKI at NKU is AOK. at http://www.irhine.com/index.jsp?page=home_nkuoki_091403
2001 The Internet and Art, a guidebook for artists, Prentice Hall publishers (authored textbook)
1999 Cincinnati Magazine, Special Millennium Issue, Meet the Future, In the Eye of the Beholder, December (photograph)
1999 CityBeat, Cincinnati, volume January 28-Febuary3, 1999, image and review of the journey
1998 Contact Sheet 97 25th Anniversary Edition, LightWork, Syracuse University
1992 Ten.8 Photo Paperback, Digital Dialogues, Volume 2, Number 2, Autumn 1991, published in Great Britain
1991 Marion Post Wolcott, Essays and Monographs in Colorado History, Number 111990, from the Colorado Historical Society, book review
1989 Westword, December 20
1989 Westword, December 26
1988 Fotografik-Lichtgrafik-Lichtmalerei. Bildgebende Fotografie. Ursprunge, Konzepte und Spezifika einer Kunstform. Gottfried Jaeger. Published by DuMont in Cologne. 1988. Cover photograph and three color photographs published.
1986 Rocky Mountain News/Weekend, August 8
1986 Prisoners of Conscience, catalog, Arvada Center
1986 Tattoo, Vol. 4, Spring
1986 Muse, August/September
1986 Prisoners of Conscience, videotape by Danny Salazar, KRMA Channel 12
1985 Milwaukee Journal, August 11
1985 John Michael Kohler Art Center, May/June & July/Aug.
1985 Network, November
1984 Artspace, Spring & Summer
1984 Rocky Mountain News, August 29 & November 23
1983 Artspace, Fall
1983 Rocky Mountain News, June 10 & December 16
1982 Rocky Mountain News, August 27
1982 Artweek, November 12
1981 Artspace, April
1980 Rocky Mountain Magazine Calendar, August
1979 Modern Photography, June
1979 Rocky Mountain Magazine, November
1977 Westword, September 29
1976 Artweek, Vol. 7, No. 20, June
1975 Rocky Mountain News, Oct. 26
1975 Exposure, Vol. 13. 4, December. (Journal of the Society for Photographic Education)
1972 M.F.A.--Art Institute--Chicago
Artist Books: (handbound, selected)
2021 Mama Don’t, self covered digitally printed, accordion book
2021 Kismet, codex stitched, hard cover digitally printed book
2021 The Lesson, self covered digitally printed, accordion book
2021 Bouquet, self covered digitally printed, accordion book
2021 from the moment, self covered, one page one folded book
2021 dancing iris, self covered, one page one folded book
2021 Bill, self covered, digitally printed, accordion book that folds into a day of the dead altar
2015 Family Stories, hard bound with safety pins, archival printed
2013 Power & Protection, self covered, digitally printed accordion book
Self Published books: (selected) available through blurb.com
2018 Political Prayers redux
2017 Political Prayers v2
2015 Power & Protection
2013 A Couple of Family Stories
2011 the wolf at the door
2011 Another Chapter in the Kids Saga
2010 Changing India, one woman at a time
2009 They Love to Paint
2009 Australia Lessons
2007 dancing with galileo
2007 Katie's Cookbook, in her own hand
2007 bouquet: just wanted to send you some flowers
2007 Popular Culture
2007 Always Looking for Ganesh
2007 Of Time and Place
Grants & Grant Projects Directed: (selected)
2014 FotoFocus at NKU Two Exhibitions and Visiting Photographers' Lectures with Michael Nick Nichols and Joel Sartore; funded by Darlene Anderson, FotoFocus, and NKU.
2010 Summer Fellowship, Northern Kentucky University to work on Changing India exhibition
2010 Sabbatical Leave Spring Semester, Northern Kentucky University (research travel to photograph in India)
2007 Collaborative Faculty-Student Grant, College of Arts and Sciences to document the digital photo workshops at Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts with Joe Koehl, student collaborator.
2005-7 Art Meets Activism grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women, OK! So this is what it looks like. Digital photo workshops for girls conducted at Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts by NKU art faculty and students.
2002 Project Grant, Northern Kentucky University
2002 Aid to Individual Artists Grant, Summerfair, Inc.
2002 Kentucky Foundation for Women, Artist Enrichment Program Grant.
2000 Professional Assistance Grant, Kentucky Arts Council.
2000 Kentucky Foundation for Women, Individual Artist Grant.
1994 Individual Artist Grant in Photography, Ohio Arts Council.
1993 Faculty Project Grant, Northern Kentucky University, Terra Incognita - Unknown Territory project.
1990 Development Grant, MSCD, Colorado Artists DataBank. To publish interactive videodisc and HyperCard stack.
1988 Consortium Grant, State Colleges of Colorado. To do research for a video laser-disc DataBank for Creative Artists in Colorado.
1986 Interdisciplinary Grant, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM. Grant to produce a video installation piece, funded by NEA and Rockerfeller Foundation.
1980 Polaroid Education Grant.
1979 Visiting Photographers Lecture Series, co-directed with Sandy Hume, funded by National Endowment for the Arts for Metropolitan State College of Denver.
1979 Colorado Council for the Arts and Humanities, assistance grant for the From This Land survey project.
1979 Colorado Humanities Council Mini-grant, co-directed with Sandy Hume, Visiting Artists Lecture Series.
1978 Visiting Photographers Program, funded by National Endowment for the Arts for Metropolitan State College of Denver.
1978 Photographic Survey, co-directed with Sandy Hume, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Project: From This Land, a survey of mining in Colorado and the West.
International Study Courses Taught:
2014 Spring Break, Art and Architecture in London with Lisa Jameson and Marc Leone from NKU.
2011 NKU Spring On-line Course Beneath the Surface Ancient and Modern Greece with Theatre with travel to Greece in May.
2008-9 Cooperative Center for Study Abroad - Winter Australia Program through Northern Kentucky University.
2006-7 Cooperative Center for Study Abroad - Winter India Program through Northern Kentucky University.
2005 Spring Break Italy Study Abroad through Northern Kentucky University with Kevin Muente. Following in the Footsteps of Geniuses: Michelangelo and Galileo in Florence and Rome.
2004 Cooperative Center for Study Abroad - London Summer Program through Northern Kentucky University.
2002 Cooperative Center for Study Abroad - Late Ireland Program through Northern Kentucky University
2000 Cooperative Center for Study Abroad - Scotland/England Program through Northern Kentucky University.
1990 American Institute for Foreign Study - London Semester Program through Metropolitan State College
Work in Public Collections: (selected)
The Getty, Los Angeles, CA.
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA.
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson.
Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, CO.
Light Work, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
ARCO Collection, Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Denver and Houston.
AMOCO Collection, AMOCO Corporation, Denver, CO.
Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, NY.
History Colorado museum, Denver, CO (From This Land: a photographic survey of mining in Colorado and the West)
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
State of Colorado, Art in Public Places Collection at Colorado Highway Patrol in Golden.
Scripts Howard Corporation, Cincinnati, OH.
Arizona State University Northlight Gallery in the School of Art, Tempe, AZ
2022 Organizing Committee, Framing Place & Time, a gathering/reunion celebrating Colorado Photo Education 1970s-1990, Trinidad CO.
2012 Juror, State College Pennsylvania Arts Council, public art for city library exterior.
2011 Juror, Oklahoma City Arts Festival for Oklahoma City Arts Council.
2010 Metropolitan State College, Center for the Visual Arts, 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibit Juror and guest speaker.
2008 Juror, Penn State Architecture/Landscape committee for Architecture Library public art piece.
2005 Juror, Greater Gulf Coast Festival of the Arts.
2001, 2007 Juror, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.
1996-2001 Visiting Artist Alliance, Treasurer.
1993-1999 Board Member, National Council of Art Administrators. Publications Editor
1993-2001 Friends of Fine Arts, Northern Kentucky University
1991 Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities Artist in Residence, and Media Artist grants, Grant Panel Juror.
1990-1992 Metropolitan State College Center for the Visual Arts Advisory Council.
1990,92 Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities, Multidisciplinary Grant, Grant Panel Juror.
1989,88 Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, Art in Public Places, Grant Panel Juror.
1989,88 Metropolitan State College Foundation, Advisory Board, Institutional Advancement.
1988 Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities, Individual Artist Program, Advisory Panel.
1986-1990 Colorado Council on the Arts & Humanities, Art in Public Places, Grant Panel Juror.
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