Hunter College, New York, NY
Ramapo College, NJ
Barbara Smith Gioia discovered her love of art at a young age through her time spent in the outdoors finding natural clay in her neighborhood creek or appropriating natural materials for use in collage. As a teen she studied oil painting and discovered dance and jazz. Her foray into printmaking as an undergraduate student ignited her fervent interest in process. Combining mediums later proved to be a satisfying way to explore the interconnectedness of things. Music and everyday occurrences inform her work in subtle ways. She believes in art as a force for good, a source of joy and a venue for probing and questioning life.
Smith Gioia exhibits her work widely and her work is in many private collections throughout the Northeast. Collectors living with her work remark on how dynamic the paintings are; offering them something new everyday as living, breathing things. She works out of her studio at Atlas Industries in Newburgh, NY. and welcomes studio visits by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to her studio work, her passion for the arts led her to teaching and a greater involvement with cultural and educational centers. She has taught all ages and has produced arts events and curated exhibitions.
Teaching, Curatorial & Art Events
2001 -2008 Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY — Designing and teaching collection based workshops.
2008 - 2015 Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY — Education Coordinator and Community Outreach and Development, Instructor, Director of Summer Arts Program for students K-12.
2009 - 2014 Current, outdoor sculpture exhibition at Boscobel House and Garden in Garrison, NY. Served on the curatorial committee and acted as installation manager.
2011 - Labyrinth at the Grail Produced and coordinated the construction of a stone labyrinth on the grounds of the Grail International Women’s Center in Cornwall,NY.
2009 River Journey, Produced and curated an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Donahue Memorial Park, Cornwall on Hudson; received a Hudson Fulton Quadrecentennial Grant from Orange County Planning
2009 Hudson River Day Organized and directed art activities relating to the Hudson Fulton Quadrecentennial Celebration.
1998-2000 Fall Farm Festival Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall, NY Produced and created one-day event celebrating local traditional crafts, music and sheep herding. Craft demonstrations included weaving, spinning, and quilting
2001-2002 Community Sculpture Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall, NY Supervised the construction of a large scale community sculpture using reed and wire.