Hunter College, NY, NY
Ramapo College, NJ
Barbara Smith was born in New Jersey and pursued art and dance from a young age. After discovering printmaking as an undergraduate student, her interest in combining mediums was established and she found it to be a great way to explore the interconnectedness of things. Music and everyday occurrences inform her work in subtle ways. Her passion for the arts led her to teaching and further involvement with cultural and educational centers. She has taught all ages and has produced arts events and curated exhibitions. Her experience includes teaching workshops at Storm King Art Center, directing Summer Arts programs and acting as Education Coordinator at Garrison Art Center in Garrison. She partnered in curating sculpture exhibitions at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison and curated an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Donahue Park in Cornwall on Hudson. She believes in art as a force for good, a source of joy, and in the importance of exhibiting and sharing what we do. Her work is in many private collections throughout the Northeast.
She is married and has two grown children. She assumed her husband’s more exotic name of Gioia as a nom de guerre to spice up her name and to experience the thrill of always having to spell her name for people and to correct their pronunciation: Gioia (joya).