Bruce Barber Honored by Marquis Who’s Who for Achievements in Art and Art History
Dr. Barber has been pursuing his passions for more than four decades
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA, June 20, 2017, Bruce Barber has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
A prolific artist and art historian, Dr. Barber has excelled in the field his entire life. Early on in his career, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Auckland University School of Fine Arts, a second Master of Fine Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Ph.D. from European Graduate School. A member of the University Arts Association of Canada, The College Art Association, Film Studies Association and the Cinema Studies Association, he has served in many professional roles throughout his career, including a position with the LJB Media Arts Society from 1989 until 2004, the Dalhousie Review in 2001, and the NSCAD Press in 2003 among other editorial appointments. He has also taken on the roles of assistant professor of fine arts at Simon Fraser University, assistant professor of intermedia-studio and art history for Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Director of the MFA Program and Chair of Media Arts, at NSCAD University where he is now a full professor in Media Arts. In 2010 he was also named honorary professor for the Sydney College of Art.
Throughout the course of his career, Dr. Barber has exhibited works all over the world. In the mid-1970s, he demonstrated his art in the Paris and Sydney Biennales, in 1984 “The Art of Memory – The Loss of History,” in New York. Then, throughout the ‘80s into the present, he exhibited his work in London, Warsaw, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland and Venice. Additionally, he has had his work shown in “Meaning Making” at Artspace in Auckland in 2007, “Traffic Conceptual Arts in Canada” in 2010, and “Continental Drift: Conceptual Art in Canada: The 1960s and ‘70s” in 201, and "Personal Structures: Open Borders" in 2017. During his lengthy career, he has been recognized with numerous awards, including by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council in 1977 and 1979, the Canada Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Resources Council of Canada several times between 1982 and 2009. Additionally, he has had the honor of being named to Who’s Who in American Art in their 23rd through 36th editions.
A shining example of skill in his field, Dr. Barber has been included in many bibliographies such as “Remembering Postmodernism,” which was written by M. Cheetham, “Splitting Images,” which was written by L. Hutcheon, and “New Zealand Sculpture: A History,” which was written by M. Dunn. He has also authored and edited his own work in the field, including “Performance Texts & Documents” in 1981, and “Voices of Fire: Art, Rage, Power and The State,” which he co-edited in 1996. Editor of Condé +Beveridge: Class Works (2008); also author of Performance [Performance] and Performers: Essays and Conversations (2 volumes) edited by Marc James Léger (2008), and Trans/Actions: Art, Film and Death (2008), "Littoral Art & Communicative Action" (2013). His critical essays have appeared internationally in numerous anthologies, art journals and magazines. Barber’s interdisciplinary art practice is documented in the publications "Reading Rooms" and "Bruce Barber Work 1970-2008".
Looking toward the future, Dr. Barber intends to experience the continued growth of his artistic career.