Stories of the Street
Stories of the Street | (detail)
Everything You Think We Are
Everything You Think We Are | (detail)
Installation at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA
We Are Very Proud
Mojo Mama
Plastic Fantastic
Plastic Fantastic | (detail)
Artifacts From the Future
Artifacts From the Future | (detail)
Shapeshifting Sisters
Power to the People
Death Maze
Mystic and Aquatic Friends
I Am Everyone
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Member Portfolio

Barbara Schulman

Bethlehem, PA


Artist's Biography

Barbara Schulman holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiberarts from Kent State University in Ohio, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Art Education. She taught design and textiles at at Kutztown University, North Carolina State University, Weber University in Utah, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Kent State University.
She has exhibited throughout the United States and in Korea, France, Canada, the Philippines, and twice in the Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department in Baku, Azerbaijan and Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. She has lectured on Contemporary American Textiles in England, Scotland, Ecuador, and throughout the United States, including presentations for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Speaker’s Program. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, the Allentown Art Museum, Lehigh Valley Health Network, American Express Company, Carolina Power and Light, and has been shown in Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine,The Language of Making, 500 Baskets and in seven volumes of the Fiberarts Design Books. Her work has been seen in the following exhibitions: Korea Bojagi Forum in Seoul, The Art of Basketry in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Fifth International of Tapestry and Fiber Art in Beauvais, France; The Fiberart International in Pittsburgh, PA; the Quilt National in Athens, Ohio, and in solo exhibitions at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center in Allentown, PA, and the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey.
Awarded two Visual Arts Fellowships in Crafts by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Barbara is Professor Emeritus, Kutztown University and a full-time studio artist.


Kent State University, Kent, OH
MFA, Fiberarts
Kent State University, Kent, OH
BS, Art Education
Teaching Experience
1992 - 2011
Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Professor of Art, Head of Fibers Program
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Weber State University, Ogden, UT
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Kent State University, Kent, OH
Kutztown University Research Grant
Visual Arts Fellowship in Crafts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Selected Lectures & Workshops

Lecture: Reuse, Recycle, ReCreate, Quilt Guilds in Milford, NJ and Bethlehem, PA
Lecture: Contemporary Art Quilts, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Lecture: Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers
Workshops and lectures on work at Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ:
Experimental Quiltmaking
Mixed Media Textile Surfaces
Textile Collage
Needlework: Basics and Beyond
Workshop: Silkscreen Printed Fabric and Art Quilts, with Wendy Osterweil, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
University Summer Graduate Program Intensive
Workshop: Designing Quilts From Your Own Screenprinted Fabric, with Wendy Osterweil;
Kutztown University Summer Graduate Program
Lecture on Work for the Art Quilt Network of New York, New York, NY
Lecture: Color Can’t Hurt You, Embroiderers Guild of Allentown, Allentown, PA
Lecture: Art Quilts of the 21st Century, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX
Workshop: Knotless Net Forms, Universidad del Azuay, Cuenca, Ecuador
Lecture: Contemporary American Fiberart, Universidad del Azuay and Universidad de Cuenca,
Cuenca, Ecuador
Workshop: Non-Traditional Needlework, Erie Art Museum; Erie, PA
Lecture: Contemporary Needlework, and Workshop: Non-Traditional Needlework, Fiberart
Guild of Pittsburgh, PA
Lectures for the PA Humanities Council Speakers Program:
Contradicting Tradition: Contemporary Art Quilts, presented at: Erie Art Museum, Chester Library, and Newport Arts Council
Not Just Pretty Pictures: Today's Needlearts, presented at: Lebanon Library and Allentown Art Museum
Keynote Speaker and gallery talk, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Guest Lecturer on work, Lock Haven University; Lock Haven, PA
Convergence 98 Weaver's Conference, Atlanta, GA:
Lecture: Humor in Fiber Arts
Workshop: Creating New Ideas by Unblocking the Ordinary
Guest Lecturer on Contemporary American Crafts:
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham, England
Glasgow School of Art; Glasgow, Scotland
Selected Permanent Collections
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Bethlehem City Art Collection, Bethlehem, PA
Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA
Cardiac Specialists, Center for Advanced Health Care, Allentown, PA
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Music Department, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA
Penn Corp Financial, Durham, NC
Carolina Power and Light, Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic, Raleigh, NC
Bell Northern Research, Research Triangle Park, NC
First Union National Bank, Raleigh, NC
St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, MT
Triad Center, Salt Lake City, UT
First Interstate Bank, Salt Lake City, UT
Eclecon, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
American Express, Salt Lake City, UT
LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA
Richmond, Virginia Public Schools, VA
Virginia Art Education Association, VA
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Exhibitions

For full resume please visit Barbara Schulman's website

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, Allentown, PA
Fox Optical Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
The Banana Factory Art Center, Bethlehem, PA
Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
Home and Planet, Bethlehem, PA
Real People 2021, Old Courthouse Art Center, Woodstock, IL
Narratives: Combining Text and Art, Town Hall Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY
Political Discord, Las Lagunas Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, 2020 (online), and Small Works (online), 2021
Shape Shifting, Visions Museum, San Diego, CA
Online Exhibition
The Contemporary Art of Quilting, Ann Street Gallery, Newburg, NY
Fiber Deconstructed, Penn State Lehigh Valley, PA
Three Person Exhibit
Fifth Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2018 - 2019
Sketched Out, Kemerer Museum, Bethlehem, PA
Korea Bojagi Forum, Seoul, South Korea
RED, Textile Study Group of NY, NOHO-M55 Gallery, New York, NY
Six-Person Exhibit, Bethlehem House Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
Korea Bojagi Forum, Seoul, South Korea
Yardworks, Textile Study Group of NY, Durst Building, New York, NY
Expressions in Fiberart 2016, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
Third Biennial Self-Portrait Exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
2015 Members Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
2014 - 2017
Radical Elements National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, traveling exhibition
2013 - 2014
Assemblage, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
2011 - 2015
Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
2011 - 2013
9X9X3, Textile Study Group of New York, NOHO Gallery, NYC, traveling exhibition
2007 - 2010
Sum of the Parts, Surface Design Association traveling exhibition
A Survey of Baskets Today Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ
2006 - 2007
In Response to Healing, traveling exhibition
Nothing New: Fiber Art From Recycled Materials, Minneapolis, MN
A Tribute to Fiber Art, APEX Gallery, Washington, DC
Fiber For The Future, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
Baskets-Sculptural Constructions, Thirteen Moons Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Contemporary Baskets, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL
Contemporary Baskets, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Fifth International of Tapestry and Fiber Art, Beauvais, France
2001 - 2003
Art in Embassies Program of the U.S. Department of State, Baku, Azerbaijan
Five Person Exhibit, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Three Person Exhibit, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Sculpture Objects and Functional Art (SOFA), Chicago, IL
Allentown Art Museum 27th Juried Show, Allentown, PA
Livres des poetes (femmes), Berkeley Arts Center, Berkeley, CA
Squared Off, Rye Art Center, Rye, NY
Niche Awards Finalist, Philadelphia Buyer's Market of American Crafts

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