Her undergraduate and graduate work allowed her to explore a range of media from clay to steel, oil to water based media, woodcuts, etching, lithography to monotype. This creative toolbox informs her work and her working process. Always able to choose the medium and material that aligns with the image-making she pursues. Her visual background and teaching priority includes the ability to draw representationally from life and curiosity about varied and unfamiliar things, believing that visual discipline allows one the freedom to work abstractly by choice, not necessity, and that openness to new ideas, disciplines, and cultures enriches one’s sensibilities.
Whether inspired by a nor’easter, a sound, the scent of a spring morning, a shadow in the fog, branches against the sky, the tragic, and the joyful, she seeks to translate the breadth and essence of its meaning in a variety of media.
Her art offers a compression of time, able to be revealed by the viewer through their own visual journey with the work. Rather than trapping a particular scene or subject in time, she seeks to set it free. Not unlike a poet as they fit words together in revelatory or explosive ways, she seeks to fit her marks, strokes, shapes, values, and colors in similar ways but whose meanings transcend specific definition.
In March of 2017 she exhibited her work in a solo show entitled Time Being at Bromfield Gallery at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End (SOWA), where she is a member. Founded in 1975, the Bromfield Gallery is one of Boston’s premier artist-run galleries. With an emphasis on New England artists, Bromfield shows contemporary art in all media, including printmaking, sculpture, painting, and drawing, as well as video, installation, and new media.
Her work can be seen at the Bromfield Gallery.
Barbara Burgess Maier, retired Professor of Fine Arts, taught over twenty different studio courses at Endicott College and authored others that crossed traditional boundaries of discipline and media. Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Teaching, she sustained her commitment to inspire students toward an openness and curiosity that would continue to fuel their passion for art and living.
Both publishing her work and lecturing on creativity and the impact of media & technology on the creative process, she presented numerous papers at The School of Visual Arts National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in NYC.
In addition to being held in private collections both the the United States and abroad, her work has been shown at the corporate offices of Arthur D. Little and Raytheon, at Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, solo exhibitions in the galleries at Salem State University, Merrimack College, Rhode Island College, sabbatical exhibitions at Endicott College, as well as group exhibitions including Gallery Della-Piana, Kensington Stobart Gallery, and The Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY.
She is an artist member of the Bromfield Gallery at 450 Harrison Avenue in Boston and the Artist Association of Nantucket.
A graduate of Endicott College, Skidmore College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she studied with artists, Jack Murray, Richard Upton, and James Hendricks respectively.