About the Artist

Artist's Bio

Artist's Statement

Awards and Achievements

Exhibitions

Experience

Education

Memberships

Artist's Bio
Gwendolyn Holbrow grew up all over the United States, attending ten different schools and nine colleges and universities. She later lived in Germany for nine years. Despite dropping out of high school, college, graduate school and medical school, she managed to earn a diploma and two bachelorís degrees, one of which is in art. In addition to being a sculptor and painter, she is an award-winning arts writer, an art teacher, a trained classical singer and the mother of four children. She was not allowed to have her own Barbie doll as a child, and she has filled out way too many forms (see the Universal Application).

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Artist's Statement
Like Semtex, Barbie packs a lot of power into a few ounces of plastic. I am a Barbiologist, taking samples back to my lab to test her qualities, both physical and philosophical. What happens if I take her apart and recombine her in new ways? Add more Barbies? Add Ken? Make her bigger? Put her in a new environment?

Through these experiments, I explore my culture and myself. How am I like her? How am I not? Do I have any of her power? Do I want it? Can I reduce or increase it? Change its direction? What does it mean to be female in America today? Will my society punish me for transgressing boundaries, or will it appreciate new freedom from old limits? I want to expand the definitions of Barbie, of the Self, and of women and our roles.

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Awards and Achievements

     Best of Show for sculpture Queen Kong, Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, Robert Fitzpatrick, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, juror; Cambridge, MA, 2004

     Gold Medal for special exhibit The Root-Children (Die Wurzelkinder), New England Flower Show, Boston, MA, 2004

     Artistís Valentine Grant Competition winner, Nick Capasso, juror, Groton, MA, 2003

     Listed in Whoís Who of American Women, 2002-3 and 2004-5 editions

     Silver Medal for special exhibit The Queenís Croquet-Grounds, New England Flower Show, Boston, MA, 2002

     Jurorís Choice Award for acoustic sculpture Gravity Chimes, Cambridge Art Association SOUND juried show,† 2001

     Cheryl di Mento Memorial Art History Essay Award for Louise Bourgeois, Framingham State College, 2001

     Distinguished Artist, Concord Art Association, 2001

     First prize for tabletop fountain Keep It Clean, Concord Art Association Membersí Juried Show II, 2000

     Second prize for oil painting Anna in a Green Dress, Mass Bay Community College Exhibit and Competition, 2000

     Second prize for oil painting The Burl, Framingham Artistís Guild Annual Fall Exhibit, 1999

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Exhibitions

     Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, juried, Cambridge, MA, 2004

     New England Flower Show Special Exhibit, Massachusetts Horticulture Society, Boston, MA, 2004

     The Human Condition; co-chaired this juried show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2004

     Members Juried Exhibition I, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2004

     New American Crafts & Small Originals, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA. 2003

     Winter Sale, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 2003

     Pushing the Envelope, juried show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2003

     Frances M. Roddy Open Competition, juried show, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2003

     Spring Sale, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, 2003

     Spectral Works, Cambridge Art Associationís University Place Gallery, three-person show, Cambridge, MA, 2002

     Second Annual Middlesex Beat Open Studios, Middlesex County, MA, 2002

     Fiber Arts Invitational, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham, MA, 2002

     Continuing Education Annual Exhibit, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, 2002

     Individual Concerns, Gallery of Social/Political Art, juried show, Boston, MA, 2002

     New England Flower Show, Boston, MA, 2002

     Works On Paper, Juried Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2002

     Stepping Into An Uncertain World, Boott Gallery, Boott Mills Cotton Museum, Lowell, MA, 2002

     Members Juried Exhibition II, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2002

     Artomat, Whitney Museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, 2002

     Wonders on Wood, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2001

     Annual Holiday Sale, Danforth Museum School, Framingham, MA, 2001

     Boston Harbor Show, Museum of the USS Constitution, Juried Show, Boston, MA, 2001

     Holiday Sale, Concord Art Association, Juried Show, Concord, MA, 2001

     Annual Membersí Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Juried Show, Cambridge, MA, 2001

     Fourth Annual Metrowest Juried Art Show, The Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick, MA, 2001

     First Annual Middlesex Beat Open Studios, Middlesex County, MA, 2001

     Concerts on the Green, Framingham, MA, 2001

     New Membersí Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA, 2001

     Spring/Summer Membersí Show, Juried, The Copley Society, Boston, MA, 2001

     SOUND, Cambridge Art Association Juried Show, Cambridge, MA, 2001

     Eleventh Annual Open Invitational Competition and Exhibit, Premier Image Gallery, Ashland, MA, 2001

     Annual Student Exhibit, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham, MA, 2001

     2nd Arches Student Print Exhibition, The Boston Printmakers, Juried Show, Boston, MA, 2001

     Members Juried Exhibition II For Photography, Crafts, Graphics, etc., Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2001

     Members Juried Exhibition I For Painting & Sculpture, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2001

     Trees and Other Small Works, Cambridge Art Association, Juried Show, Cambridge, MA, 2000

     Small Works 2000, The Copley Society, Boston, MA, 2000

     Framingham Artistsí Guild Annual Winter Exhibit and Competition, Framingham Public Library, Framingham, MA, 2000

     Southborough Cultural Arts Center Regional Juried Show, Southborough, MA, 2000

     Mazmanian Gallery 2000 Student Invitational, Framingham, MA, 2000

     Frances M. Roddy Open Competition: The Meaning in Landscape, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2000

     Massachusetts/Hokkaido Student Art Exchange Exhibition,† Boston, MA, 2000

     Concerts on the Green, Framingham, MA, 2000

     Summer Whimsy, Owen Smith Schuman Gallery, Groton Public Library, Groton, MA, 2000

     Animalia and Bestiaries: Honoring All Beings, Juried Show, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2000

     Membersí Juried Exhibition and Sale, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, 2000

     Framingham Tercentennial Country Fair, Framingham, MA, 2000

     Regional Exhibition, Premier Image Gallery, Ashland, MA, 2000

     Annual Student Exhibit, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham, MA, 2000

     Mass Bay Community College Exhibit and Competition, Wellesley, MA, 2000

     Painters Running the Gamut, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA, 2000

     Concord Art Association Membersí Juried Show II, Concord, MA, 2000

     Framingham Artistís Guild Annual Fall Exhibit, Framingham Public Library, Framingham, MA, 1999

     In Celebration of Trees, Juried Show, The Center for the Arts in Natick, Natick, MA, 1999

     Danforth Museum Membersí Juried Show,† Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA, 1999

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Experience

     Lecturer on the art, history and meaning of Barbieģ

     Writer for artsMedia magazine, Boston, MA, covering the arts in New England since 2002

     Instructor of drawing and painting to adults and children at the Danforth Museum Art School, Framingham, MA, since, 2001

     Writer for Middlesex Beat magazine, Groton, MA, covering the arts in Middlesex County since 2001

     Freelance graphic design, writing and editing in Frankfurt, Germany, 1990-1998

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Education

     Childrenís Book Illustration with Ilse Plume at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003

     Bronze foundry with Charles Jones and Laura Baring-Gould at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 2003

     Auto-body repair with Jeff Pelletier at Assabet Valley Technical School, Marlborough, 2003

     Welding and forging with Reid Drum at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 2002

     Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History, Framingham State College, Framingham, MA, 2001; studied with John Anderson, Marc Cote and Jim Eng

     Painting, life drawing and ceramics with Martha Oldham, Michelle Lougee, and Michael Dowling at the Danforth Museum School, Framingham, MA, 1999, 2002

     Commercial Art, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin, 1986-87

     Graduate study in Embryology and Medicine, UW-Madison and Medical College of Wisconsin, 1981-83

     Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980

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Memberships

     New England Sculptors Association

     Cambridge Art Association

     Concord Art Association

     Framingham Artistís Guild

     Society of Childrenís Book Writers and Illustrators

Updated March 22, 2004

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