Barbara  Gothard

 

Biography:

 

Barbara Gothard is a Palm Springs, California-based artist whose approach to her artworks, and life, is evolution.   A self-described “fighting optimist” whose artwork’s themes include dream-like metaphors of contradictions, which convey the painting’s “story” of introspection, reflection and hope, by the viewer.  The contrasts  reflect the cross-disciplinary linkages emanating from her global business and educational experiences.

 

Having weathered her own dramatic personal changes as an indirect catalyst to significant professional changes, she understands the delicate relationship between desire and results.  From Illinois roots to global business and residencies, she is compelled to translate these obstacles-as-opportunities into unfolding mysteries.  Evolving from one transition to another on her non-linear career path, Gothard grew up in a landlocked town in Illinois, always dreaming of traveling.  She has traveled the world through.  Her risks, although not always calculated, have become an integral part of this evolution. 

 

Gothard’s interest in art was identified early resulting in Saturday art classes, continuing with a focus on art during high school in Springfield, Illinois, Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earning a Master’s degree from Long Island University, culminating with a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  Gothard gained an appreciation for the importance of understanding the basics, developing increased sensitivity inherent in oil, watercolor, installation and now digital paintings.   Her path has zigzagged from artist, art teacher to principal while raising a family and finishing a Ph.D. to leaving education and changing family status; to joining the corporate sector for a multi-national fast food company then joining the entrepreneurial ranks as founder of a public affairs consulting firm; a return to the corporate sector for a leading multi-national chemical company, but this time in South Africa at a time of tremendous national change, which lead to another transition of “giving back” in the form of managing an iconic non-profit organization.

Résumé:

Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions

2019

Mojave Made, Hangar Galleries, Santa Monica, CA

Artists Council, University of California-Palm Desert, CA

 

2018

JTAG Artists Studio Art Show, Joshua Tree, CA

Climate Change Summit, University of California-Palm Desert, CA

Gestalt Project 144, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Experimental Exhibition (Installation), Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree, CA

The Other Art Fair LA, Presented by Saatchi Art, Los Angeles, CA

Life In The Cracks, Invitational, Group Show, San Bernadino County Museum, Redlands, CA

Palm Springs Art Museum Artists CouncilThird Annual Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley, Juried, UC Riverside-Palm Desert, Palm Desert, CA

Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council in collaboration with Art Patron Magazine, ART Palm Springs 2018

Bold & Bright, 2018 Palm Springs Annual Juried Art Show, City of Palm Springs, CA

Group Show, Joshua Tree Art Gallery (JTAG), Joshua Tree, CA

Galerie Metanoia, A Single Grain of Rice 4, International Collective Exhibit, Paris, France

 

2017

ART Palm Springs2017, Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Pathways, Contemporary International Women Artists, Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

A Mystical Journey: My Evolutionary Existence, Solo Survey Exhibit, Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA

Artists Council at University of California Riverside-Palm Desert, CA

Turn On the Lights, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA

Art Comes Alive National Juried Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH

 

 

2016

Metamorphosis, Joshua Tree Art Gallery

Palm Springs Art Museum 2016 Artists Council Exhibition

Galerie Metanoia, It is the fascinating power of the artists …(vol III)

2016 Palm Springs Fine Arts Fair, Jorge Mendez Gallery, Booth #300

2016 Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley, University of California Riverside-Palm Desert

 

2015

Galerie Metanoia, A Single Grain of Rice 3, International Collective Exhibit, Paris, France

Cambria, Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council, Palm Dessert, CA

Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Climate Change,Joshua Tree, CA

Jorge Mendez Gallery, 2015 Group of 7 International Women Artists, Palm Springs, CA

Copper Mountain College, Invention Reinvention, Joshua Tree, CA

2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA

The Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs Artists Council Exhibit, Palm Springs, CA

 

2014

Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Abracadabra, Joshua Tree, CA

Palm Springs Art Museum2014 Artist Council Exhibit, Palm Springs, CA

Desert Aids Project, Palm Springs, CA

City of Palm Springs, Pedaling, Palm Springs, CA

Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Places, Joshua Tree, CA

Linus Galleries, Dream States, Long Beach and Pasadena, CA

 

2013

City of Palm Springs 75th Anniversary Exhibit                                            

 

2012

Palm Springs Art Museum, Artists Council Selection, Palm Springs, CA

                                    

Numerous Exhibits Prior to 2010 with works in private and institutional collections in  United Kingdom, France, South Africa and the United States(New York; Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania; Connecticut; Michigan; Illinois; Texas; New Mexico; Arizona; and California

 

Galleries

Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA

 

Awards

7th ArtSlant Artists Showcase Winner, International, 2013, 2016

Best of Show-Most Inventive, Invention ReinventionCopper Mountain College, Joshua Tree, CA

 

Curatorial

2015, Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Exhibition, Palm Springs, CA

2014 - 2015, Monthly Exhibits of Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council members at The Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs, CA

 

Contributor

2018, Four Emerging Artists Intersect at Joshua Tree Highlands Artists Residence, ART Patron Magazine, November/December

The Studio Buckingham Group, ART Patron Magazine, Sept/emberOctober

A Lifetime of BUYING WHAT I LIKE, ART Patron Magazine, July/August

Marvin Cohn’s $5 Art Class: The Catalyst for a Lifetime of Painting, Art Patron Magazine March/April 

2017, A New Way of THINKING About ART: Questions and Answers with Barbara Gothard, Art Patron Magazine Palm Springs, November/December 2017

2016, Curator and Editor, Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Exhibition Catalogue

2015, Curator and Editor, Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Exhibition Catalogue

2014, Editor, Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council Exhibition Catalogue

 

Grants

2012 - 2013,  Artist Outreach Program, The Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation, San Diego, CA 

 

 

Memberships

Advisory Board, Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

Advisory Board, California Desert Arts Council

Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council, Past President, Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors

International Women’s Forum

 

Recent Selected Articles, Radio and Television

Barbara Gothard, Artists Talk Magazine, London, UK, November/December 2018

A New Way of THINKING About ART: Q & A with Barbara Gothard,Art Patron Magazine, 2017

The Kaleidoscopic, Mystical-Surrealist Work of Artist Barbara Gothard, Huffington Post, 2016; The Mystical-Surrealism Work of Artist Barbara Gothard Is An Invitation to the Fantastic, JustLuxe, 2016 Surrealism and the Desert of Dreams, California Desert Art

Brushstrokes of Her Life, Palm Springs Life, 2016 Palm Springs artist reveals path to optimism, The Desert Sun, 2015  

Eye on the Desert, KESQ, 2015.

 

Selected Speaking Engagements

An Arts Grant Journey, California Desert Arts Council Art Salon, Panel Discussion, 2017

Palm Springs Museum Artists Council, 1450 FM Progressive Talk, 2014

International Research Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002

Women Leaders in a Global Economy, Prague, Czech Republic, 2001

South African Communications 2000 Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 2000

U.S. Information AmPart Program, United Kingdom and Israel, 1990

International Association of Business Communicators, New York, N.Y. 2001

South African Communications 2000 Conference, Pretoria, South Africa

 

Education

Directors Education and Certification Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Ph.D., Educational Administration, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Master’s, Art and Art Education, Long Island University, Greenvale, NY
Bachelor’s, Arts and Art Education, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI