Lu Ann Barrow

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Lu Ann  Barrow Over the Hills _ Through the Woods
Over the Hills & Through the Woods, 2010
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in
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Lu Ann Barrow (b. 1934)

Artist Lu Ann Barrow was born in Rosenberg, Texas, in 1934, and studied with William Lester and Dan Wingren while earning her BFA at the University of Texas, Austin. Barrow paints the joys and journeys of life with a folkloric style of pointillism.  She celebrates everyday life with a light-hearted attitude through her focus on themes of rural Texas life, Biblical stories, and her travels to Egypt and Turkey. 

Dana Friis-Hansen, Director of the Austin Museum of Art, wrote in the 2006 Lu Ann Barrow catalogue: "Lu Ann Barrow is a true Texas treasure, a gifted painter and keen observer of not only local lifestyles, but of humanity around the globe. Barrow has an uncanny sense for mixing the gravity of life's blessings with a "lightness of being" that connects everyday pleasures with the great secular and religious  lessons of life. Her painting style is deceptively simple, yet each canvas rewards serious looking, both for her deft use of color and pattern, as well as the way the content is carried by evocative scenes. Barrow's compositions appear to be embroidered as she renders every detail with precise dots and refined strokes of paint. Her visual parables are full of intricate patterns and lively colors that play off one another and invite the viewer to become involved and narrate their own story of what is happening in the lives of these painted characters". 

Of her paintings, Barrow says: They reflect the bits and pieces, patterns and flow of my life and what I observe of the people and situations around me. The results are often allegorical and nostalgic. Many times they reveal things in the end that I was not aware of when I first conceived the idea."

Since 1959, she has regularly exhibited in Austin and Dallas, and was recognized with a traveling retrospective exhibition and catalogue in 2006. Her work was selected to represent the Texas Book Festival in 1999 and the National Book Festival in 2001. Barrow has been represented by Valley House Gallery since 1993 where she has had 5 solo exhibitions.

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Mary, Full of Grace Invitational Advent Show, ArtReach Gallery, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas.
2015 Menagerie, Art and the Animal Kingdom, goup exhibition, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas
2014 60th Anniversary Exhibition: A Celebration of Valley House Artists, group exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2013 Like: Artists inspiring Artists, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Texas (invited by Cindi Holt)
2013 Anniversary Exhibition, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2011 The Good Earth (a group exhibition), Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2011 Lu Ann Barrow: Journeys, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Texas
2010 Park Cities Presbyterian Church Arts Festival 2010: Manger, Magi, and Majesty, Dallas, Texas
2008 Texas Tour: 100 Years of Texas Landscape Painting, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2007 now and then: contemporary and early texas artists, Gallery 2, Department of Art and Design, Joann Cole Mitte Building, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas
2006 Lu Ann Barrow Retrospective, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2006 Friends for the Journey: The Paintings of Lu Ann Barrow, Longview Museum of Art, Longview, Texas
2006 Lu Ann Barrow’s “Soul-Journers”: Friends, Family, and the Fabric of Daily Life, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
2005 Kenneth Threadgill Concert Series Artist Invitational Exhibition, Municipal Auditorium, Greenville, Texas
2005 Valley House Exhibition, Masur Museum, Monroe, Louisiana
2004 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2003 43rd Annual Invitational Exhibit, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas
2002 The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2002 Art Atlanta, Art Fair, Atlanta, GA (Valley House Gallery)
2002 McNay Art Fair, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
2000 The Art Show, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York (Valley House Gallery)
2000 Dallas International Art & Antique Fair, The Dallas International Pavilion at Victory, Dallas, Texas
1999-2000 Biblical Art Center, exhibition, The Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas 
1999 The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1999 Lu Ann Barrow Paints the Common Uncommonly, Broadway Baptist Church, one person show, Fort Worth, Texas
1999 USArtists99, art fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1999 Lu Ann Barrow: Recent Work, Valley House Gallery, one person show, Dallas, Texas
1998 The Figure: An Invitational Exhibition, group show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1998 USArtists98, art fair, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1997 The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1997 Texas Natural Wonders, group show, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 Lu Ann Barrow: New Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1997 USArtists97, art fair, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1996 Art Miami, art fair, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida (Valley House Gallery)
1996 Glimpses of Eden, group show, Adair Margo Gallery, El Paso, Texas
1996 USArtists96, art fair, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1995 The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1995 Art of the Garden, group show, The Art Center, Waco, Texas
1995 Lu Ann Barrow: Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1995 USArtists95, art fair, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1994 ARTexas, 500 Inc., Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
1994 The Art Show, Art Dealers Association of America, Seventh Regiment Armory, New York, New York (Valley House Gallery)
1994 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1994 USArtists94, art fair, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1993 ARTexas, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas (Valley House Gallery)
1993 Lu Ann Barrow: Paintings, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1993 USArtists93, art fair, 33rd Street Armory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Valley House Gallery)
1992 Creative Spirit I, Invitational Art Exhibition, Concordia Lutheran College, Austin, Texas
1992 Lu Ann Barrow: A 25 Year Retrospective, Wunderlich Gallery, Austin, Texas
1991 Third Annual Celebration of the Arts, St. John the Divine Art Show, The Episcopalian, Houston, Texas, (prize)
1991 Wunderlich Gallery, one person show, Austin Texas
1991 Arts and Religion Symposium Feature Artist, Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
1989 Private one person exhibition, Austin, Texas
1988 Soul-Journers: Exhibition and Sale, Austin, Texas
1985 Private one person exhibition, Austin, Texas
1980 Wagner Gallery, one person show, Austin, Texas
1976 William Hoey, Lu Ann Barrow, and David Everett, three person show, Pecan Square Gallery, Austin, Texas
1975 Fairmount Gallery, group show, Dallas, Texas
1975 Fairmount Gallery, two person show, Dallas, Texas
1974 Texas Fine Arts Association, 63rd Annual Exhibition, Austin, Texas, (Holstein and Bois D'Arcs)
1974 Yule Exhibit, Fairmount Gallery, Dallas, Texas
1971 Sol del Rio, one person show, San Antonio, Texas
1971 Texas Fine Art Association, annual exhibition, Austin, Texas
1970 Texas Fine Arts Association, 9th Annual Fall Invitational, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas
1970 Texas Fine Arts Association, 59th Annual Exhibition, Austin, Texas, (prize: Ice Follies)
1969 Texas Fine Arts Association, Spring Jury Exhibition, Austin, Texas
1966 8th Annual 8 State Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma (prize: John the Baptist)
1965 Fiesta, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas; yearly through 1980
1965 Texas Fine Arts Association, Citation Exhibition, Austin, Texas
1964 Texas Fine Arts Association Annual State Citation Show, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas (prize: Palm Sunday)
1964 Texas Fine Arts Association, Region One Citation Exhibition, Elisabeth Ney Museum, Austin, Texas, (prize: Palm Sunday)
1964 Texas Fine Arts Association, 53rd Spring Jury Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas (prize: Palm Sunday)
1963 Second Annual National Exhibition of Small Paintings, traveling exhibition: (jurors: Doel Reed, Walter Kuhlman), Albuquerque, New Mexico, (prize: Paper Dolls)
1962 National Exhibition of Small paintings, Albuquerque, New Mexico, (jurors: James Forrest, Clinton Adams)
1961 32nd Annual Dallas County Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas
1960 31st Annual Dallas County Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas 
1959 30th Annual Dallas County Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas 
1959 Prospects of 1959, Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas 

Selected Public Collections

Exxon Corporation, Las Colinas, Texas
Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, Pinehurst, North Carolina
Ross Vick and Associates, Dallas, Texas
Texas Service Life Insurance, Austin, Texas
The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
U.S. Trust, Dallas, Texas

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