Barbara F. Kendrick, Professor Emerita, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, received her B.F.A. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University. She has exhibited her work in France, England and Greece as well as throughout the United States. She has received fellowships from the Millay Colony, the MacDowell Colony, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Other residencies include Yaddo, Jentel, Ragdale, Bemis, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Cergy-Pontoise, France, Fundacio Artigas, Gallifa, Spain and the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, Shirley Holden Helberg, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
“Barbara Kendrick’s collages operate like a cat among the pigeons. Collage is a medium of rupture and re-contextualization. Every piece of a collage works to create something new but at the same time connects to its past use. Her works create complex psychological spatial organizations that flow back and forth between the anxieties of the abject and the sublime. Kendrick’s collages have an improvisational twisting and turning that is as unpredictable yet as purposeful as a murmuration of starlings. Collage always suggests absence, something came from somewhere else, and Kendrick’s intense image fragments manipulate this psychological potential into assertive, energetic turns of desire and loss.”
Tim van Laar
Ornithology exhibition catalog, 2015