Leslie Barlow is a practicing artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Primarily an oil painter. Barlow’s current work uses the figure and narrative elements to talk about issues related to multiculturalism, “otherness”, and identity. Barlow attended the University of Wisconsin- Stout where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and minor in Business Administration, with Honors. Currently she is a student in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, with a prospective graduation of Spring 2016.
Barlow has exhibited her work throughout the Midwest and has received numerous awards for her paintings. Most recently she received a Third Place award in the Minnesota State Fair Juried Exhibition in 2015 for a large oil painting from her latest series. In 2014, another painting from the same series also received an Honorable Mention in the national juried exhibition at the Washington Pavilion Museum of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, SD. She will be appearing in the season 7 television segment of TPT’s Minnesota Original, airing early 2016. In the fall of 2016 her work can also be seen at the new US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, where she was commissioned by the Vikings team to create 6 portrait paintings of iconic Vikings players.
In addition to school, Barlow currently works as the Gallery Manager for a new exhibition space Waiting Room (directed by Jehra Patrick), and is a board member of the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a non-profit arts organization. Barlow has a keen interest in arts programming and organization management, and has over 400 hours of volunteer work with the Soap Factory, a contemporary and experimental gallery in Minneapolis, serving as the Public Relations Intern in 2011 and as Co-Director of the Volunteer Biennial exhibition in 2012. Barlow has also worked for the Art Department at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and during her undergraduate education Barlow helped start and manage an artist co-op gallery.
Recently it was announced that Leslie Barlow will be a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient. She will also be the resident artist at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA for October 2016.
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