Meet the Juror

Rehema Barber
Rehema C. Barber Chief Curator for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA)
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Juror's lecture with awards announced with Rehema Barber

This weekend, Sunday, April 18th, 2pm

Rehema C. Barber is the Chief Curator for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA). Formerly, Barber was the Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University and has also worked for various institutions such as: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's School of Art + Design (UIUC), University of Memphis, Memphis College of Art, Power House Memphis, The Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Athenueum Museum of Art, where she has taught and lectured extensively. Barber has been a participant in the 2018 Getty Leadership Institute, the 2012 Japan Foundation's Curatorial Exchange Program, the Getty Leadership Institute: The Next Generation in 2007, the Henry Luce Foundation Jewish Art Institute at NYU in 2006, and a 2001 Romare Bearden Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Barber has written for various publications and blogs such as The Commercial Appeal, Fiber Arts, International Review of African American Art, Number Magazine, and Sixty Inches From Center among other outlets. In fall 2019, Barber contributed to the Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection catalogue, published by the Saint Louis Art Museum, and contributed an essay, entitled "Picturing Freedom: The Legacy of Representing Black Womanhood," in The Routledge Companion to African American Art History, edited by Eddie Chambers. She also wrote for and co-edited the exhibition catalogue In the Eye of the Beholder, published spring of 2019. Barber holds a B.A. in Art History from Roosevelt University, an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a certification in Elementary and Secondary Art Education from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. Currently, she is working on shows with Todd Gray, Yunfei Ji, and collaborating on an exhibition about constructions of masculinity in the 20th and 21st centuries with Larry Ossei Mensah. She is also a 2020 participant in the Art Writing Workshop sponsored by the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and AICA-USA.