Barbara Brandel


Barbara Brandel

Barbara's artworks are scattered throughout the US and beyond. An award-winning textile artist for 25 years, she was a two-time prize winner in Tucson Museum of Art's Biennial, and her works in fiber have been featured in American Craft , Fiberarts, Ornament, surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Design books 5 & 7, and local and regional media. She is currently working in 3 very different mediums in series since 2000: mixed media paintings on paper or canvas, depicting textiles, plant forms, and hand-made objects; mixed media collages with re-cycled postage stamps and maps, featuring figures, costumes, hands, and objects; and 2-D and 3-D mixed media assemblages with recycled buttons, used in joyful abundance.   


As I was working my way through life-drawing classes, I thought I would become a painter, but I became intrigued with Fiber Art and weaving. I continued on that path for 25 years, and while learning about Textile Arts from other times and cultures,  I developed a deep appreciation and respect for all those makers of objects and textiles. When I switched to painting, I began with homages to those anonymous artisans and their handmade works. Later, my paintings explore my world close-by, depicting inside objects and landscape just outside. Other explorations and series also intrude. The painted collages with re-cycled world stamps and maps speak of the similarities and uniqueness in each of us, with sometimes humorous juxtapositions. Assemblages of re-claimed buttons, used in abundance, make up an entirely different series of work. I live to make art, and beauty rules. 


b. 1950, Des Moines, Iowa
Lives and works in Tucson, Arizona

  • 2013Featured Artist, Tohono Chul Park, Welcome Gallery
  • 2012World Travelers: The Collages of Barbara Brandel, Tucson/Pima Arts Council, Pioneer Bldg
  • 2011Barbara Brandel - Sacred Threads, Global Arts Gallery
  • 20102D/3D, Lakes Art Center
  • 2007Flights of Fancy: Postage Stamps, Clothing, and a Little Imagination, Tucson International Airport
  • 2005Textile Works: Barbara Brandel, Chandler Center for the Arts
  • 2013Paper Panache, Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • 2013Small Things Considered: 21st Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery
  • 2012Horse Country: Horses of the Southwest, Tohono Chul Park Gallery
  • 2012Small Things Considered: 20th Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery
  • 2011Arizona Valentine, Phoenix Airport Museum, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2011Thunder at Coos Art Museum: Motorcycles and Art, Coos Bay, OR
  • 2011SmallThings Considered: 19th Invitational, Davis Dominguez Gallery
  • 2011Artists' Book Cornucopia, Abecedarian Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 2010Tohono Chul Park A-Z, Tohono Chul Park Gallery
  • 200917th Small Works Initational, Davis Dominguez Gallery
  • 200829th Contemporary Crafts, Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ
  • 20052005 Emerging Artist, Phoenix Home & Garden
  • 19972nd Place Mutterer Award, Tucson Museum of Art, Biennial
  • 1994Juror's Award, Shemer Center for the Arts, Beyond Technique
  • 19931st Place Mutterer Award, Tucson Museum of Art, Biennial
  • 1993Purchase Award, Arizona Commission on the Arts
PO Box 65361
Tucson, AZ 85728
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