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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Colleen Barry

B. 1981 Colleen currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY. A student of the National Academy of Design, the Harlem Studio of Art, the Hudson River Landscape School, and the Water Street Atelier, she has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. As a student, she exhibited her work at the National Academy of Art, The National Arts Club, the Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center, and Frost and Reed Gallery in London and NY.

While attending The National Academy of Design, Colleen studied independently with Ghanaian painter Sam Adoquei. In 2004, sculptor Greg Wyatt awarded her the Newington-Cropsy Award which sent her to Italy to study the Italian masters. Upon her return home, Colleen began a 2 year study under Andrea Smith at the Harlem Studio of Art in New York City.

In 2008, Colleen began a 4 year course of study with painter Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier in New York City. It was here that Colleen immersed herself in the study of human anatomy, figure and portrait painting.

Colleen resided at the American Academy in Rome as a visiting artist for three months in September 2011. Afterward she traveled extensively throughout Europe copying old master paintings in the great museums of Rome, Florence and Paris.


2011/2008 The Water Street Atelier under Jacob Collins

2007 The Grand Central Academy under Ted Minoff and Travis Schlaht

2008/2007 The Hudson River Landscape School

2007/2005 Harlem Studio School, New York, NY

Under Andrea J. Smith

2004/1998 Studio of Sam Adoquei, New York, NY

Under Sam Adoquei

2004/1997 National Academy of Design, New York, NY

Under Sam Adoquei

2003/2002 Arts Students League, NY


2010 Art Renewal Center Scholarship 2nd Place

2010 GCA Scholarship Award 5,000.00

2004 The Newington Cropsy Foundation Study Grant, Summer Study in Italy

2002 Traveling Scholarship for 3 year Certificate Recipients

2002 Samuel Tilden, Award for oil painting

2001 The National Arts Club 26th Annual Student Show Award Winner

2000 The Ernest and Helen Adams Scholarship

2000 The Lucrizia Bori Foundation Scholarship

2000 The National Academy School of Fine Arts, Award for Distinction in Portrait

2000 Nina Schick Scholarship

1999 Ralph Weiler Mid-Year Student Exhibition Award for Painting

1999 The Roy Lichtenstein Award for Excellence in Art (Dwight School)

1999 Excellence Achieved in Visual Arts (Dwight School)

1999 Outstanding Effort in Visual Arts (Dwight School)

Private Collections

Mr. Jacob Collins

Mrs. J. Steinberg

Mr. R. Ramsey

Mr.Travis Schlaht

Ms. Kathleen Turner

Ms. Drew Barrymore

Ms. Charline Spektor

Mr. Stephen Sphan

Mr. Gordon Joost

Mr. Henry Joost

Ms. Trisha Cashin

Ms. Sharon Rush

Mr. Gabriel Nussbaum

Mr. Martin Mckeon

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