NADC Featured Artist of the Month
Barbara Romain is a visual, performing and teaching artist who earned a BFA degree from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and an MFA degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Her award-winning paintings are nationally exhibited in venues ranging from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Art Club of Chicago to Watts Towers Art Center Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2013 her work was featured in ART BLIND, an international exhibit of visually impaired artists in Cologne, Germany. She is the recipient of Artist in Residence awards from the City of Los Angeles Department of cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council, as well as a Teaching Artist Fellowship from VSA Arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She was co-founder/co-director of Art Options, and interdisciplinary arts program for Inner city Los Angeles teenagers from 1992-2007. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Art & Visual Design at Columbia College Hollywood, School of Film & Television in Tarzana, California. Diagnosed with a retinal degenerative disease in 1984, she has “swiss cheese “ holes in her vision and has been legally blind since that time.
Barbara Romain was funded by the Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance grant. For more information click here.
Exhibition venues include: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Holter Museum in Helena MT, The Art Club of Chicago, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery at City Hall and numerous galleries and alternative spaces. In 2013 paintings were featured in a large exhibit, ART BLIND, in Cologne, Germany with workshops given to blind elementary school students and a lecture to a college class at KHM the Koln Media Academy.
Multi-year recipient of Artist in Residence awards from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council.
Teaching Artist Fellow of VSArts, a division of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. 2007
Professor, Columbia College Hollywood, School of Film & Television, Tarzana, CA 1992-present
Co-Founder/ Director, ART OPTIONS, an interdisciplinary arts program for inner-city Los Angeles teenagers. 1991-2007
Instructor, Summer Program, King/ Drew College of Allied Health, Los Angeles.
Performances with Women's Artist Group and Gray Pony poetry ensemble, including playwriting in multiple Los Angeles theater venues.
Associate Director, THEATER AS A LEARNING TOOL, Los Angeles Theater Center, 1985-91.