Barbara Weissberger was born in New Jersey, lived in San Francisco and New York before moving to Pittsburgh where she has been based since 2002. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous national and international residencies including MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Camargo and Bogliasco, and participated in the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions. Her work has been shown at The Drawing Center, Silver Eye Center for Photography, PS1/MoMA, Gridspace in Brooklyn, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, The Mattress Factory, ADA Gallery, The Missoula Art Museum and more. Her improvisational photographs, photo quilts and soft sculptures are concerned with bodies, perception and sensation.



Awards/Grants/Residencies

The Bogliasco Foundation, Italy, 2018

VCCA France, 2017

The Drawing Center, Open Sessions inaugural year participating artist, 2014 - 2015

The Ragdale Foundation, 2014, 2016, 2018

The Hambidge Center, National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished

Fellowship, Georgia, June 2013

The Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, 2011

Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany 2010

Ucross Foundation, 2009

VCCA, multiple, Heinz Fellow 2007, Dodge Foundation Fellow 2000

Montana Artists Refuge, multiple

Guggenheim Fellowship, 2007

Yaddo, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellow, 2000

MacDowell Colony, 1999, 1997


Selected Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

2020

Mother, solo, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA

The Soft State of Custodia, collaborative installation with Eleanor Aldrich, Bunker Projects, Pittsburgh, PA


2019

Perception, two-person, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

Custodia, collaborative installation with Eleanor Aldrich, Courtside, Knoxville, TN

Barbara Weissberger: One-woman Group Show, solo, Kipp Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


2018

My Own Cozy Homemade Void, solo, Placeholder, Millvale, PA


2017

This Is Not A Sock, solo, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Impact Silhouette, solo, COOP, Nashville, TN

Dirty Work, collaborative installation with Eleanor Aldrich, UAG, University of Pittsburgh, PA


2016

Hive and Double, collaborative installation with Eleanor Aldrich, Grin, Providence, RI

General Delivery 59631, solo, Incident Report, Hudson, NY


2014

Pulse of Plasma, solo, Gridspace, Brooklyn, NY


2012

Meat Horizon, solo, The Holter Museum, Helena, MT, catalogue


2011

The Liver’s Ten Kinds of Desire, solo, Artspace New Haven, CT


2009

Meaty Pastoral, solo, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA


2008

Are We Just Going To Stand And Watch This?, Solo, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, catalogue


2007

Muscle-licious!, solo, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA


2005

My Hamburger, solo, Capsule Gallery, New York, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

Modicum, Artspace New Haven, CT


2019

_ _ _ _ _ _, organized by Brett Yasko, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA


2018

Pedestrian Rules, three-person, Woskob Family Gallery Penn State, State College, PA


2017

Island, Oasis, Mirage, three-person, Big Medium, Austin, TX


2016

Degrees of Separation, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

John Riegert, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Small Objects On Tables, Flotilla Flotilla, Pittsburgh, PA


2015

Generator, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Name It by Trying to Name It: Open Sessions 2014-2015, (with Eleanor Aldrich), The Drawing Center, NY, NY

Paper Route 66, BravinLee, NY, NY

PhAb Now!, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA

Object + Action + Exchange, Satellite Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV


2014

Across the Short Divide, Knoxville, TN

Natural Enemies, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

Drawing Center Open Sessions at The Poor Farm, Little Wolf, Wisconsin

Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA

Open Sessions: OBJECT+ACTION+EXCHANGE, The Drawing Center, New York, NY


2013

Thinking Drawing, Clarion University, PA


2012

Photoville, with Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY and NADA Hudson


2011

Full Fathom Five, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, NY, NY


2010

Charm School, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Rock, SPACE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA


2008

Tasty Morsels, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA

Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue)


2007

Cut, Copy, Fold, Artist Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA


2007

Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Culture,

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, (Two-year traveling exhibition, catalogue), Richmond, VA,


2006

Mis-Demeanor, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH


2005

Gestures, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA


2004

Terrible Danger Ahead!, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY

Watch What We Say, Schroeder Romero,Brooklyn, NY

Repulsion, Illinois State University at Normal, Normal, IL


2002

Man Walks Into A Room, DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

Return to the Battle of the Ironclads, HEREart, New York, NY


1999

Outer Boroughs, White Columns, New York, NY

100 Drawings, PS1 Institute for Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY


Other Projects

I’m Never Coming Home, Commabox v. 3, collaboration with Judith Rushin, Carolyn Henne, Eleanor Aldrich, Erin Belieu, and Kelly Hendrickson, 2020


They Sang But Had Nor Human Tunes Nor Words, video for collaboration with Eric Moe, composer, Beyond 2020: Microtonal Music Festival, Pittsburgh, PA


The Color of There Seen From Here, video for collaborative piece for chamber ensemble and video projection with Eric Moe, composer, Electric Earth Concerts, Peterborough, NH, and Duke University, Duke Gardens, 2019


Sym, collaboration with Staycee Pearl Dance Project, projections and fabric design

for costume, 2019


CSA PGH, Community Supported Art Pittsburgh, 2014


Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities, contributor, curated by Suzie Silver and Encyclopedia Destructica, 2011


Six impossible things before breakfast, contributor to Work 6, curated by Michael Wilson, a collaborative project of the artist Olga Adelantado, 2007


The Sparky Project, contributor artist’s project, Nelson Santos, Schroeder Romero/Winkelman Gallery Project Space in 2008


Selected Bibliography/Publication

Femme Art Review, Making Attachments: In Discussion with Barbara Weissberger, Interview by Anna Mirzayan, 2021

The Heavy Collective, “Barbara Weissberger: Mother,” J Houston, 2020

Austin Chronicle, “Island Oasis Mirage” at Big Medium, Sam Anderson-Ramos, June 30, 2017

City Paper, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Offers a Potent and Diverse Pittsburgh Biennial, Bill O’Driscoll, August 14, 2008

Artvoice, Piecing It Together, by Lucy Yau, April 30, 2008

Meatpaper, Issue 2, Winter 2007, interview with Sasha Wizansky

City Paper, Fleshed Out, Sherrie Flick, May 3, 2007

Meatpaper, Issue Zero, March 2007, cover

Cleveland Free Times, Discomfort Levels, Michael Gill, December, 2006

ART PAPERS, Gestures, Jennie Klein, November/December 2005


Catalogue Essays

Mother, gallery guide essay, Kate Kelley, Assistant Curator, Silver Eye Center for Photogrpahy

Barbara Weissberger: One Woman Group Show, essay, Elizabeth Saperstein, Kipp

Gallery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Overlap: Barbara Weissberger’s Meat Horizon, essay, Melissa Kwasny, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Are we just going to stand and watch this?, essays, John Massier, Visual Arts Curator, Hallwalls, and Heather Pesanti

Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Culture, essay, Vicky Clark and Sandhini Poddar co-curators travelling exhibition, University of Richmond Museums, and the University of Washington Press


Education

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, MFA

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, BA, Studio Art

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH