Full-time studio artist since the mid-70's.   Currently working in 2-D mixed

media painting, mixed media collage, and 3-D mixed media assemblages.


Selected Exhibitions and Awards


2007   Flights Of Fancy: Postage Stamps, Clothing, And A Little Imagination , solo,

Tucson International Airport

2007   Off The Wall, Translations Gallery, Denver CO

2007   Nothing New: Fiber Art From Recycled Materials, Textile Center, Minneapolis MN

2007   Textures, solo, Tucson International Airport, Main Gallery

2006   Cultural Compositions, solo, Clarke & Clarke Art & Artifacts, Scottsdale AZ

2006   Paintings From The Antiquities Series: Barbara Brandel, solo, ABA Gallery, Alliance Bank of AZ, Tucson

2006   Taking A Stand: Voices In Fiber, invitational, Translations Gallery, Denver CO

2006   Scope, 4 person show, Platform Gallery, Tucson AZ

2006   Juror's Award , Changing The World, One Thread At A Time, Tubac Center of

the Arts, Tubac AZ

2005   Textile Works: Barbara Brandel, solo, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler AZ

2005   Magnificent Extravagance: Artists and Opulence, invitational, Racine Art Museum, Racine WI

2004   Entwined: Contemporary Fiber Art, juried, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix AZ

2004   Special Interests: The Art Of Politics, invitational, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose CA

2004   The Life Of Things, 4 person show, Yavapai College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ

2004   Earliest Themes: Latest Works, 3 person show, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson AZ

2003   Planting, Potting & Pruning: Artists & The Cultivated Landscape, invitational, Racine Art Museum, WI

2003   In Stitches: Humor In Contemporary Fiber Art, invitational, Visual Arts Cntr, Denton TX

2003   coordinated exhibition: War: Artists Express Their Views, The Drawing Studio, Tucson AZ

2002   Going To The Dogs:   Man's Best Friend As Seen By Artists, invitational, Racine

Art Museum, WI

2002   In The Spotlight, 2 person show, Phoenix Cntr for the Arts, Phoenix AZ

2001   Once Upon A Time:   Artists Examine Fairy Tales, Legends & Myth, invitational, Racine Art Museum, WI

1999   Fiberart International, juried, Society for Contemporary Crafts, Pittsburgh PA

1998   Barbara Brandel: Fiber Art – To Wear Or Not To Wear, solo, Flagstaff/Coconino CO Library, Flagstaff AZ

1997   ARTWEAR:   Barbara Brandel's Tapestry Jackets With Contemporary Jewelry by AZ Artists, Tohono Chul Park Gallery, Tucson AZ

1997   2nd Place Mutterer Award, Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson AZ

1995   Artist's Fellowship Grant, Tucson Pima Arts Council

1995   Sampler Art, traveling exhibition curated by Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge MA

1993   Every Object Tells A Story: Narrative Craft, invitational, Nelson Art Center, ASU, Tempe AZ

1993   1st Place,   Mutterer Award, Arizona Biennial '93, Tucson Museum of Art,

Tucson AZ

1990   Barbara Brandel: Wearing My Art On My Sleeve, solo, Mobilia Gallery,

Cambridge MA

1988   Arizona Biennial 1988, juried, Tucson Museum of Art

1981   Arizona Crafts '81, Tucson Museum of Art

1974   1st Prize, Fibers '74, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale AZ


Selected Media


2007   KUAT–TV.   “AZ Illustrated” feature Art Scene interview with Sooyeon Lee, Nov 20

2006   Tucson Weekly.  “Fruit Of The Loom”. Review, Margaret Regan.   Vol. 23, no.26,

p.34, Aug 24.

2005   Phoenix Home & Garden.   “2005 Emerging Artists: Profiles of Eight Rising Stars”, Jennifer Cushman. Vol.25, no.6, p.126-7, March.

2005   The Desert Leaf.   “The 25-Year Detour”.   Feature, Karen Nystedt.   L'Art Pour L'Art, vol.19, no.1, p.72-3, Jan.

2004   Fiberarts Design Book 7. Lark Books.   New York.   Sterling Publications Co. P.196

2003   Surface Design Journal.   “Exposure”.   Vol.27, no.3, p.54.   Spring.

2002   Tucson Home.   “Uncommon Thread”.   Feature, Margaret Regan.   P.20-25, Fall.

1997   Tucson Citizen.   “Art To Wear”.   Feature, Barbara Russi Sarnataro.   Living, p.1C, 6C, Sept 22.
1995   Fiberarts.   “Sampler Art: Old Form Gives Inspiration For New Works”.   Review, Patricia Harris & David Lyon.   Vol.22, no.3, p.44-8, Nov-Dec.

1995   Fiberarts Design Book Five. Lark Books. New York.   Sterling Publishing Co. P.60.

1995   The Tucson Weekly.   “Collage:   Woman Of The Cloth”, interview, Margaret Regan. Vol.12, no.19, p.28, July 20.

1994   Tucson Guide Quarterly.   “Carried Away With Cloth And Creativity”.   Feature, Margaret Regan.   Vol.12, no.1, p.96-101. Spring

1993   American Craft.   “Portfolio”. Vol.53, no.6, p.55, Dec'93/Jan'94.

1993   The Tucson Weekly.   “Probing Boundaries”.   Review, Margaret Regan. P.40, April 29.

1992   KUAT – TV.   Arizona Illustrated.   “Art Spot” interview   with Michael Boyle, April 14.

1990   Ornament.   “Barbara Brandel's Autobiobraphical Visions”.   Feature, Barbara Hamaker.   Vol.14, no.1, p.38-41, Fall.



Public Collections


Racine Art Museum, Racine WI; Tucson Country Club, Tucson AZ