Welcome to BabZ'art Studio!

Artist Biography:

Barbara Skiba-Poniatowski worked as a Graphic Designer after graduating with a Bachelor in Art in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois Chicago. She also completed the Commercial Art program at Ray-Vogue School of Design, in Chicago (now the Illinois Institute of Art).  Barbara is currently working on her MAFA in painting, at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, studying with Carla Crawford, Angela Cunningham and Carol Nunnelly.


Barbara is an award winning, full-time Artist, mainly working in acrylics, watercolor and mixed media. She is best known for her vibrant colors and unique style of aqua media images.  She recently studied in workshops with John Lovett, Robert Burridge, Rainey Kellogg and David R. Becker .  You can find Barbara working most days in her studio, BabZ'art Studio, at the Starline Gallery & Studios in Harvard, IL .  She frequently participates in juried and invitational exhibits.  Barbara's paintings hang at Iowa State University's Memorial Union, The Chopin Theatre in Chicago, as well as in homes and businesses across the U.S.  Her work is part of private collections in New York, Chicago, Michigan, Nevada, Florida, Canada and Japan. 


Juried Exhibits and Events:

2017

~Real People 2017, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

~Polish Arts Club of Chicago 80th Annual Exhibition of Painting 

 and Sculpture, held at the Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL

~33 Contemporary Gallery, LAYERED exhibit, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2015

~White Ripple Gallery & Co., Second Annual Small Works Exhibit, Hammond, IN

~2015 Art of the Land benefit for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Harvard, IL

~Creek Gallery 2015 Exhibition, Crystal Lake, IL

~Polish Arts Club of Chicago 79th Annual Exhibition of Painting 

 and Sculpture, held at the Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL

2014

~White Ripple Gallery & Co., Inaugural Small Works Show, Hammond, IN

~2014 Art of the Land benefit for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, Harvard, IL

~Brickton Art Center, The Abstract Show III, Park Ridge, IL

~Woman Made Gallery, Artist Member online Gallery, Chicago, IL

~317 Studio & Gallery, Exhibit, Rockford, IL

~Small works for sale at the Old Court House Arts Center Gift Shop, Woodstock, IL

~Artists' Studio Sale!, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

~Polish Arts Club of Chicago 78th Annual Exhibition of Painting 

and Sculpture, held at the Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL

2013

~Las Laguna Gallery, Exhibit: 24 and Under- A Small Works Show, displayed images of selected paintings, as part of visual presentation via Video Wall. As part of Laguna Art Walk, Laguna Beach, CA 

~The Face of McHenry County, 50th Celebration, Juried Fine Art Competition and Silent Auction, Harvard, IL

~2013 Art of the Land benefit for The Land conservancy of McHenry County, Harvard, IL

~Summer Solstice 2013 Art Exhibition, Starline Gallery & Studios, Harvard, IL

~Art Al Fresco, invitational garden exhibit, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

~21st Annual NAAC Members' Show, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

~Starline Factory ART MARKET, Resident Starline Artists' Exhibit, Starline Gallery & Studios, Harvard, IL

~International On-line Open Exhibit for the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society

~Polish Arts Club of Chicago 77th Annual Exhibition of Painting 

and Sculpture, held at the Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL

~Open Studio Night Exhibits, every 4th Friday, Starline Gallery & Studios, Harvard, IL

2012

~Chicago Area Friends of Vesterheim Nordic Marketplace & Luncheon, Fundraiser for Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, IA

~Starline Artists' Holiday Fine Art Sale, Starline Gallery & Studios, Harvard, IL

-2012 Art of the Land benefit for The Land conservancy of McHenry county, Harvard, IL

2011

-4th Friday Exhibits, Starline Gallery & Studios, Harvard, IL


Awards:

~Honorable Mention for 'Traversing', White Ripple Gallery & Co., Small Works Show, Hammond, IN

-Third Place for 'Tribal', White Ripple Gallery & Co., Inaugural Small Works Show, Hammond, IN


Media:

~Arts & Cultural Strategies Magazine, September/October 2015 Issue
http://emagazine.acs-mag.com/art-cultural-strategies-inaugural-issue/page/46-47

~April, 2012 issue of McHenry County Magazine, Art Experience