Bill Barrett, American (1934 - )

Bill Barrett, one of today’s foremost sculptors, was born in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in Design from the University of Michigan, and later an M.F.A. from the same institution. Since the mid 1960’s Barrett has been exhibiting his unique metal sculptures and abstract paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions in such places as the U.S., Switzerland, Bulgaria and Japan.

Barrett’s sculptures of fabricated aluminum, bronze or steel address the interplay between positive and negative space with grace, elegance and exquisite balance. His works call to mind the fluid effortlessness of calligraphic strokes, and betray a positivism to which many viewers feel drawn. Others have said that Barrett’s sculptures are distinctly American in their directness and lightness. His sophisticated constructions, through a delicate balance of form and content, transcend the starker aesthetics of minimalism with a warmth and humanity.

Barrett, who divides his time between New York City and Santa Fe, is represented in numerous private and public collections nationwide. Museum collections include the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT; the Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; the Knoxville Museum of Art, TN; the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM; the Harwood Museum, NM; the Fine Arts Museum of Oklahoma City, OK; the International Foundation Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VA; the Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan; and Runnymede Sculpture Farm, CA. His works have been installed on many university campuses, and he is frequently called upon to produce large public sculpture by commission.

Bill Barrett Born in Los Angeles, California
Education: B.S. and M.S. in Design, M.F.A., University of Michigan

Corporate Collections and Commissions

2001 K. Street, Washington, D.C.

Belz Enterprises, Memphis,Tennessee

Best Products Corporation, Richmond

Bishop Ranch, San Ramon, California

Eighty One Mainstreet Associates, White Plains, New York

Garden Communities, La Jolla, California

Hitachi Corporation, Kyushu Plant, Kanda, Japan

Jade Pig Corporation, Gaslight Village, Grand Rapids, MI

La Jolla Crossroads, La Jolla, CA

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company Foundation, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Neiman-Marcus, Dallas

Pacific Enterprises, Law Library, Los Angeles

Portman Corporation, Northpark Town Center, Atlanta

Rockefeller Realty Corporation, #3 Embarcadero West, San Francisco

Saint Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe

Schulman Realty Group, White Plains, New York

Sempra Energy International, San Diego, California

The Corinthian Building, New York

Tower Insurance Group, 120 Broadway, New York

Trammell-Crow, Paramount, California

Valley National Bank, Phoenix

West Group, One Bunker Hill, Los Angeles


Museum Collections

Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Allan Houser Foundation, Permanent Collection, Santa Fe

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

Fine Arts Museum of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Goddard Visual Art Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Grounds for Sculpture Museum, Hamilton, New Jersey

Guild Hall Museum of Art, East Hampton, New York

Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico

International Foundation Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee

The Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Colorado

Las Vegas Museum of Art, Las Vegas, Nevada

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York

Norfolk Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

Pyramid Hill, Sculpture Park and Museum, Hamilton, Ohio

Reading Museum, Reading, PA

Runnymede Sculpture Farm, San Francisco

Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona

The Hyde Collection Art Museum, Glens Falls, New York

The Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Tokyo, Japan

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

Municipal Collections

Ann Arbor City Hall, Ruby Church Memorial, Ann Arbor, Michigan

City of Phoenix , Phoenix, Arizona

Criminal Court Building , Hartford, Connecticut

New York City, New Dorp High School, Staten Island, New York

Nyack Plaza Mall, Nyack, New York

Pennington Park, Patterson, NJ

University Collections

Albright College, Freedman Gallery, Reading, Pennsylvania

Eastern Michigan University Library, Ypsilanti

Hope College, Holland, Michigan

Iowa State University, “In the Art on Campus Collection”, University Museums, Iowa State
University at the Gerdin Building, College of Business, Ames, Iowa

Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Mitchell Wolfson New World Campus, Miami

University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut

University of Michigan, School of Dentistry , Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, School of Engineering, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor

University of the South , Sewanee, Tennessee

University of Syracuse, Syracuse, New York

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