BFA Painting and Drawing, Aquinas College

Summer Providence-in-Europe Program

FIT Winter Program, Fashion Illustration

Barbara Hack’s work is an ongoing reflection on people and their emotions. Working predominantly in painting mediums, Barbara relishes the challenge of realistic portraiture, and her subject matter reflects her love for figurative work. But she pushes beyond realism, as well, in her desire to capture resonant moments in time. Her work pursues figures from the past with their moods and their contexts. Ephemeral figures are momentary presences that are nonetheless powerful enough to make lasting, even shaping, impressions. Barbara attempts to understand these figures and their ephemerality and to share that understanding with others.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting after intensive study in Europe and additional training in New York. Since then, she has continued to harness her artistic talents to drive her professional career. Work in portraiture, fashion illustration, and as a courtroom artist have all allowed Barbara to challenge herself with alternative contexts for figurative artistry, and in a variety of mediums, including graphite, pastels, prismacolor and oils. Barbara teaches fine art classes to teens and adults. Her love of art and her desire to create quality art for herself is a wonderful influence on her students.


  • Aquinas College Wege Center - Grand Rapids, MI

  • Gallery 28 Solo Exhibit - Grand Rapids, MI

  • Gallery 154 Solo Exhibit - Grand Rapids, MI

  • Festival of the Arts - Grand Rapids, MI

  • 50 Penn Place - Oklahoma City, OK

  • Best of the Best Show - Oklahoma City, OK

  • Edmond Art Association Exhibit - Edmond, OK

  • Framemaster Gallery Duo exhibition - Edmond, OK

  • Cross Timbers Art Gallery - Highland Village, TX

  • Lewisville Art Guild - Lewisville, TX

  • Fort Worth Community Arts Center - Fort Worth, TX

  • Hull Art Academy - Portrait Society of America Face Off | October 2017

  • Irving Arts Center Regional Show 2017 - First Place Oil Painting

  • The Lore Degenstein Gallery of Susquehanna University: Ninth Annual National Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition - 2017

  • Finalist in Portrait Society of America | 2017


additional training

  • Master Class with David Kassan

  • Master Class with Tina Garrett

  • Workshop with Michael Mentler

  • Workshop with Michael O’keefe

  • Workshop with Bonny Leibowitz

  • Workshop with Jay Bailey

  • Workshop with Mitsuno Reedy


  • University of Oklahoma

  • Private Collection, Edmond, OK

  • Private Collection, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Private Collection, Grand Rapids, MI

  • Private Collection, Washington, D.C.

  • Private Collection, Newaygo, MI

  • Private Collection, Flower Mound, TX

  • Private Collection, Dallas, TX

  • Private Collection, Park City, UT

  • Private Collection, Kansas City, KS

  • Baylor University Scholarship Donor Portraits


  • Portrait Society of America

  • Oil Painters of America

  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society