April 17, 2019 through June 14, 2019
Leslie Barlow is an artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN. Primarily an oil painter, Barlow shares stories through figural relationships that explore the politics of representation, identity, otherness, and race. She investigates these through the use of the personal; often creating works depicting family, friends, people in her community, and personal experiences, to reflect the subtle and not-so-subtle integrations of these ideas into individual lives and identities. Barlow received her BFA in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin- Stout and her MFA in 2016 from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Leslie Barlow has received great recognition from her home state of Minnesota. She appeared in the season 7 television segment of tpt's Minnesota Original, airing April 2016, was published in the "Best New Art 2016" list in Minnesota Monthly Magazine, and was published as "Artist of the Year" for 2016 in the City Pages. In both 2018 and 2016 Barlow received the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and in 2017 she received a Foundation Award in the Minnesota State Fair Juried Exhibition for a large oil painting from her Loving series. Barlow actively exhibits her work throughout the United States and many of her pieces can be found in private and public collections including the Minnesota Vikings Art Collection, the General Mills Art Collection, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Her studio is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.
In addition to her studio practice, Barlow teaches at the University of Minnesota and Juxtaposition Arts, leads the Studio Collective project Studio #400, and participates on the Arts Advisory Panel for Made Here. She also occasionally teaches community classes/workshops and holds public lectures. In 2017 she joined a team of organizers and artists to plan the first-ever MidWest Mixed Conference, which has now grown into the organization Midwest Mixed with ongoing programming.
For more information, please visit https://www.lesliebarlowartist.com/