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Barbara Schaefer

I’m an interdisciplinary artist, exhibiting internationally. My BFA is from The U of A and MFA from SF State University. I won a Helen Wurlitzer Foundation Artist-in-Residency in 1997, NY Foundation for The Arts Sponsorship in 1996, a grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2004, Artist-in-Residency at the Fundación Valparaiso in 2005. In 2011, I had a solo exhibition at the Museo Comunale D’Arte Moderna in Senigallia, Italy and a grant from Franklin Furnace. In 2015, my photography was exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Scope Art Fair in Miami. In 2016 I had a solo exhibition in Rome, Italy at Studio Matacotta. In 2017 a three-year collaborative project was held at El Barrio’s ArtSpace PS 109 in East Harlem. In 2019 I had a solo exhibition at The Macro Museum in Rome.

I lived in Rome from 1983 – 1995. My experience had a significant impact and influence on my work and life. The city’s beauty inspired me toward refinement and aesthetic choice, while its omnipresent history permeated my work. Italian culture and language compelled me to think and act in ways I wouldn’t have otherwise discovered.

Involvement with Continuum

I have been working with Continuum since 1995. I was introduced to Continuum by the late, Barbara Mindell, a childhood friend. Barbara’s healing, her transformation and evolution through the process of Continuum, was an inspiration and example, which showed me that there are broader possibilities to movement than culture recognizes, that honor the body’s intelligence and create a climate for its capacities to emerge.

I attended workshops with Emilie since 1995, with Barbara Mindell and continue to take classes regularly with Mary Abrams. I practice regularly and Continuum informs everything I do.