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Barbara Garrison (1931-) Biography

Personal, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Illustrator

Born 1931, in London, England; Education: Wellesley College, B.A., 1953; Columbia University Teachers College, M.A., 1956.


Artist, illustrator, and art teacher. Spence School, New York, NY, art instructor, 1963-69; art teacher at Harriet Beecher Stowe School, 1969-70, and Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY, beginning 1970. Art included on UNICEF greeting cards. Exhibitions: Work exhibited in the United States and abroad, including at Community Church Gallery, New York, NY; Cove Gallery, Wellfleet, MA; Every Picture Tells a Story, Los Angeles, CA; Pratt Graphics Center, New York, NY; Atlantic Gallery and Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY; Watermill Gallery, Watermill, NY; The Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN; Fine Arts Gallery, Ardmore, PA; Graphics 1 and Graphics 2, Boston, MA; 2nd Street Gallery, Charleston, VA; Maine Coast Artists Gallery, Rockport; State University of New York at Alfred; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; Haruko Ishii, Tokyo; Galerie Naif, Tokyo; and the Bieniale of Illustration, Bratislava, 2000. Work included in permanent collections at New York Public Library, Butler Institute of American Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Skirball Museum, Museum of American Illustration, University of Southern Mississippi DeGrummond Collection, and Slater Memorial Museum. Print Collection.


National Association of Women Artists, Artist Equity of New York.

Honors Awards

John Carl Giogri Memorial Prize, and Walter Giger Memorial Prize, National Association of Women Artists Exhibition, 1974; Doris Kemp Purchase Prize, National Arts Club, 1975; second highest merit award for graphics, Miniature Art Society of New Jersey, 1975; Purchase Prize, Arena '75 (Binghamton, NY), 1975; Bicentennial Award, and Silver Medal, National Arts Club Graphics Exhibition, 1976; Bicentennial Award, Miniature Art Society of New Jersey, 1976; Central Savings Bank Award, New York Outdoor Art Fair, 1976; second prize, Gracie Square Art Show, New York, NY; second prize, Art in the Aisles, Church of Heavenly Rest, New York, NY, 1977; numerous other awards


Jane Yolen, The Sultan's Perfect Tree, Parents' Magazine Press (New York, NY), 1977.

Michael Patrick Hearn, Breakfast, Books, and Dreams: A Day in Verse, F. Warne (New York, NY), 1981.

Gladys Scheffrin-Falk, Another Celebrated Dancing Bear, Scribner's (New York, NY), 1991.

Marc Harshman, Only One, Cobblehill Books (New York, NY), 1993.

Maida Silverman, My First Book of Jewish Holidays, Dial Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 1994.

Amy Littlesugar, Josiah True and the Art Maker, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 1995.

May Garelick, Look at the Moon, Mondo (Greenvale, NY), 1996.

Laurence P. Pringle, One Room School, Boyds Mills Press (Honesdale, PA), 1998.

Johanna Hurwitz, Dear Emma, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2002.

Mark Taylor, The Frog House, Dutton Children's Books (New York, NY), 2004.

Work has appeared in magazines and newspapers.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, July, 1995, Janice Del Negro, review of Josiah True and the Art Maker, p. 1884.

Publishers Weekly, September 19, 1994, review of My First Book of Jewish Holidays, p. 68; March 15, 2004, review of The Frog House, p. 74.


Barbara Garrison Web site, http://www.barbaragarrison.com(March 19, 2005).

Boyds Mills Press Web site, http://www.boydsmillspress.com/(March 19, 2005), "Barbara Garrison."*

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