Barbara has been an artist and a teacher/college professor for over 40 years. Her social practice sculptures have been exhibited in Maine, Miami, the Virgin Islands, Maryland, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and throughout Minnesota. Bridges taught K-12 art in Minnesota, Maine, and the Virgin Islands. She was voted Art Teacher of the Year twice in Minnesota. She is a sculptor on a mission to demonstrate how art can serve as a catalyst for social change and is committed to creating, and empowering others to create, high quality art objects which honor their powerful message.
Barbara has partnered with various Minnesota institutions developing curriculum. These include the Minneapolis school district, the Minnesota Online High School, Perpich Center, the Walker Art Center, the Mpls. Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of Art. ArtsconnectED.org
Barbara has served as a professor for over twenty years at the university of Minnesota and Bemidji State University and has contributed in a variety of ways. She was the architect of the unique DLiTE (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education) - a hybrid online K-8 teacher licensure partnership program and the FasTrack secondary initiative designed for previously degreed candidates who wish to teach high school. The combined programs serve 250 teacher licensure students per semester, average age 35, working, and place bound with children. Read More: http://bridgescreate.com
EDUCATION 1996 Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of MN, Minneapolis, MN 1981 M.Ed. Art Education, University of ME, Orono, ME 1975 B.S. Art Education, University of ME, Orono, ME 1976 Haystack School, Professional Artist Retreat/Sculpture, Deer Isle, ME