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Barbara Warden was born and raised in New York City. She started Hunter college and soon after moved to California where she graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s major in European history and a minor in fine arts. Several years later she graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master’s Degree in drawing and painting. She then went on to teach at Catholic University and the Corcoran in Washington, DC. In addition she taught at Northern Virginia Community College and the Kingsbury Lab School for children with learning disabilities, where she was a shop teacher.

After a period of being away from her studio she applied her love of color to fiber for more than a dozen years, winning recognition with her bold designs and unusual use of thread for surface design. She won numerous awards in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Montana.

In 2016, after she decided to take a break from fiber, she returned to drawing. She was invited to be the featured artist for a solo drawing exhibit at the BIGGS Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware. At the beginning of 2018 she was accepted as a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Later in the year she was invited by the Delaware Art Museum, to be the guest curator for a group drawing exhibit entitled “Impermanence”. Eleven nationally-recognized visual artists from the mid-Atlantic region agreed to draw their interpretation of one of the essential tenets of Buddhist philosophy – impermanence – recognizing life’s ephemeral nature.

In 2020, she decided to return to painting.