Philip J. Barber was born in 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking/Painting from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Barber was a Visiting Artist at the Frans Masereel Caentrum in Kasterlee, Belgium in 1981. In 1983 he instructed a Printmaking Extension Class at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and in 1987 he was a Lecturer of “The Modern Print: 1945 to the Present” at the Walker Art Center and in 1988, “One Hundred Years of American Prints” at the Sheldon Art Gallery.
Barber’s awards include a Jerome Foundation Fellowship in 1988- 1989 and a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in 1991. Barber has participated in numerous exhibitions including, “Boston Printmaker” at the DeCordova Museum in 1978, “Minnesota Juried Show” at the Art Center of Minnesota in Crystal Bay in 1987 and “Works on Paper” at the Exhibition at the New York Park Avenue Armory in 2001, to name a few.