about the artist

Taylor Barnes, from Dallas Texas, is a MFA candidate at the University of North Texas in Fibers. Barnes works with concepts of race, identity, and isolation. Her practice is informed by personal experiences and ways in which she maneuvers through life, which are further analyzed through critical and historical rhetoric. Her recent work consists of large- scale works on cloth, screen-print, and sculpture. Through this, Barnes reveals these experiences and the inevitable truths of being a black woman in America today.


Taylor has been the recipient of awards such as Surface Design Association’s Outstanding Student Award in 2017; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Scholarship 2018; honorable mention at the 58th annual Voertmans Competition 2018; Trinity Valley Quilter’s Guild Scholarship 2018 . She has been a Visiting Artist at Haywood Community College of Creative Arts in North Carolina 2018.  Taylor’s work has been exhibited by Erin Cluley Gallery (TX) 500x Gallery (TX), Temporary Collective at 500 Singelton (TX) Janette Kennedy Gallery (TX) The ARTROOM Gallery (TX), Gallery 76102 (TX); Greater Denton Arts Council (TX); Cora Stafford Gallery at UNT; Lightwell Gallery at UNT; Union Gallery at UNT; UNT on the Square (TX). She also lead a workshop with Eyeland Studio at Magictown Movement Studio (NC) in 2018. 

Upcoming Solo Exhibitions

Read My Mind, 500x Gallery, Dallas TX (December 8-Jan 6th 2019)

My Genesis, UNT on the Square, Denton TX (January 15-February 15 2019)

MFA Exhibition, UNT Art Gallery, Denton TX (May 1-4 2019)

Taylor is currently a Teaching Fellow for Introduction to Fibers at the University of North Texas. She plans to graduate May 2019.

To listen to Taylor’s Artist Spotlight with KERA FM Art & Seek follow the link: http://artandseek.org/spotlight/working-in-black-and-white/