"Ladies Chomoledeley, the Shadow Is the Same Sex as the Dreamer"
Barbara Balzer is an international award winning artist. Most recently, her work was awarded the President de la Generalitat Valencariana Award-First Prize-at the X Bienal Internacional de Ceramica in Manises, Spain and is included in the Museum's permanent collection. While earning a double-major in European Literature and Thought and American Literature at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Barbara attended a ceramics class taught by Chuck Hindes and immediately became transfixed by the materiality of clay. After earning a law degree at the University of Iowa College of Law, she moved to Tallahassee to become a law clerk at the First District Court of Appeal and raise a family. While Barbara did many things, including writing Florida's Lemon Law as a Senate staff attorney, winning the Drake Relays and Greece International Peace Marathons and qualifying for the First Women's Olympic Marathon Trials while racing for Team Nike, she always continued to explore with clay, in the evenings, on weekends and at workshops. Upon being invited, she attended Florida State University College of Fine Arts, walking distance from her home, and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture. Barbara's work has been included in the Florida Museum of Women Artists' Inaugural Exhibition and galleries and museum throughout the world. She has led ceramic workshops in the United States and Europe. Barbara considers herself one in a long line of figurative sculptors beginning with the anonymous artist who crafted the Venus of Willendorf almost 30,000 years ago. Her studio is located in Tallahassee where she continues to work, always in service of an idea.