B. 1989 in Minneapolis, MN
Currently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN

Education

2016  Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN.   

MFA Drawing/Painting

2011   University of Wisconsin- Stout, Menomonie, WI. 

BFA Studio Art, minor in Business Administration

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017 The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, Saint Paul, MN. "Space Between Us" Solo show.

2017 Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN. "We the People" Group show.

2017 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN. "Minnesota State Fair's Fine Arts Exhibition" Juried group show.

2017 MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN. "25th Annual Juried Exhibition" Juried Group show.

2017 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN. "The Figure Show" Juried group show.

2017 Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN. "Loving" Solo show.

2017 International Center for Photography, New York City, NY. "Perpetual Revolution" Group show.

2017 Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. "Ocotillo" Group show.

2016 Cowles Student Gallery at Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. Solo show.

2016 Flow Art Space, Saint Paul, MN. "A Third Space: New Works by Leslie Barlow" Solo show.

2016 All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. "Reframe Minnesota" Group show.

2016 "Represent: Made Here" (Minneapolis walkable urban art gallery), Minneapolis, MN. Juried group show.

2016 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN. "Made at MCAD 2016: Annual Juried Exhibition" Juried group show.

2016 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN. "Self/Concept" Group show.

2016 Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN. "Hypervisible (Invisible)" Group show.

2015 "Made Here: Reflections" (Minneapolis walkable urban art gallery), Minneapolis, MN.

2015 Twin Cities Social Justice Arts Festival, Minneapolis, MN.

2015 Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. "The Alleyway Institute" Group show.

2015 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN. "Minnesota State Fair's Fine Arts Exhibition" Juried group show.

2015 Casket Arts Building, Minneapolis, MN. "Hallways" Group show.

2015 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN. "MADE AT MCAD 2015: Annual Juried Exhibition" Juried group show.

2014 The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN.  "HERE WE ARE NICE" Group show.

2014 Gallery 427 Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN.  "Distance and Dreams" Solo show.

2014 Visual Arts Center Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD.  "Visual Arts Center Juried Exhibition" Juried group show.

2014 Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN. "Woman" Group show.

2014 Inver Hills Art Gallery, Inver Grove Heights, MN. "Diverse Perspectives" Group show.

2014 Harry Krug Gallery, Pittsburg, KS. "Transforming Viewpoints" Juried group show.

2013 Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN. "Me, Myself, and Eye" Group show.

2013 Gingerhop/Honey, Minneapolis, MN. "The Black Experience" Group show.

2013 Minnesota State Fair, St.Paul, MN.  "Minnesota State Fair's Fine Arts Exhibition" Juried group show.

2012 The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN. "KnownUnKnowns" Group show.

2011 Furlong Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI. "Prometheus: Patterns" Juried group show. Included a publication in Prometheus journal.

2010 Gallery 111, Menomonie, WI. "OPEN/NEPO" Group show.

 

Collections

Aeon, Minneapolis, MN [Permanent Public Collection]

Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN [Permanent Public Collection]

Clockwork, Minneapolis, MN [Permanent Public Collection]

The Minneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN [Permanent Public Collection]

US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN [Permanent Public Collection]

Whitworth University, Spokane, WA [Permanent Public Collection]

And other private collections.

 

Print Publications

2017   Shades of Noir "Reimagining the Mixed Race Experience"

2017   Pioneer Press "Beauty Out of Tragedy"

2017   Star Tribune "Rethinking Color"

2016   City Pages "Artist of the Year"

2016   Growler Magazine "Trailblazers 2016"

2016   Star Tribune

2016   Into Quarterly

2016   StarTribune 

2016   Women's Press Cover Artist 

2016   Hypervisible (Invisible)

2016   Minnesota Monthly Magazine "Best New Art 2016"

2015   Blue Earth Review

2013   MPLSzine

2012   Catapult Magazine

2011   The Flood International Creative Arts & Culture Zine

2011   Visual Overture Magazine

 

Web/Television  

2017  MPR News "Exhibition asks, who's the 'we' in the 'We the People'?"

2017  The Huffington Post "Artist Paints Interracial Couples Just Being, Together"

2017  Vice "The Artist Painting Intimate Portraits of Interracial Love"

2017  STC Magazine by China Elite Focus (pages 29-33)

2017  Kare 11 "'Loving' case inspires new interracial art exhibition"

2016  Rewire - tpt PBS "Watch an Artist Paint Along with Bob Ross"

2016  City Pages "Leslie Barlow's mixed-race identity inspires her to paint underrepresented people"

2016  Hyperallergic "Imagining Alternatives to the Racist Paintings in Minnesota's State Capitol"

2016  City Pages "Reframing Minnesota explores what inclusive art at the State Capitol might look like"

2016  MN Original television episode #709, tpt PBS, Minneapolis, MN

2016  Mplsart.com "Interview: Leslie Barlow"

2015  Volume One

2015  UW-Stout News

2015  Twin Cities Geek

2015  Corporate Art Force: February Artist of the Month

2014  Urban Perspectives television segment, WCCO, Minneapolis, MN

2013  People With Panache

2013  Honorary 

2012  KnownUnKnowns Exhibition Interview with SFG4

2012  Local Artist Interviews

 

Awards and Honors

2017  Minnesota State Fair Foundation Award

2017  Third Place in 2D - "25th Annual Juried Exhibition," MacRostie Art Center

2016  Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant Recipient

2015  Third Place in Oil/Acrylic/Mixed Media - Minnesota State Fair Juried Art Exhibition

2014  Honorable Mention - "Visual Arts Center Juried Exhibtion", Visual Arts Center Washington Pavilion

2014  Honorable Mention - "Transforming Viewpoints", Harry Krug Gallery

2013  Honorable Mention in Oil/Acrylic/Mixed Media - Minnesota State Fair Juried Art Exhibition

2011  Sheri Nero Award for "Best Analytical Project on Women or Gender"

2011  Second Place 2D for Average Departure in Prometheus: Patterns Juried Exhibition

2008, 2009, 2010  Marjorie L. Sheedy Art Scholarship

 

Residencies/Fellowships

2016     Whitworth University, Spokane, WA. Artist-in-Residence. Oct 1-30th.

2016     3 x 5 July Emerging Artist Residency, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN. July 5th-31st.

2015     Studio: HERE Residency, Minnesota State Fair, Fine Arts Building, St. Paul, MN.

 

Professional Experience

2017–present Lecturer, Drawing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2017  Instructor, Youth & Teen Studio Programs–Painting, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2017  Visiting Artist Lecture/conversation "Art and Social Change", Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN

2017  Panel Discussion “Badass Babes: Arts and Advocacy”, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2017  Visiting Artist Lecture, Wayzata High School, Plymouth, MN

2016–present  Assistant Instructor, Juxtaposition Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2016–present  Administrative Assistant, Northern Lights.mn, Minneapolis, MN

2016–present  Arts Advisory Panel member, Made Here, Minneapolis, MN

2015–present  Board Member, Minneapolis Art Lending Library, Minneapolis, MN

2016  Visiting Artist Lecture, St. Michael Middle School East, St. Michael, MN

2016  Teaching Assistant, Foundation Drawing 2, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2014–2016  Gallery Manager, Waiting Room, Minneapolis, MN

2014–2016 Graduate Research Assistant, Academic Affairs Department at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2015  Visiting Artist Lecture, Anoka-Ramsey Community College- Coon Rapids, MN

2014  Juror, Powderhorn Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN

2014  Juror, Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN

2013  Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

2013  Visiting Artist Lecture, Anoka-Ramsey Community College- Cambridge, MN

2012 "KnownUnKnowns" Volunteer Biennial Director, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis MN

2011  Public Relations and Strategic Communications Intern, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

2010  Co-Owner and Member Coordinator of Gallery 111, Menomonie, WI