About Barbra Riley

Barbra Riley was born in Brooklyn, and she studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and California State University where she received her BA and MA in Art. After graduation, Barbra ran her own art and design studio in New York City. She designed, photographed, and worked with printers and bookbinders on commercial projects while she continued to produce and exhibit her own water-media paintings, hand-colored photographs and works on paper.

In 1978 she began teaching at what is now Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She taught photography, book arts, and watercolor painting, in addition to developing the digital curriculum in photography and commercial design for the Art Department, and curated exhibitions for the Weil Gallery. She also conducted classes and workshops abroad. In 2016, Barbra retired from teaching to spend more time in her art studio at Canyon Lake.

Barbra Riley’s photographs and paintings have been widely exhibited for more than 40 years. She has been included in exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Laguna Beach Museum of Art, California. In Texas, she has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Houston Center for Photography, Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, Abilene Fine Arts Museum, and The Art Museum of South Texas as well as dozens of other exhibition spaces. Currently, 20 large painted photographs by Riley (commissioned by the SPURS, NBA) are featured in the new AT&T Center Collection of Art in San Antonio.

Her website is https://barbrariley.com/home.html