Artist Statement

My current series references the natural environment and the dangers it faces from climate change, devastating political policies and corporate greed. The rocks, arches and cave entrances I have seen in the desert Southwest and on the Northwest coastline inspire me as does my anger about current attacks on our National Monuments and other wild lands.

I prefer the work to be enigmatic, not to supply answers but to encourage us to think about our relationship to the environment with a somewhat altered vision.

About Barbara Shaiman

Barbara Shaiman returned to her original calling as a ceramic artist in 2015 after 24 years at Seattle Art Museum where she was Director/Curator of SAM Gallery. At the gallery, Barbara curated about 12 exhibits a year.

Before joining the SAM staff, Barbara taught studio art classes in NYC at Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Museum Art School, at Hawthorne Studio in Missoula, Montana, and, in Seattle, at Seward Park Arts Center and Bellevue College. She was also a studio ceramic artist and the owner/director of Shaiman Gallery, a local contemporary fine crafts and design gallery. Her ceramics were featured in many regional and national exhibits as well as several books and magazines.

Though her primary interest now is working with clay, Barbara is also an independent curator. She presented quarterly art exhibits at Seattle's Alexis Hotel for 12 years until 2017 and currently devotes time to jurying community art exhibits, participating in public art panels, advising local arts organizations and helping emerging artists to become familiar with the business of art by teaching workshops and evaluating portfolios.

In the past 2 years Barbara's sculptures were exhibited in two shows at Seattle Art Museum Gallery, at Guest Shed Gallery in Georgetown and in two shows at COCA (Center on Contemporary Art).