Barbara Zech

Barb Zech - papermakingIndianapolis, Indiana

Discipline(s):  Visual Arts – Clay, Papermaking, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture

Bio:  Barbara has been a Teaching Artist with ArtMix since 2001.  She grew up in Indianapolis and received her BFA from Herron School of Art in 1995.  She attended the Center for Book and Paper in Chicago in 2003.  Barbara also attended the VSA National Institutes in New York City in 2004 and in Austin, TX, in 2005.  She was awarded the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis allowing her to do research in Japan in 2004.  Barbara travels regularly to work in Kenya with a craft cooperative for people who are HIV-positive.  She is a member of the National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts.

Philosophy:  My mission as a Teaching Artist is to provide all people with an opportunity to be creative and have fun while learning something new.  I like to encourage individual self-expression through art-making processes.  I work primarily in clay, which has a natural therapeutic quality – making the process of creativity as important and enjoyable as the finished product.  I feel that this process encourages discovery, problem-solving, respect, confidence, and community building through the arts.