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“Barbara Price is an artist who values craft, elegance, and poetics. She paints with an evident subterranean command of forms, and she does it with devotion, with zeal, and with a sure hand.”
- Aurelio de la Vega

Painter, designer, art educator and administrator, Barbara Gillette Price has had a varied and distinguished professional career in the arts spanning 45 years. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Barbara Gillette studied art during her formative school years winning a Board of Education scholarship upon graduation from Germantown High School to study at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now the University of the Arts). She studied both at the Museum School of Art and Tyler School of Art before marrying the artist Melville Price and relocating to the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa where Price served as artist in residence and then became a professor of art. Barbara Price completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Alabama where she earned a BFA and MA in Art. She began her teaching career at Stillman College in Marion, Alabama and Albert P. Brewer Junior College in Fayette, Alabama.

During her 13 years at the University of Alabama, she and Price were very active in the Civil Rights movement. In the fall of 1968 on sabbatical leave, they made an extensive research trip to Spain that left an endurable impression upon her work.

Following the death of her husband in 1970, Gillette Price moved to Washington D.C. and began teaching at the Corcoran School of Art. In 1978, Roy Slade, the former director of the Corcoran School of Art and Museum, invited her to assume the position of Dean at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he was serving as President. Together with the international fiber artist Gerhardt Knodel, she helped spearhead the development of the Arts District that was dedicated to reviving the moribund city of Pontiac, Michigan.

In 1982, she accepted the position of Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the Maryland Institute College of Art. During her 13 years as V.P. of Academic Affairs, she was responsible for introducing innovative changes to the arts curriculum, initiated international programs, developed an artist studio complex in Baltimore, and showed her paintings in numerous galleries.

In 1994 she accepted the position of President of Moore College of Art and Design, returning to her hometown of Philadelphia. She was responsible for raising the standards and sights of the College and reaffirming their historic mission.

In 1998, Barbara Gillette Price moved to Southern Spain to devote herself entirely to her creative work.


1998 – 2004 Art and Art Education Consultant
Institutional Strategic Plans
International Arts Programs
1994 – 98 President, Moore College of Art and Design
Philadelphia, PA
1982 – 94 Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD
1978 – 82 Dean, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI
1970 – 78 Asst. Professor of Art, Corcoran School of Art
Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Art History
Washington D.C.


1995 – 98 College Art Association
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Board of Directors/Secretary of Executive Committee
1994 – 99 Board of Directors of:
Fleischer Art Memorial
Philadelphia Art Commission
Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet


2008 – Present Arts Specialist for the CEIP Primary School in Santa Cruz del Comercio Granada, Spain. Teaching art in the classroom and conducting after school art programs. Organized a mural project with the students of the primary school in collaboration with the department of Art Education graduate program at the Moore College of Art and Design, executing three large murals in the school patio.
1991 – 94 MICA/Summer study program in Sorrento, Italy
1975 – 78 Corcoran School of Art/Summer artist in residence program in Union, Maine.


1968 M.A. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
1966 B.F.A. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
1955 – 56 Philadelphia Museum School
1956- Tyler School of Fine Arts

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