ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2008 Muse, Finestra Art Space, Chicago
2007 The Artist Project, Art Chicago
2006 Outlaw A, Nova New Art Fair, Chicago, with Jackie Kazarian
2003 Inspiring Guns Tank Afghan War Rug, 741 Carpet, Art Chicago, Navy Pier / Rhona Hoffman Gallery
1999 Gumdrop Trees in Skokie, North Shore Sculpture Park, Skokie, IL
1998 GriGri 4 Spring, in conjunction with Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago
1997 Buddha at the Hot Dog Stand, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago
1996 Sampler, Westwerk e.V., Hamburg, Germany
1995 Ten in One Gallery
1992 Ten in One Gallery
1989 The Correct Time, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1987 Barbara Koenen: Strange Attractors, The Charleston, Chicago.
1986 Barbara Koenen, The Last Exit, Seattle, WA.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 Gestures of Resistance, Gray Matters Gallery, Dallas (Shannon Stratton)
2007 Mapping the Self, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (Tricia Van Eck)
The Emergency Show, POLVO, Chicago (Miguel Cortez)
To Fear or Not to Fear, HIghland Park Art Center (Vesna Rebenak)
2006 POLVO at the Pool Art Fair, Miami Beach (Edra Soto)
Silk Road Exhibition, 72 E. Randolph Gallery, Chicago (Nathan Mason)
Stitched in Time, Mess Hall, Chicago
2005 Juried Show 2005, Center for Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (Mark Dion, J.Morgan Puett)
Faker, LIPA, Chicago
Bridge Magazine Shoebox Series, 2005
2004 Summer Summit, Ptujskem gradu Galerija with LIPA, Ptuj, Slovenia
2002 Memento Mori, LIPA, Chicago (Vesna Rebenak)
Chicago Sculpture Now, Part 2, Columbia College Glass Curtain Gallery (Adam Brooks, Corey Postiglione)
She-bang, Three Arts Club, Chicago (Lisa K. Erf)
Knotty Dotty Witty Gritty, LIPA, Chicago
Du Sable Park: Hidden in Plain View, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago (Laurie Palmer)
2001 3 Acres on the Lake, Gallery 312, Chicago (Laurie Palmer)
2000 Millenium Fusion Project, ARC Gallery, (Adelheid Mers, Shuko Wada and Mark Gengrich)
1999 Cows on Parade, Chicago Cultural Center
Butter, Margin Gallery, Chicago (Nathan Mason)
Gri-Gri, installation for Hyde Park Art Center auction
Bookmarks, Benefit Auction for Whitewalls Magazine, NIU Gallery, Chicago
1998 Not in My Lobby, You Don't, Hyde Park Art Center, (Chuck Thurow/Ruth Horwich)
You Need to Bring a Gift to Attend this Exhibition, Tough Gallery, Chicago (invited by Adelheid Mers)
Gri-Gri, installation for Hyde Park Art Center auction
Bookmarks, Auction for Whitewalls Magazine, NIU Gallery
1997 I Paid $25 To Be In This Show, Beret International Gallery
1996 Plane Speak, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago. (Ed Maldonado).
ART Chicago 1996, Uncomfortable Spaces.
Bookmarks 5, NIU Gallery
1995 Art Chicago 1995, Uncomfortable Spaces, Chicago, IL
PUBLIC/PRIVATE (Women Artists Negotiate the Terrain, NIU Gallery, (Susan Snodgrass)
St. Valentine's Day Exhibition, NAME Gallery
Bookmarks 4, NIU Gallery, Chicago
1994 The Uncomfortable Show, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago. (Joel Lieb)
Pages, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York. (curated by Elisabeth Condon.)
Beret's Worst Show, Beret International Gallery, Chicago.
Good Works, St. James Episcopal Center, Chicago. (curated by Nathan Mason)
Target Choice '94, Chicago, IL
Bookmarks 3, NIU Gallery, Chicago.
SHAPE, The Peace Museum, Chicago.
St Valentine’s Day Exhibition, NAME Gallery, Chicago.
Erotic Wicker Park, Flat Iron Gallery, Chicago.
1993 Official Pictures, Ten in One Gallery, Chicago. (Joel Lieb)
Dias de los Muertos, NNWAC Flat Iron Gallery, Chicago
Categories of Robert Smithson, NAME Gallery, Chicago, IL. (Stephen Lapthisophon.)
Paper, Near Northwest Art Council, Flat Iron Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Emerging Chicago Abstraction, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL. (Keith Struve, Peter Baldaia.)
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Gallery, Chicago. (Antonia Contro).
St. Valentine's Day Invitational Exhibition, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago.
1992 Grit and Polish/Art and Space, State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago. (Robert Sill.)
Bookmarks Exhibition & Auction, NIU Gallery, Chicago.
Masters as Motif, Northside Cultural Center, Chicago. (Georgianne Scholz.)
The Sentimental Show, Beret International Gallery, Chicago.
Migration, The Dome Room, Chicago.
1991 itch, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, (Irene Tsatos, John Pakosta.)
Intuition, The Dome Room, Chicago (Gail Forrest.)
St. Valentine's Day Exhibition, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago.
1990 Pornographic Poem, performance for Petty Crimes for the Common Good",
(series curated by Adam Brooks and Cheryl Bailey.), Club Lower Links, Chicago.
Art Against Homelessness, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago.
1989 Bookchin, Hogin, Jacob, Koenen, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
MFA Thesis Exhibition, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
AIDS: Responsible and Responding, Axe St. Arena Gallery, Chicago.
Lasting Impressions, SAIC, Chicago.
1988 Say It, SAIC, Chicago.
Artists Against Homelessness, Chicago.
AICA New York Studio Show, New York, NY
1987 4 Painters from Chicago, Davis Gallery, Pocatello, ID. (Joyce Fernandes.)
1987 Traveling Fellowship Exhibition, SAIC, Chicago.
Paper Products, SAIC, Chicago.
Bucktown Art Show, Chicago.
1986 First Annual Post-Bacc Exhibition, SAIC, Chicago.
Good Art, SAIC, Chicago.
1985 Post Alley Expose, Post Alley, Seattle, WA.
1999-2010 Residency, Acadia Summer Art Program, Acadia, Maine
1996 Residency, Westwerk e.V., Hamburg, Germany.
Chicago Artists International Program Travel Assistance Grant.
1993 Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, City of Chicago.
1986-89 Merit Scholarship, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1987 Traveling Fellowship Honorable Mention, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1979- Dean's List, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
SELECTED MEDIA ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mojica, Jason. Mapping the Self, TimeOut Chicago, 2/14/08
Klein, Paul. Art Letter, 11/02/07
Klein, Paul. Art Letter, 4/6/07.
Pusaliek, Leah. TimeOut Chicago, November 16, 2006
www.iconoduel.org NOVA review
Artner, Alan. Chicago Tribune. April 25, 2005.
_______.“Spicy Artwork” Chicago Sun-Times May 2003 (photograph).
Artner, Alan. “Preserving passing cultures,” Chicago Tribune, July 12, 2002
Noll, Damien. “Why we live downtown,” Chicago Journal, May 2, 2002 (illus.)
Camper, Fred "Spring Fever" The Chicago Reader, February,12 1999
_______. “Using art to enhance economic development” The Baltimore Sun, June 24, 1999 p.16A
Williams, Kevin. “What’s Wrong with this Picture?” Chicago Sun-Times, October 24, 1999.
Secunda, Allegra. “Bull” Gravy Magazine, October, 1999.
Grabner, Michelle. "Abstraction in Chicago", New Art Examiner, September, 1998. (illus.)
Williams, Kevin. "Tripping on Art: Artist Koenen not just marking time" Chicago Sun-Times 6/12/98. (illus)
Camper, Fred. "True Grid", Chicago Reader, 12/12/97 p. 42 (illus.)
Hixson, Kathryn. "Plane Speak at Chicago Cultural Center", New Art Examiner, March 1996.
Snodgrass, Susan. "Chicago: Barbara Koenen at Ten in One," Art in America, March 1996.
Michely, Viola. "Zwischen Unruhe, Konfusion und Aufbruch/Die Art 1995 Chicago" Kunst Forum International, Bd. 131 Aug-Oct 1995, p.447.
Artner, Alan. "Heroic Painting," The Chicago Tribune, November 16, 1995, sec. 5, p. 7.
Williams, Enos. "Artbreak", New City, November 2, 1995, p. 26 (illus.).
Leming, Warren. “Paper,” NNWAC Newsletter, January, 1994.
McCracken, David. The Chicago Tribune, November 6, 1992.
Herrmann, Andrew. "Timely piece of art has 720 tales to tell," Chicago Sun-Times, 10/16/89, p. 2. (illus.)
_________. "Can you spare a minute?," The Globe, June 20, 1989 (illus).
Grisko, Carolyn. WBEZ Radio interview, March 30, 1989.
WGN Radio interview, February 14, 1989.
McNamee, Tom. "720 broken clocks would not alarm her," Chicago Sun-Times, 2/12/89, p. 38 (illus.)
SELECTED WRITING BY THE ARTIST
2002 A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen, gallery guide, Chicago Cultural Center
1997-2002 Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction
1996 The Public Art of Bronzeville, City of Chicago Public Art Program.
1994 Target Choice '94 auction catalogue.
SHAPE, catalogue essays, The Peace Museum, Chicago, IL
Stained Glass from the E.B. Smith Collection, catalogue essay, Chicago, IL.
N.A.M.E. Gallery auction catalogue.
1991 PRIMER, "Sour Grapes", issue #5, collaborative publication, Chicago.
1990 PRIMER, "Fame and Ecology", issue #4.
1989 American Architects, Associate Editor, American References, Inc., Chicago.
PRIMER, issue #3.
PRIMER, issue #2.
1988 Chicago Art Review, Gallery Editor, American References, Inc., Chicago.
California Art Review, Reviewer/Biographer, American References, Inc., Chicago.
American Artists, Reviewer/Biographer, American References, Inc., Chicago.
1987 New York Art Review, Gallery Editor, American References, Inc., Chicago.
2007 Consuming War, Hyde Park Art Center
2002 A Force of Nature: The Life and Work of Jens Jensen, exhibition coordinator, Chicago Cultural Center
1999 Capturing Sunlight: The Art of Tree Studios, Chicago Cultural Center, with Tim Samuelson and B. Faist
1996 The Public Art of Bronzeville, permanent installation, Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL
1994 Target Choice '94 benefit auction for Personal PAC
Chicago Stained Glass, Selections from the Mr. & Mrs. E.B. Smith Collection, O’Hare International Airport, International Terminal 5
ALTERniture, Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago
1993 Paper, Flat Iron Gallery, Chicago, IL Summer 1993
2003-present Exhibitions Committee, Hyde Park Art Center
1997-2002 Founder, Chicago Roundtable
1999 Recipient, Driehaus Foundation grant for Artistic Board-up Project
1996-97 Board President, Whitewalls
1997 – present Project Director, Cultural Planning Division, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
- Chicago Artists Resource, www.chicagoartistsresource.org
- Creative Chicago Expo, 2004-present
- Artists at Work Forums 2003 - present
- Chicago Artist Housing Initiative, 1999 - present
- Stategies for Chicago Visual Artists, 2003
- Chicago Artists Space and Technical Assistance Survey 2000
- Chicago Art District Market Feasibility Study
- Jens Jensen Legacy Project
- Chicago Tribute Markers of Distinction
- Leveraging Investments in Creativity
1995-97 Project Coordinator, Public Art Program, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
- The Public Art of Bronzeville, 1995-96
1989 M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1988 AICA New York Studio Program, New York, NY
1986 Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1984 Masters Studies in Architecture, University of Washington
1983 B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin