Biography

Philadelphia painter, Barbara Schaff received a Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), a BA from Syracuse University and studied calligraphy and ink painting at the China National Academy of Fine Art in Hagzhou, China. A self-taught artist in clay, Schaff attended PAFA after enjoying a prolific career as a ceramicist. The evolution from painting with glaze on porcelain tile to painting on canvas was a natural progression.

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2008
•    Jurors Award, Perkins Center for the Arts
2005
•    Newark Museum Purchase Award, Perkins Center for the Arts
•    Jurors Award, Perkins Center for the Arts
•    Third Prize, Philadelphia Sketch Club
2002
•    Gold Award, exhibition catalog, Appleton Paper Corporation
1999, 1998
•    Blue Ribbon for Outstanding Achievement, Long Beach Island Art Foundation
1994
•    Mabel Wilson Woodrow Memorial Award, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
•    ARCO Chemical Corporation Purchase Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School
•    Philadelphia Artists Award, Special Notice, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School
•    The Charles Toppan Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School
1993
•    ARCO Chemical Corporation Purchase Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School
•    Joanne Culver Prize, Special Notice, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School
•    Catherine Grant Memorial Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts School

2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1996
•    Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Residency)
2004
•    Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
1985
•    New Jersey Council on the Arts

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    Bahdeebahdu
    1522 N. American Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19122
    February 13 – March 15, 2014

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    The Poetic Eye of Barbara Schaff

    James A. Michner Art Museum
    138 South Pine Street
    Doylestown, PA 19801
    April 26 – July 24, 2014

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