Barbara Campbell Thomas is a painter and a teacher. She teaches all levels of drawing and painting at UNCG.
Her studio work combines painting with quilting, overlaying their visual vocabularies to create complex formal dialogues within each piece that resonate with the details of her own life and history of each media. She came relatively late to quilting, which she learned from her own mother, but quickly realized its power as an art form traditionally practiced by women to inform and expand the range of her painting.
Barbara Campbell Thomas’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States. In North Carolina she has been in exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The North Carolina Museum of Art and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Beyond North Carolina, Campbell Thomas has shown at The Painting Center in New York City, The Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her BFA from Penn State, her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley, and she was a fellow at The Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Connecticut. She is also an alumna of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She received a 2018-2019 North Carolina Artists Fellowship.