Office/Department: Professional Education
Phone: (612) 345-7998
Box #: dlit
Dr. Bridges earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. She designed the DLiTE and FasTrack programs and served as past-director of both programs. Barbara also collaborates as a designer, developer and coordinator for ArtsNet Minnesota -an interdisciplinary website for the Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum, and The Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Dr. Bridges was awarded Minnesota Art Higher Educator of the Year in 1998 and 2008, and Art Educator of the Year in 2008 by the Art Educators of Minnesota. Barbara’s relationship with teachers, students and schools began in Maine where she started teaching art in 1976. She has worked with teachers, artists and students since that time in Maine, Mexico, the Caribbean, and in Minnesota.
Dr. Bridges is also a sculptor who uses themes of rootlessness, lack of identity, solitude and social fragmentation to create historiographic, record keeping, community building artworks.